Cross The Tracks, a brand new music and food focused event in Brockwell Park, has revealed details of the line up for the festival on Sunday 9th June 2019.
Championing a female orientated line-up, Cross The Tracks’ headliner is the Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan, whose career spans over five decades of endless hits. This week she announces her first album in 12 years Hello Happiness – fans can have the first listen live in London.
Motown heads are in for a treat as all female powerhouse group Martha Reeves & The Vandellas will be performing live, alongside American hip hop come soul duo, OSHUN, who define the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Elsewhere, Island Records signing self confessed jazz come rap pioneer Masego will also head to Brixton.
American rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group The Blackbyrds will be making their way to Brockwell Park whilst Manchester’s Children of Zeus will supply their genre-spanning jazz infused hip hop sound.
Mercury nominated The Comet is Coming will give crowds a musical education with their unique sound infusing jazz, electronica, funk and psychedelic rock and expect soulful, jazz and hip-hop driven sound from Ninja Tune signee Jordan Rakei.
The new wave of smoked out RnB has a strong presence at Cross The Tracks – fresh from her album launch in 2018 is Eliza with her jazz infused beats and blurry vocals. Elsewhere, Skinhead Soul PrincessEtta Bond as well as South London musician on the rise Poppy Adjudha showcasing her hybrid of funk, soul and reggae. Six piece jazz ensemble and Brownswood signees – Maisha will also be representing London’s blooming jazz scene.
With its roots firmly based in London, Cross The Tracks invites some of the scene’s most exciting artists to set the foundations for their first year.
First up is London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia – one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK, she will perform alongside South London’s own Joel Culpepper. Multifaceted jazz and soul musician Oscar Jerome will bring his unique sound alongside South London duo and vital part of the jazz’s scenes eclectic community Joe Armon Jones & Maxwell Owin.
Powerhouse collective the Steam Down Orchestra – comprising of Ahnanse, Nubya Garcia, members from Sons Of Kemet, Kokoroko and more are also set to make an appearance alongside the ethereal sounds of Submotion Orchestra’s own Taz Modi. Newcomer to the acoustic folk scene – Maya Law will form the line up alongside star-on-the-rise Iyamah.
Soul fans take note, the legendary Norman Jay MBE will be performing a rare groove vinyl set, whilst Soul II Soul’s own, bonafide legend Jazzie B will also grace the decks playing an 80s Africa Centre set as well as Wildheart label founder Ruby Kwasiba Savage and Stamp the Wax co-founder Aaron
In addition to the heavyweight roster of artists, Cross The Tracks have invited a whole host of London promoters to soundtrack the day, with South London venue turned collective Ghost Notes joined by DJ collective Lunch Money playing feel good disco, house, garage and all in between. Church of Sound DJ’s showcasing jazz, funk and future sounds with Tuckshop DJs providing sounds from across the globe.
South London Soul Train’s own Jazzheadchronic will be providing funk and soul, and Total Refreshment Centre DJ’s round off the bill.
Cross The Tracks will host over 40 street food traders bringing food from all the world to Brockwell Park, alongside talks, panels, workshops and an independent creative market including a record fair and local art traders.
Sunday 9th June 2019
Brixton, London, SE24 0NG
(Subject to License)
£25 – £65.