We Out Here Delivers Platform To Alternative UK Scene

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

17 Aug 2023

We Out Here festival drew to a close on Sunday thanks to stellar performances from the likes of Black Star and Ezra Collective. Gilles Peterson’s festival took place in Dorset for the first time this year, with a line up that celebrated a diverse array of homegrown talent and international legends.

Thursday saw Nia Archives take centre stage with an electric performance to close out the opening night. Her captivating vocals coupled with Jungle influenced production, as well as a commanding stage presence made her a highlight of the weekend. This was followed on Saturday by Children Of Zeus, who stole the show with a set that cast a spell over the main stage. The Manchester duo’s unique brand of witty bars and immaculate, soulful melodies created an outstanding moment that brought the Main Stage to life. Knucks then brought a different energy to proceedings, bringing the crowd up a notch with his encore performance of ‘Home’.

Gilles Peterson, founder of We Out Here, commented: 

“I can’t tell you how much I value this gathering of the tribes. The crowd, the crowd, the Crowd!!! That’s what it’s all about – you can’t buy that – it’s what’s been built over the years… a unique and magic mix – with a massive shout-out to a growing number coming in from all around the world. As Femi Koleoso said during the incredible Ezra Collective closing set … ‘this moment (scene) was built on previous moments’. This isn’t algorithmic, this is relationships built up through music over time, and how beautiful it is to see the youth taking it to new levels!”

We Out Here was altogether an exceptional festival experience thanks to a wide variety of sounds and styles on the line up, which was able to celebrate and shine a light on quality music within the UK and beyond. Soul, Jazz, R&B, and Alternative UK Rap were all celebrated in abundance, resulting in a feel good experience that lasted all weekend.