Cross The Tracks: Full line-up announced


Cutting edge, new music returns to Edinburgh for Cross The Tracks 2016 as part of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival from 19 to 24 July.

This year, CTT will host The Mouse Outfit, The Hot 8 Brass Band, United Vibrations, Werkha (live band), Mop Mop Sound System (pictured), Fat-Suit and Samedia Shebeen.

Cross The Tracks (CTT) traces the rich thread of jazz and blues music as it weaves through left-field contemporary genres – from hip-hop and electronica to soul and funk and afro-Latin. This year our long-standing alternative music night is taking over La Belle Angele for five nights of innovative and groundbreaking sounds coming straight from the world of jazz and blues.

Fronted by UK hip-hop legend Dr Syntax and verbal acrobat Sparkz, The Mouse Outfit, will bring their mix of hip hop with soul, jazz and reggae influence to the Festival for a not-to-be-missed gig on 19 July. Esteemed Edinburgh hip-hop producer and DJ, Nasty P, will support.

Jazz infused funk and hip-hop fuelled marching band music, The Hot 8 Brass Band are returning to the Festival on 21 July with their bevvy of trombones, saxophones, trumpets, snare and bass drums and covering everything from Snoop Dogg to The Specials. Jazz-inspired house from the Ministry of Sound World tour resident courtesy of Rebecca Vasmant, before the concert starts.

Inspired by Fela Kuti and Sun Ra, United Vibrations fuse afro-punk with jazz, 12Tone and mulatto and will be performing on 22 July. There’ll also be afro-beat infused music from The Italian/Berlin-based Mop Mop will also bring his project Mop Mop Sound System to Edinburgh as part of this unique music double whammy.

Edinburgh club favourites Samedia Shebeen will also be bringing their cutting edge tropical electronica spanning old and new sounds from across the globe to La Belle Angele on 22 July. United Vibrations/MopMop Sound System ticket holders get free entry.

And finally, returning to Cross The Tracks is the 14-piece instrumental collective who deliver a mighty fusion of jazz, rock, and folk with a line up of guitars, violins, keyboards, horns, bass, drums and percussion – Fat-Suit. They’ll perform on 24 July with Werkha (live band) who is bringing his infectious fusion of Afro-beat, bass, house, jazz, funk and soul. DJ Chow Main will warm up the crowd before the concert starts.

This year, CTT has teamed up with Paradise Palms Record Label for a special Festival closing party hosted at Paradise Palms after the Fat-Suit/Werkha gig at on 24 July.

For tickets and full line-up details, visit