It was a tricky prospect bringing Jazz to Boomtown but last year felt like exactly the right time and we were proved right! This year The Windmill is very much sticking with a Jazz heavy line up with some of the best UK artists such as Zara McFarlane, Alfa Mist, Mammal Hands, Vels Trio and Blue Lab Beats alongside the more soulful side of things with the legendary Bilal, Connie Constance and Nubiyan Twist, boundary pushing East African artist Otim Alpha, in fact boundaries pushing all over the place with the likes of Benin City, Kobi Onyame, Kalaha, Shama Rahman and arguable this country’s most exciting and forward thinking record label Black Acre Records doing a whole Thursday takeover with Romare’s Full Live Band, Clap! Clap!, Rocks FOE (the greatest Grime artist in the country by now by my standards) and Scott Xylo. Top this off with headliners such as Maribou State and Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart and hopefully you see why I’m most excited about this stage… if you don’t get it then here’s a video playlist to help you along!

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