Our second weekend opens in style with an electric night of jazz, afrobeat, funk and dub, presented in partnership with Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
The kings of orchestral jazz and dub fusion, Submotion Orchestra are back with their genre-defying sound and a kaleidoscope of electronic bass music, entrancing vocals, and ambient jazz and dub that sits somewhere on an axis between Bonobo and London Grammar. They present music from their latest album "Kites", a glorious return to the smoky, jazz infused electronica which made Finest Hour the cult record that it has now become.
The group’s reputation for stunning live performances has grown over the years, with audiences left in awe at their recent concerts in the 6000-capacity Pula amphitheatre at the Outlook festival and sold-out shows at the Barbican Theatre and The Forum.
Channelling the spirit of Fela Kuti’s 1970s West African funk-jazz fusion, the London Afrobeat Collective make their Edinburgh debut with their explosive mix of raw funk, latin and rock, all glued together by bold brass and dance-floor sweat. Expect hypnotic grooves, pounding rhythms and soaring melodies. If, as the great Fela Kuti once said, ‘music is the weapon’, then you’ll need to wear armour to withstand the full sonic force of LAC.
Support comes from local funk and groove based sextet James Brown Is Annie – “One of Scotland’s top bands of the moment” (BBC Radio Scotland), who play music from their new album (released in September 2018) produced by original AWB member Hamish Stuart.
For those staying around until 3am, we've got DJ Rebecca Vasmant curating a special night of top tunes and special guests to get the Leith Theatre really jumping.