The countdown has begun to one of the country’s most promising new festivals of recent years.
The Mostly Jazz Festival is returning from 29th June- 1st July 2012 as The Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival with a host of household names performing in Moseley Park.
Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles of Radio 6 will once more be compering and the latter is curating the Saturday Line Up. Both men will also be performing DJ sets.
Headliners are yet to be announced but joining Gilles Peterson on the Friday will be genre-defying Ghostpoet, Introducing, local tropical dub pioneers Troumaca and electro Free School.
Saturday sees legendary soul band Odyssey, Speedometer, the Atlantic Players, the Bongolian, Lack of Afro performing a DJ set & Federation Of The Disco Pimp.
On Sunday James Brown’s trombone player Fred Wesley will be joined by his long time band The New JB’s plusSoweto Kinch, Andy Hamilton & The Bluenotes, Husk, Steve Ajao & Birmingham Jazz Youth Ensemble.
There will be, once again, two stages side by side at the festival, the second of which will feature up and coming talent. As in 2011, Tony Dudley-Evans’ development agency Birmingham Jazz and Birmingham’s premier jazz & funk parlour the Yardbird will be curating the second stage, whilst Birmingham promoters Leftfoot will be taking the reins on Friday. Each will showcase some of their top acts and a wealth of emerging sounds.
Line-ups for both stages will be announced gradually over the coming months and tickets for Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul 2012 are now on sale via www.mostlyjazz.co.uk. There will also be the option to send in a postal form which is now available from the website where a list of outlets is also given.