As another Mostly Jazz Festival ends it appears that the weekend did not go without a significant amount of controversy. Whilst 2015 was largely judged to have better bands than last year, many people expressed some deep reservations about the quality of the audience.
This year saw a significant move towards the smooth jazz that you’d expect at a jazz festival. Unfortunately this had the unintended consequence of exponentially increasing the number of people reading the Daily Mail and braying about how much better off they are since the last budget redistributed money from the poor to them.
A spokesperson for the Jazz Festival told us “You can’t deny Gregory Porter’s musical ability, unfortunately the people who like him buy most of their CDs in Asda and would much rather talk incessantly rather than listen to the bloke. We’d purposefully tried to exclude them by booking Public Enemy. Unfortunately all that did is give them a slightly edgy story to tell a couple from Bristol as they’re eating chips in the Algarve in August.
Have you ever tried to run a jazz festival? It’s really hard. The economic fact is that if you try and play proper jazz then virtually nobody will turn up, and the ones that would are a bit weird.”
Public Enemy also brought controversy with them as their set finished in an impassioned speech about the need for people to live together and the inability to find anywhere within the festival site that sold a bacon sandwich.
We asked the Moseley Park and Pool for comment and they told us “We’re very concerned if these reports are true. This is a park where people read the Guardian, we’ll take the Telegraph at a push but the Daily Mail is the sort of thing they read in Harborne.
We’ll also look into the bacon situation.”