Review: Freeway Poets – Jazz Cafe at The Winchester

Nothing like a bit of razzle dazzle to tackle the midweek blues… The latest instalment in The Winchester’s Freeway poetry series took its inspiration from 1920s Paris, Moulin Rogue and jazz. An indulgent and arty theme, it suited the underground venue perfectly and gave the local talent a fantastic theme to go wild with. The Winchester is the chameleon of Bournemouth clubs and the decadent design was spot on. Pass the absinthe Lee… (in fact, perhaps not).

Jazz, like poetry, is a type of expression where there are no rules. Everyone from the open mic regulars to the headliners were encouraged to use their imagination, which led to a variety of performance styles, from rap, to song, to comedic rhymes. One of the early artists, Matt West, was full of expression. As fast as Twista, as biting as Busta, as humorous as The Hoff… He really stood out. Another top performance came from Tom Stone, an unassuming-looking chap, clearly indulging his inner G as he encouraged us all to ‘just be yourself’. 50 Shades of Shady? Perhaps.

The headliner was HKB Finn, born in Malta, educated in Jamaica, comes alive on stage. He’s been performing poetry since the age of seven and effortlessly weaved Jamaican culture and its folk roots into performance art with a touch of reggae and hip hop. Check out his Natural Eloquence on iTunes.

As well as poetry, there was also gorgeous live art from local creatives, as well as vegetarian food and inventive drinks in the menu.

Another packed-out house from Freeway and the perfect place to launch a new poetry group. That’s Mondays at The Winchester, and you can find out more on Facebook here. Thanks to Shinobi Pictures for the fantastic visuals.

The next Freeway is on October 3 with Byron Vincent. The theme is ‘Journeys’ – find out more on Facebook here.



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