We all know it can be overwhelming finding the best fitting festival to attend with so many different things going down in London during the summer, especially with many lineups resembling the last. The question of what’s really different still stands.
Cue X the Tracks! First glance of the line up offers you the resounding theme of soul within each artists name. The day itself was a beyond-vibrant experience, one which was not left behind with any ease!
Located in Brixton, the air was buzzing with excitement from arrival. Immediately the diversity that London so often boasts was visible through the variety of people gathered to celebrate the incredible line up.
Performances from legends Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the mesmerising Eliza and the incredible Sister Nancy set tones of infatuation and pure appreciation for attendees. Masego, as expected gave great energy. The balance between youthfulness and legend status struck chords throughout the green space. The performers were all buzzing, attendees so full of love and most importantly everything sounded GREAT. Lucky for us, the weather - having been so unfriendly all week - also reflected the warmth of the festival, with glimmers of sun coming through whilst artists got on with entrancing the crowds.
In between sets, it was certainly an effort to not to get distracted by the amount of play things surrounding us; ecstatic (but not unruly) pits of people danced to DJ sets conveniently located close enough amongst all of the larger stages so that you could catch a quick boogie to classics whilst journeying to your fave’s next set. Fair rides added that extra exhilaration factor. And attendees were spoiled with a wide range of food; a nice amount of which were vegan, making it super easy to accommodate large groups with different tastes. Another great touch? The panels dotted throughout the day, giving context to the artists and music that we all came out to cherish.
Last but certainly not least, the headlining queen Chaka Khan was - as expected - absolutely killer. She revealed in the amount of young people in the crowd. Everybody danced and sang their hearts out to her discography, crooning to Ain’t Nobody as the rain began to drizzle, just as the day came to an end.
All in all, it was certainly one to remember, no stops were forgotten by the X the Tracks team! If you missed it, you missed out for sure. Make sure to keep you ears to the ground for details of the next one!
Words by Kamara Scott
All photo credits: Isy Townsend