One of the biggest music events of the year in Kent is nearly upon us, so have you made all your preparations? If you haven’t yet decided how to get to the Margate Soul Festival (MSF) then perhaps you should hire a coach for you and all your friends.
The festival runs from August 3rd to 5th and is hosted by a number of venues across the seaside town. Tickets are available individually for Friday, Saturday and Sunday or general admission for the whole weekend, which means you won’t miss a thing.
Highlights of the festival are set to include Atlantic Starr, Deniece Williams and The Brit Funk Association. Among the locations where these artists will be playing are Dreamland, Winter Gardens and Imperial Lounge.
In recent years, the Sunset Stage has been added, which can be found on Fort Lower Promenade. Its unique location on the seafront is particularly special and offers a chance to see some world-class music in an unforgettable setting.
More than 100 DJs will be playing across ten venues to ensure there’s never a dull, or quiet, moment. Each of them will be bringing their own collection of soul favourites, meaning you might just hear something you’ve never listened to before.
There will also be a wide range of fringe events to add to your MSF experience. Head to the Carnival Stage, The Piazza or Revenge of The Soulboy to see what’s happening. Over the years, these extras have developed to help make MSF a do-not-miss date in the diary.
Margate has been hosting soul events since the 1970s and the town’s love affair with the genre has continued to grow over the years. Now, more than 20,000 people attend MSF and the 2018 edition is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
If you’re attending the festival, you have the opportunity to be part of a Guinness World Record attempt. MSF holds a special place in the hearts of Hannah-Jane Denham and Darcy Harrison, who met there in 2016.
They have therefore decided to get married at this year’s event and are hoping to take the biggest wedding photo ever. If you’d like to join in, meet the bride and groom on the sea defence steps at 4pm on August 4th.
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