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We Out Here Festival 2023 Set for August; Hosted by Gilles Peterson

Hosted by Gilles Peterson, the long-standing Godfather of Jazz curation, We Out Here Festival returns in 2023 from August 10-14.



We Out Here Festival 2023

2018’s We Out Here album (stream here) brought together the very best of young British jazz, including Nubya Garcia, Ezra Collective and Moses Boyd. It still stands as a blueprint for all that’s good in the world of Britjazz, and is a perfect companion piece to the We Out Here Festival.

The We Out Here festival casts a wider net and invites international stars to join homegrown acts in the lush green of the English Countryside, and also introduces fresher acts since that 6-year-old slab of genius.

Hosted by Gilles Peterson, the long-standing Godfather of Jazz curation via BBC 6Music, endless curated compilation albums, DJ sets and festivals such as this, we’re in very safe hands.

This year, the Festival has a new home in the lush parkland at the appropriately named Wimborne St Giles in Dorset across four days (10-14 Aug 23) and features the absolute cream of the crop of International Jazz and dance. New and old artists mix in a distinctly family-friendly event that includes the expected Nubya Garcia and Ezra Collective alongside other fresh stars, Thee Sacred Souls, Black Midi, Wu Lu, Knucks and Nia Archives. Older more establish acts include long-time Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Brian Jackson who released some amazing new material last year, ex-Moloko star Roisin Murphy, Galliano, Omar, and the Sun Ra Arkestra.

More summer vibes can be soaked up by DJs ranging from Peterson himself to 6Music buddy Jamz Supernova, Kruder and Dorfmeister, Mr Scruff, Horse Meat Disco, LTJ Bukem, Grooverider and Roni Size.

Check the official website for info on accommodation, tickets, and everything else you need to know for a beautiful sun-drenched bliss out in the sticks. I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be. To quote Omar, “There’s nothing like this.”

Del Pike is a University lecturer in Film and Media in Liverpool (UK). He writes film, music, art, literature and culture articles and reviews for a number of websites. Del loves nothing more than snuggling down in a dark cinema, getting sweaty at  a live gig or drifting off late at night to a good book. He loves cats. He enjoys promoting new talent online so please say hi if you have something to show.