Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 2023 reveals more acts
Second wave announcement.
Ezra Collective, Incognito and Jamz Supernova all added to the line-up.
7-9 July 2023, Birmingham.
More acts have been announced for Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival (Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July 2023).
The latest line-up additions include appearances from Ezra Collective (Saturday), Incognito (Sunday), and Jamz Supernova (Sunday), plus Jasmine Myra, Mica Millar and more.
They join the previously announced Fat Freddy’s Drop, Goldie, Jungle DJ Set, Mr Scruff, Crazy P Soundsystem, and DJ Norman Jay.
Ezra Collective are one of the UK’s most exciting jazz acts. Their latest album, Where I’m Meant To Be, seamlessly marries jazz, Afrobeat, hip-hop and dancehall sounds with life-affirming results, and sees Londoners collaborate with a series of special guests, including Sampa The Great, Kojey Radical and Emile Sandé.
Formed in 1979, Incognito are a defining voice in British music. Following the Top 30 success of their 1981 album Jazz Funk, they hit their stride the following decade with such hits as Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, Always There (featuring Jocelyn Brown), and Everyday, and went on to work with such A-listers as Stevie Wonder, Paul Weller and 2017 Mostly Jazz headliner, Chaka Khan.
A key member of Leeds’ creative cross-genre music scene, Jasmine Myra is a saxophonist, composer and band leader. Her debut album, Horizons, was released via the forward-thinking Gondwana Records last year to much acclaim.
Winner of Jazz FM’s prestigious Soul Act of The Year 2022 award, Mica Millar made an electrifying appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival’s Royal Festival Hall opening gala, back in November. Her debut album, Heaven Knows, sees her draw inspiration from numerous vintage soul, blues, gospel and jazz sources.
Jamz Supernova should need no introduction. Having spent 12 years at BBC Radio 1Xtra, she’s built an enviable reputation for unearthing exciting new sounds – from alternative RnB and left-field hip hop, to jazz and electronica.
Joining them at the Birmingham festival are masked artist Lynks, who wowed audiences at Leeds and Reading Festivals 2022, and duo Young Gun Silver Fox (aka Shawn Lee and Andy Platts), who serve a potent blend of West Coast AOR and soulful grooves.
With further Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival announcements to follow, John Fell, Festival Manager, said: “This year we wanted to delve into the UK scene more, so to have Ezra Collective headlining Saturday night is incredibly exciting!
“This year feels like our most rounded and contemporary line-up to date – and we still have more exciting news to come, including details of further emerging artists, After Shows and our expanded food and drink offer.”
Tickets for the festival are back on sale on Friday 3 February 2023 from £55 per day or £135 for the full festival (plus booking fee). For more details, see: mostlyjazz.co.uk
Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July 2023
Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival
Moseley Park and Pool, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8DD
Friday 7 July 2023
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Jungle DJ Set
Crazy P Soundsystem
Eva Lazarus – Jasmine Myra – Lynks – TrueMendous – Leftfoot DJs – Reli.ah – Nikhil Beats
Saturday 8 July 2023
Young Gun Silver Fox
Alogte Oho And His Sounds Of Joy – Mafalda – Heavy Beat Brass Band – Leftfoot DJ’s – Toni
Sunday 9 July 2023
Norman Jay MBE
Emma Jean Thackray (DJ set) – Mica Millar – Leftfoot DJ’s
Further artists to be announced.
Tickets (available from Fri 3 Feb 2023): Adult Day Tickets – £55 (+ booking fee); Adult Weekend (3 days) – £135 (+ booking fee). See festival website for all ticket options.
ABOUT MOSTLY JAZZ FUNK AND SOUL FESTIVAL
Debuting in 2010, Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival is a diverse, vibrant festival, celebrating ground-breaking, innovative UK music alongside international trailblazers. Held in Moseley Park, a stunning 11-acre woodland glade in the heart of Moseley Village, the festival is just two miles from the centre of Birmingham, yet is a world away from city life. With sloping grounds, creating a natural amphitheatre in front of the beautiful lake, it’s the perfect setting for a festival. Each year Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul brings incredible artists, workshops, arts, crafts, and a selection of Birmingham’s most loved street food and drinks vendors to Moseley, for one epic party weekend.
Previous headliners include Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Public Enemy, Gregory Porter, Chaka Khan, De La Soul, Bonobo, The Specials and The Wailers.