Soul II Soul’s classic tracks Keep On Movin’ and Back to Life (However Do You Want Me), propelled Jazzie B into the mainstream with a groundbreaking fusion of London’s sound system and breakbeat culture, with hip-hop, house and soul.
The festival will be returning to the park with its hallmark line-up mixing national, international and local artists, to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday on Eventbrite and can be found, along with more information, at www.woodbridgefestival.com
Grammy Award winner Jazzie B’s appearance at the festival’s main event follows a lockdown programme that has included high-profile national acts and a wealth of local talent playing popular, socially distanced monthly events at venues in the town.
Pioneering funk and soul DJ Les Spaine, legendary Brit funk singer Leee John of Imagination, who recently recorded with Gorillaz, rising Czech singer AIKO and club jazz pioneers Red Snapper have all played unique lockdown gigs at The Riverside, raising funds to keep the historic venue going.
Ben Osborne, DJ and programme director, says events organised by the Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music have helped support more than 40 artists and creative freelancers during the pandemic:
“We’ve worked hard to support music and culture with COVID-safe events throughout the pandemic. From June 2020 onward we held live music and DJ events in the town’s century-old cinema and theatre, The Riverside, at The Table, The Tea Hut and the new waterside venue, The Boathouse,” he says.
“We’re delighted to be able to return to the park event with someone as inspiring and iconic as Jazzie as our first headline announcement.
“As a community festival, the event will be affordable, accessible and family-friendly. There’ll be a full programme of live bands and DJs, with visual arts, spoken word performances, workshops, an eco-zone, a kids-zone, food village, bars and stalls,” he says.