The Original Wailers

In 1974 when Bob Marley went solo, on the brink of international stardom, he surprised the music community by choosing as American born lead guitarist, Al Anderson. It was Anderson’s stunning lead work on such classics as No Woman, No Cry, & Three O’clock Road Block, that first alerted rock fans to the Wailer’s music. […]

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

George Edward Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His Parliament-Funkadelic collective developed an influential and eclectic form of funk music during the 1970s that drew on science fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelic culture, and surreal humour.

Sister Sledge

We are Family! Get lost in music with the Queens of the Disco Era. The Grammy-nominated icons of soul bring a party like no other with colossal hits spanning a 40-year career.

David Rodigan

David Michael Rodigan MBE is a British radio DJ who also performs as a disc jockey. Known for his selections of reggae and dancehall music, he has played on stations including Radio London, Capital 95.8, Kiss 100, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and BFBS Radio.

Gilles Peterson

Tastemaker supreme Gilles Peterson is simply is one of the world’s finest selectors. The Brownswood Record’s founder and BBC 6 music presenter has been at the top of the game for over 20 years and is not slowing down!

Craig Charles

From the cobble’s of Coronation Street to the beaches of Margate. Flavoursome funk hits the seaside as the legendary Craig Charles brings his trunk of funk to Margate

Norman Jay

Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture.

Roy Ayers

A true icon of jazz and funk. It’s fair to say that everybody with ears knows the seminal track ‘Everybody loves the sunshine, we can’t wait to groove to it as the sun goes down by the seaside.’


Horse Meat Disco began in a basement in London’s Chinatown where co-founders James Hillard and Jim Stanton created a safe queer space for the disenfranchised disco citizens of London. Now an established institution, Horse Meat Disco is dedicated to the industry of human happiness!

Trojan Soundsystem

Formed in 2004, London based Trojan Sound System are an institution in British Sound System culture.

Jazzie B (Soul II Soul)

Trevor Beresford Romeo OBE, better known as Jazzie B, is a British DJ and music producer. He is the founder of Soul II Soul.

P. P. Arnold

Patricia Ann Cole, known professionally as P. P. Arnold, is an American soul singer who rose to fame performing with Ike and Tina Turner.

Greg Wilson

The legendary king of disco edits and former Hacienda resident Greg Wilson will be reeling you into the next decade with a set of unmistakable classics.

Crazy P Soundsystem

Fusing slinky underground disco, deep electronic throbs, shimmering pop moments; this is dance music with a voice, a heart, and soul.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Expect a blistering barrage of brass from the bad boys of jazz! A banquet for the ears and eyes

Amp Fiddler

Widely considered as one of Detroit’s hottest exports. A talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer, with some of the finest keyboard skills around. He has played, recorded, produced and written with such legends as Prince, Jamiroquai, George Clinton and Seal

DJ Yoda

DJ Yoda is a multi-award-winning Hip-Hop DJ and producer, headlining festivals and clubs around the world.

Nubya Garcia

Nubya Garcia is an award-winning saxophonist and composer based in London. Her debut EP, NUBYA’s 5IVE, released in 2017, was hailed as “exceptional” by The Vinyl Factory and her second project, WHEN WE ARE (2018), earned her critical acclaim.


DJ Poly-Ritmo cut her teeth at one of London’s finest record stores, Sounds Of The Universe. Hotly tipped as one of London’s nascent selectors she explores jazz, Brazilian, Latin, soul, and all the spaces in between.

Chali 2na

Baritone beast and Jurassic 5 lynchpin is one of the world’s most powerful MCs. Expect dynamite lyricism and incredible stage presence.

Krafty Kuts

Krafty Kuts is an English electronic music, dance music and breakbeat producer and DJ.

Too Many Zooz

Too Many Zooz is an American music group based in New York City, consisting of Leo Pellegrino, Matt “Doe” Muirhead and David “King of Sludge” Parks.


Producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ, J-Felix cut his teeth in an eclectic range of bands and musical projects including playing guitars for Alice Russell, Wrongtom and The Ragga Twins and Swindle.

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.

Hackney Colliery Band

Since the release of Hackney Colliery Band’s eponymous debut album in 2011, the East London collective have blown their way into the public consciousness with their genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting live bands in the UK.

Theon Cross

As one of the key players of the London jazz scene, Theon Cross has been dominating airwaves and stages.

DJ Questionmark 

DJ Questionmark is an award-winning DJ, music producer, flutist and entrepreneur.

