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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Singer Belle Benham and pianist/producer Johnny Tomlinson come together to as The Left Rib. Both are incredible talents in their own right, and collaborate together to create a special sound. Between them, they rack up experience at Sydney Opera House, Coachella and a stunning EP with WotNot Records.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.