Following two sold-out years, The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender 2019 moves to a brand-new location on the Brighton’s iconic seafront. Marking the start of the summer season on Fri 17 – Sun 19 May, this festival’s roots are firmly placed in big brass sounds, hip hop beats, future soul, tropical, afro-beat, world, disco, house, and everything in-between.
The Funk & Soul Weekender offers a carefully curated blend of some of the world’s finest music paired with a timetable of amazing activities. Joining the festival are BBC 6Music DJ and funk veteran Craig Charles, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei, Edit legend Greg Wilson, and one of house music’s most important founding fathers, Marshall Jefferson. Alongside these luminaries are Kamasi Washington – dubbed as the ‘figurehead of the new jazz revival’ by The Guardian, electronic duo Maribou State (DJ set), the classic sounds of Alice Russell, and Lee Fields & the Expressions, along with the genre-defining talents of Norman Jay MBE, and Gilles Peterson.
Elsewhere you’ll find Lee Fields & The Expressions, Romare, Kamaal Williams, The Pharcyde, Hackney Colliery Band, Yazmin Lacey, Fatima, Children of Zeus, Akua Naru, Afriquoi, DJ Yoda, Dam Funk, Smoove and Turrell, DJ Cheeba’s Video Funk, The Allergies, Mildlife and Joel Culpepper…
A host of Record Labels, DJs and partners are participating in Funk & Soul Weekender, creating a hugely inclusive line up that reaches above and beyond a standard music line up. Expect involvement from Dat Brass Band, Tru Thoughts Records, Trojan Records, Jalapeno Records, BBE Records, Strut Records, Stevie Wonderland, XOA, Holly Walker, J Felix, Tom Central, Ezra Bruno, Fiesta Bombarda, Tuckshop, Wormfood, Sounddhism, Continental Drifts, Global Beats Club, The Left Rib and Kitty Amor.
This festival offers an extensive, jam-packed timetable of extra activities including record fairs, visual screenings and explorative talks; as well as wellness & soul meditation, dance classes and the original disco yoga experience. All this can be found alongside secret parties, cabaret, and the best in soul food and craft beer. A perfectly formed and intimate affair, this is one festival created for an audience that truly loves its music. It’s set to be the perfect weekend, blending good times with unmissable talent across three days.
For more details, head to www.funkandsoulweekender.com