London’s Fold Festival has itself a particularly unique selling point: the curation of none other than Chic legend Nile Rodgers. With Nile and multi-platinum band taking to the stage with the accompaniment of a fine lineup hand-picked by the man himself, the festival at Fulham Palace will showcase some of the biggest names of recent decades as well as the musical heroes of the future across three days of sonic splendour beginning on Friday the 24th of June.
Friday is blessed by pop sensation Labrinth, one of Britain’s all time great vocalists in Alison Moyet, and the revered DJ and producer Jesse Rose, as well as the first of three Chic performances set to take place over the weekend.
Saturday welcomes the genre defying superstar Beck, a musical collagist of the highest order. Over an illustrious career, Beck has had commercial success with a vast array of albums and singles, among which Odelay and Sea Change were named two of Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time.
Idiosyncratic and a strong believer in the importance of experimentation, Beck has earned himself a reputation as both a wonderful composer and a phenomenal showman. Joining him on the Saturday will be Russian heartthrob Emin and the fresh pop voice of many a crossover hit, Anne Marie, as well as one of techno’s leading ladies, Nicole Moudaber.
Chic get to take to the stage as outright headliners on the Sunday, finishing up after performances from Angie Stone, John Newman and Incognito. Newman and Stone represent two very different generations of soul music, but will both take to the stage with aplomb as they serve up their own impressions of the genre. For Angie Stone, a career spanning several decades has seen her earn acclaim for her part as a recording artist, a producer, and a member of The Sequence and Lenny Kravitz’ Mantronix, her voice also gracing seven solo albums. John Newman, on the other hand, released his second album only last year, but has been lauded with praise after high-profile collaborations with Rudimental and Calvin Harris.
Also on the Sunday menu, acid jazz courteous of Incognito will usher in a more experimental vibe, though their soulful tones will still fit nicely with the sounds of their fellow friends on stage. Rinse DJ and resident of the famous Hoya:Hoya night, Krystal Klear makes up the final name on the Sunday bill, charged with taking the crowd through the night with a celebration of dance music past, present, and future.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of WBR