Who’s going to Mostly Jazz 2024?

Craig Charles at Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival.
Craig Charles, manning the decks at Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival.

Birmingham’s Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival returns from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July 2024.

Among the acts set to appear over the three days are Leftfield, Greentea Peng, People Just Do Nothing’s Kurupt FM, James Lavelle and Mr Scruff (Friday); Yussef Dayes, The Blackbyrds, Thumpasaurus, Luke Una and Super Duty Tough Work (Saturday); and Kool and The Gang, Craig Charles, Mungo’s HiFi x Marina P and Nubiyan Twist (Sunday).

Other artists set to appear include Antony Szmierek, James Hunter, Cherise, Ife Ogunjobi, Wonder 45, corto.alto, Juliet Echo, The Atlantic Players, and Leftfoot DJs.

Taking place in a hidden private park in Moseley, the boutique festival has built a reputation for fine tunes and eclectic programming, with the festival also promising some of the very best street food vendors from the city.

Organisers are also bringing in a big screen too, so visitors can catch the Euro Finals on Sunday evening.

They’ve also made a range of tweaks that include improved queuing, the addition of a chill-out zone, family-friendly activities and introduced a cheaper pint (Pure Pilsner for just £4.95).

For tickets and more information, see: mostlyjazz.co.uk

Friday night headliners, Leftfield made their name in the 1990s with the mega-selling electronic dance album Leftism – one of the defining releases of the era. Still fronted by founder member Neil Barnes, the current live incarnation also includes Brum MC Cheshire Cat.
Yussef Dayes caused a major splash with his 2023 album, Black Classical Music. Nominated for two BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, the album recently won Yussef a coveted Ivor Novello Award.
Coming together in the late-60s, Kool & The Gang started to make waves in the US with a series of pioneering releases that skilfully combined jazz with R&B and funk. After contributing to the ground-breaking (and huge selling) Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, they went on to score a series of massive soulful pop hits in the 1980s. One of the most sampled acts in history, they’re still recording today.

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