Chaka Khan & Martha Reeves Cross The Tracks

Today, Cross The Tracks, a brand new music and food focused event for South London announce their arrival on Sunday 9th June, at Brixton’s luscious Brockwell Park for a day of music, food, workshops, talks and more.

Cross The Tracks invites a mixture of legendary and upcoming artists representing a hybrid of jazz, soul, funk whilst welcoming over 40 of London’s most talked about street food traders, alongside the city’s finest craft beer brewers.

Championing a female orientated line-up, Cross The Tracks’ headliner is none other than 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 Par 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 Princess Etta 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 L.

In addition to the heavyweight roster of artists, Cross The Tracks have invited a whole host of London’s forward thinking promoters to soundtrack the day, nurturing those who curate the cities eclectic scene. Pushing the new jazz sound – South London venue turned collective Ghost Notes will be 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 and last but not least, Tuckshop DJ’s providing sounds from across the globe.

Peckham institutional party, South London Soul Train’s own Jazzheadchronic will be providing the finest funk and soul, whilst and Total Refreshment Centre DJ’s round off the bill.

That’s not all though, Cross The Tracks will host over 40 of London’s most talked about 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.

Set in South London’s Brockwell Park with Herne Hill and Brixton stations just a stone’s throw away, Cross The Tracks is easily accessible for the whole of the city.

Chaka Khan – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Masego – Jordan Rakei – The Blackbyrds – The Comet Is Coming – Oshun – Steam Down Orchestra – Children of Zeus – Nubya Garcia – Eliza – Etta Bond – Poppy Adjudha – Oscar Jerome – Maisha – Joel Culpepper – Joe Armon Jones & Maxwell Owin – Taz Modi – Lunch Money – Maya Law – Iyamah – Norman Jay – Jazzie B – Ghost Notes – Church of Sound DJ’s – Tuckshop DJ’s – Ruby Kwasiba Savage – Jazzheadchronic (South London Soul Train) – Aaron L (Stamp The Wax) – Total Refreshment Centre DJ’s – Lex Blondin – Barry’s Here – Noble & Heath – Memorybox

The Cat Empire, Kate Tempest & Jack Savoretti For Larmer Tree Festival 2019

For 28 incredible years, Larmer Tree Festival has been throwing the ultimate family-friendly summer party in the heart of the Wiltshire/Dorset countryside – hosting an eclectic lineup of music, comedy, theatre, arts & crafts workshops, and more – and this year is set to be no different.


Taking place under the huge skies of the Cranborne Chase Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty from 18-21 July, the 29th edition of Larmer Tree Festival has today announced over 30 acts set to join its 2019 lineup.

Acclaimed London rapper and poet Kate Tempest tops the bill, performing the polemical hip-hop of her acclaimed albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos. Folk-tinged acoustic singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti will bring his new album Singing To Strangers to the main stage, fresh from a UK tour that culminates in two huge Wembley Arena shows. And Australia’s exhilarating The Cat Empire will captivate audiences with their infectious and uplifting mash-up of alt-rock, jazz and ska.

Jack Savoretti (Laura Bradley)

Southport’s indie-rock veterans Gomez join the bill with the distinctive, electronica-infused blues that won them the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. Completing the 2019 headliners are the UK’s biggest-selling country music act The Shires and Scottish songstress KT Tunstall – marking a triumphant return to Larmer Tree after her last appearance in 2013.

KT Tunstall (Kalpesh Patel)

KT Tunstall (Kalpesh Patel)

2019 also sees the welcome addition of Q Album of the Year winners Let’s Eat Grandma, whose otherworldly indie-electronica was much-missed at last year’s Festival when the band were forced to pull out due to ill health.

The UK’s exciting new jazz scene is strongly represented by hypnotic, groove-based jazz-electronica trio GoGo Penguin, classic-jazz-meets-beats adventurers the Ezra Collective, and saxophonist Pete Wareham’s avant-garde and ferociously fun jazz-punk band Melt Yourself Down.

Bringing an out-there blend of pan-global psychedelia to the festival are London/Bahrain’s must-see Flamingods while BC Camplight and The Wave Pictures will charm festival-goers with their witty but introspective garage folk and wiggly indie-pop. Elsewhere Tank and the Bangas will bring out everyone’s best dance moves with their joyful mix of New Orleans R&B, funk and hip-hop.

