First look at the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival 2022 in Moseley Park Birmingham

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It’s time for the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival in Moseley Park - and here’s how the popular three day event is shaping up as festival fans come through the gate

We went along to the Moseley Park where the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival is kicking off. This weekend sees a legendary line up here in Moselely Park in south Birmingham. It’s going to be an unforgettable few days for revellers, so I’ve come along to see what those who are attending have to look forward to.

Japes, a DJ performing at the festival, said: “I’m so jazzed to be able to DJ here because I’ve been a fan for a long time at the festival. It’s a real mix. Obviously it’s called Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul, but there’s way more genres than that. I’ll probably be playing some Afro stuff, some electronic stuff, like, there’s a real wide range of stuff.”

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Japes, a DJ performing at the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul festivalJapes, a DJ performing at the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul festival
Japes, a DJ performing at the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul festival

Alongside West Midlands legends The Specials headlining the festival, Earth Wind & Fire Experience and De La Soul are also taking to the stage. Craig Charles will also be doing a DJ set on the Saturday night. And there’s no shortage of other acts coming in from across the world.

On top of that there’s amazing food from local street food vendors in the Birmingham scene such as the Original Patty Men. All taking place across this historical 11 acre glade in the heart of Moseley Village. So plenty of reasons for people to attend, but let’s find out what they’re looking forward to the most.

Jason & Simon speak about the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul FestivalJason & Simon speak about the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival
Jason & Simon speak about the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival

Jason says: “It’s a great atmosphere. It’s local to us. It’s a Birmingham festival in Moseley. We are both brummies, very proud of the city. Rudeboys back in the day! Born virtually the same time together, never been apart, and yeah we thought we’d come along and celebrate The Specials! And yeah there’s some beer on offer as well!”

Bruce, founder of  Brúm M, speaks about the Mostly Jazz, Soul & Funk festivalBruce, founder of  Brúm M, speaks about the Mostly Jazz, Soul & Funk festival
Bruce, founder of  Brúm M, speaks about the Mostly Jazz, Soul & Funk festival

Well they couldn’t have picked a better weekend for it. The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul, festival, which is here for its 12th year, is running until Sunday, expecting around 1500 visitors through the gates, bringing some together some amazing talent while supporting the community here in Moseley.

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Bruce, founder of  street food brand Brúm Mi, says: “This is a festival that I used to come to as a kid, and as I was growing up around the area. And when I started this business about a year and a half ago, I kind of thought if I can get myself onto the Mostly Jazz and Moseley Folk festival, we’ll be doing alright.

“We know a lot of the people who are here today, we’ve all grown up round here, it’s forward facing, we can speak to a lot of the people who come out to support us on a daily and weekly basis, and get some of that face to face action!”

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