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Mostly Jazz Festival - A mums review

Tori
August 5, 2022

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What I loved about it:

What is not to love about Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul?! The atmosphere is fantastic, the location is perfect, the music is lively and groovy and there’s lots of treats on offer. It’s a firm date in our calendar every year. We can meet friends, have fun with the kids and hear many famous musicians and bands from past and present. Its reputation grows year on year as more high-profile acts are announced on the line up from the Jacksons to the Wailers. I must also mention my favourite Mostly Jazz Festival legend and regular Craig Charles!

Location:

Moseley is the location of the festival. This shouldn’t be confused with the name – although I do find that Mostly Jazz Festival and Moseley Jazz Festival are now used interchangeably and refer to the same thing! Moseley is a vibrant and buzzing suburb in Birmingham that is often described as bohemian. The reason for this is that although no two residents are the same, there is an eclectic and chilled vibe where people favour independent shops and restaurants, sustainable living and the ‘anything goes’ mentality. It is inclusive with a strong sense of community. The festival fits right in with that! Moseley is close to Birmingham city centre but has many green spaces on its doorstep. One such green space is Moseley Park and pool – this 11-acre gated development is the ideal spot for the festival to be set up. Plenty of room for the main stage, a separate field for the food and drink offerings and a further field at the back ‘off piste’ where a second stage / dance tent can be found.

Suitable for:

Mostly Jazz Festival is suitable for all. We have taken our children every year. On some occasions we have only spent a few hours and others almost a full weekend. At other times we’ve enlisted the help of a childcare professional in order that we could go back out as a couple to enjoy the final evening acts. Whichever way we have worked it, we wouldn’t miss it for the world. Neither would the kids! As there is such a safe and friendly environment at Mostly Jazz Festival, it is also ideal for teenagers and other groups of friends. It is possible to hire private caravans for special occasions and it is also popular with the more senior generations too. The value for money is good – in particular the staged pricing and the fact that you can choose whichever day or combination of days suit you. Buying an early bird ticket gets you an excellent discount from the price and then a super early bird even more! You can choose to do one day, a combination of any two days or the full weekend. Under 12’s do not pay when accompanied by a paying grownup and 12 -15 year olds have half price tickets available. The other bonus is the fact that payment plans are available so you can split the cost of the ticket(s) across the months leading up to the event.

Value for money (out of 10):

7

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What to expect from Mostly Jazz Festival

As I mentioned, the main thing to expect is excellent music. Just to drop in a few more names who have appeared on the line up – it was awesome to see Earth, Wind and Fire and popular group ‘Oh my God it’s the Church’.

However, as Mostly Jazz Festival has grown and developed – a main take away point from my experience in 2022 is how much the focus on families has grown and the family-friendly nature of the festival as a whole has improved.

Firstly, as there are now more breakout areas, it is possible to take yourself away from the main crowd which I think is invaluable as a parent. It’s important to have a shaded, chill out space where you can sit and watch the children run and play. This was available on the tennis court space as you approach the main field. I spent a good amount of time here!

Also, in the past the heat has been difficult to manage with kids, but this time there were more marquees and tents where you could sit and find shade. The fact that there were more areas of the park accessible meant that there wasn’t such a large concentration of people in one space, so it was easier to move around the site, and to keep the children engaged. We also took advantage of the VIP upgrade, so we had some sofas to relax on with cold drinks.

Secondly, there were many activities laid on especially for children. In fact, a whole programme of events ran through each afternoon so there was always something to do. On Sunday these were:

19:00 21:00 120MINS DISCO PUSSY
18:00 18:30 30MINS DRUM N BOUNCE
16:00 17:30 90MINS BIG FISH LITTLE FISH
15:00 15:30 30MINS BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET
14:00 14:30 30MINS THE SWING ERA
13:00 13:30 30MINS SOFUNK
12:00 12:30 30MINS I AM YOGI

How nice for the children to try some gentle yoga to get ready for the day ahead! And what a privilege for the Birmingham Royal ballet to be putting on an interactive dance and music workshop for 7–11-year-olds. Kids could also party like it’s their birthday with balloons and bubbles at the Big Fish Rave and get ready for drumming, bouncing and disco fever later on!

Thirdly, it is fantastic that you can bring in picnics and snacks and whichever soft drinks you fancy; but if you prefer to buy on site, there is a juice bar serving a range of non-alcoholic cocktails, a slushie bar, numerous other soft drink options, icecreams, waffles and all the other treats kids love. Most of the Mostly Jazz Festival merchandising also caters for children with small sizes in T-shirts, hoodies and accessories.

Finally, there were facepaints, outdoor games, colouring and graffiti with the High Vis Festival guys, oh and don’t forget – kids love to boogie too so take them to the stage and make some fun family memories!

EARLY BIRD tickets for Mostly Jazz Festival 2023 are now still on sale so go to the link below and take advantage of the brilliant offers or payment plans.

CAN’T WAIT? Well did you know that Mostly Jazz’ sister festival is LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY! Moseley Folk and Arts Festival is ON 2nd -4th September and is looking insanely good with headliners Supergrass, Jethro Tull, Seasick Steve and the Coral!

This festival was DESIGNED with families in mind and traditionally has been seen as the more family friendly of the two. With all of the family features mentioned above and more, (including games, rides and activities) this should see your school summer holidays out with a bang!

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Tori
August 5, 2022

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