Festival2Funky 2014

In its second year, Festival2Funky 2014 was a fantastic celebration of Black and urban music, on Saturday 18 October. Taking place across five venues on Leicester’s Braunstone Gate, and in the West End, this festival encompassed Reggae, Soul, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Dub Step, Funk, R&B, acoustic and Jazz. It included a variety of exhilarating live performances, alongside masterclasses, DJ sets and after-parties. Events were hosted by The Music Café, Sumo, Mobius, Sugar Loaf and The Font, as part of Black History Season.

Highlights included:
-Leicester’s first 3 vs. 3 B-boy Battle, at The Music Café. This attracted over 20 crews from cities across the UK including London, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.  The performers battled for over 4 hours until the winning crew – Huddersfield’s Heavy Smokers - took the title. Second place went to Battle Cats. The event included a judge’s showcase, with performances from Mouse, Uncle Flo and Banner, some of the UK’s finest B Boys. There were also plenty of opportunities for freestylers throughout the day.

-The Drum n’ Bass stage at The Music Café, which gave local artists a unique opportunity to perform alongside Grooverider, DJ SS and Jaydan. Earlier in the evening hip-hop was hosted by UKs finest Klashnekoff & Dj Jon1st

-Sugarloaf’s masterclasses, which hosted DJing with Jon 1st, Vocals with Terri Walker and an MCing with Klashnekoff. Full to capacity, the venue saw evening performances from artists such as Natasha Watts, Omar, Zahra Palmer O'Jay, Frisco, Paul Lewiss, Derek Inman, Marcus Tahoun Snuske, Vikki Jessop and Richie Harris, among many others.   
-For Sumo, our headliner on the basement stage was soulful singer Jamie Joseph, following sterling performances by Them&us which included Killa Kella and a Basement Jaxx vocalist.   The night also featured first class DJs such as DJ Tony Minvielle.

Thanks to all the artists, audiences and venues that made this festival so fantastic!

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Also supported by Leicester City Council. 

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