The Pharcyde

Their debut “Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde” in 1992 introduced the world to one of the most innovative and original rap groups ever seen. They have gained a reputation as one of the finest live hip-hop groups with their energetic and fiery performances.

Craig Charles

Craig Charles is one of the UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJ’s, after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 music on their primetime Saturday night show. Expect his set to include soul-hitting funk and a ‘can you dig it’ attitude.

Kamaal Williams

Kamaal Williams is the latest project led by prolific South London artist Henry Wu. As the mastermind behind Yussef Kamaal, Wu released a landmark album for British jazz with 2016’s ‘Black Focus’. 

Rum Committee

Part of the Funk the Format Takeover: Rum Committee is a Brighton supercrew consisting of 4 Emcees 1 Singer and 5 producer/Dj’s. The Committee are known for smashing tracks/shows/battles or any other task that is laid out in front of them with creativity, originality & flair. 

Norman Jay (MBE)

Norman’s contributed so much to UK music he was awarded an MBE recently. His long-standing sets at Notting Hill Carnival made his Good Times Sound System the place to be for decades on end.

Krafty Kuts

Brighton’s own and living legend of electronic music, Krafty Kuts’ multi-genre sets, dexterity on the decks and dedication to dancefloor hedonism have earned him hierarchy status across music genres.

Funk the Format

A Brighton & Hove (actually) institution, Funk The Format are much loved for bringing a big, fat, funky party to the table. Get set to dance your socks off, nod your head to the drum and marvel in the bass when Funk The Format take over Funk & Soul Weekender’s main stage on Friday 17th May. […]

Noya Rao

Noya Rao are a Leeds-based electronic-soul quartet and will be brining dreamy ethereal sounds to Brighton.

Wovoka Gentle

Wovoka Gentle are a three-piece from London, with roots in folk and Americana songwriting, the Wovoka sound draws upon the psychedelic soundscapes of the late 60s as well as contemporary experimental, pop and collage music.


Dam Funk has become one of the genres most passionate evangelists ever since his debut with Stones Throw in 2008.  He is a world renown performer and the forbearer of the ‘Modern-Funk’ movement with his club night in Los Angeles ‘Funkmosphere’ being one of the city’s favourite weekly events.


XOA is the solo / collaborative project from multi-instrumentalist Nick Tyson. Hailing from London, Tyson has immersed himself in the richness of the city’s music scene from a young age, experiencing and absorbing everything from classical orchestras to the underground clubs, alongside a relentless touring career with numerous bands.

Auntie Flo

One of the most truly original production talents of recent times, Auntie Flo offers a gateway to lesser-known strands of music that need exploring. Originally from Glasgow but now residing in London, he has been travelled the world extensively pushing his unique ‘Afro-futurist’ sound either with the Auntie Flo live show or solo as a DJ.


Swedish Soul/RnB star, with Hip Hop in her blueprint, smooth like silk, raw like ODB. A vocal powerhouse with a beautiful tone.. Her enchanting shows alongside the Eglo Live Band have earned her a reputation as a fierce live performer and one of a kind talent.

Nick Maxwell

Brighton favourite, Nick knows exactly how to get you on the dancefloor with his groovy beats and some soul goodness.


Part of the Funk the Format Takeover: Barulho are samba reggae funk band based in Brighton, blending afro-cuban and south american traditional forms with contemporary Funk, Hip-Hop and Drum & Bass.

Akua Naru

With classic hip hop sounds, socially conscious rhymes, jazz-soul elements, Naru has garnered attention and accumulated rave reviews. Her music and performances are a testament to the legacy of soul music and the powerful trailblazing female artist tradition on which it builds.

Vels Trio

With influences across the board, from Miles Davis to Thundercat, Vels Trio explore their mutual loves and individual fortes from jazz, funk, electronic, and hip-hop.

Soul Casserole

The Soul Casserole DJs Dustee Du & Fray Bentos having been djing for around 20 years each, long before CDJs and Digital.With a Vinyl collection which spans from Latin to Jazz – Funk to Soul – Hip Hop to Break Beat – Heavy Bass Lines to Disco – Remixes & Re-edits – Reggae to Mash […]

Young Jack

Young Jack are a UK funk phenomenon ready to stand up & tell the world how to get down. They’ve even received a stamp of approval from the godfather funk himself George Clinton…

Normanton Street

Part of the Funk the Format Takeover: A soul/hip-hop band based in Brighton, fronted by Ned, Nicholson & Phoebe.


