Walthamstow Jazz Festival set to return

Published Wednesday 25 September by Owen

Walthamstow Jazz Festival returns for a second year, reaching across the spectrum to pull together a day of amazing music created and curated for your ears from artists at the cutting edge here in the UK and beyond.

It's not every day you get a chance to bring one of Wu Tang Clan to your area, so when the chance to book U-God came up festival organisers grabbed it, and are thrilled to be bringing Golden Arms to headline Walthamstow Jazz Festival 2020 with London natives Project Karnak as his live band. This is a one-off, never to be repeated.

Joining U-God on the bill are established names in their field like Laura Jurd, bandleader of 2017 Mercury nominees Dinosaur, Free Jazz and improvising pioneer Evan Parker, and breakout star of the London scene Binker Golding, Danalogue and Betamax of The Comet Is Coming, combining as Soccer96, leading Bristol lights Ishmael Ensemble, and many many more, with some curveballs thrown in for good measure.

The music will be spread across two close together sites near Black Horse Road Tube station, with the main stage in the new Truman’s Brewhouse on Priestley Way. Gnome House will provide the second stage, a few minutes’ walk from Priestley Way. And we're partnering with Threads Radio to live stream the event.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 27 September via Dice FM

Full Line-up
  • U-God with Project Karnak "It’s hard to argue against the fact that U-God as a member of Wu-Tang or as a solo artist is a rapper to be mentioned with some of the best. " [Hit The Floor Magazine] "Gorgeous bundles of jazz chord progressions and a healthy dose of funky bass synth" [Twisted Soul]
  • Ishmael Ensemble - “Combining genres from jazz to minimalism with a city's great heritage, without resorting to pastiche, is no mean feat.” [The Guardian]
  • Soccer96 - "Contemplative electronica infused with vitality, audacity and a plurality of ideas and perspectives." [The Quietus]
  • Fat White Family (DJ set) - “Any rumours you may have heard that Fat White Family’s hugely acclaimed third album ‘Serfs Up!’ has seen rock’s grimiest perverts and miscreants clean up their act and get respectable were woefully premature.” [NME]
  • Laura Jurd - "Laura Jurd is a staggeringly good trumpeter – a specialist in hard bop and modal jazz who could hold her own on any jazz bandstand on earth." [The Guardian]
  • Evan Parker - "If you have ever been tempted by free improvisation, Evan Parker is your gateway drug." [The Guardian]
  • Yakul - "Yakul is a 3 piece neo-soul/ jazz band coming straight out of Brighton with something that will grip your souls to the core." [Earmilk]  
  • Binker Golding - "Binker Golding traverses the full range of his tenor saxophone, switching between parping basslines, mid-range melodies and high-pitched freakouts." [The Guardian]
  • Kinkajous -  "London based collective Kinkajous blend jazz composition with club culture tropes." [Clash Magazine]
  • Pouya Eshaei presents: Parasang - "live improv and DJ sets from some of the best artists to play the globally influenced experimental project" [Resident Advisor]
  • Ebi Soda - "Drawing inspiration from jazz originators and combining their own coastal flavour and creativity creates an unmistakable energy." [Inspired Sound UK]
  • Dee Byrne - "Intense, muscular jazz voyage." [The Guardian]
  • Hippo - "A future jazz vision buried in a nest of beefy electronics and bouncing rhythms." [Jazz Plus]
  • Skwid Ink - "Consistently interesting and enjoyable" [Bebop Spoken Here]
  • Jasmine - "Jasmine combine the influences of jazz and hip-hop, using Ableton Live to introduce layered horn parts over a traditional saxophone led jazz quintet setup." [Jazz North]
  • Moonfish - "new music taking in jazz improvisation, electronic beats and alternative rock from drummer Riccardo Chiaberta and pianist Maria Chiara Argirò." [Southbank Centre]
  • Poly-Ritmo (DJ set)-"Hotly tipped as one of London’s nascent selectors she explores jazz, Brazilian, Latin, soul, and all the spaces in between." [Worldwide FM]