Rockshot Mag favourites Grace Petrie, Iris Gold and Holy Moly And The Crackers also make welcome appearances at Larmer Tree.

Holy Moly & The Crackers (Paul Lyme)

2019 will also see the addition of the first ever Festival cinema tent, showing everything from retro comedy classics to quirky indie gems. It promises to be the perfect retreat for young festival-goers, as well as a chilled-out venue for everyone else. Plus, due to popular demand, the much-loved Carnival will return – offering Larmer Tree audiences of all ages an unmissable opportunity to take part in the weekend’s action.

If you want to watch hidden musical gems alongside big names, recharge your batteries with holistic therapies, immerse yourself in classic cinema and nourish your soul with the best in international street food – and all in the most beautiful festival site in the UK – then the Larmer Tree Festival is the one.

The full music lineup, plus the comedy, cinema, kids, theatre and literary programmes will be announced later this year.The Cat Empire

Kate Tempest, Jack Savoretti, The Shires, Gomez, KT Tunstall, GoGo Penguin, Ezra Collective, Tank and The Bangas, Let’s Eat Grandma, Jade Bird, BC Camplight, KOKOROKO, Melt Yourself Down, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Steam Down, Flamingods, The Wave Pictures, Du Blonde, Lisa O’Neill, Grace Petrie, Dizraeli, Iris Gold, Night Flight, Ego Ella May, Holy Moly And The Crackers, Worry Dolls, Bella, Polly & the Magpies, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, True Strays, Beating Heart


Larmer Tree Balloons

Tier one tickets on sale now: Adults £180, 11-17 year olds £115, Under 10s free
Day tickets available in late Spring 2019

18 – 21 JULY 2019

Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire/Dorset Border

Keane Return & Specials Join The Party @ Cornbury Festival

Tom Chaplin, Keane (Simon Reed)

 Six years after their sensational performance at Cornbury, award-winning pop rockers Keane return to headline Cornbury’s 16th Festival on Saturday 6 July. Cornbury will be one of Keane’s first appearances since band members took a break at the end of 2013 to work on other projects, so their appearance will be a huge crowd-puller.

Formed in 1995, all four of Keane’s albums have debuted at No. 1 in the UK charts, with 2004’s Hopes And Fears remaining one of the UK’s best-selling albums of all time.

‘Keane are our all-time favourite headliners at Cornbury so of course I’m completely thrilled that they’ve chosen to include us as part of their return’ says festival founder Hugh Phillimore.

The Specials (Imelda Michalczyk)

Phillimore has also confirmed that The Specials will top the bill on the opening day of the Festival, Friday 5 July. The legendary British Ska band have just returned to the UK Album Charts with their first new record in 38 years, and are currently on a sold-out UK tour. Rounding off the Festival on Sunday 7 July are true musical legends, The Beach Boys.

‘I think it’s one of our best line-ups ever’ says Phillimore, ‘the combination of Keane, The Specials and The Beach Boys is pretty huge for us – and we’re also delighted to have our new friends, and national treasures, The Hairy Bikers returning with their fabulous Festival Feast. Last year we sold every seat in the restaurant – it was totally delicious and the feasters’ feedback was incredible.’

Hairy Bikers Si King and Dave Myers have been cooking together for more than 20 years, travelling the world in the pursuit of great food. The stars of a string of hit television shows, and regulars on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, they have become the UK’s most popular cookery writing duo.

The rest of the packed music line-up will be announced in early March.

Cornbury Music Festival is a lovingly crafted, top-notch open-air party held in the stunningly beautiful Great Tew Park near Chipping Norton in the heart of the Cotswolds. It’s a unique hybrid of premium music festival and quintessentially English village fete with a rock ‘n’ roll twist, a farmer’s market with a dancefloor. There is always something for everyone with a fantastic line-up over four stages, fantastic food offerings, a comedy stage, a creative kids’ zone, a traditional funfair, an exclusive VIP area, and beautiful campsites nestled in the estate’s rolling hills.

The Festival is very much a family affair. The Kids’ Zone is right in the middle of the festival, in sight of the main stage, so families can drop in and out whilst seeing all the festival highlights; and, unlike other festivals, all activities are free with something for all ages on the go all the time. Entrance for under-threes is free, and quieter camping options are at the same price as general camping tickets.

