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Brixton's 'Cross The Tracks' main stage was enraptured by the sheer energy of The Comet Is Coming / CLASH

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Let's be honest: festivals in London can be a mixed experience. The city's increasingly tight laws on volume and curfew often disrupt the fan experience, while a surfeit of options has led to all-out booking wars between promoters and line ups spread a little too thinly across the capital's many, many outdoor events. Cross The Tracks, though, is a breath of fresh air. Announced earlier in the year, the Brixton one day event was expertly laid out, easy to get around, thrillingly diverse, and boasted a line up that drew on the very best of soul, funk, jazz, and reggae.

Heading towards the main stage we are immediately enraptured by the sheer energy of The Comet Is Coming, with Shabaka Hutchings' terse saxophone lines blasting across the site. The raw bedlam explodes out the speakers, with the three-piece attempting to rip a hole in the o zone layer with their astral jazz travels. A common complaint about London festivals is the quiet, sometimes muffled sound – not so Cross The Tracks, with The Comet Is Coming simply plugging in and cutting loose, an ear-shredding but completely invigorating experience.

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