Margate Soul Fest will move main stage location next year and become the first multi-day event to be granted a license at Newgate Lower Promenade in Margate.
Newgate Lower Promenade will act as one of the main locations for the festival, hosting a range of headliners, locally sourced food and drink outlets and community groups and activities raising awareness about the environment.
Given the special and isolated nature of the site, Margate Soul Fest will be debuting a range of sustainable initiatives, from reusable cups to hybrid generators, with more to be announced in 2024.
License holder NewMarGate CIC will be hosting Margate Soul Fest and plans to create a limited series of community focused events on the promenade to showcase talent and celebrate the natural assets of Thanet.
NewMarGate CIC and Margate Soul Fest founder Eli Thompson, who also heads up Olby’s Soul Café, said: “Culture, community, our planet, sustainability and progressive thinking drives us and our processes. This allows us to contribute to our local economy and give back to the people that invest in it.
“Our mission is to bring together our diverse communities regardless of race, gender, religion or ability to celebrate the joy of living together in our inclusive and creative town.”
In previous years, Margate Soul Fest has hosted Terri Walker, Samm Hennshaw, Emili Sande, the Brand New Heavies and many more.
The three day festival, which hosted headliners at Margate Winter Gardens until its closure last year, brings in 4,000 tickets holders, and each year acts as a huge economic driver for the summer season. This Summer the festival headliners performed at Dreamland.
The 2024 Margate Soul Fest takes place from August 2-4. Organisers say there will still be events at all the usual venues in the Old Town but the Newgate Gap venue will be the big main stage outside, as Margate Winter Gardens used to be.