After the mammoth response to our initial ‘headliners’ release last week; we now get to announce our first district, where jazz, folk, funk and soul are offered up at our festival-within-a-festival: Whistlers Green.
Sat atop the festival overlooking the awe inspiring vistas of the South Downs National Park, Whistlers Green goes back to the very roots of festival culture; celebrating the musical genres that spawned the modern day festival movement, folk and jazz, as well as the grassroots movements that first found space to grow within community focused events such as; political activism, ethical and organic food production, healing and alternative medicine, yoga, meditation, veganism, forest school outdoor adventure education, and the local Farmers’ Market. As well as space for discussion and proactive thought in the Speakers’ Corner and the inspiring and adventurous Kidztown area with its very own interactive street set and activities for all ages.
In addition to the already announced headliners for The Windmill stage; Maribou State, Bilal and Jah Wobble and The Invaders of the Heart; are some of the leading females in the jazz world right now, including the velvet vocals and modern blues sounds of Zara Macfarlane, the hard hitting Sampa the Great, whose words of wisdom and female empowerment will ignite and inspire all in attendance. Returning collective Nubiyan Twist will once again take their audience on a voyage of discovery, steering an eclectic ship of musical genres with infectious melodies and basslines that draw inspiration from jazz, hip hop, latin and afro music. Blue Lab Beats will be mixing electronica with live layered instrumentation and sweet vocals; Alfamist converses through harmony and hip hop infused rhythms, whilst Mammal Hands build intensity with ethereal blues that create a whirlwind of emotions with captivating musicianship. Vels Trio blend psychedelic induced funk and soul creating infectious grooves and the constantly changing ensemble, The Fat Suit deliver some of the most exciting contemporary jazz in production right now.
Over the past couple of years Speakers’ Corner has become one of the festivals most exciting stages. Providing a space for an eclectic mix of speakers to discuss the hot topics circulating in society today to spark debate, educate and share, in an environment of respect and understanding. Speakers this year include; Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks will be talking about Toxic Masculinity and the effect it has on society today, for men and women. Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of The Green Party, discussing the party and it’s future vision. Jess Thom, Tourettes Hero, returns, breaking down barriers around Tourettes and Rants n Bants who rose to internet fame through his refusal to hold anything back, will be...ranting!
Truly a space for all generations, Whisters Green also houses the endless discoveries Kidztown has to offer; hands on craft and circus workshops, storytelling, puppetry, comedy and face painting, through to the skate ramp, bouncy castle and Forest School. Designed by youth experts to encourage a sense of adventure, curiosity and creativity, this interactive space also includes baby and toddler tents, and its own relaxing main stage, Sandcastle stage. With PG rated bands from across the festival and hand picked entertainment, it meets even the most discerning mini Boomer’s musical and entertainment needs!