Festival Preview – Cross the Tracks @ Brockwell Park, London

Summer is almost upon us, days are getting longer, beer gardens are starting to see traffic again, which can only mean one thing, festival season. What better way to kick it into gear than a Sunday in Londons Brockwell Park for Cross the Tracks festival.

Back again with a stunning line up is Cross The Tracks which brings an incredible line up for one day on Sunday 28th May Bank Holiday 2023.

The festival recently bolstered its already stacked lineup with Ezra Collective, Liv.e, Sam Gellaitry, Nightmares On Wax (DJ Set), Emmavie, Alexander Nut, Ishmael Ensemble, Akemi Fox, muva of Earth, Sam Gellaitry, Adi Oasis, Zakia, Winnie, Kaidi Tatham & DJ Gilla DJ set, Ingrid Allman (Freez) live PA, Johnny Reckless, D. Vyzor, The Style Siblings, Abi Clarke, The Shejay, Mr Thing, Vanessa Freeman & Lyric L plus DJ Dibs and Disco Ballin’ now added to the likes of NxWorries (aka Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge), Kelis, Masego, Alfa Mist, Gilles Peterson, Roy Ayres, Children of Zeus, Yazmin Lacey, Son Little and tens more.

These latest names bring more musical goodness with acclaimed British jazz quintet Ezra Collective leading the charge with their innovative fusion sounds. Featuring bandleader Femi Koleoso, bassist TJ Koleoso, keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones, trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, and tenor saxophonist James Mollison the group has a real chemistry built up over years of playing live together. They’re as able to pump a dance floor as they are to offer suave home listening soundtracks so expect a fluid musical trip from this influential London outfit whose second album in 2022 saw them reach critically acclaimed new heights.

There will be some truly unmissable shows on the day, including a stop from jazz Legend Roy Ayers on his final tour. If you’ve ever wanted to sip a cider in the sun and sing along to “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” now is the time.

Let’s not forget the headliners, an incredible rare show from NxWorries. The supergroup comprised of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge are on the verge of releasing their second album, which following the release of “Where I Go” is set to be just as iconic as the first. If you have every been lucky enough to catch Anderson at his shows, you know he always put on and incredible performance. It’s going to be an unmissable set, from two of the finest in the game.

On top of that come Eglo label head and eclectic selector Alexander Nut, contemporary jazz outfit Ishmael Ensemble, broken beat innovator Kaidi Tatham pairs off with DJ Gilla for a special DJ set, there will be a live PA from Ingrid Allman (from acclaimed Brit-funk outfit Freez) plus much more from Akemi Fox, muva of Earth, Sam Gellaitry, Adi Oasis, Zakia, Winnie, Johnny Reckless, D. Vyzor, The Style Siblings, Abi Clarke, The Shejay, Mr Thing, Vanessa Freeman & Lyric L plus DJ Dibs and Disco Ballin’.

Aside from the music, Cross The Tracks offers plenty to explore from a rich creatives’ market to insightful talks, panels and workshops by charity partners. There is also a wealth of site art to bring the lush green apr to life and over 40 breweries from across South London, more than 40+ food and drink traders and specially designed stages. All this plays out with great facilities in Brockwell Park with plenty of bespoke bars, food vendors, luxury toilets for VIP access and lush chillout areas. 

The final countdown has now begun to this carefully curated and tasteful celebration of soul, jazz and funk. Make sure to secure your tickets at https://www.xthetracks.com/.


NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge)

Alfa Mist Ezra Collective Kelis Masego Abi Clarke Adi Oasis Akemi Fox Alexander Nut Annahstasia BCUC CARRTOONS Channel One Chelsea Carmichael Cherise Children of Zeus D. Vyzor Disco Ballin’ DJ Dibs DOMi & JD Beck Emmavie Gilles Peterson Handson Family Hermanos Guitiérrez Ingrid Allman (Freez) live PA Ishmael Ensemble Johnny Reckless Kaidi Tatham & DJ Gilla (DJ set) Liv.e Loose Ends Lunch Money Life Mr Thing muva of Earth Nightmares On Wax (DJ Set) Ravyn Lenae Roy Ayers (Farewell Tour) Sam Gellaitry Son Little The Count The Shejay The Silhouettes Project The Style Siblings Vanessa Freeman & Lyric L Winnie Yazmin Lacey Zakia

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