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South Facing: Corinne Bailey Rae, Soul II Soul, Cymande, Lynda Dawn... Crystal Palace, London 8/8/21

Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW
Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Jazzie B (Soul II Soul): South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/2 REVIEW Lynda Dawn: South Facing (Cross The Tracks) @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Norman Jay: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Cymande: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Cymande: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Cymande: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Cymande: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Cymande: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Corinne Bailey Rae: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Lynda Dawn: South Facing (Cross The Tracks) @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Norman Jay: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/21 REVIEW Soul II Soul: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/2 REVIEW Soul II Soul: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/2 REVIEW Soul II Soul: South Facing-Cross The Tracks @Crystal Palace Bowl, London 8/8/2 REVIEW

After a long hiatus, it's great to see festivals back up and running again following so many false starts. The summer of 2020 was a complete washout as the UK tried to get on top of this horrendous virus, but the seeds of hope started to appear earlier this year as lineups started to appear again amid renewed optimism.

So it was that After a long hiatus, it's great to see festivals back up and running again following so many false starts. The summer of 2020 was a complete washout as the UK tried to get on top of this horrendous virus, but the seeds of hope started to appear earlier this year as lineups started to appear again amid renewed optimism.

So it was that the Cross The Tracks festival was able to branch out and host two shows at the Crystal Palace Bowl during the month-long South Facing Festival.

Day one saw an exciting mix of r'n'b, grime and afrobeat, while the second day had an altogether more soulful feel, with Corinne Bailey Rae heading the bill.

It was no surprise that the Bowl began filling early as festival-starved music lovers packed in to watch an impressive Sunday afternoon and evening schedule.

Lynda Dawn got proceedings to an excellent start, beautifully delivering a soulful set with her characteristic jazz and funk sound. Her voice is full of power and emotion, and she recreated the intimacy of her records superbly. New record "Roses" showcased her astonishing vocal range and drew huge applause from the early crowd.

The New Regency Orchestra, who followed her to the stage, were a fun watch, before funk/soul icons Cymande took to the stage. The group, whose 1972 debut album is one of the era's finest records, delivered a masterclass in the late-afternoon sun, with "Bra" and "The Message" among the highlights of a superb set.

The stage was handed over to legendary DJ Norman Jay to get the crowd moving, and he delivered a textbook warm-up for the brilliant Soul II Soul, who gave the crowd a chance to shake off the cobwebs. The group were on top form as they tore through their classics, with Jazzie B clearly delighted to be back in front of an audience again.

It was then left to Corinne Bailey Rae to bring the Sunday night show to a close. I've been lucky to see her several times over the years and she never fails to impress, her brilliantly expressive stage presence making for a hugely entertaining show. "Is This Love" was joyful, while "Put Your Records On" and "Like A Star" were the perfect finale for a top quality day of live music.

Day one saw an exciting mix of r'n'b, grime and afrobeat, while the second day had an altogether more soulful feel, with Corinne Bailey Rae heading the bill.

It was no surprise that the Bowl began filling early as festival-starved music lovers packed in to watch an impressive Sunday afternoon and evening schedule.

Lynda Dawn got proceedings to an excellent start, beautifully delivering a soulful set with her characteristic jazz and funk sound. Her voice is full of power and emotion, and she recreated the intimacy of her records superbly. New record "Roses" showcased her astonishing vocal range and drew huge applause from the early crowd.

The New Regency Orchestra, who followed her to the stage, were a fun watch, before funk/soul icons Cymande took to the stage. The group, whose 1972 debut album is one of the era's finest records, delivered a masterclass in the late afternoon sun, with "Bra" and "The Message" among the highlights of a superb set.

The stage was handed over to legendary DJ Norman Jay to get the crowd moving, and he delivered a textbook warm-up for the brilliant Soul II Soul, who gave the crowd a chance to shake off the cobwebs. The group were on top form as they tore through their classics, with Jazzie B clearly delighted to be back in front of an audience again.

It was then left to Corinne Bailey Rae to bring the Sunday night show to a close. I've been lucky to see her several times over the years and she never fails to impress, her brilliantly expressive stage presence making for a hugely entertaining show. "Is This Love" was joyful, while "Put Your Records On" and "Like A Star" were the perfect finale for a top-quality day of live music.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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