Since his 2010 breakthrough hit “I Need a Dollar”, Aloe Blacc has been charming audiences worldwide with his feel-good anthems. His trademark fusion of soul, folk, rap and pop might sound like an odd combination, but the moment you hear him sing the first note, his history as a kid raised on hip hop who went on to discover soul artists and folk singers crystallises and the mixture makes perfect sense. The first taste of the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter’s new record is “Brooklyn in the Summer”, an ode to his passionate real-life romance that conjures images of brows slick with sweat, bobbing along to the radio.
Before Aloe Blacc takes the stage, find a good seat on the lawn for Kaiit – but trust you won’t do much sitting once she starts singing. Her addictive stage presence and syrupy sound betray her young age and call to mind artists like Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill – who also happen to be her musical idols.