Roy Ayers is one of the prophets of jazz-funk and acid jazz, a man decades ahead of his time. 1972’s “Move to Groove” has a crackling backbeat that serves as the prototype for the shuffling hip-hop groove that became almost ubiquitous on acid jazz records, and his relaxed 1976 song “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” has been frequently sampled.
The Brand New Heavies
A heady cocktail of Chic-style funk-pop, sunshine grooves and scorched-soul balladry, TBNH refines, reimagines and ultimately reinvents a winning formula which has won them16 top 40 hits and three million album sales.
Over the last three decades The Heavies’ eclectic dancefloor aesthetic has seen them build an unrivalled reputation as the ultimate musician’s musicians.
Fiercely independent and possessing a true artistic vision, 20-year-old Lola Young has all the potential, spirit and individuality to become the UK’s next biggest talent.
Exceptionally talented with an undeniable creative focus, she is a musical force. A thrilling and uncompromising live performer with an astute and unique gift for writing songs that encapsulate and explore the human condition, Lola Young can’t be boxed or categorised. And because of that she is one of the most exciting new British artists ready to be discovered.
Half Caribbean, quarter Irish and quarter Scottish, Shola Ama is one of the UKs most loved R&B vocalists. Her 1997 cover of Randy Crawford’s “You Might Need Somebody” is a masterclass in popular soul music.
The Asylum remix of Imagine, is still a popular club track, and still features on many compilations to this day.
Famed for her angelic, soulful voice and ability to fuse soul, RnB, 2-Step and UK garage music, we are thrilled to welcome her to the Bloom stage.
Gentleman’s Dub Club
After their show-stopping performance at Good Vibrations Society 2021, it was an absolute no-brainer to invite the 8-strong Dub heavyweights back to our Bloom stage.
Having built a reputation on consistently delivering one of the most energetic and exhilarating live shows to emerge from the UK bass music scene, the Gents’ antics have seen them astound crowds from Goa to Glastonbury. Their records remain securely within the top 40 of the album reggae charts since release, hailing support from some of the UK’s most prominent underground representatives.
Not to be missed.
Roni Sizeft. Dynamite MC
Legitimately described as a legend in Drum n Bass, Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever was around him.
From Bristol youthclub parties, through the white heat of rave and the founding moments of jungle and drum’n’bass, to transforming underground electronic music into something that could be played by a live band on the biggest arena and festival stages, he has at each stage created completely afresh – not just a sound or style but an entire methodology of how music can be made. And each time, that new creation has reflected his heritage, his surroundings and the precise moment in which he’s operating.
Steam Down is an artist collective and music community based in Deptford, South-East London.
Founded by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Ahnansé in May 2017, the initial event was created to connect London based musicians and producers. Since then it has evolved into a collective where artists and their extended musical family generate spontaneous sonic soundscapes reflecting their lives in the city.
Steam Down has quickly become a household name in London’s music scene, and most recently received two Jazz FM awards including The Innovation Award sponsored by Mishcon de Reya and Live Experience of the Year Award sponsored by Yamaha UK featuring Kamasi Washington. In addition, this summer Sky News produced a feature on Steam Down and its fundamental role within London’s flourishing Jazz scene.
Ober the last few years, Steam Down have taken part in a variety of projects, including supporting Sampa The Great on Jools Holland, headlining Boiler Room’s Festival alongside Afronaut Zu, Nubya Garcia, and Charlotte Dos Santos, as well as the release of their debut single ‘Free My Skin’in November. Currently, Steam Down is gearing up to their highly anticipated EP, which is due to be released later this year.
Taz Rashid (DJ TAZ) brings a high vibrational energy to any room instantly by mixing the beats and rhythms of Love, Ancient New World, House, Kirtan, Devotional, and all the cosmic sounds. His vision is to be a channel to cause the expansion of all those around by tapping into the creative wisdom of the body and allowing them to feel, let go and awaken.
He has been producing and part of creating conscious events in the midwest over the last few years and as a musician, he plays guitar, keyboard, Native American Flute, didgeridoo and hand percussion. He takes these instruments and connects to the Divine and what comes through has the ability to move his crowd to connect to their Divine higher selves. Recently he has been performing and DJing at events such as Bhakti Fest, Serendipity Festival, Denver Chant Fest, Lightworkers Midwest Conference, Greenheart Transforms, Bodhi Spiritual Center and many more conscious gatherings. In Chicago, he and his team produce Club Divine a monthly spiritual dance party with high vibrational DJs, healers, body workers, artists and amazing musicians.
Young Gun Silver Fox
Young Gun Silver Fox are musical sorcerers. They’ve fashioned a fresh and modern sound that summons one of the most vibrant and influential epochs in popular music. They pay homage to 1970s Los Angeles, a golden age of recording that infused the pop charts and FM airwaves with a blend of soulful voices, immaculate melodies, stellar musicianship, and sophisticated studio technology.
The forces behind Young Gun Silver Fox are Andy Platts and Shawn Lee. It was inevitable that two of the UK’s most prolific and versatile pop music linguists would one day collaborate on a studio project that crystallized many of their creative strengths.
Their music fuses the talents they’ve mastered in their respective careers, from Andy’s role as frontman and co-founder of Mamas Gun to Shawn’s numerous self-produced projects with AM and his own Ping Pong Orchestra. The authentic hybrid of styles the group harnesses is further steeped in the fact that Shawn, the team’s silver-haired Silver Fox, is an American who resided in LA for seven years before relocating to London.
No compass needed for this journey, just drop the stylus and get lost in the music.
