Cross The Tracks

Get ready for a soul, jazz and r'n'b filled extravaganza! Peter Gray reports.

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South London’s Cross The Tracks festival is set to return this September. The one day event, which is often described as Brixton’s premiere soul, jazz, and funk fest, was cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Crisis.

Cross The Tracks began life in 2019 with an immaculately executed one day affair at Brixton’s Brockwell Park. The festival, which takes its name from the James Brown track of the same name, featured performances from the likes of Chaka Khan, Jordan Rakei and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.

That first event earned a host of plaudits, with the prestigious Clash Music website describing the festival as “expertly laid out, easy to get around and thrillingly diverse”.

The line up for this year’s event has yet to be announced, however, the festival’s organisers have confirmed that ALL of the acts scheduled to perform at the 2020 festival would perform at this year’s event. This includes soul group Sister Sledge, Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B, South London singer Jaz Karis and dub master Norman Jay.

Food wise, the event is once again expected to showcase the best of London’s street food outlets, with the 2019 festival featuring over 40 traders.

There will almost certainly also be several non-music related areas at the event, however, at this precise time there is no word on what they might be. The 2019 festival, however, boasted a wellness area, a record and art fair, and a ‘creative market’.

Given the stop start nature of the entertainment industry over the last 18 months, the organisers of Cross The Tracks have moved to reassure potential festival goers that should the event be cancelled, tickets would be refunded or exchanged for the 2022 festival.

Furthermore, as a thank you to the nation’s heroic healthcare workers, Cross The Tracks is offering NHS staff free tickets to this year’s festival. Click here to enter your details for the free tickets.

Cross The Tracks will be at Brockwell Park on the 5th of September 2021. Tickets can be purchased for the event from the 3rd of February 2021. For information and tickets, please click here

For information on other forthcoming festivals taking place in London and the South East, please click here.

-London's Best Events-
What: music festival
When: 5 Sept 2021
Where: Brockwell Park
Website: xthetracks