Bristol trumpeter Joe Longridge so loves the sound of a Latin big band that he decided to make one from 17 of the city’s top Latin-jazz musicians. Launched in early 2017, the Dockside Latin Orchestra’s lively cocktail of salsa, mambo and cumbia dance tunes immediately impressed, especially when topped off by charismatic Colombian vocal star Elpidio Alegria.
Saturday - The Baghdaddies
Some 14 years ago this bunch of jovial Geordies saw the potential to mash up sizzling Central European dance music with stonking ska grooves, making them pioneers of what grew into a nationwide Balkan scene. They’re still pumping out with as much energy as ever and they’re still on top of the game.
Saturday - The Frampton Shantymen
You can’t have a Harbour Festival and not sing songs of the sea, and the Frampton Shantymen do just that, with gusto, delivering classic sea-shanties that may well get you splicing the mainbrace.
Saturday - Ujima Radio Showcase
As one of the centres for urban music in Bristol Ujima Radio are perfectly placed to pick out some of the city’s best rising talent to give you a taste of the sounds of the future.
Last year’s prestigious Love Supreme jazz festival picked this lot as their ‘Festival Discovery’ winners but here in Bristol we were already in on the secret of their tightly woven soul-jazz grooves. Fronted by Holly Wellington’s languidly assured vocals, the 8-piece band slip easily between funk, Afrobeat and soul-hop, taking you with them every step of the way.
Saturday - Ed Bateman's West African Love Affair
Edd Bateman joined his first African band aged only 14, playing bass with Zimbabwean outfit Chimanimani, and he’s gone on to work with Senegalese and Congolese musicians around Europe and in Africa. Now he draws together 15 years of musical experience into this pan-African group of musicians and a set of original music reflecting the joyful heartbeat of West African dance music.
This trio of talents will knock your socks off as superfunky saxophonist James Morton is joined by the UK’s top trombonist Dennis Rollins and ‘The Voice’ sensation Tanya Lacey for an all-new soul-dance sound. After the acclaimed success of 2016’s album The Kid expect James to be moving on up in no uncertain terms.
Saturday - Onallee featuring Leonie Laws & D Project
When Roni Size’s Reprazent won the 1997 Mercury Prize it was Onallee’s vocal for Brown Paper Bag that cemented the new sound of Drum and Bass in the nation’s psyche. Last year she launched Futurism 3.0, an ambitious new project with producer D Project and featuring Breakbeat Era singer and composer Leonie Laws and we’re delighted she’s going to treat us to a mix of new sensations and old favourites to round off the day.
Sunday - Moscow Drug Club Goes Latin
Though well-established as Bristol favourites for their cabaret confection of off-beat songs with upbeat Gypsy Swing music there was a restlessness in Moscow Drug Club that led them to discover their inner Latinos. This new project, featuring enhanced percussion, was an instant sell-out success at this year’s Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival
Sunday - RSVP
We are delighted to have the party-friendly RSVP capping off our weekend with the irresistible rhythms of Bhangra that have made them one of the UK’s top outfits. Famed for their crowd-pleasing showmanship and high energy performances they will wring every last drop out of us before we close the show.
In 2017 the Amphitheatre Stage continues its longstanding partnership with Ujima Radio with some of the stations most popular personalities providing compere and DJ duties between the acts on the Amphitheatre stage.
A variety of acts will be performing over the weekend. Scroll through the pictures above for highlights.
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