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DAD BUMPS INTO PUBLIC HEROES AT MUSIC FEST; Legends stop for a picture before gig.

Byline: Matt Lloyd Staff Reporter

ADAD and son were stunned when legendary rapper Public Enemy popped over for a bite to eat and a chat before headlining the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival.

Former chef Alan Thomson, 43, a lifelong Public Enemy fan, was at the festival with son Rudy, eight, and cousin Jenny Cummins.

Wearing a T-shirt with the band's name on, Alan saw two men waving as the three grabbed a bite to eat.

After waving back they were stunned when the strangers came over and turned out to be members of the band.

An ecstatic Alan, known to friends as Fingy, said: "I was wearing a Public Enemy T-shirt and Rudy was wearing his Run DMC cap.

"Jenny said 'those blokes are looking at you,' and I said they looked like Public Enemy fans.

"I said 'I bet they think we're in the band',' then they waved so I waved back.

"Next thing I know they're standing next to us and I thought 'no way',' then they sat on the next table to have something to eat."

After a brief chat, delighted Alan, Rudy and Jenny had pictures with their idols before Public Enemy took to the stage in Moseley Park.

"I said I couldn't believe they were playing in Birmingham and they said they loved Rudy's hat. They shook our hands, took some pictures, then they came on stage and they smashed it.

"I thought 'no way, I just sat with Public Enemy'."

Another surprise was in store after Alan uploaded the pictures to his Instagram account only for Public Enemy's DJ Lord to tag himself and put it on the band's Facebook page.

"They put it on their official page, my boy's over the moon. He loves all kinds of different music."

In the late 80s and 90s, when the band came to prominence, Alan said he and a mate both wore bomber jackets covered in badges.

"I loved them growing up so to see our band in Birmingham was fantastic.

"It was a really nice vibe, everyone was having a good time." The three day festival kicked off at Moseley Park on Friday with Public Enemy headlining.

Roy Ayers, vibes-master and creator of one of the all-time classic summer anthems, Everybody Loves The Sunshine, headlined yesterday, while Gregory Porter, the big man who has given jazz singing a major boost, will be the big name today.


The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul music festival in Moseley, Birmingham, has become a major draw

Alan Thomson, right, son Rudy, and members of legendary hip |hop group Public Enemy at the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 12, 2015
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