With less than a month to go until the inaugural We Out Here festival held 15th-18th August at Abbot Ripton, in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, curators Gilles Peterson, Brownswood and Worldwide FM announce a wealth of cultural activities joining the 300+ line-up.
Set to champion a wealth of talent spanning jazz, electronic, world music and everything in between, the diverse music programme at We Out Here will go as deep and broad as Gilles’ own tastes, featuring cultural heroes side-by-side with the scene’s most exciting 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 and remixes and Matthew Herbert brings his 18-piece big band to the We Out Here mainstage. Other live performances come in the form of audacious singer Zara McFarlane, jazz-house fusion duo A Man Called Adam and a solo session from Emma-Jean Thackray.
Honouring the origins of UK club culture – a domineering inspiration for the festival itself – Randall, DJ Die, Krust and many more head up the DJ line-up along-side BBC Radio 1 Resident HAAi, Rhythm Section boss Bradley Zero, tastemaker 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 broadcasted live on Worldwide FM.
Rough Trade and Near Mint Record Fair bring an eclectic blend of independent labels and record shops together, as well as hosting some artist album signings and Q&As across the weekend. Elsewhere, Doc’n Roll Film Festival curate a programme of award-winning documentaries, feature-length dramas, and accompanying talks; from Trojan Records’ era-defining Jamaican reggae and ska to family-friendly animated feature Sing. Further film screenings from Gilles Peterson’s long-term collaborator Jez Nelson’s Somethin’ Else and immersive film company, Commune.
A variety of creative activities, workshops, crafts and sporting activities are on offer for all the family. Kickstart your day with one of the daily yoga and wellbeing sessions or join Charlie Dark and Run Dem Crew as they lead a daily run around the festival site for as many as would like to join. Fashion designer Sionhan Hogan will revamp your wardrobe with screen print sessions, Sprankenstein Lab, author Emily Rand and artist Ben Connors offer a selection of illustration workshops and a family-friendly rave from the award-winning Big Fish Little Fish will feature sets from 2 Bad Mice, Tracx and Joe Muggs.
Complementing the cultural offerings, We Out Here invite Columbia Road favourites Brawn to host an on-site all day venue. With a kitchen and bespoke wine bar guests can replenish and rejuvenate from breakfast through to dinner.
Alternatively, attendees can eat delicious and well-sourced food from dozens of different countries and cuisines. From The Cooking Cooks beautiful handcrafted Artisan fresh pasta to En Route’s aromatic Gujarati spiced vegetables to the bold west African flavours served up at Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. As well as a diverse range of street food favourites to tickle all tastebuds including Urban Falafel, Polental, Happy Maki, Arancina, Hanoi Kitchen, Anna Mae’s, Little Green Trailer, The Cheese Truck and more.
“So many great additions to this summer’s We Out Here, we’ve gone deep. A great representation of jungle and D’n’B with hero’s like Randall, DJ Die, Krust and more. Mala & Addison Groove bringing even more bass. Some great new talent can be found in Charlotte Adigery, Rosie Lowe and Connie Constance. Whities bring a showcase featuring Tasker & Minor Science. HAAi, Benji B. Dwight Trible and Saul Williams will be joining the legendary Gary Bartz on vocals. That is going to be a very unique moment.” – Gilles Peterson