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Go disco dancing and get your funk fix with our list of 2017s soulful summer UK festivals

April 19, 2017

 

 

 

We've compiled a list for you, in chronological order, of some of the UK's top festivals for 2017 that feature disco, funk, jazz, and soul artists. There's a lot to choose from, and occasional clashes, if only we could go to all of them...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

When: Wednesday 26th April - Sunday 1st May​​ ​​

Where: Festival site in Montpellier Gardens, Edinburgh Fringe style with free stuff happening all over as well.

Who:

Laura Mvula (Big Top)

BBC Music Introducing Presents...Jo Whiley (St Paul's Church)

Camilla George (The Daffodil Restaurant, £65 incl. Three Course Meal)

Jack Savoretti (Big Top)

'...around town' (free gigs)

Will Young (Cheltenham Town Hall)

Why:

'If someone doesn’t get jazz, how do you woo them towards enjoying it? The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, with 47 official concerts plus a lively fringe, is a good answer, offering the chance to dip into many different styles of jazz' - The Times

 

 

 

Liverpool Disco Festival

When: Saturday 6th May ​​

Where: Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

(We have been informed that a London Disco Festival is also in the works for 2017)

Who:

David Morales

DJ Jazzy Jeff

D-Train

Ultra Naté

Tony Humphries (4hr Tribute to Zanzibar set)

Joey Negro

John Morales

Why:

'Great new celebration of disco music in the city' -getintothis.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

Gala Brixton

When: Sunday 28th May ​​

Where: Brockwell Park, Brixton, London

Who:

Paradise Garage feat Joey Llanos
Studio 54 feat Nicky Siano 
Horse Meat Disco (Stage Takeover)
Crazy P (full live band)
Late Nite Tuff Guy

There's also a strong selection of local food and booze, with Soulshakers overseeing the bars, with Brixton Brewery, Canopy Beer Co & Brick Brewery.

Why:

'A proper South London knees up' - London On The Inside

 

 

 

Soundcrash Funk and Soul Weekender

When: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th May ​​

Where: Pontins, Camber Sands, East Sussex

Who:

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

Hot 8 Brass Band

The Sugar Hill Gang

Mr Scruff

Nubiyan Twist

Why:

'It’s a festival whose DJs can get away with hot stepping between Anderson Paak, Earth, Wind & Fire and James Brown. Now, who doesn’t like that?' - The Ransom Note

 

 

 

Shindig Weekender

When: Friday 26th - Sunday 28th May

Where: Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Somerset

Who:

The Heavy

The Sugarhill Gang

Todd Terry

Greg Wilson

Plump DJs (Discofunk Set)

Why:

'it's easy to switch off here and focus on the important business of having a good time.' - Subba Cultcha 

 

 

 

 

We Are FSTVL

When: Friday 26th - Sunday 28th May ​

Where: Upminster, Greater London

Who:

There is an entire Glitterbox Stage:-

Roger Sanchez

Todd Terry

Joey Negro

Simon Dunmore

The Shapeshifters

As well as a Defected in the House Stage:-

Basement Jaxx

Duke Dumont

Julio Bashmore

 

Why:

'We Are FSTVL continues to thrive as one of the UK’s best medium-sized festivals, offering a diverse range of electronic music over a usually sunny weekend.' - Summer Festival Guide

 

 

 

Cirque du Soul: El Dorado Festival

When: Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July ​​

Where: Eastnor Castle, Eastnor, Ledbury, West Midlands

Who:

Groove Armada

Bondax

The Sugarhill Gang

The Hot 8 Brass Band

Dusky

Greg Wilson

Cirque Du Soul DJs

Why:

'Really good fun, small festival, great music and vibes throughout the whole weekend' - Skiddle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSW7 Summer Weekender

When: Friday 9th - Sunday 11th June ​​

Where: Stanwix Park Holiday Centre, Greenrow Silloth, Cumbria

Who:

Joey Negro

Mood II Swing

Boogie Cafe Session

Lotus Disco

Soul Sam

Why:

'This event just keeps on getting better and better.' - Skiddle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southport Weekender Festival

When: Saturday 10th June ​​

Where: Finsbury Park, London

Who:

Kerri Chandler

Roger Sanchez

David Morales

John Morales

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Derrick Carter

Joey Negro

Danny Krivit

Rony Humphries

Why:

'The biggest soulful music event on the UK calendar' - DJ Mag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funk the Format/Funk the Family

When: Saturday 17th/Sunday 18th June

Where: Hove Park, Brighton & Hove

Who:

Funk the Format:

Goldie

Alice Russell

Norman Jay MBE

Funk the Family:

Jazzie B (Soul II Soul)

Jenna & the G's

Why:

'Soul, funk, hip-hop, then Latin music, but it all stems from the same music really, anything with rhythm and soul, and that’s what I’m always trying to bring to my festival.' - Lucy 'Elle J' Small, Brightons Finest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Supreme

When: Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July

Where: Glynde Place, Horsham, West Sussex

Who:

The Jacksons,

George Benson,

Herbie Hancock

Gregory Porter

Corinne Bailey Rae

Why:

'Like jazz’s long-missing Glastonbury – an eclectic, cross-generational, multifaceted celebration of a music' - The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mostly Jazz, Funk, and Soul Festival

When: Friday 7th July - Sunday 9th July ​​

Where: Moseley Park, Birmingham

Who:

Chaka Khan

Soul II Soul

St Paul & The Broken Bones

The Sugarhill Gang

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Craig Charles

Don Letts

Izo Fitzroy

Why:

'Mostly Jazz offers an eclectic mix of genres and styles and is designed for music lovers with varied tastes rather than the purists.' - Birmingham Mail

 

 

 

 

Rewind Festival South

When: Friday 18th August - Sunday 20th August ​​

Where: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Who:

Level 42

Gloria Gaynor

Status Quo

Village People

The Sugarhill Gang

Why:

'What must be one of the most welcoming and positive festival atmospheres I have ever experienced' - Basingstoke Gazette

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Village Festival

When: Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th August ​​

Where: Privately owned woodland in Lincolnshire

Who:

Moderat

De La Soul

Dusky

The Black Madona

Mr Scruff

Leon Vynehall

Craig Charles

Ben Pearce

Greg Wilson

Horse Meat Disco

Why:

'A spooky, fun-filled weekend in a great setting with even better music' - Ministry of Sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reload Festival

When: Friday 8th - Sunday 10th September

Where: Norfolk Showground, Norwich

Who:

Billy Ocean

Soul II Soul

Jocelyn Brown

Heatwave

Odyssey

Mungo Jerry

Why:

'Travel back to the '80s and relive the decade of neon, big hair and great tunes.' - Escapism Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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