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We Out Here Festival @ Abbots Ripton (15-18 Aug) We Out Here Festival @ Abbots Ripton (15-18 Aug)
We Out Here Festival @ Abbots Ripton (15-18 Aug)

Legendary taste-maker Gilles Peterson brings in conjunction with Brownwood and Worldwide FM their inaugural instalment of We Out Here festival to the rolling hills of Cambridgeshire this August.


As you would expect, there will be an eclectic spectrum of music ranging from jazz, world music, electronic and loads more in the middle, from experienced and revered musicians to the latest free form newcomers.


Legendary saxophonist Gary Bartz will be joined by LA jazz singer Dwight Trible and American rapper and poet Saul Williams. Mala and the Outlook Orchestra perform the very best of Mala’s own productions.


Jazz/soul singer writer Zara McFarlane will be performing, as will jazz-house fusion duo A Man Called Adam with a solo session from Emma-Jean Thackray.


Honouring the origins of UK club culture and a huge inspiration for the festival itself will be Randall, DJ Die, Krust and many more. Head. DJ line-also include BBC Radio 1 Resident HAAi, rhythm section boss Bradley Zero, taste maker Benji B, and Berlin-based duo Nu Guinea who showcase jazz’s far-reaching influence in their sets.


Alongside these names, a series of stage takeovers come from seminal Planet V featuring the original Jumping Jack Frost, Electric Chair with Francois K and NTS residents Touching Bass, headlined by Theo Parrish. Performance highlights and exclusive interviews will be broadcast live on Worldwide FM.


Doc’n Roll Film Festival curates a programme of award-winning documentaries, feature-length dramas, and talks; from Trojan Records’ era-defining Jamaican reggae and ska to family-friendly animated feature Sing. There will be further film screenings from Gilles Peterson’s long-term collaborator Jez Nelson’s Somethin’ Else and immersive film company, Commune.


It’s not all about music and stage performances. Creative festival goers can try their hand at a range of exciting workshops, crafts and sporting activities. For the more spiritually minded there will be daily yoga and well being sessions.


The creativity doesn’t stop there, you can let fashion designer Sionhan Hogan revamp your wardrobe or try your hand at screen printing with sessions from Sprankenstein Lab. Author Emily Rand and artist Ben Connors offer a selection of illustration workshops to keep you amused in between the music.


Those feeling more energetic can join Charlie Dark and Run Dem Crew as they lead a daily run around the festival site.

Children are also welcome and provided for as they can join in the family-friendly rave from the award-winning Big Fish Little Fish which feature sets from 2 Bad Mice, Tracx and Joe Muggs.


Just like the music, there is a feast of culinary delights from countries near and far to suit every palette.


Come and taste beautiful handcrafted Artisan fresh pasta from The Cooking Cooks, aromatic Gujarati spiced vegetables from En Route’s or the bold West African flavours served up at Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.


Additionally there will be a diverse range of street food favourites to tickle all taste buds from Urban Falafel, Polental, Happy Maki, Arancina, Hanoi Kitchen, Anna Mae’s, Little Green Trailer, The Cheese Truck and more.


This hugely anticipated festival takes place at Abbots Ripton site, the former home of Secret Garden Party. There’s a range of camping option on offer from glamping to a quiet site for families. Weekend camping is included with weekend tickets.


We Out Here, Thur 15th-Sun 18th August 2019, Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, Tickets from £145 available at www.weoutherefestival.com

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