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Festival Guide: Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender

The festival moves to Brighton Beach for the very first time.

Funk and soul are set to take over the Brighton, coming a long way since their first year at Camber Sands Holiday Park in 2016. Growing from strength to strength over the following two years, 2019 sees the event take the leap to the beach for – what promises to be – a very special weekend of music, food, drinks, friends and sea.

With the full line-up now revealed, here’s a taste of things to come when The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender reaches Brighton Beach from the 17 – 19 May 2019.

What’s The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender then?

The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a celebration of all things funk and soul – from big brass sounds, Hip-Hop beats, Afrobeat, World, Disco, House, and much, much more.

The line-up is very, very strong, but as with any celebration, it’s not just about the music. Entertainment, food, drink, partying and just all-round good times are on the cards. To make things better it’s on an actual beach, just a stone’s throw from the sea.

It’s small in size and big in character – the perfect combination for music lovers, family, friends, loved ones, and everything in-between.


Where’s it happening?

For the very first year, having originally found a home at a holiday park in Camber Sands, The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender is swapping chalets for the iconic Brighton Beach. Situated bang on the beach, it looks to be an exceptionally fitting location for a relaxed and vibrant party.

Immediately next to Brighton’s Palace Pier, it’s an opportunity to soak in the summer vibes and watch some of the biggest and best in the scene. And just as things calm down on the beachfront location, the city opens up to continue the festival – taking over some of the best music venues across Brighton.

And when we say on the beach, we mean ON the beach. Check this:

Who’s Playing?

The all-important line-up is… well… brilliant. Modern jazz pioneer Kamasi Washington will be bringing music from last year’s massive Heaven & Earth masterpiece, as well as from his previous releases of course. Maribou State will be DJing to the masses. The highly influential Gilles Peterson is also going to be there, as are The Pharcyde, Jordan Rakei, Marshall Jefferson, Craig Charles, Lee Fields, Alice Russell… and so many more.

Here’s who was announced in the first wave of acts:

Kamasi Washington, Maribou State (DJ), Gilles Peterson, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Alice Russell, The Pharcyde, Fatima, Romare, DJ Yoda Live, Hackney Colliery Band, Norman Jay (MBE), J Felix, Kamaal Williams, Afriquoi, Holly Walker, DJ Cheeba, Dat Brass, Akua Naru, Yazmin Lacey, Children of Zeus, and Tom Central.

And here’s who was announced in the second wave:

Craig Charles, Jordan Rakei, Marshall Jefferson, Midlife, Joel Culpepper, The Allergies, Fuck the Format, Hey Buddy, Pieces of a Man, Auntie Flo, The Left Rib, and Loyal. 

Here’s the third round of announcements: 

Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Huey Morgan, Pete Rock, Krafty Kuts, Fingerlickin’ DJs, Maddison McFerrin, Cykada, Wovoka Gentle, Normanton Street, Rum Committee, English Disco Lovers, Barulho, Soul Casserole, Yakul, Cykada, Yeoja, Howes3 and Funk Phenomenon. 


Kamasi Washington


Jordan Rakei


Maribou State & Holly Walker


I want in! The Funk & Soul Weekender sounds brilliant and I want a ticket.

Of course you do!

Tickets for The Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender are available now through TicketWeb.co.uk.

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