Another first for me, a trip to the local Love Supreme festival to see Mr Jukes, Tom Misch, Zara McFarlane, Mavis Staples, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Level 42, James Taylor Quartet, Elvis Costello and more all in one blistering hot weekend. The weather was as good as the music and so much talent on the stages that I’ll never forget that weekend.
Every now and again you listen to an album for the first time and it makes you fall in love with music all over again. Afro Celt Sound System’s new album, Flight, is one of them for me. This is not a random collection of songs designed to fill up 60 minutes of your time or with the aim to launch that next chart topping single. This is an hour of pure musical joy.
I have a friend who, over the last ten years or so, asks me at least once a year, “Have you seen Afro Celt Sound System live?” to which I answer “no” and he tells me I really must. So when I saw they were playing the Dome it seemed like a good chance to see what he was on about. The band do not have a support as they play from 8pm till they are kicked off stage with a short 20 minute break in the middle. So for the first set they come on to the stage with a droney sound playing and kick things off with an African female singing solo before the rest of the band join in. More and more layers are added until it’s in full swing with all the ten members playing an eclectic mix of instruments and sounds.