Your guide to Margate Soul Festival 2018

Margate Soul Festival is just days away and has a fantastic line up of musicians and events.

This year the festival will also be attempting to pick up the first Guinness World Record for the largest wedding photo ever taken.

Hannah-Jane Denham and Darcy Harrison met across a crowded dance at the festival in 2016 and are tying the knot at this year’s event.

Hannah-Jane Denham and Darcy Harrison will get hitched at the Margate Soul Festival

They are asking festival-goers to meet on the steps of Margate’s seafront at 4pm on the big day -Saturday, August 4 – for that all-important picture.

Here’s your guide to the festival:

Dates and times

August 3-5

Friday 2pm – 3am
Saturday 12pm – 4am
Sunday 12pm – 3am


This year acts including Atlantic Starr, Deniece Williams (pictured), Fatback Band, The Brit Funk Association and Eddie Piller’s 30 Years Of Acid Jazz and more will all perform alongside more than 50 DJs.

Also watch out for Children of Zeus, Daisy Hicks, Daniel March and Natasha Watts.


General Weekend Ticket Stage 1 £69

General Weekend Ticket Stage 2 £75

Weekend door price £80

Friday Day Pass £27.50

Saturday Day Pass £44

Sunday Day Pass £44.

Group Bookings of 10+  call 01843 292795.

Tickets are also collectable in person from Margate Winter Gardens in Fort Crescent

Ticketed outdoor stage

The Sunset Stage on Fort Lower Promenade at the rear of The Winter Gardens.

Free access outdoor stages

The Piazza – Free entertainment
Market Place – Mi-Soul and Revenge of the Soulboy Stage.
Fort Hill – Original Carnival Soul Sounds.

Stages will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.

Indoor venues

Winter Gardens – Sunset Stage, Main Live Indoor Stage, House Room

Olby’s Soul Cafe -Messin Around Studio 45 Meets Modcast, Mi-Soul

The Lighthouse Bar

Imperial Lounge – Soul Weekender DJ’s, Absolut Soul DJ’s, MSF Residents

The Crescent Victoria – MSF Residents

Dreamland – Zero Radio Stage: Sat 11am – 5pm | Sun 11am – 7pm, £5 entry redeemable against
a Dreamland food or drink offer

Sands Hotel – Mi-Soul Connoisseurs

Northern Belle – Friday to Sunday, Soul Beat Radio

The wedding photo

Sea defence steps on Margate’s seafront at 4pm on Saturday, August 4.

Getting home

Stagecoach will be providing a special ‘Loop’ service through the night for this year’s Margate Soul Festival.

The bus company will provide extra buses each night on the Loop route linking Margate with Broadstairs and Ramsgate. A special half hourly service will run beyond the normal close of service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

The extra buses will operate in addition to the usual Loop timetable, departing Cecil Street at 01:20, 01:50, 02:20 and 02:50 in the morning.

Festival goers can also make use of route 8 buses to and from Westgate, Birchington and Canterbury during the day and evening.

The extra buses will operate on a donation only basis with all money going to Pilgrims Hospice. Local Stagecoach assistant operations manager Kim Brooks said “We’re running these extra buses to help get festival goers about over the weekend, but rather than charge a fare we thought we would take the opportunity to raise some cash for Pilgrims.”

Book festival tickets and find more details here

1 Comment

Comments are closed.