The very best of London’s jazz, funk & soul music festivals has already wrapped up for 2023 but tickets for 2024 should be coming soon!
Presenting a mix of legends and future legends of the genres, alongside the tunes, there are workshops, food, talks, creative markets (including arts and records fairs), and a wellness area.
Beginning in 2009, the fest has grown to become one of the most popular fests in the city and a firm favourite for fans of smoother, groovy sounds. Community-focused and all about unity, CTT has a super laid-back and approachable vibe. Watch this space for 2024 tickets!
Soultown loves a mixture of tunes. They bring together some of the best in soul, Motown, funks, disco, house, and sometimes - including this year - a splash of reggae.
With immersive light, sound, and visual shows across two main stages, over 40 street food stalls, a premium gin garden, and a cocktail beach Soultown knows how to give you a memorable festival experience with the best music.
Saturday is adults only, while Sunday is the family-friendly day with loads to keep littluns busy, like fairground rides, face painting, and so much more.
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With the multi-award-winning legendary Gabrielle headlining, Back 2 Soul can immediately call itself one of the best soul festivals in England. But even without the soul icon on stage, there’s still a staggeringly stunning lineup with some truly brilliant names set to perform.
Alongside sunny, blissful music, you can get stuck into vintage rides, art installations, street food, and other thrills. It’s essentially a full weekend’s worth of fun compressed into one fantastic day. And the tickets are an absolute bargain.
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Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival
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Better suited to those with a diverse musical palette, Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul enrichens its offering with some other genres including electronic music, although many DJs still spin genre-adjacent tunes.
The independently run fest holds friendship, community, and love close to its heart, and welcomes unsigned artists to its stage to help you discover your new favourite music.
If you’re a bit of a party animal, you can head over to the fests afterparties to keep the good vibes flowing.
One of the best soul and funk festivals that squeezes in a bit of house and disco too, Boogietown truly has one of the best lineups of the year. Absolutely incredible from top to bottom, all the icons from the best genres will be there.
But we don’t want to spend time talking about its gorgeous lineup because there’s so much more we need to mention. So alongside the tunes, there's street food, wellness activities, disco yoga, the funfair, fireworks, and more.
Just over half an hour from London, nestled among the bends of the Thames with hidden lakes, lush, green hills, and ancient woodland, Boogietown is so much more than a music festival. It’s escapism in its purest form. Food for the mind, body, and soul.
This day festival offers something pretty different from the typical festival offering. Small, community-focused, and in a lush garden centre Green Island is the perfect way to find your new favourite artists.
It’s all about highlighting the authentic underground talent that's been right under our noses all this time. It’s very Manchester in spirit, creativity, and the artists that perform there. The festival runs from 1 - 9 pm, with the afterparty at NIAMOS taking you to 3 am.
Tickets are fantastic value and will help you discover the unreal acid house, jazz, soul, funk, and afrobeat talent that's been here all along.
If your ears love more than just funk and soul, Moovin offers those genres with reggae, house, and drum and bass.
Moovin started in 2016 and has massively improved each time, especially with its lineups. This boutique festival goes down on a bull farm just outside of Manchester.
But it doesn’t stop at music. They’ve got fire shows, gong baths, yoga classes, and so much more to explore at this super laid-back festival. The organisers keep the capacity limited too, so you’ll never struggle with an overcrowded atmosphere. It’s all about love here.
Head over for an August bank holiday weekend you won’t forget!
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So which of the best soul festivals caught your eye? Or maybe funk festivals are more your jam? Or both. Both is good.
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.