The Specials headline the Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival

Coventry ska legends The Specials will be one of the headliners at this year’s Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival. The annual festival, which despite its name encompasses a wide range of musical styles, returns to Moseley Park, Birmingham, in July.

Organizers recently announced the dates and full lineup and revealed The Specials will be one of the headliners. They will headline the first night of the three-day festival, which runs from Friday July 8 to Sunday July 10.

The Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival website states: “The Specials are back with ten songs on a brand new album. Influential, important and uplifting live, they are a band steeped in the DNA of this country.

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“It’s impossible to envision the musical landscape without them, from the angular and startling Gangsters in 1979 to their swansong, Ghost Town era in 1981. They imbued ska with punk and grassroots political anxiety along with bigger issues. wide.”

The festival website also includes a long interview with the band, in which they reflect on their musical journey and talk about the latest album.

The Specials

The Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival takes place in a private park in Birmingham’s southern suburb of Mosely. The setting is exquisite and must be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated.

It is a spin-off from the Mosely Folk Festival, although it has now overtaken its older sister festival in terms of popularity. The three-day event will be filled with a wide variety of music from new and old acts.

The festival always aims to showcase the “hottest new talent” as well as some longtime favourites. On Friday, July 8, The Specials will headline the main stage. Nightmares on Wax will hit the decks on the Leftfoot Takeover stage while DJ Yoda, Children of Zeus, Coops and Maya Delilah will also be in attendance.

Tom Ford, Hemai, Rosie Frater-Taylor, Leftfoot DJs and Juliet Echo and Selextorhood are other artists performing on opening day.

The Specials will be in the headlines this year
The Specials will be in the headlines this year

On Saturday July 9, American funk artists The Fatback Band will headline while Craig Charles will be on the decks to present his “trunk of funk”. Other artists to watch are Oh My God! It’s The Church, Secret Night Gang, Isabelle Brown, Sister Cookie, Toucan, The Atlantic Players, Freedom 35s, Ruth The Ark and more.

The festival has yet to announce its special guest for Saturday on the Leftfoot Takeover stage. Then, on Sunday, July 10, the Earth, Wind and Fire Experience, starring Grammy Award winner Al McKay, will have crowds dancing with bangers like Boogie Wonderland, Fantasy and September.

Cameo, famous for Single Life and Word Up, will also appear, as will reggae legends The Wailers. Lady Blackbird and DJ Greg Wilson will also appear on the final day.

This year, alcohol will be supplied by Warwickshire Purity Brewing, while food will be available from Original Patty Men, Chakana, Bonehead, Tin Van Pizza, Bop Kebabs, English Indian, Vegeteria, Bournville Waffles and Shakes, Shepherd’s Ice Cream and carnival waffles.

Craig Charles mixing music for fans at Moseley Park in 2017
Craig Charles mixing music for fans at Moseley Park in 2017

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s dance workshops, Drum n Bounce, Disco Yoga, So Funk and Northern Soul will have you dancing even when you’re away from the music stages, and there are two official Hare and Hounds after-parties planned at King’s Heat too.

Festival director John Fell said: “We’re delighted to be back this year with a super strong line-up of jazz, funk and soul, and – thanks to the inclusion of the mighty Wailers and The Coventry Specials – ska and reggae. too. We’re especially looking forward to welcoming The Fatback Band and Cameo, who redefined funk and dance music in the 1970s and 1980s and helped lay the foundations of hip hop.

Tickets are priced at £55 per day for adults, with three-day weekend passes priced at £135 per person. Children aged 12-15 can access the site for £25 per day or £60 for the weekend. Those aged 11 and under are free with a paying adult, and a family weekend ticket, for two adults and two under 16s, costs £280.

Festival goers should remember that Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival is a one day only festival, there is no camping. People are also advised to get there by public transport or taxi, if possible, as parking is very limited in the bustling and busy suburb of Moseley.

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