The London coffee festival presents...
So you’ve watched the Coffee Masters competition, indulged in a couple of Espresso Martinis, learnt how to pour a latte art heart, and bought a Coffee jumper from The Shop. Now it’s time to grab a deck chair in Hyde Park and plonk yourself next to the Main Stage for some insanely good live music.
Here’s who’s playing
The Brass Funkeys are an eightpiece London-based Brass Band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Formed in 2011, they’ve played at major festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown and Bestival as well as London venues including The O2 Brooklyn Bowl, Richmix, and Ronnie Scott’s. Last year the band supported Dr John, the Hot 8 Brass Band and The Dirty Dozen on their UK tours and have also performed across Europe.
London’s MC Xander uses nothing more than his voice, a mic, an fx box and a loop-pedal to create intricate, multi-layered music that never fails to amaze. Beautiful choir-esque melodies mix with fat beatbox, growling dubby sub-bass and Xander’s conscious brand of lyricism. The sound he makes is so sonically rich and danceable, it’s easy to forget it is all from the mouth.
Over the last few years, Leeds’ based klezmer/Balkan beats/gypsy jazz bohemians Tantz have taken the UK world/roots music scene apart with their full-on musical attack on audiences across the length and breadth of the nation.
With awesome musical chops, an energy not seen since punk rock’s halcyon days and ability to turn a gentle world music festival crowd into a heaving, pogoing mosh-pit, there’s something special about this band that manages to touch almost everyone who hears and sees them live, no matter what music they’re into.
Hailing from South London, All The People are a three-piece comprising of DJ brothers Ashley & Simon (The Burbs, Hospital records) and singer Curtis. They pride themselves on having a recorded sound and live show that reflects their creative and experimental approach to song structures and soundscapes.
Musically they are already being favourably compared to artists ranging from SBTRKT, Sampha, Hot Chip, Little Dragon, and their unique sound reflects diverse influences from classic trip hop /soul acts such as Bonobo and Massive Attack, to RnB and 90’s soul, jazz & early Detroit techno.
British/Portuguese singer/songwriter Sonia Bernardo has been turning heads all over the city. Her powerful, soulful voice is tinged with a Fado weep mixed with Bossa-Nova simplicity and jazzy embellishments. Her slick song writing slips into jazz standard-esque vibes in a heart-beat and then back to reality and the moment with her poised lyrics about 21st century people and relationships.
Bee Bakare is a Nigeria-born British soul singer-songwriter. Her music is recognisable by the deeply rich and warm contralto that features in her sound. She's played venues such as the legendary Troubadour and Ronnie Scott’s, as a solo acoustic captivating audiences.
Lisa Grand is a talented singer-songwriter, producer and pianist. She taught herself to play the piano by ear from the age of 10 years old, and began writing her own songs shortly after.
Coming from a very diverse ethnic background has opened her ears to a vast range of musical styles and sounds. A combination of powerful heartfelt notes and sweet harmonies, Lisa's vocals are reminiscant of the great soul divas, and she has been likened to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Lianne La Havas.
Lubiana is a Belgian singer songwriter and Kora player with Cameroonian roots. Her fusion of Soul, Jazz and African Folk reflect a unique connection to her heritage. She recently discovered the Kora and immersed her soul in the study, learning from Kora masters. She has found new textures and rhythms, hypnotic and meditative to couple with her rich emotive voice that touch the heart, transfix and transport you to a different realm.
It’s not only Norman Jay who’ll be taking to the turntables — we’ve got an energetic line-up of some of London’s hottest DJs, all eager to show you their stuff and ensure you dance your way around the Festival.
Let's meet them.
Played for: Proud Camden, El Camion, Mommi, The Paradise, The Sanderson, Beach Blanket Babylon
Good to know: First single ‘Deep End ft Craig Webb’ is OUT NOW
Spinning: Funk. Soul. Disco
Played for: Fabric, The Nest, Village Underground
Good to know: Daft Punk super fan and zoo enthusiast
Spinning: Northern Soul. 60s Rhythm & Blues. Funk. SKA. Old School Rock-n-Roll.
Played for: Groucho Club, Soho House, 5 Hertford Street, Scotch of St James, Old St Records
Good to know: Inspired by 50's dance halls and 60's Northern Soul clubs
Spinning: Funk. Soul. Neo Soul. Rare Groove. Boogie. Disco. Hip Hop. Reggae. Afro Beat. Latin. Breakbeat. 60s Psychedelic House. Garage.
Played for: EMI, Secret Garden Party, Lovebox, Camdem Crawl, Standon Calling, Old Blue Last, Groucho, Red Stripe
Good to know: Co-founder of vinyl only Funk and Disco charity night Vinyl Fantasy – first Saturday of every month at the Haggerston Pub, Dalston.
Spinning: Mixed genre party sets and hand-picked rare mashups
Played for: Glastonbury
Good to know: Former Passion FM presenter
Spinning: Funk. Disco. House. Hip Hop. Breaks. Drum n Bass.
Played for: Hoxton Pony, The White Horse, The End
Good to know: Champions new musical talent through The Mixchief Collective DJ agency and Brixton Briefcase Presents
The Coﬀee Music Project is a high proﬁle competition that showcases emerging musicians while engaging a deep spirit of community among those who share a passion for great music and coﬀee culture.
The competition takes place annually in London and NYC and all proﬁts from the live rounds directly support Project Waterfall.
Eight ﬁnalists from this year’s London edition will be performing on the main stage during Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, with the ﬁnals taking place at 229 The Venue on Wednesday, 12 April 2017.
For more details and to buy tickets, visit coﬀeemusicproject.com