Maribou State (DJ)

Maribou state have built up a glowing international reputation aided by their two stellar albums, ‘Portraits’ and ‘Kingdoms in Colour’. Their passion for music is palpable and their vivid approach to the marriage of electronic, synthetic and soulful live instrumentation is stunning when brought to the decks. Expect the unexpected.

Alice Russell

Alice Russell possesses the rare talent of a truly remarkable soul voice but her musicality goes far beyond that. She’s collaborated with the likes of Quantic, David Byrne and Mr Scruff and consistently delivers a performance as vocally stunning as it is energetic and enthralling.

Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson is an arbiter of music like no other. His flawless taste and constant exploration has led millions to fall in love  with his international tour, his legendary BBC6Music show and stunningly curated Brownswood Recordings label. An expert crate-digger, he creates a perfectly dynamic and unexpected live show.

Gentleman’s Dub Club

Moving across Dub, Ska & Roots Reggae, Gentleman’s Dub Club always bring a high energy set combining together tight grooves and heavyweight sounds.

Yazmin Lacey

 From Gilles Peterson to Lauren Laverne, Lacey is fast gaining support for her delicate, thoughtful songwriting and powerful, velvety vocals that are steeped in old-school soul, with tinges of jazz and electronica that give her songs a modern spin.

Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson is an English DJ and producer best known for being one of the original DJs in both the early 80s electro scene in Manchester and the current disco/re-edit movement. 

Children of Zeus

A soul project from two of Manchester’s most repected artists, Konny Kon & Tyler Daley, their stunning combination of vibey beats and brilliantly soulful vocals create one of the hottest combinations around.

Huey Morgan

BBC 6music DJ and Fun Lovin’ Criminal, Huey Morgan is the man who joins the dots between funk, soul, disco, classic hip hop and rock’n’roll.

Hackney Colliery Band

As diverse as the London borough that gave them their name, Hackney Colliery Band’s influences come as much from the world of rock and electronica as from jazz and global brass. Because of this, they present a dynamic performance, rooted in tradition, yet sounding thoroughly modern.

Joel Culpepper

South London based singer-songwriter Joel Culpepper is breaking the mould and is producing an alternative sound with his brand of Hip Hop and Soul infused music.  His single ‘Woman’ has gained nearly 6 million views on Youtube so you will not want to miss seeing him perform this live. 

J Felix

Bristol-born and Brighton-based, Felix is a musician, tutor, producer and singer that brings you Hip-Hop infused, funk ridden productions. He’s toured internationally as Alice Russell’s guitarist and absorbed a huge array of influences from A Tribe Called Quest, The Clash to De La Soul – yet creating his own sound.


Romare is the kaleidoscopic king of sampling. Seamlessly fusing the new and old, he has the ability to create timeless records which are fast becoming cult classics. His innovative approach to joining the dots between jazz, funk, soul with a modern energy makes for a stunning performance and definitely one not to miss.

Belle Benham

Belle Benham is a singer and songwriter, with a wide range of influences and neo-soul tinge. Her stunning vocals are definitely one to watch over the weekend…

Mr Doris

Producer and DJ extraordinaire, Mr Doris’ incredible deck talents fuse funk, soul and hip-hop with D’n’B, dub-step, latin beats and afro breaks, all sliced, mashed and cut together with his unique style of mixing.

Ezra Bruno

Ezra Bruno is London based producer singer-songwriter and co-founder of Studio XYZ. His fresh approach and vibrant attitude make him an exciting talent on the scene.

Holly Walker

Though known for her work with Maribou State, Holly Walker has been quietly amassing solo material- a groove-led collection of songs. She found her angle when she introduced a live rhythm section to the electronic productions she’d been working on and combines them to create a stunning live show.

Hey Buddy

Hey Buddy are a Brighton group with 6 members that have a psychedelic R&B sound. Having played many gigs in Brighton, including one with Anchorsong,  this upcoming group are definitely one to watch out for.


Having developed a tight live show, filled with wild improvisation and the best of a world dissolved in jazz, psych and disco, Mildlife create an irresistible groove ahead of their first studio album.

Dat Brass

Born on London’s streets and raised by its punk-jazz underbelly, this high energy 10-piece blend anthemic horn lines with pounding drums, lyrical verse and razor sharp scratch. Their relentless live shows have become known as some of London’s loudest get-downs.

Pieces Of A Man

Pieces Of A Man are a progressive outfit mixing full live instrumentation with sample manipulation as they bring soul up to date but also with the feel of past masters. With their finely crafted sound, they bring a freshness to the live scene.

