Photos: Crowds enjoy Margate Soul Festival 2022

Margate Soul Festival was the last gig at the Winter Gardens before it closed Photo Frank Leppard

Photos Frank Leppard

Margate has welcomed the crowds as the town’s soul festival gets into full swing.

Festival-goers have been enjoying sets from DJ Spen at Turner Contemporary to Odyssey and Melba Moore at Margate Winter Gardens and a host of acts at venues including the Lighthouse Bar, Old Kent Market, Olby’s, Imperial Bar, Sundeck and the Wig & Pen.

Photo Frank Leppard

The festival attracts some 20,000 people per day to its variety of stages. Over the years it has grown steadily and in 2015 its partnership with Gordon Mac and the team at Mi-Soul Radio turned it into a worldwide phenomenon.

Photo Frank Leppard

The main outdoor arena ‘The Sunset Stage’ overlooking the sea, provides the backdrop to 3 days of live music, DJ’s and dancing, whilst The Margate Winter Gardens and Olby’s Soul Cafe offer 6 rooms of music for thousands of people throughout the weekend. There are also free stages placed around the Old Town as well as the other venues around town.

The huge line-up includes headliner Emeli Sande who, in January, released her latest single ‘Brighter Days’. She takes to the Sunset Stage on Sunday.

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  1. Great to see how successful this soul music festival has become . Congrats to Olbys for being behind it
    I wonder where the festival organisers will hold the main stage next year bearing in the mind that the Winter Gardens won’t be open ?

  2. The whole of the old town and beyond was absolutely buzzing and packed out Great weather Great atmosphere Great weekend Well done everyone involved!

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