Always aiming to expand on our musical horizons, this year we're exploring one of most influential musical styles on the planet, by putting jazz at the forefront of Whistlers Green's main stage, The Windmill. Featuring not one, but four, Mercury Prize nominees the line up is a great representation of current wave of new musicians taking the genres to pastures new and opening it up to a whole new generation of converted Jazz fans!
BBC6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, loop pedal extraordinaire Dub FX, pioneering dub poet, writer, social commentator and music maker Benjamin Zephaniah & Revolutionary Minds, atmospheric music, experimental four string ensemble Portico Quartet, minimalist jazz and breakbeat basslines sounds of GoGo Penguin intersect, Soweto Kinch’s carefully arranged horns bridge the gap between jazz and hip hop as well as infectious sounds of The Comet Is Coming, all female septet Nérija, Brazilian Nomad Orchestra, Cuban/Iranian quartet Ariwo and Jesse Royal’s authentic sounds of Jamaican folk represent the many strands of reggae revival artists through the festival. more details on the Windmill stage here
Representing the up and coming talent in soul, folk, acoustic and electronic, this stage takes all those who stumble upon it to an enclosure of grassroots beginnings, where spotlight shines on those on the brink of stardom. This intimate venue gives artists a space to be known, home to Cardiff harmonisers, Baby Queens, acoustic Bristol trip hop triad Elder Island and the smooth vocals of Anjelo Disons to name but a few. For the full Floating Lotus stage line up, click here.
Those in Kidztown can enjoy their very own stage, bursting with fun, high quality music from around the rest of the festival. From Sam & The Womp’s high energy, electro swing inspired gypsy funk to Kid Carpet’s hip hop esque disco punk,Boomtown stalwart, Beans on Toast’s fantastically ranting folk to parodic chap hop from Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer - this stage is specifically catered for kids and their adults. For the full Sandcastle stage line up, click here.
See here for a full run down of all the activities on offer in Kidztown & Whislters Green