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Tavares

Performing on Saturday 3rd September 2022
The five-brother singing group Tavares may be best known for such uptempo hits as the million-selling single "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel," "More Than a Woman," and "Whodunit," but they first came to national attention with the luscious ballad "Check It Out." Their crisp vocalizing and clean-cut, boy-next-door image made them favorites on Johnny Carson's and Mike Douglas' talk shows, and on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1974, Tavares also had the first hit version (number one R&B) of "She's Gone," written by the then relatively unknown duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates. Hall & Oates scored a number seven pop hit with the song in 1976.

WEBSITE: www.tavares-brothers.com

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Gabrielle

Performing on Sunday 4th September 2022
Gabrielle released her first greatest hits collection on 12 November 2001, entitled Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1. The album achieved success in the UK where it was certified as a four times platinum seller and became the fifth best selling album of 2001.[citation needed] It was also the 76th biggest selling album of that Decade in the UK. The lead single from the greatest hits album was "Out of Reach" which was also from the soundtrack to the film Bridget Jones's Diary. The song reached number four in the UK and nine in Australia, making it her second biggest hit in the country and also the 37th highest selling single of 2001. It remained on the chart there for more than 20 weeks. In New Zealand, the song was the tenth most successful single of 2001.[14] The song has sold 320,000 copies in the UK as stated by the Official UK Charts Company.

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Soul II Soul

Performing on Saturday 3rd September 2022
Soul II Soul are a British musical collective formed in London in 1988. They are best known for their 1989 UK chart-topper and US top five hit "Back to Life", and "Keep On Movin'" which reached number five in the UK and number 11 in the US.

“We’re from the days when a number 14 bus and a supermarket trolley got us around.” Jazzie B remembers the lengths he and a school friend used to go to play dances with their first sound system when they were just 13 years old. It sums up the determination, resourcefulness and a love for music, that got Soul II Soul where it is today.

WEBSITE: www.soul2soul.co.uk

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Maxi Priest

Performing on Sunday 4th September 2022
British reggae star Maxi Priest rose up through the late '80s and '90s to become one of the most internationally popular reggae singers since Bob Marley. His lovers rock vocal chops and flirtations with pop and R&B styles scored him multiple worldwide hits, including the trans-Atlantic chart-topper "Close to You," and a sunny cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World." Priest's silky-smooth voice was ideally suited for light, romantic material that fused reggae backbeats with R&B's romanticism, and his most popular work was as sensual as it was soulful

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Heather Small

Performing on Saturday 3rd September 2022
Heather Small, a lead vocalist born and raised in London, England, was first a member of Hot House, an R&B trio that released a pair of albums during the late '80s. Shortly after Hot House's breakup, she joined the Manchester-based and further house-oriented M People.M People’s four albums released throughout the '90s reportedly sold over ten million copies worldwide. Following on Small released her first solo album, Proud, in 2000. It was a significant retreat from the dancefloor, featuring a mixture of R&B and rock - the kind of material that wouldn't have been out of place on albums by Seal, Sade, or Des'ree. After spending several years away from music to raise a child, she returned in 2006 with Close to a Miracle. 
WEBSITE: www.heathersmall-mpeople.com

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Fatback Band

Performing on Saturday 3rd September 2022
The Fatback Band made many great singles throughout the '70s and early '80s, ranging from humorous novelty tunes to energetic dance vehicles and even occasional political/message tracks. They shortened their name to Fatback in 1977, and landed their first Top Ten R&B hit with "I Like Girls" in 1978. Their 1979 single "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" is widely considered the first rap single in many circles. But their biggest year was 1980. They scored two Top Ten R&B hits with "Gotta Get My Hands on Some (Money)" and "Backstrokin'," their finest tune. Fatback kept going through the mid-'80s, landing one more Top 20 hit with "Take It Any Way You Can Want It" in 1981. 

WEBSITE: www.fatbackband.com

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Janet Kay 

Performing on Sunday  4th  September 2022
anet Kay Bogle, 17 January 1958, London, England. Kay attended Brondesbury High School, Wembley, and later took up secretarial studies, skills to which she has returned at various junctures in her recording career. Her first recordings came under the aegis of Alton Ellis in 1977. This had been brought about by a chance meeting with members of Aswad that summer, who recommended her to the reggae stalwart. The first result of the collaboration, ‘Loving You’, topped the reggae charts. In many ways she was the prototype lovers rock singer, with her spirited vocals floating over some of the genre’s most inspired basslines. ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ and ‘I Do Love You’ followed. However, her breakthrough came with ‘Silly Games’, produced by Dennis Bovell for the Arawak label. It became a huge crossover hit, reaching number 2 in 1979. Kay has returned intermittently to recording, predominantly in the lovers rock style, and has also acted extensively as part of the Black Theatre Co-operative, appearing in several straight acting roles on television. Her work has never lost its popularity with the reggae audience, despite her low profile for much of the 80s and 90s, and she has the talent and personality to be successful on her own terms.

