The Funk And Soul Weekender

London promoters Soundcrash are behind the Funk and Soul Weekender and our new playlist, feat hot cuts from Roy Ayers, Quantic and Mr Scruff…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 4 Mar 2016
  • min read
London promoters Soundcrash are behind the Funk and Soul Weekender and our latest playlist.

Taking place at Camber Sands Holiday Camp, East Sussex 13-15 May, the festival will see the likes of Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Mr Scruff, Andrew Ashong and Fatima heading to the seaside to join in the revelries.

Soundcrash director Rob Waller is behind this new selection, showcasing many of the acts who’ll be performing at the event. We caught up with Rob to ask a few questions – you can check them and his selection below…

Why did you set up the festival in the first place?

It's the first year this year, although planning started back in 2014! Soul, funk, jazz, afrobeat and latin has all been at the heart of my booking for almost 2 decades; and although Soundcrash Productions - itself in it's 10th year, is equally well known for it's innovative electronic, bass music and hip hop output (which crosses very well into these genres), I thought is was time to make a special event specifically within the world of funk and soul for 2016.

So the idea was to bring a new fresh Soul Weekender to the UK with a very Soundcrash style booking policy. Feedback for the concept has been off the scale and very interestingly that's within the younger audience as well as the slightly older one! Roll on May 13th!

Who are you looking to performing this year?

Sooo many of the artists!! Legends like Roy Ayers, Tony Allen and Afrika Bambaataa but also amazing new talent like Fatima, Quantic, Andrew Ashong.

Why is funk and soul enjoying a revival at the moment?

Things go in cycles and strong new world, latin and afrobeat audiences and club nights have helped give it a cooler and fresher edge.