Smoove & Turrell

Smoove & Turrell are a British group hailing from Gateshead in the North East of England. They play a style of music they describe as “Northern Funk” – a contemporary fusion of funk, soul, northern soul, hip-hop and electronica. The band is composed of Jonathan Scott Watson and singer / songwriter John Turrell.

Emma-Jean Thackray

Repped by Gilles Peterson, RBMA, Sounds of The Universe and many more, rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray wears many musical hats. As a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, bandleader, and DJ, she is just as at home working with the London Symphony Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM or tearing it up on […]

Ashley Beedle

Ashley Beedle is a British house music DJ and producer. He was a member of the groups Black Science Orchestra and X-Press 2 in addition to releasing material under his own name.


Wrongtom is a record producer and DJ from south London known for genre-crossing, reggae-rooted solo productions and DJ sets plus collaborations including with Roots Manuva, Hard Fi and Deemas J.

Noble & Heath

Committed collectors, the duo Noble & Heath have brought some much needed freshness to dance floors all over London, stepping up the tempo one 7″ at a time, spinning the very best in Soul, Modern Northern & Crossover all mixed together with a healthy dose of Disco, and the kind of soulful shenanigans that keep […]

Lazy Habits (DJ/MC)

Performing a DJ/MC set, Lazy Habits have been influenced by New Orleans Jazz, Soul and Hip Hop, blasting their sound into the 21st Century with gritty, rolling beats and slick lyrics about modern British culture and urban life inspired by their surroundings of East London.

Oli Keens

Oli Keens is a disco DJ from London and a resident with queer party collective, Little Gay Brother.

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations

A homegrown hurricane of soul, bringing an authentic heady blues, sound powered by raw emotion. Sampled by jay z don’t you know?

Ramrock HiFi: Jo Wallace & Ashley Beedle

Playing fine tunes on the BBE Music Radio Show.

Mr Thing

Mr. Thing aka Original Scratch Pervert aka DMC UK DJ Championship Winner 2000 is a legendary world-class party DJ, up there with the greats and guaranteed to keep you movin’

The Skatonics

The Skatonics came crashing onto the scene in 2007, and since then have performed to the ever growing enthusiastic Ska followers at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe.


With influences like J-Dilla, D’Angelo and Hiatus Kaiyote, Brighton based four-piece Yakul already cut an idiosyncratic figure in British music.

Echo Juliet

Echo Juliet has spent over ten years immersed in music, booking one of the UK’s biggest jazz festivals. She brings that knowledge to the decks with soulful jazz, funk and disco from around the world, weaving in uplifting afro and latin grooves.

Some Voices

The “coolest choir” in London, Some Voices is all about the joy of singing.

The Skastards

Ska, reggae and rocksteady from Kent.

Ben Millar

Local DJ.

Mister Shiver

Mister Shiver is a DJ based in London.

DJ Hooch (Horatio Funk)

DJ / Promoter

Nigel Watson

Soul DJ.

Quinn Oulton

Young singer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist Quinn Oulton brings his unique home-brewed songwriting concoctions to life, alongside his explosive powerhouse of a live band.


Zeñel are a trio of young musical upstarts from South London. Their fresh blend of virtuoso jazz and heavy electronic dance music has wowed audiences at Love Supreme Festival, Ronnie Scott’s (supporting Ghost Note), Brainchild Festival, London Jazz Festival (JazzNewBlood) and many many more.

Katie & Joe

Local party-starters Katie Barber and Joe Lye will perform their trademark popular and infectious party set!

Ska N Mash

DJ specialising in Ska, Reggae, 2-tone, Dubwise, Motown, Soul, Mod, Indie and Punk.


Creating unforgettable and sonically fulfilling tapestries in a comfortable and energetic environment. Exploring realms of Funk, sexy Soul and downright dirty Disco. Its these ideas and our ethos that ensures JOOC is the perfect party experience.

Love Tonic

Love Tonic started in the late 90s in the heart of Birmingham spearheaded by father Yello. Last year Love Tonic Urban Sound relaunched with DJ Yello and DJ Boodamunk, playing across the UK.

Friends of the Festival


Tru Thoughts

Margate Pride

Coast Vinyl

Disco Shed

The Lowdown

Faversham Soul Club

Expensive Sh!t

Star Bwoy Empire

Folkestone Soul Club

New Generation Jazz

Soul Train Sounds

English Disco Lovers


Power of Women

Art’s Cool


Soul By The Sea

Tropical Disco Hustle

Disco Stu

Drez & Hip Hop Back in the Day

Messin’ Around


Reggae Roast

Late Night Disco