Festival2Funky 2018

Festival2Funky 2018

Now in its fifth year, Festival2Funky will be an awesome celebration of Black music and arts, running from 21-27 May 2018 at 2Funky Music Café, Leicester. Seven days of unmissable artists, DJ’s, comedians, masterclasses, workshops and dancers will include a variety of high profile artists. The main festival headliners have now been announced.

YolanDa Brown (Monday 21 May, 8pm). YolanDa Brown is a London-born saxophonist, whose critically acclaimed work combines soul, jazz and reggae. YolanDa has worked with Jools Holland, Julian Marley, The Temptations and Wretch 32, among many others. Her 2017 album “Love Politics War” hit the top 3 in the UK Jazz and Blues Chart. She is a MOBO Awards and Urban Music Awards winner, both for ‘Best Jazz Act.’

Harleighblu (Tuesday 22 May, 8pm). Harleighblu combines a classic yet truly distinctive soulful voice with a love of bass and eclectic future beats. This Nottingham native has been involved in music from a young age, leading her to play big name events such as Glastonbury, Boomtown and Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival.

2Funky Arts presents.. Women In Music, A Debate & Industry Panel (Wednesday 23 May, 6pm). A public discussion on the challenges that women face while working in the music industry, with networking opportunities for artists, DJ’s, producers and managers. Panellists include BBC 1Xtra tastemaker Jade Style and Award winning international DJ Melody Kane. Also featuring rapper Lady Sanity who has received funding from PRSF's ‘Women Make Music’ scheme. Booking agent Tania Lee has managed Formation Records and established leading DJ agency UMC. Chaired by Carol Leeming, who performs with Random Acts of Senseless Beauty

Jenna & The Gs (Thursday 24 May, 8pm). Going back to her live roots, veteran bass music vocalist Jenna G has transformed her eclectic releases past, present and future alongside the musical stylings of Manchester's most prolific backing band, 8 Gold Rings. Analog all the way, played with nothing but love and a whole lot of funk and soul, this is Jenna & The

2Funky Comedy Jam (Friday 25 May, 7.30pm). This will feature:
-Dizzle The Comedian (Best Newcomer, Black Comedy Awards), whose viral comedy sketches reach vast online audiences. 
-Aurie Styla, the man who brought you the viral comedy performance known as ‘Sniper Pose,’ and the sold-out roadshow ‘Comedy Mania.’ 
-Babatunde (Best Newcomer, Da Comedy Fun House), who has featured on BBC 1Xtra, and performed at Broadway Theatre and Hackney Empire, among other big venues. 
-Glenda Jackson, who delivers effortlessly relatable anecdotes and has been hailed as The Queen of Comedy on the Black comedy circuit!

WE LOVE UKG (Friday 25 May, 11pm). A feast of UK garage, featuring DJ Pied Piper and Sharky P – two of the brains behind the 2001 smash hit ‘Do You Really Like It?’ Also on the bill will be DJ Martin Larner (true veteran of the house & UKG scene) and MC Rankin (who has worked with the likes of DJ EZ and Marcus Nasty).

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave (Saturday 26 May, 1.30-4pm). BFLF have brought raving to the family massive! An independent crew of seasoned ravers and parents, putting on family raves with all the freedom and excitement of a mini-festival. Each event is unique, with different DJ’s, themes, and artists running everything from synthesiser workshops to interactive light installations. Adult and one child entry with Festival2funky wristband. Additional children @ £5.

Formation Drum & Bass (Saturday 26 May, 10pm). The Prototypes have a string of remixes for high profile artists under their belt, including Avicii, Ed Sheeran, Bingo Players and a host of others. DJSS has spearheaded 28 years of Formation, which makes it the UK’s longest running drum & bass label. Also featuring prime drum & bass talent in the shape of Critical Impact, Bladerunner & MC IC3, this night is not to be missed.

Rodney P & Skitz, plus Skinnyman (Sunday 27 May, 6pm). ‘Godfather of British Hip Hop’ Rodney P inspired a generation of British MC’s and producers by being the first to rap in his authentic London accent. He has generated a homegrown hip hop/ reggae vibe that is firmly rooted in the UK. Along with Rodney P, British DJ Skitz produced the first ever track to be played on BBC 1Xtra when the station launched in 2002. Skitz was soon hailed as a ‘hip hop star.’ Inspired by inner city London’s reggae and dancehall culture, rapper Skinnyman has won open mic battles, and won over audiences, across the capital and beyond with his distinctive voice.

Exclusive Grime Originals (Sunday 27 May, 11pm). Sharky Major - MC and CEO of Grime Originals - is regarded as one of the pioneers of grime. Nasty Jack is an award winning West London grime MC/ artist and Producer. Together, they will be headlining, with support from fellow grime veterans Fumin, and Discarda, DJ Dok and special guests.

21-27 May 2018
2Funky Music Café, New Park St, Leicester
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Festival wristbands (£10) for access to the full 7 days, are available on the door and via Selected individual events are £5 entry (subject to capacity), and our graffiti workshops & the music industry debate are free. Look out for pre-parties prior to the festival!

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and National Lottery Awards for All.

Official Partners - Friday Flex (Eava FM), Takeover Radio, HQ Recording Studios, Radio2Funky, Graffwerk, Square Mile, Baby People, Dare to Diva, Muzik-I, Keep It Sassy, Unite the Scene, Punch Records, Formation Records, Rhetoric, Bootleg Jazz, 69 Magazine & FU Media.

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