Live Review: Jamiroquai goes full Space Cowboy at Lytham Festival

We sent Meg Roberts to see acid jazz-funk legend, Jay Kay performing live in his home county at this year's Lytham Festival. Find out what she made of his appearance at the event and that of the supporting acts.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 4th Jul 2023

Paul Weller-approved 8-piece The Stone Foundation kicked off the day just as the rain clouds parted with a great opening set full of R&B and soul tunes which got everyone in the mood for dancing. Fun Lovin’ Criminals then brought the groove to the beach as they fired out hits like Love Unlimited (a nod to the power of Barry White) and of course, cult classic Scooby Snacks which had everyone head bopping.

Scissor Sisters’ very own Jake Shears was up next bringing a ray of sunshine down on Lytham Festival. He played instantly recognisable hits, Laura and Take Your Mama which went down a storm especially with the latter merging into a cover of George Michaels' Freedom. His solo songs were also received well and proved that disco is still here and it's not going anywhere anytime soon.

A very happy Jamiroquai then took to the stage, opening with Main Vain and following it with dance classics such as Little L and Space Cowboy. 

The band looked and sounded like they were living their best life which resonated with the crowd. Everyone was there for a good time.

Blackburn-born Jay Kay immediately referenced his return to his hometown county as he interacted with a crowd full of disco ball cowboy hats and native Indian headpieces. The one-hour and 40-minute show was upbeat, full of positivity and backed up by a serious amount of incredible basslines.

The band successfully turned the seaside into a disco and the festival grounds into a dancefloor. Jay Kay remarked that the hitmaker band were approaching their 30th year together and that he was only 7 years off a bus pass but he could have fooled us, he has not slowed down one bit dancing away with the crowd. We are surprised he hasn’t been approached by Strictly Come Dancing yet! 

Earlier support act The Stone Foundation weren't far behind either telling the crowd they were celebrating 25 years together as a band so together with Jay Kay and Jake Shears, we were in safe and experienced hands from the veteran pop-funk trifecta.

The set concluded with Cosmic Girl and Virtual Insanity sending the crowd into a disco ball frenzy. Even the most reserved toe-tapper couldn’t resist boogying along. 

Leaving the festival there was a certain type of fun and positive feeling in the air that you can't get anywhere else other than seeing this band. 

Add Jamiroquai to Barry White on the list of artists that can solve all life's problems.



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Image credits: Rhodes Media / Lytham Festival