London’s number one Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival took over the hilly landscape of Brockwell Park last week, transforming it into a haven of music celebration. With an impressive lineup of emerging artists and rising stars, the festival's lineup was a treasure trove of gems, introducing the best of the funk-soul scene, to the world. The event featured more than 60 performances across seven stages, offering a day of fun and discovery.
Tracing back to the vibrant street markets outside of the local train station, Herne Hill, the spirited community created an atmosphere of pure euphoria, into the busy grounds of Brockwell Park, where attendees immersed themselves in soulful melodies, energetic soundscapes.
Cross The Tracks was a celebration of community and culture. In addition to the music, festival-goers were treated to some of London's best street food and craft beers from local breweries. A series of engaging workshops led by charity partners sparked inspiration and fostered connections, while the festival merchandise served as a lasting memento of the unforgettable experience, and the art installations provided Instagram-worthy moments.
This day was not only a celebration of established artists but also a platform to discover emerging talents, both local and international.
Devon Gilfillian, a rising soul singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania made his UK debut at the festival. He expressed his excitement, saying, "Cross the Tracks was nuts. This was my first time playing in London so I didn’t know what to expect, but London you showed up. The stage was PACKED and the energy was lit. I felt the love and can’t wait to come back to the UK."
Meron T, a local, South London singer-songwriter, shared her experience, stating, "Cross the Tracks this year was such a special experience. As someone who has attended the festival twice before, it was incredible to finally perform there, and be on stage in front of a crowd that I myself would normally be in. To be able to go up there, and sing my heart out to so many smiling faces, in South London, the place I call home, is something I will cherish forever."
As the sun began to set, Masego graced the Mainline stage to enchant the crowd with his smooth saxophone solos and captivating vocals. The theatrical throws of roses and Masego-branded cash kept the crowd entertained.
The legendary Kelis followed suit on the Terminal stage, captivating her audience with her powerful voice and dynamic moves.
Cross the Tracks was a true celebration of music, art, and diversity across cultures, and music lovers had a great time at the festival with its resounding lineup of artists from all over the world. From the electric sounds of Kelis to the calming beats of Nightmares On Wax; every artist brought their unique flair to the stage, creating a sunny, wholesome experience for festival goers.