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11.11.2022, Words by Billy Ward

Sun Ra Arkestra, Cymande and Black Midi among first acts announced for We Out Here 2023

"It’s set to be one of our most wide-spanning and exciting programmes yet..."

Today, We Out Here reveals the first wave of acts locked in to kick off the festival’s exciting new chapter next August 10-14.

Leading the programme highlights so far, astral jazz pioneers Sun Ra Arkestra, led by the visionary Marshall Allen, will be making their way to the festival’s new home in Dorset to uplift spirits with their legendary tones. Also bringing their trailblazing sounds to We Out Here next year, seminal British funk band Cymande will be joined by Black Midi, the experimental London outfit renowned for their mind-bending live shows. 

“We are so excited to be sharing the first handful of names for the 4th edition of We Out Here,” says founder Gilles Peterson. “For now we’ve focused on some of the incredible live performances we’ll have – with some true legends in our midst we simply can’t wait to see – and we also have a huge DJ line up and even more live artists to follow in the new year. It’s set to be one of our most wide-spanning and exciting programmes yet, the perfect way to help us settle into our new home!”

The line up also features Brazilian superstar Marcos Valle and UK Jazz scene frontrunner Nubya Garcia, as well as Wu-Lu, Yazmin Lacey, Alabaster dePlume and many more.

On the electronic tip of the programme, drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Goldie will present a special live show, while Japan’s Soichi Terada is poised to serve up his trademark melodic house sound alongside subversive ambient/techno outfit Space Afrika and the shadowy electronics of London’s Moin.

Last month, the Gilles Peterson-curated festival revealed it was about to embark on a new chapter at an idyllic new site; unfurling within 400 acres of lush parkland in the South-West of England. Having previously taken place in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire for the last three editions, We Out Here is giving its audience a new nature-filled sanctuary for 2023, located 20 minutes west of Salisbury in Wimborne St Giles, Dorset.

Tickets are now on sale, for more information about the full line-up head to weoutherefestival.com 

Read next:  Ten thoughts on festivals after going to We Out Here 2022

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