Four acts to catch at Cross The Tracks 2024

Across The Tracks festival 2023

Cross The Tracks is South London’s most vibrant jazz, funk and soul festival, firing the starting gun on summer every year from Brockwell Park.

2024 will mark the festival’s fifth year running, and another line-up of joyful, boundary-pushing music in Brixton. The festival straddles the twin worlds of soundsystems and live performance, booking some of the most forward-thinking artists and selectors working today – alumni include everything from Chaka Khan to Khruangbin, Gilles Peterson to Nightmares on Wax. This year is shaping up to be another classic, so we’re counting down four of the must-see sets of Cross The Tracks 2024.

Dennis Bovell
A dub legend needing almost no introduction, Dennis Bovell is responsible for some of the most foundational dub records, both under his own name and as Blackbeard. The fact that he also wrote ‘Silly Games’ with Janet Kay just reinforces the preposterous amount of excellent music he’s touched. Expect chest-rattling bass and the sunniest of reggae melodies, delivered by a living legend.

The Canadian psychedelic jazz ensemble have managed the rare feat of crossing over into the realms of pop – thanks in no small part to TikTok fame and collaborations with artists as diverse as Turnstile and Ghostface Killah – whilst still retaining an edge of genuinely innovative and subversive jazz chops. Their latest album, Talk Memory, sees them tracing a path between free jazz, progressive rock and electronic wanderings a la Floating Points. Settle in for a set that will undoubtedly traverse genres, space and time.

A DJ set from one of hip-hop’s most influential producers, collaborator of MF Doom, J Dilla and Freddie Gibbs? Sounds like an unmissable chance to witness a DJ with an encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, funk, soul and so much more – Madlib rarely plays in the UK, and Cross The Tracks is currently his only set this side of the pond in 2024. Sure to be a joyous, were-you-there moment.

Erykah Badu
Who else could it be? Last year’s set from Erykah at All Points East felt like *the* moment of the summer in London, so to see her return to the city for a headline feels only right. Neo Soul royalty, Badu’s live sets now feel like victory laps – a new generation is discovering albums like Mama’s Gun, and rightly placing Erykah in a hallowed position. Sure to be a perfect end to the bank holiday, and to Cross The Tracks 2024.

When is Cross The Tracks?
Sunday 26th May 2024

Where is Cross The Tracks?
Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, London SE24 9BJ

How much does Cross The Tracks cost?
General admission tickets are £69.50 and available here

featured image: Garry Jones

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