Reasons to be Cheerful – Jazz Fest Fun

Jazz Fest 9

Oh what a glorious weekend it’s been. I don’t mean weatherwise – though that has, indeed, been glorious – it’s just been a wonderful couple of days altogether, and that has mainly been down to our annual jaunt to Moseley Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival, an event we’ve made special efforts to attend for a few years now. I’ve attended a few years on the trot, and when Dan joined me for the first time last year he also fell in love with it and so it’s become a little bit of a ritual of ours. We always end up having the best time, and this year was no exception.

In previous years I’ve attended the whole event, but as Dan had plans on the Sunday, and with us both feeling a little broken after attempting all three days last year, we decided to go just with the Friday and Saturday, and while I suffered major FOMO yesterday, knowing my friends were still sat enjoying the sunshine and fun times, it didn’t hamper our enjoyment at all.

The music is only part of the attraction for me. There are always a smattering of headline acts playing – this year’s being Jimmy Cliff, Candi Staton and Sister Sledge – as well as a plethora of up and coming bands and the annual set by Craig Charles (whose show on Radio 6 Dan and I can usually be found dancing to in the kitchen as we make our tea on a Saturday night!) and they always put on an incredible show, but it is more than that that keeps us coming back each year. There is something so happy and relaxed about the atmosphere that I instantly feel at home the moment we walk through the gates, and with a shed load of street food and bar put on by Purity you have all the ingredients of a fantastic time! I normally get extremely anxious at any kind of event with large crowds, but in the years I’ve been going I’ve never once seen any trouble and I’m always put at ease.

Of course the best thing is getting to spend some quality time with Dan and some of my favourite friends. And the blazing sunshine and an England win really helped everybody get into a celebratory mood! The only downside is that it tends to clash every year with my Brother’s 4th July BBQ (my sister-in-law is from the US) so one year we might have a make a tough choice and choose one over the other, but for now I’m eagerly anticipating next year already!

What did you lot get up to at the weekend?



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