The new festival curated by Gilles is on the site of the old secret garden party festival in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire. An ideal setting that was busy but still had an intimate feel. The line up included an eclectic mix, of contemporary ‘up and coming’ bands/Dj’s and established artists from the Jazz/Soul/HipHop/Reggae/Dub/Electronica genres.
Gary Bartz was a joy to behold with a specially curated group including Dwight Trible, Saul Williams and Zara Mcfarlane. Gary is probably best known for the song ‘Music is my Sanctuary’ – the title track from classic jazz funk album produced by the brilliant Mizell brothers. However we were really spoiled for choice with the amount of talent across the stages and tents. Just a few names that delivered high impact shows included Nubya Garcia, Moses Boyd, Steamdown, Laura Misch, Lee Fields & The Expressions and the incredible selection of Dj’s with Theo Parish, DJ Krust, Errol & Rita and of course the Love Dancin tent featuring Dingwalls (see image below).
The Sunday line up boasted Dennis Bovell on the Rhythm Corner. Dennis presented a true and heartfelt short history of his legendary career in UK Reggae music alongside Zara McFarlane, could honestly have listened to that all day and be totally satisfied. So roll on 2020, this year has been unforgettable.
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