Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul festival, one of the UK’s most vibrant summer events, will be returning for the sixth consecutive year on 10th – 12th July 2015. Set in the beautiful landscape of Moseley’s private park in Birmingham the festival brings an eclectic weekend of music with a whole host of international and local artists.
The opening night will be headlined by one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time – Sugarhill Gang. They burst onto the scene with ‘Rapper’s Delight’, which sampled Chic’s ‘Good Times’ to create the first hip-hop to score a billboard top 40 position. They went on to have a number of hits including ‘Apache’, ‘Get On It’ & ‘8th Wonder’. They will be joined by the equally influential Furious Five feat Melle Mel & Scorpio. Famous for their collaborations with another Hip-hop hero Grandmaster Flash, Furious feat. Melle Mel & Scorpio will be heading to Moseley Park with fans hoping to hear their hits including ‘The Message’, ‘White Lines’ & ‘Step Off’.
The Hip-Hop theme continues with Los Angeles very own The Pharcyde joining the bill, which is completed by Soil & Pimp Sessions, The Milk, The Mouse Outfit feat. Dr. Syntax & Sparkz, Namiwa Jazz, Free School, Boom Operators, Kioko, Amy Fitz Doyley and Lumi HD.
Saturday night has once again been curated by a Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul firm favourite ,Craig Charles, who will also be compering and as well as jumping behind the decks for one of his legendary DJ sets.
He will be joined by Jazz, Funk & Soul royalty Roy Ayers who will be bringing the vibes to this year’s festival as Saturday night headliner whilst one of Britain’s greatest Funk bands of all of time, Cymande, play just before.
Hackney Colliery Band, Ephemerals, The Gene Dudley Group, Filthy Six, New Street Adventure, The Atlantic Players, Tiro Lark and Steve Ajao complete the Saturday line up.
The Sunday night will see one of the worlds leading contemporary jazz singers, Gregory Porter, bring the festival to a close. His latest critically acclaimed album ‘Liquid Spirit’ charted in the top 10 of the UK album charts with singles including ‘Hey Laura’ and ‘Liquid Spirit’. He will be joined by The James Hunter Six, Tenors of Kalma feat. Jimi Tenor, Sid Peacock & Surge Orchestra, Baila La Cumbia, Jonny Hoo, Delta Autumn, Hansu Tori, Rachael Cohen Quartet, Urban Soul Family, Steve Tromans Axis Point and Jazzlines Ensemble.
There will also be a very special after party taking place on 11th July once the park has come to close for the day. Festival revelers can head over the road to the classic 1990’s venue, Moseley Dance Centre for a Northern Soul All nighter with Craig Charles, Neil Rushton, Billy Chill Fingers and Tobin & Johnny.