Introducing Margate Soul Festival Fringe

A New and Exciting Element To The Margate Soul Festival For 2018

For over a decade, street parties within the footprint of Margate’s Old Town, harbour and beach have been the true heritage and founding principles of the Margate Soul Festival. Not only have they provided visitors with hours of free entertainment but encompass that ‘whole town experience’that no other festival offers. We intend to further this essential component by adding some rather exciting elements for 2018.

This year we feature over 60 DJ’s across 4 stages in addition to demonstrations of Spoken Word, Jive, Jazz and Latin dance performances, plus a sensational new stage dedicated to nurturing and supporting unsigned, undiscovered, and under-the-radar UK talent. The MSFest Community Stage will be hosted by Margate local and BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney who says;

gemma cairney BBC Radio 1It’s an honour to be part of the Margate Soul Festival, when I see the streets filled with music and dancing it makes my heart pop and it suits me down to the ground to be comparing the fringe offering. Giving a chance to provide a stage for up and coming talent and mashing genres in the way I love best and that it’ll be free for all is the cherry on the cake.” Gemma Cairney


Unmissable Festival Moments For 2018:

  • Be on the Margate steps at 4pmon Saturday 4thAugust to celebrate MSFest’s first ever wedding and try and break the record for the biggest wedding photo ever taken.
  • Gather at the phenomenal Sunset Stage for one of the best sunsets overlooking the sea from 8pm.
  • Be on the streets on Sunday 5thAugust to witness the biggest DJ Led Carnival to date.
  • Watch the International live acts and our big Finale at Winter Gardens on Saturday and Sunday nights from 7pm.


Margate Soul Festival | 3rd, 4th, 5thAugust 2018 | Friday 2pm – 3am| Saturday 12pm – 4am| Sunday 12pm –Monday 2am

Tickets Include:

Access to all participating venues (Winter Gardens, Sunset Stage, Olby’s Soul Cafe (3 Rooms Inc. The Dug Out and Main Venue), The Lighthouse and Imperial Lounge. All MSFest Fringe Events are Free (except Dreamland: £5 entry).

Ticket Prices:

General Weekend Ticket Stage 1 £69 | General Weekend Ticket Stage 2 £75 | Weekend door price £80 |Friday Day Pass £27.50 | Saturday Day Pass £44 | Sunday Day Pass £44. For Group Bookings of 10+ Please call 01843 292795. Tickets are also collectable in person from Margate Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, CT9 1HX 01843 292795.


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Notes To Editors:

  • Artists for this year include: Atlantic Starr, Deniece Williams, Fatback Band, The Brit Funk Association, Eddie Piller’s 30 Years of Acid Jazz, SoulHouse featuring Michelle John, Nathan Haines, Vanessa Freeman & Lifford, Children Of Zeus.
  • The award-winning Big Green Coachwill be running a day ticket + festival service picking up from London and Brighton into the heart of the action.
  • Margate Winter Gardens will open on Friday night and Sunday night as part of our opening and closing parties.

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Margate Soul FestivalThe countdown has begun – we are just days away from Margate Soul Festival. Another weekend in the Mi-Soul calendar packed full of soulful goodness.

Margate is ready to host over 100 DJ’s across 10 venues and feature live performances from an all-star international line up. Appearing on the new Red Stripe Sunset Stage and the Main Hall on Saturday 5th August will be ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, Gwen Dickey of ROSE ROYCE, MARC EVANS, TREVOR NELSON and PAUL TROUBLE ANDERSON.

If that is not enough to satisfy any soul palette, it continues on Carnival Sunday with Jazz funk legends THE BLACKBYRDS, Latin Soul & Salsa stalwarts JOE BATAAN and GERARDO FRISINA with an exclusive MSF performance by MF ROBOTS formed by JAN KINCAID founder of the Brit Jazz & Funk band BRAND NEW HEAVIES.

Our very own TOM GLIDE will showcase his brand new album DIVAS GOT SOUL with guest vocalists SEL, CHIDI & HIL ST SOUL. Singer, songwriter GREG BLACKMAN will also be appearing.

Added to this impressive lineup, will be free activities taking place across the Old Town from midday Saturday & Sunday, including for the very first time a Spoken Word, Open Mic and Workshop corner located at the all new Beet Bar. ‘Spoken @ Margate Soul Festival’, will feature some of the biggest names to headline Margate’s Soul Food & Street Sonnets poetry night and this is all happening by the sea!

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Margate Soul Festival 2017: Three Incredible Days Of Non-Stop Music,
More Than 100 DJs, 4 Major Live Acts, 2 Stages and 10 Themed Venues.
Date: 4th – 6th August 2017
Time: Doors 2pm Friday 4th August.
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Hip Hop trailblazers Arrested Development, Soul and Gospel legend Candi Staton and Italian Latin, Jazz and Bossa Nova artist Gerardo Frisina lead an all star Saturday line up for #MSFest2017.

Margate Soul Festival 2017
Three Incredible Days Of Non-Stop Music, 
More Than 50 DJs, 4 Major Live Acts, 2 Stages and 7 Themed Venues.
Date: 4th – 7th August 2017 
Time: Doors 2pm Friday 4th August.

Margate Soul Festival is the UK’s signature soulful music festival. It takes over Kent’s popular coastal town for the first weekend of August every year including, the old town, market, Winter Gardens and Harbour.

This year see’s a new and improved Sunset Stage, a huge outdoor arena overlooking the sea and a unique combination of ticketed large-scale outdoor live shows, free family friendly street performances, DJ led carnival street parties and the most eclectic mix of club nightlife. There really is something for everyone.

Ticket Information:

Weekend Ticket £66 | Friday Day Pass £27.50 | Saturday Day Pass £44 | Sunday Day Pass £44

For Group Bookings of 10+ Please call 01843 292795. All tickets listed form part of the complete range of tickets available for Margate Soul Festival 2017.

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