Soul music (originally a blend of gospel r&B and jazz ) along with the sum of its parts has influenced practically every artist around in some way over the years and its seems fitting its found a home with a strong following in our city.
So if you didn’t know already, when it comes to Soul music in Liverpool the monthly Soul4Soul night at Studio 2 in Parr St Liverpool is the sole provider. So, it makes perfect sense then that they take the genre and create the upcoming Soul Fest. Soul Fest 2015 is Liverpool’s first ever festival dedicated to soul music and culture. Between 23rd and 25th October 2015, the festival will host events encompassing music, dance, fashion and food in venues across the city, including exclusive live performances and DJ sets at Constellations, 24 Kitchen St and Baltic Social in the Baltic Triangle. SF15 will also be taking over the Epstein Theatre and Hilton Hotel
Soul Fest have announced Gabrielle has their headliner. One of Britain’s most successful soul singers, she’ll be bringing her Top 40 hits – including the number 1 smashes Dreams and Rise, to the Baltic triangle
The Saturday night at Constellations will feature a special set by British-Zimbabwean artist Eska. Eska marries soul with folk, psychedelia and electronica. Her diverse influences range from the experimental rock of Captain Beefheart, the unrivalled vocals of Ella Fitzgerald, the poetry of Joni Mitchell, the otherworldliness of Kate Bush via reggae, electronica, British progressive rock and folk.
Joining Gabrielle and Eska will be acclaimed artists Jermain Jackman, Sasha Simone, Ayanna Witter – Johnson, Dora Martin, Nate Williams, Mi’das, Judith Ude and J. Appiah. Also adding a local flavour will be LIMF Academy “Most Ready” artists Jalen N’Gonda and Amique.
A DJ takeover in 24 Kitchen St will feature acclaimed soul connoisseurs DJ Niceness (Neo2Soul/Stilldope Radio) and Roger Williams (Soulsorts).
Soul Inspired have been running soulful events in Liverpool since 2012. In addition to the monthly Soul4Soul concerts and annual Soul Reach charity events at Parr Street’s Studio 2, they have curated stages at festivals such as LIMF, Sound City and Pride.
Soul Inspired have also been responsible for bringing internationally acclaimed soul-inspired artists to Liverpool, including Grammy Award winners Snarky Puppy, Kirk Whalum and John Stoddart.
Whether or not you consider yourself to be a soul fan, this looks like an event to shake up Liverpools music/festival scene and inject a much needed shot of variety. So get yourselves along and lets see if it becomes an annual fixture.
Here’s to the festivals success…
Tickets available: HERE
More information can be found HERE