“We Out Here” are words that have become synonymous with UK jazz in the last two years all thanks to Gilles Peterson and Brownswood. A week today the first installment of We Out Here: the festival comes to Cambridgeshire. With a deeply interconnected line-up with artists who play together, have produced for one another and who feature each other, We Out Here earns it’s billing as a “Worldwide Family Gathering.” We pick five performances to look out for over the weekend.
Charlotte Adigery – Thursday, 18:20 – Lush Life
Coming off the release of her incredible EP “Zandoli” Charlotte Adigery is bringing her creole inspired dark baselines and alt-electro-pop stylings to provide a perfect opening to a jazzy weekend. If you’re someone who might get lost in complex jazz solos and minimalist electronic sounds then you might want to check out Charlotte Adigery’s set to help you “dance until you’re dizzy” (as she might put it) and get you into the perfect mood for the weekend.
Cosmic Slop – Friday, 12:00 – Love Dancin’
A party with a purpose. Leeds’ finest party makers head out from their Hope House home to set up to provide you with the perfect Friday afternoon of jazz, soul, disco, breakbeats, euphoric house, hip-hop and Gil Scott Heron spoken word pieces. Having hosted the likes of Gilles Peterson (of course), Floating Points, Hunee and countless more in Leeds you’re sure to hear something great. Cosmic Slop supports MAP Charity who are deserving of your endless support for their work supporting young people in Leeds – check out their work here.
Hejira – Friday, 14:20 – Lush Life
South East London three-piece formed by musicians who’d met while playing with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Floating Points and Eric Lau. Best enjoyed laying back looking at the sky, letting their sound sink into you as you ease yourself into the first day of the Festival proper.
Skinny Pelembe – Saturday, 19:20 – Lush Life
Doncaster’s finest and Brownswood regular, Skinny Pelembe was always going to be here. Mixing genres from folk to more experimental electronic elements with his distinctively smooth sound, Skinny Plemebe is one of the most forward thinking artists on the line up. If you’re not really into jazz then you might often find yourself searching for a hook to draw you in and Skinny Pelembe does this expertly.
The Comet is Coming – Sunday, 21:30 – Main Stage
Psychedelic and heavy, the Comet is Coming are not a wind-down act to close the festival main stage come Sunday. If you know anything about UK jazz then you know that Shabaka Hutchkins (also appearing with Sons of Kemet) plays the sax like no one else, driving audiences into a frenzy with a dizzying mix of impeccable ability and experimental electronic set-ups creating a truly unique sound.