English Disco Lovers

The English Disco Lovers Community Group parties have become legend in Brighton & the south east, bringing their irrepressible mix of fun, humour, fundraising and of course awesome Disco and Classic House music to the party for 7 years now. Resident DJ Sam Moffett will be playing alongside Greg Wilson at The Haunt Club Secret […]


Loyal formed from a shared love of disco, Kate Bush and Kubrick and these influences form their output of infectious rhythms and their expressive lyrics. This creates a sound that generates cinematic imagery with every song and also portrays different chapters and scenes. 


Kamasi Washington

One of the most influential figures of modern Jazz, Kamasi Washington’s unique approach to musical creativity and expression stirs up a maximalist performance, pulling liberally from Afro-beat, hip-hop, funk and electro-funk.

Lee Fields & the Expressions

There aren’t too many artists performing and making music in 2018 who can claim the longevity of Lee Fields. Having first released in 1969, Fields has continuously set the bar for what it means to be a true soul musician.

Jordan Rakei

A soul-rooted alternative R&B multi-instrumentalist, producer and vocalist recently signed to Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei released his stunning ‘Wallflower’ EP in 2017 to add to an already glowing back-catalogue. Known for his collaborations with the likes of Tom Misch, Loyle Carner and Disclosure, Rakei stands out of the crowd with his creamy modern soul.


Cykada have forged a unique and infectious sound. Combine electronic and live music with global inspiration from West Africa to Eastern Europe, throw in some beats and riddims of soundsystem culture, the spontaneity of jazz and you have a new dynamic mashup unlike anything previously witnessed.

Funk Phenomenon

DJ collective The Funk Phenomenon will be showcasing classic UK and US jazz funk, soul boogie and pirate radio anthems on Sunday at the Brighton Funk and Soul Weekender. Come to the record Fair at Volks nightclub, we’ll dig deep into the crates while you do!  


Brought by New Generation Jazz. Through a mutual love of 70’s jazz funk, 80’s fusion, 90’s R’n’B, gospel & hip hop, Brighton based keys led trio, Howes3, draw on their collective influences cultivating a unique sound that has a foot in each genre. 

DJ Cheeba

DJ Cheeba is hailed as one of the most progressive audiovisual artists around today, finding a dedicated audience across the globe with his unique style of turntablism and video manipulation. More than just a DJ, Cheeba is an artist who’ll bring the most unique funk experience you can imagine.


Brought by New Generation Jazz. YEOJA, meaning woman in Korean, is a female fronted grunge jazz powerhouse. Combining heavy Hendrix style guitar and drums with Kenny Wheeler-esque brass, the group strike an even balance between tenderness, tension and grit. 


Brought by New Generation Jazz. YAKUL are an exciting neo-soul 4-piece based in Brighton. Influenced by the likes of J-Dilla, D’angelo and the Soulquarians, they seamlessly blend genres to create something fresh and original.

Soul 45

“There’s nothing like the depth, detail and sonic impact of a good vinyl record” says the SOUL 45 DJS Mark James and Neil Walters. They’ve championed the 7” format across the south coast over the last seven years, bringing classic sounds to the forefront and putting vinyl back in the spotlight.


Funk & soul maestro Flevans (Tru Thoughts / Lack Of Afro Records) has recently signed to Jalapeno Records and is dropping a brand new album in 2019. His live show features the incredible vocals of Laura Vane (Cee-Lo Green / The Streets) and his new music has gained heavy support on 6 Music and Radio 2.

Carnival Collective

Brighton Locals, and winners of the 1BTN Main Stage Competition, Carnival Collective are a big band with even bigger energy. They’ll be bringing a tidal wave of brassy sounds and upbeat fun to Sunday at the Weekender.

Smoove & Turrell

The story of Smoove & Turrell began in the post millennium North East of England with a group of working class lads and a shared passion for soul. Years later, and they’re just as creative and vibrant as ever.

The Allergies

Bristol duo The Allergies are known for their flawlessly energetic DJ sets and have also made a name for themselves for their take on sample-led beats and breaks. . Their set will be full of funky bass lines and dance floor grooves inspired by the golden era of funk, soul, disco and hip-hop.


Live African dance music, fusing African styles with UK electronic sensibilities to create captivating dancefloor friendly new music for a generation of world music fans with one foot in the clubs. Afriquoi are an underground sensation, bringing an uplifting fusion of African music and live electronics.


His seminal How To Cut & Paste series showcased a tongue-in-cheek mixing style that prompted Q Magazine to declare him “one of the ten DJs to see before you die”. From hip-hop beginnings,  he’ll be bringing a set of varied funk & soul goodness.