London Afrobeat Collective
This 9-piece Afro-Funk noise bomb is fast becoming a household name in every European town who claims to know anything about a good party. Their live show can be a truly extraordinary experience for the audience who is ready to let go and surrender to the unstoppable force of the Groove, and people leave feeling they’ve run a marathon and had a spiritual awakening at the same time. From Europe to Africa, Glastonbury to ‘Felabration’*, they deliver party-music born of their truly global DNA.
Winner of Best UK Unsigned Female 2016.
Ensuing tales of darkness and light allow a deeper exploration of the human condition, psyche, collective fears and torments.
Born on the tiny Island of Guernsey to a Portuguese family, British singer- songwriter Nessi Gomes channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity, blending the essence of the traditional, emotional and ‘larger than life’ Fado folk music with British contemporary inspiration.
Though spending most of her life in the Channel Islands, the turning point in Nessi’s musical expression took place six years ago when she lived in Central America. The years she spent away from her home shook her world and reshaped her writing. She shifted from the more obvious themes of love, loss and broken hearts to ruthlessly exploring her inner geography, insecurities, beauty and light that she found there.
Her quirky and emotive voice began to reflect a brutally honest portrait of an inner world where shadows and hope, sanity and insanity dance magically together; where mysteries are unveiled.
& the Affirmations
Some bands struggle forever and never quite make it. Some give up half way through. Some even hit it big and die a quick death shortly after. Then there are bands like Hannah Williams and the Affirmations; who keep doing what they do, putting their trust in the universe and receiving blessings in return. A Jay Z sample of their first album’s title track, Late Nights and Heartbreak led to worldwide touring including highlights at Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz and Blue Note Tokyo. Then, multiple TV synchs for their second album’s title track, 50 Foot Woman – including Infiniti cars, CBS, Apple TV + and Virgin Hotels – have paved the way for the upcoming third album with great slabs of ambition.
So, with unfathomably positive energy and their fire burning ever-bright, Hannah Williams and the Affirmations have a deluge of new material. One listen will tell you all you need to know about their future.
Living on a horse livery in Wiltshire, UK singer-songwriter Carrie Tree writes and crafts her music amongst the fields and forests. She sings with an honesty and dedicated love for this earth and our human journey, touching a deep place inside the hearts of listeners.
She draws us into a world of powerful storytelling and sublime melody with guitar, piano and voice, melting borders within us.
This artist has been a known name in Europe’s acoustic music scene for many years and has toured in countless retreats, festivals and concerts across the world, sharing her love of music and the depth of connection it can bring.
Mark Iration speaks in a booming voice; his dub roots sound system prides itself on being one of the very best and certainly one of the loudest in Europe; and the man even writes in capital letters. Everything about his is about giving his all.
Whilst many fall by the wayside in the music business, fourteen years on from their initial beginning the Iration Steppas are still going strong and, in fact, are more focused than ever, being on the cusp of releasing both a much anticipated debut album ‘Dubz from De Higher Regionz’ on the acclaimed Dubheadz label as well as a highly desirable Subdub compilation entitled ‘Digital Afrika’, out on their own Tandoori Space imprint.
It’s here we hit on the real heart of what the Iration Steppas are about: passion for music and perseverance, as Mark himself has said “If you get knocked down, you just have to come back stronger – it’s very important to persist in what you are doing and to believe in yourself”.
They say that cream always rises to the top but for 25-year-old Benny Page, the ascent to drum and bass stardom has been meteoric by anyone’s standards. Having imprinted his name in the mind of the late John Peel with one of his first-ever releases back in 2004, the Reading-born producer is now firmly established as the protégé of drum and bass legend Shy Fx on his Digital Soundboy label. And with a string of dancefloor hits now behind him including the massive “Turn Down the Lights”, everything is now in place for Benny to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mentor and take the world by storm.
Multi-faceted production combined with rap and singing over vulnerable lyrics incorporating classic Hip-Hop sets Kay Young apart as one of the UKs most exciting vocalists.
“Since a child, music is something that I have always done. I was always beatboxing, dancing-I loved to entertain! I went on to study Music Technology in college, and at the same time, I would take part in beat battles in the evening. I knew from a very young age that music is what I wanted to do as I couldn’t see myself doing anything else”.
Kay Young might be a newcomer and fresh talent, but she will be at the forefront of Black British Music. With everything that is going on in the world, everyone will agree all we can do is support each other, and that’s what Kay stands for as well: “I think it is in a good place right now. Artists are coming together more now and showing each other support. As the saying goes, ‘If you win, I win’ It’s about recognizing that it’s all about the movement, pushing it forward. Someone else’s win is only helping the next person get through the door. The UK Jazz scene is a perfect example of that”.
Dub Princess & Hotsteppas
Hailing from Bristol, Dub Princess & Hotsteppas are an energetic 8 piece band. Driven and founded by Bassist Fergal Harper their live shows always deliver an immersive & evocative performance with a Blend of Reggae, Ska, Dub, & Afrobeat.
Singer songwriter Dub Princess has recently started collaborating with Hotsteppas adding her original songs to the set, sparking a new flavour to an already established and well respected band in the Bristol scene.
Hotseppas have quickly gained momentum through supporting the likes of The Wailers, The Mouse Outfit, Mungo’s Hi Fi, Katch a Fire, Black Roots, Macka B and more. Dub Princess & Hotsteppas have also worked with a number of high profile artists such as Chali 2na, Blackout Ja, Donovan Kingjay, and Dub FX.
The Green Light Ensemble