Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

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“Everybody Loves the Sunshine” rang out at the Maiden Voyage Festival on the hottest ever August bank holiday weekend. The legend Roy Ayers was in town and played a selection of his jazz-funk classics, one of my favourite artists, having seen him a few times at the Jazz Cafe over the years. His voice is a bit frailer at 78 but he certainly still has the moves and the voice, the festival attracted around 10,000 plus people which was excellent as the Notting Hill Carnival was on at the same time.
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Crowds enjoying the Maiden Voyage Festival

It was too hot at times as the mercury hit a sizzling 33c with queues at the water stations, the shade under the trees were sort out as the music boomed across the field. Set in 3 mills island for one day only, this is the inaugural music festival organised by the Jazz Cafe. It brings together worldwide music from jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat to funk. Put together by music lovers for music lovers.
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Dancing at the Maiden Voyage festival

The organises were creating a festival that focuses on the experience of the festival-goer. A day out with no stress, with only one stage so you don’t need to worry about missing any acts. Aiming for something affordable, with no frills, all condensed into one small, easy-to-navigate space. I think they succeeded in this and was enjoyed by everyone, plenty of choice for food and drink. Plus one of the main things was that there were plenty of toilets with hardly any queuing!!
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Taking shade in the hot sun at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

The Artists & DJs

The artists and DJs from around the world included Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bradley Zero, Charlotte Dos Santos, Gilles Peterson,  Illa J, Louis Cole, Madlib, Nabihah Iqbal, Roy Ayers, Steam Down and Zakia. Below are some of the photographs that I took from the festival with lots more on the Flickr link below.

Charlotte Dos Santos

The beautiful voice of Norway’s enigmatic vocalist, composer and producer Charlotte Dos Santos is amazing. This was my first time hearing her live and I can see why she blew everyone away with her sold-out Jazz Cafe x Rhythm Section showcase last year! Her breakthrough album Cleo on esteemed imprint Stones Throw, is definitely one you should search out for.

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Charlotte Dos Santos singing at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Charlotte Dos Santos singing at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Charlotte Dos Santos singing at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Charlotte Dos Santos and band members

Charlotte Dos Santos and band members playing at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Awesome Tapes From Africa

Awesome Tapes From Africa, aka Brian Shimkovitz, has a real knack for discovering African rarities in a myriad of genres, from highlife to African disco, old left-field soul to curious local pop. Since starting his eponymous label Awesome Tapes From Africa, he has gone on to bring such acts as Ata Kak, Hailu Mergia and Penny Penny to global prominence.

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Awesome Tapes From Africa, aka Brian Shimkovitz

Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Awesome Tapes From Africa, aka Brian Shimkovitz

Roy Ayers

One of the living legends “The Godfather of Neo-Soul”, it was great to be able to catch him at the festival. He still has the moves and his band were tight, playing all the classics to the large crowds who were singing along. As one of the most sampled artists in history, and with timeless classics like ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ and ‘Searchin’, he continues to bridge the gap between generations and music lovers alike.

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Roy Ayers & band plays at Maiden Voyage Festival 2019

Illa J

A former member of legendary hip hop group Slum Village, and younger brother of the iconic producer J Dilla, rapper Illa J. He has worked with artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Common and many more.

rapper Illa J at the Maiden Voyage festival

rapper Illa J at the Maiden Voyage festival

rapper Illa J at the Maiden Voyage festival

rapper Illa J at the Maiden Voyage festival

rapper Illa J at the Maiden Voyage festival

rapper Illa J at the Maiden Voyage festival

Louis Cole

Louis Cole is one-half of Knower, a frequent studio collaborator, and a solo artist whose releases include Time (2018), released on the Brainfeeder label. A one-man band with lots of energy, check out his latest excellent album.

Louis Cole at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Louis Cole at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Louis Cole at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Louis Cole at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down

Steam Down from Deptford in South London brought their high octane jazz, Afrofuturism, grime and future soul to the Maiden Voyage Festival. Holding down a residency at Buster Mantis in Deptford, they’ve gone on to headline and sell out the prestigious Jazz Cafe amongst other one-off events across the city. Often made up of members of Ahnanse, Sons Of Kemet, Kokoroko and more, they’re known for their seriously super engaging, immersive and energetic shows.

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Steam Down at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Madlib

One of the most prolific producers of the last 20 years, Madlib DJ’ed on a rare London appearance. Responsible for cooking up classics for the likes of J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Ghostface, Mos Def and DOOM to name a few, he has gone on to influence everyone from Flying Lotus to Thom Yorke.

Madlib at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Madlib at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Madlib at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Madlib at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Zakia

Zakia, the vinyl-collecting junkie who has been waking us up on a Sunday with her cosmic groove-laden NTS show ‘Questing’.

Zakia Djing at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Zakia Djing at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Zakia Djing at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Zakia Djing at the Maiden Voyage Festival

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero

My favourite DJ Gilles Peterson, if he is part of something then it must be good. He played with Bradley Zero and they took turns to play a track after each other bring the South American vibes to the festival. Gilles even slipped in a Trinidadian calypso in appreciation for England beating the Australians in an amazing cricket match that afternoon.

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero, Djing back to back at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero, Djing back to back at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero, Djing back to back at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Gilles Peterson & Bradley Zero

Bradley Zero, Djing with Gilles back to back at the Maiden Voyage Festival.

Many thanks for reading, leave a comment below if you went to the festival and let me know what you thought of it. Sign up to my newsletter which will mention events to go to in the next month. More photos can be found on the links below. Also follow my Youtube channel below for lots more video coming soon, especially some old radio shows of Gilles Peterson in the 1980s & 90s.

Non Music

Besides the music, there was also yoga sessions and food and bars. All were reasonably priced and there was a wide variety. Below are a few photos of these.

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Juice & cocktails sellers

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Recycled cups with your drinks. Good to see not many plastic bottles.

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Bar staff working

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Crepe & waffles, this is where I had my lunch and was yummy.

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Having a rest in the hammocks in the VIP area

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Hola Hoop dancing to the music

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Table tennis in the VIP area

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Sun protection

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Icecream seller on one of the hottest days.

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Maiden Voyage Festival – www.maiden-voyage.co.uk
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