South London’s premier jazz, funk and soul festival, Cross the Tracks, has announced acclaimed British singer songwriter LIANNE LA HAVAS as its headline act for 2021. Having achieved breakthrough success in 2021, when her debut record Is Your Love Big Enough? was named iTunes Album of the Year and she was nominated BBC’s Sound of 2021, La Havas has received innumerable plaudits in the intervening years for her heartfelt brand of fold, jazz and neo soul. Last year, La Havas released her eponymous third album- a concept record depicting the stages of relationship- which was met with rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Cross The Tracks will be Havas’ first festival appearance since the release, and a unique chance for fans to see her play songs from the record live.
Also announced in Cross The Track’s second wave lineup is British jazz group SONS OF KEMET, whose trio of albums encompassing rock, Carribean folk and Afrobeat have seen them win numerous awards including “Best Jazz Act at the MOBOs; South London singer songwriter SASHA KEABLE, a collaborator on Disclosure’s chart-topping debut album Settle; 10-piece jazz group SEED ENSEMBLE, whose debut album Driftglass was nominated for the 2019 Mercury Prize; and British rapper KOFI STONE, who’ll be performing songs from his acclaimed debut record, Nobody Cares Till Everybody Does.
They join the already announced EN VOGUE, THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, SISTER SLEDGE, JORDAN RAKEI, GILES PETERSON, GREENTEA PENG, NUBYA GARCIA, YUSSEF DAYES, ASHLEY HENRY, CHANNEL ONE, CHILDREN OF ZEUS and NORMAN JAY MBE, plus many more acts who will all be gracing the stage in South London’s Brockwell Park this September. As well as an impressive musical lineup, Cross the Tracks will feature 40 street-food traders, a vintage fair, a wellness tent, an independent creative market, numerous workshops and panels from festival partner Black Minds Matter.
Brixton’s jazz, funk and soul feast, Cross The Tracks is a festival for all, welcoming all ages to enjoy and celebrate the incredible music and culture that surrounds the artists and the fans alike. Taking place on Sunday 5 September 2021 at Brockwell Park, London, tickets start at £69.50 + booking and are on sale now.