We Out Here Festival

Gilles Peterson’s ‘We Out Here’ festival returns to Cambridgeshire this weekend with a diverse line-up of live music acts and a programme of film screenings courtesy of Commune Cinema. The four-day event, which launched in 2018, aims to draw the dots between soul, hip hop, house, afro, electronica and jazz music while also celebrating UK club culture and the community around it.

Performers at 2021’s event include neo-soul singer Greentea Peng, afrobeat band Kokoroko, and Ninja Tune-signed post-rock ensemble Black Country, New Road, whose debut album ‘For The First Time’ is nominated for the Mercury Prize this year. Contemporary jazz group Sons of Kemet were nominated for the same award in 2018 — while electronic act Overmono and DJ Tenderlonious complete the live highlights.

The festival’s film curation, meanwhile, serves as a round-up of some of the best music documentaries of recent years. Among them are Lisa Rovner’s ‘Sisters With Transistors’, which charts a history of pioneering women in electronic music. ‘Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda’ provides a thoughtful look at the career and legacy of one of Japan’s greatest musicians, while ‘White Riot’ tells the story of the Rock Against Racism protest movement — which gained traction in the late ‘70s through the support of punk bands like X-Ray Spex and The Clash.

‘We Out Here’ runs from 19th-22nd August at Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire.

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