Margate Soul Fest moves headliner venue to new location for 2024

Margate Soul Fest will be held at Newgate Lower Promenade Image credit 360 Dragonfly

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.

Eli Thompson at this year’s Margate Mayor Awards Photo Carl Hudson

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.

The plan credit Amy Starship

“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.

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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.


  1. Very confusing ground plan… where’s the main stage located? Surely not the red area edge-on to the sea at top-left.. the proms not wide enough. At first I thought the old Lido pool area was where it would be but it’s really not clear.

    • Last year tbe line up of world class artists was truly awesome….Josh Milan and Leroy Burgess ….however the sound at Dreamland was so so poor and was not geared up for for live acts and their band. It was apalling sound which resulted in the hall being half empty . It was embarassing that world class acts were playing to a reduced crowd and with such poor poor quality sound. So upsetting. Hoping it will be sorted for 2024 please Eli and Gordon!

  2. Looks like it is that patch on the left David. Looks like a strange layout with a lot of party people potentially bottlenecked into a long narrow space. I’m guessing risk assessments have been thorough to look at where people escape to if there’s a crush? The sea or a cliff face?

  3. I would worry about further rock falls on the cliffs there if they start playing loud music it frequently crumbling already!

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