Cornbury Music Festival runs from 5-7 July at Great Tew Park, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. For tickets and more information go to

 Day Tickets from £75, Weekend Tickets from £180, Weekend with Camping Tickets from £215. Senior, Teen & Child Concessions available. Under 3s FREE.

Red Rooster Adds Insanely Brilliant The Budos Band

Red Rooster festival, a weekend celebration of the best contemporary American Roots music – blues, rock n roll, country and soul – is pleased to announce a further line-up for its 6th edition. The 3-day event takes place in the beautiful parkland and woods of Euston Hall, Suffolk, from May 30 – June 1.

Saturday night’s headliners are the absolutely brilliant The Budos Band– from the mighty Daptone Records. Hailing from Brooklyn, The Budos Band play what they describe as “Afro-Soul” – Imagine the JB’s jamming with Black Sabbath and you’re getting close and you won’t stop dancing for hours after.

Red Rooster is delighted to welcome the Grammy nominated Cedric Burnside to the line-up. Cedric was born to the blues, more specifically, hypnotic Mississippi Hill country blues. Learning his craft as the drummer with his grandfather, the legendary Fat Possum recording artist RL Burnside. Growing up in Holly Springs, MS Cedric learnt first-hand from RL plus other equally legendary figures including Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill, Otha Turner. T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones. This amazing education has come to fruition with Cedric’s critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated new album Benton County Relic.

The Black Eyed Dogs feature the polymath Ethan Johns. Ethan is a renowned producer (Paul McCartney, King Of Leon, Laura Marling, Ryan Adams etc ) but has always been a great singer , songwriter and multi – instrumentalist.

Sunny Ozell, the New York Songstress and wife to Patrick Stewart makes her Red Rooster debut. Sunny found her voice performing in New York City clubs in front of the most discerning of audiences. There she honed her sound with elements of jazz, blues, and American roots as part of the city’s tight-knit musical community.

Nashville’s J.D. Wilkes from The Legendary Shack Shakers will be destroying the Little Red Rooster acoustic stage with his one man tent show with nothing more than a harmonica and banjo. Best known as the leader and singer of the Shack shakers, JD has attracted fans as diverse as Stephen King, Robert Plant and former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra.

Blackfoot Gypsies are Nashville’s best kept secret! A raucous cocktail of Roadhouse Southern Boogie mixed with The Stones and The Faces- Your new favourite rock and roll band! Birds of Chicago play a sparse and ethereal mix of country and blues built around the magical chemistry of Allison Russell and JT Nero.

Texas born Jarrod Dickenson brings with him his incredible storytelling; something of a Texas tradition. Tall hats and even taller tales are woven into the fabric of The Lone Star State, and singer-songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson can spin a yarn with the best of them.

London soulful country rock outfit Treetop Flyers return with their eponymous third album, weaving blissful 60’s tinged West Coast Americana with a British rock’n’roll swagger. Cult rock n’ rollers Powersolo will be exploding onto the stage for 2019, whilst John J Presley heads to Euston Hall with his penchant tone, valve amps and pedals.

Adding more names to bill – London’s Orphan Colours, Memphis scenesters James & The Ultrasounds, Austria’s Prinz Grizzley and London’s Oh! Gunquit, will all be gracing the stage this Summer.

All these fantastic artists will be joining the previously announced Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Low Cut Connie, Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, Jesse Dayton, Errol Linton, William the Conqueror, and Joli Blon Cajun Band.

Red Rooster tickets are on sale now, one of the best value festivals out there at just £69.50 + booking fee for the whole weekend, which includes 3 nights of camping and parking FREE. Kids under 12 are free as always… Get your ticket while you can HERE

Announced billing order is now as follows:

The Budos Band – Nick Lowe w/ Los Straitjackets

Dale Watson & His Lone Stars – Cedric Burnside – Low Cut Connie

The Black Eyed Dogs (Feat. Ethan Johns) – Jesse Dayton

Sunny Ozell – William The Conqueror – JD Wilkes (Legendary Shack Shakers) – Blackfoot Gypsies

The Birds of Chicago – Jarrod Dickenson – Treetop Flyers – Powersolo

John J Presley – Orphan Colours – James & The Ultrasounds

Joli Blon Cajun Band – Prinz Grizzley – Oh! Gunquit