We are overjoyed to share our line up for We Out Here 2023, featuring some of our all-time favourite artists plus the most exciting emerging talent.
There’s so much we’re looking forward to, from the “best alliance in hip-hop” Black Star aka Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli, to the queen Róisín Murphy and fast-rising stars Knucks and Nia Archives.
Representing a cornerstone our programming: the vibrant UK Jazz scene, the ever-energetic EzraCollective make a return appearance, alongside dubstep pioneer Mala who calls up jazz luminary Joe Armon-Jones for their high-lauded hybrid jazz/dub live show and DOMi & JD Beck the virtuostic duo who have rapidly built up a fierce reputation, all joining previously-announced jazz staples NubyaGarcia, Makaya McCraven and Yazmin Lacey.
Legendary acid-jazz band Galliano make a long-awaited return, joining the ranks of fellow seminal artists: British funk band Cymande, celebrating 50 years, Sun Ra Arkestra led by 99-year old bandleader Marshall Allen and Grammy-nominated American vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello. New gen talent is also in ample attendance: new wave junglist Nia Archives presents her live show as does Nabihah Iqbal ahead of an upcoming album, alongside Live.e, Neo-soul favourites Children of Zeusand Romare with a special electronic live show, who join previously announced post punk outfit Black Midi, Wu-Lu and Space Afrika.
On the DJ end, we’ve got debut WOH sets from Detroit’s finest Omar S, the self-proclaimed High Priestess of the Motherbeat, Eric Drew, with Marcellus Pittman and Ash Lauryn also helping to add that iconic US dance party spirit.
Meanwhile celebrating all things hard and heavy: the programme honours 30 years of seminal drum & bass and jungle labels Metalheadz & V-Recordings, both booked in for huge takeovers with some of the scene’s biggest names: Goldie, DJ Storm, LTJ Bukem, Roni Size. And representing the family-feel community spirit the festival has established over the years, welcome returns are set for festival favourites Mr Scruff, Coco Maria, Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, Josey Rebelle and Patrick Forge.
We think this is our widest-spanning programme yet…and we’re not done yet! Expect even more musical updates in the coming months we as we draw closer to We Out Here 2023.