West End Festival Fiesta: Billy Ocean, Stanley Odd and De La Soul set for knees-up
- Henry Northmore
- 16 June 2016
Three days of funk, soul, hip hop and disco to close this year's West End Festival
This year's West End Festival is going out with a bang, taking over the Kelvingrove Bandstand for a three-day musical fiesta. The opening night features soul star Billy Ocean behind R&B hits 'When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going', 'Caribbean Queen' and 'Love on Delivery'.
The Wee Chill take charge on day two with DJ Format, Stanley Odd and headliners De La Soul. 33 Feet High And Rising (1989) was a socially-conscious record calling for peace and unity in direct contrast to the prevailing trend for gangsta rap. It changed people's perspective of hip hop and is regular cited among the greatest albums of all time. However the band weren't daunted by its massive success: calling their second album De La Soul Is Dead was a bold statement. 'We were willing and ready to depart from that sound,' explains Posdnuos one third of the hip hop trio alongside childhood friends Dave and Maseo. 'We made 3 Feet from having fun and not taking in consideration what the outside world expected from us so we approached De La Soul Is Dead the same way.'
More recently De La Soul collaborated with Damon Albarn's Gorillaz (including huge hit 'Feel Good Inc') and have a new album on the horizon. 'And The Anonymous Nobody is an album of thought, fun, boundless soul and quality. The meaning of the title is we are not above anyone. We are all the same and we are here to do our part and not do it just for recognition.'
The final fiesta is hosted by the Sub Club. Disco legends Sister Sledge headline with support from Disco's Revenge (Harri & Domenic back-to-back with The Revenge), The Marco Cafolla Band and Melting Pot. Three days of good times, the perfect fit for a summer weekend.
The West End Festival Fiesta, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, Fri 24–Sun 26 Jun.