Festival fever comes to Brum

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When it comes to festivals the great vibes of Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul festival make it one of our faves and we’re not just bias because it takes place in our own fair city.

Words: Laura Smith

Previously boasting the likes of disco legend Nile Rodgers and top crooner Gregory Porter, this year’s line up scores another blinder with the likes of hip-hop founding father DJ Grandmaster Flash, De la Soul and DJ Craig Charles taking to the Moseley park stage this weekend from 8-10 July.

Sunday gets super soulful with headliner and Grammy award-winning R&B legend George Clinton and his Parliament/Funkadelic machine showing how it’s done. Famed for revolutionizing R&B during the ’70s and twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from 60s acid heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Clinton also managed to squeeze in over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and three platinum albums in his career. Phew, we like his work ethic! if that’s not enough you can also catch fellow grammy winner Booker T Jones performing, who along with his two brothers has worked with top acts like Usher, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire.

We’re also pleased to report that the festival hard-core crew are spoilt for choice with not just one but two venues laying on afterparties. Check out DJ Maseo (De La Soul) donning the decks at the Hare and Hounds and DJ Craig Charles bringing the funk and soul disco to Boxxed.

So just to recap; that’s a weekend of top soul and funk legends performing on your doorstep in a stunning secret 11 acre park in Moseley, local street food and purity ale boozemeisters peddling their delicious goods, lovely people rocking some great festival looks, and best of all you can walk/cab it home to the comfort of your own bed. Who needs a muddy tent in Glasto?!

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul festival runs 8-10 July, doors open from 1pm on Friday and 11.30am on Saturday/Sunday. Sunday tickets available at here!

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