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When sunshine and fine music meet Moseley

Every summer is the same, and Moseley Park becomes an important open-air "home" (and stage) for a fine jazz, funk and soul music event. Mostly Jazz Festival is a truly Birmingham proud and in 2014 the event will be held from 11-13 of July.

Moseley is well-know for its cultural events and venues, from book and record fair to independent cafés, shops and pubs, for all tastes. Nowhere else in Birmingham would held better such a diversity and eclectic festival like Mostly Jazz.

The venue, a park in the middle of the residential area, is a perfect spot. Moseley Park is run by residents who count on annual contributions made by memberships to keep the local preserved.
It's definitely a delightful location where a bit of sunshine, unfolding chairs, some drinks and fine music make the vibe at Moseley more special during the weekend of the event.

I've been to the festival for the first time last year and I'd like to do it every time if it's possible. The atmosphere at the Moseley village is always inviting and you really feel part of the community at Mostly Jazz Festival. Like that kind of party with close friends that make you feel at home.

Families, younger and elderly ones: everyone is invited to bring your blankets and enjoy some breeze under the trees or get a bit of sunshine, if the British weather helps.

In 2013, it really helped and the hot day was a pure joy with bands starting to play in the afternoon, while we were ready to enjoy our first Pimms.

There are plenty of food and drink options in the park, but if you want to have a look in the local businesses, Moseley has several cafés and pubs catering to every one's taste and it's an excellent opportunity to check how all establishments around are pretty much involved with the festival itself.

The Line up is obviously the main reason to never miss this festival. Last year's attractions challenged any music event to beat the idea of having Nile Rodgers (and Chic), Candi Station and Soul II Soul in the same stage.

In 2014, Mostly Jazz Fest headline is ready to impress with world music of quality.

Friday -Main Stage: Fun Lovin' Criminals, Omar Souleyman, Kraak & Smaak, The Souljazz Orchestra and Albare Plays Gibson Guitar.

Second Stage: Sons of Kemet,Radio Riddler, Free School and Jay Prince.


Saturday- Main Stage: Mavis Staples, Ibibio Sound Machine, Cody ChesnuTT, King Khan & The Shrines, Myron E, Lack of Afro (Live Band)and The Atlantic Players.

At the Yardbirds stage: The already traditional Craig Charles (DJ Set), Hannah Williams and The Tastemakers, The Impellers, Alexia Coley, Lucinda Belle and The Heels.


Sunday- Main Stage: Earth, Wind & Fire Experience Featuring Al Mckay, Courtney Pine, Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, Heliocentrics, London Afrobeat Collective and Ray Harris.

Jazzlines Stage: Young Pilgrims, Trope, Ortet, Sara Colman Brazilian Project, REED bass and Jazzlines Ensemble.
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Why? Sunshine and fine world music
Where: Moseley, Birmingham
Cost: £ 35 standard - £85 (weekend)
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