The Funk & Soul Weekender touches down in Camber Sands May 12-14th 2017, playing host to a wealth of acts spanning funk, soul, hip-hop, disco and everything in-between. Back after a sell-out first edition in 2016, the event combines unmissable talent and feel good vibes, with the addition of tropical pool parties, nightspot cinema, funkadelic block parties, disco yoga and more. Here’s 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss it:
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
With a career spanning several decades, legend George Clinton twisted funk & soul into over 40 hit singles (including 3 number ones), and 3 platinum albums. Up there with James Brown and Sly Stone as one of the foremost innovators of funk music; and the principal architect of P-Funk; you’d be crazy to miss George in such a setting, with full 16-piece band Parliament Funkadelic in tow.
The Sugarhill Gang
Originally comprised of Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank (who sadly passed away in 2014) and Master Gee; hip-hop royalty The Sugarhill Gang are best known for 1979 smash ‘Rappers Delight’. Though not the first single to feature rapping, it’s generally considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop music to audiences in the United States and around the world.
Camber Sands is a sprawling landscape of long ridge sand dunes and miles of gorgeous soft shingle beach on the East Sussex/Kent border where the river Rye meets the Channel. Possibly the most picturesque of all the South of England’s towns, Rye is a mysterious token from ancient times with cobbled streets and medieval Tudor buildings. Tales of smugglers and ghosts prove a central theme for writers and artists, past and present. Enjoy a swim or paddle in the shallows; lay back and take in the splendid scenery and magnificent sunsets in between the phenomenal acts on offer at The Funk & Soul Weekender.
As the fundraising arm of Love Support Unite, a ground breaking charity based in Malawi, Love Specs take a new approach by providing education, healthcare and skills training to ensure every child has the opportunity to survive, develop and succeed. Their ‘Specs’ turn every light into a rainbow of hearts which are perfect for festivals as they allow a glimpse into the world wish to see, one filled with love. Love Specs have featured in almost every continent in the world and all profits are donated to supporting their projects in Malawi. They work to strengthen communities by providing a support network and aim to reach a world where every community is self-sufficient.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem and thousands of people are still struggling. MIND believe no one should have to face this alone and aim to give support, information and direct help to those that need it. The music industry has seen many of it’s most prolific stars side-lined by anxiety and depression as life on the road takes its toll but it’s not something that often reaches the headlines. With your help, MIND aim to raise awareness, change attitudes towards mental health issues and deliver services across England and Wales to make sure people don’t suffer in silence and receive the help they deserve.
Music has always inspired and transformed lives. Support Act is a new initiative that asks all guests at live music events to pay just £1 for their entry – that’s £1 that will help change lives. The money raised will assist thousands of refugees while providing them with a place of safety and defend their rights in the face of authorities or politicians alongside Refugee Action and Road to Freedom. The Support Act’s one simple, unifying mission is to help those less fortunate through the generosity of the promoters, venues and people who put on and enjoy live music.
It’s got soul
The festival has been curated with some of the hottest promoters in the country to bring you the most fiercely groovy acts from far and wide, fusing slinky underground disco by the likes of Crazy P with world-renowned musicians such as Omar, together with Good Times ambassador Norman Jay.
Alongside is fresh talent; “the new queen of hip-hop” (Mistajam, Radio 1), potent rising star, Harleighblu; five piece collective Flamingods and rhythmic poet and powerful social commentator Akua Naru. It promises to be a special weekend, with more sizzling acts to be announced – 2017’s Funk and Soul Weekender is not one to miss. Bring your dancing shoes.
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