Soundcrash are excited to finally announce the full lineup to the amazing Funk & Soul Weekender. After a sellout first year, they are back this May with an unmissable programme of funk and soul artists past and present.
This years headliner are none other than GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC. Simply one of the greatest and most important artists to have lived. George Clinton one of the inventors of funk music is one of the last of the A-list in a category of greats that includes James Brown, Bob Marley, Prince, Otis Reading, Miles Davis and Fela Kuti! And guess what – he still has one of the most electric live shows out there! Playing with the 16 piece Parliament Funkadelic, one of the tightest bands in history.
Joining them will be two-time Grammy award winning and five-time brit award nominated group Soul II Soul! Caron Wheeler and Jazzie B will be bringing their full live band to throw down such classics as Back to Life and Keep on Movin’ for the funk and soul crowd.
DJ, Broadcaster, producer and owner of Brownswood Recordings... Gilles Peterson hosts two million global listeners to his weekly Saturday afternoon radio show. Bringing you an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, house and hip hop, he will be joined by the original UK disco legend, Greg Wilson. Good times ambassador Norman Jay rejoins us along with the undeniable Mr Scruff both of whom made last year such a special debut!
Coming straight out of New Orleans will be none other than Tru thoughts' own Hot 8 Brass Band, bringing the original big brass sound to Pontins this year. What you hear is not a test, the mighty Sugar Hill Gang will be in town! No doubt their performance of ‘Rapper’s Delight’ will be a massive highlight of this year’s festival.
The headliner from Soundcrash’s hugely successful Albert Hall Show last year will be in attendance. Submotion Orchestra will be providing their very special dub influenced, electronic soul sound to this year's weekender.
It doesn’t get more soulful than UK legend Omar, who alongside the undisputed Akua Naru bring their signature sound to the programme. Old meets new as we welcome a frontrunners in the modern era; Jordan Rakei will supply you with one of the freshest vocal talents in the genre today.
Completing the lineup, we have also invited some our favourite UK brands which include:
Tru Thoughts, Wah Wah Records, BBE, Band On the Wall, Strut, Mahogany Sessions, Fever 105, Sofar Sounds, Soundway, Tuckshop, Mr Bongo, Banana Hill, So Fresh So Clean, Total Refreshment Centre, Shut The Front Door, Kings Head/Kane FM, Leftfoot, Soul Jam, Stevie Wonderland and many more!
With so much more still to be announced, get down on it & secure your place for 2017. This new event on the festival calendar is an intimate affair, with a capacity of 3000, created for an audience that truly loves its music. If good funk & soul is for you, join the love train and book your super early superfly tickets now!
Published on 28 January 2017 by Ben Robinson