Special guests announced for Mostly Jazz

More names added to Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival 2024.

Kurupt FM and Greentea Peng have been announced as special guests at Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival (Friday 12th-Sunday 14th July 2024).

They will join the festival on opening night (Friday) alongside the previously announced Leftfield, Dawn Richard, James Lavelle (DJ set), Ryan Hope (Gabriels) and Mr Scruff.

Other artists heading to the annual Birmingham event include (Saturday) multi-BRIT Award nominee Yussef Dayes, US jazz/junk pioneers The Blackbyrds, Thumpasaurus and Luke Una; plus (Sunday) US hitmakers Kool and The Gang, DJ Craig Charles, Mungo’s HiFi x Marina P, Nubiyan Twist and James Hunter.

West London pirate radio station Kurupt FM (Friday) reached a wider audience via the BBC mockumentary series People Just Do Nothing. Winner of two BAFTA’s and a Royal Television Society Award for best scripted comedy, it followed a group of aspiring Brentford house DJs, from family dramas to business mishaps, across five successful series (2014-2018). A movie, Kurupt FM: Big In Japan, followed in 2021. They’ve also stormed such major festivals as Glastonbury and Wireless, and recorded with Craig David and Brum rapper Jaykae, while their debut album, Greatest Hits Pt1, topped the Official Dance Album Charts.

London-born Greentea Peng has firmly established herself as a soulful force to be reckoned with. Her jazz-infused R&B sounds boast a harmonious combination of spirituality and music with her 2021 debut album, Man Made, recorded at 432 Hz frequency to vibrate healing energy. Amongst the acts she’s collaborated with are The Streets, MJ Cole, Nightmares On Wax, Neneh Cherry, and the late Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

Also added to the bill is spoken word and indie hip-hop artist Antony Szmierek (Friday). Tracks such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Fallacy, How Did You Get Here?, The Words To Auld Lang Syne and Twist Forever have established him as a poetic lyricist. Very much on the rise, Antony was recently named as one of BBC 6Music’s Artists Of The Year, and also included in DIY Magazine’s Class Of 2024 list.

Set in the idyllic Moseley Park, just two miles outside of Birmingham city centre, Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival has built a strong reputation for presenting iconic and up-and-coming artists in an intimate outdoor setting.

Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival runs from Friday 12th-Sunday 14th July 2024 at Moseley Park and Pool, Moseley, Birmingham. For more details and tickets, see mostlyjazz.co.uk.