We Out Here festival review – celebratory weekend of raucous dance and cosmic jazz

Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire
Showcasing rising UK talents like Two Shell and the Comet Is Coming alongside Detroit legends Underground Resistance, Gilles Peterson’s festival is a delight

The musical taste of Gilles Peterson – the BBC Radio 6 Music broadcaster and curator behind Worldwide FM and Brownswood Recordings – is nothing if not eclectic. We Out Here, the festival he stages across the August bank holiday weekend in leafy Cambridgeshire, is proof. Taking its name from a 2018 Brownswood compilation showcasing London’s fertile jazz scene, the festival sits somewhere between a specialist affair and a more mainstream event, its lineup boasting acts as disparate as jazz legend Pharaoh Sanders, superstar rave duo Overmono, south London rapper Enny, and footwork selector Sherelle.

Now in its third year, We Out Here jolts to life on a grey Thursday, revellers in cowboy hats and waterproof jackets perusing non-musical attractions like the on-site record store, skating at the roller rink and testing their abdominal strength during a limbo session at the Lemon Lounge.

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