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Evelyn “Champagne” King

Performing on Sunday 4th  September 2022
American Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King is a Grammy winning R&B vocalist and worldwide music star.
Throughout her career she has notched up plenty of hits such as big disco tune ‘Shame’ from 1978, which is a perennial favourite on the dance floors of the world. Other big tracks of hers include the likes of ‘Love Come Down’ and ‘I’m in Love’ and these often found their way to the top of the charts. More recently, Evelyn has worked with deep house producer Miguel Migs on a single, ‘Everyday’, which was included on his Outside the Skyline album.
King’s track ‘Shame’ was one of the first to ever be inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. This proves she is one of the true icons of dance, disco and R&B both in the studio and on stages around the world.

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Kenny Thomas

Performing on Saturday 3rd September 2022
Kenny Thomas was one of the most popular UK soul dance vocalists of the early 1990s. His biggest UK hit came in 1991 with ‘Thinking About Your Love’ (number 4), while his debut album sold more than 600, 000 copies in the UK alone. Other hit singles spawned by that debut included ‘Outstanding’, ‘The Best Of You’ and ‘Tender Love’, and also resulted in a Brit Award nomination for Best British Male Vocalist and Best British Newcomer. The warm, relaxed dance grooves of that debut were replicated on a second album that continued Thomas’ massive commercial success. Guest musicians this time round included the Young Disciples, Nu Colours and the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. This time some of the bonhomie of the original set was more restrained, with a slightly more mature lyrical vision reflecting more real-life experiences.

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The Dualers!

Performing on Sunday 4th  September 2022
British ska band the Dualers started out as buskers. Gradually building a huge fan base, they self-released multiple albums, played to massive crowds, and scored two U.K. Top 30 hit singles, all without any label backing.
in 1999. Starting out as a duo before expanding to a regularly rotating nine-piece lineup, they performed on the streets for several years and toured heavily, eventually building enough of a fan base that their debut single, "Kiss on the Lips," released in 2004, went to number 21 on the U.K. chart. A second single, "Truly Madly Deeply," was released the following year and went to number 23; it was later used on the soundtrack of the romantic adventure film Fool's Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. The Dualers self-released more than 15 albums, toured the U.K. in support of the Blockheads and Madness, and played a record-breaking sold-out 11-night residency at London's IndigO2. Si Cranstoun left the band in 2010 to focus on a solo career, eventually signing a million-pound record deal with Warner Bros. while Tyber continued with the Dualers as its sole frontman. The band's 2019 album, Palm Trees and 80 Degrees, went to number 11 on the U.K. album charts.

WEBSITE: www.thedualers.com

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The Marley Experience

Performing on Sunday 4th  September 2022
Made up of guitars, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, and drums, it is a sight to be seen. The warm vibrations and laid back beats bring the essence of the Caribbean art form to any venue and are not to be missed. The tribute band bring the visual elements as well as the musical with Lionart’s resemblance to the late great Bob Marley being uncanny. Guests of any function will think they’ve gone back in time to witness ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ and ‘No Woman, No Cry’ for the first time. With a packed schedule, there is no time like the present to book this world-class act for your music festival, private function, or corporate event.

WEBSITE: www.thedualers.com

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Shola Ama

Performing on Saturday 3rd September 2022
 In 1998, Shola Ama won a BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist, in a category that featured Lisa Stansfield, Beth Orton, Louise Redknapp and Michelle Gayle. 

It was 1997 when a young Shola Ama first appeared on Top Of The Pops to perform “You Might Need Somebody”, wearing an all-black suit with a group of backup dancers and a live band to boot. Originally recorded by Turley Richards in 1980, the song had previously been made a classic through Randy Crawford’s 1981 cover.  Shola Will perform her hit “You might need somebody” on the Soultown festival main stage, and her hit “Imagine” in the garden party tent.


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Alison Limerick

Performing on Saturday 3rd September 2022
Singer Alison Limerick began her music career during the mid-'80s, after attending the London School of Contemporary Dance, and lending backing vocals to high-profile recordings like the Style Council's 1985 LP Our Favourite Shop. A year later, 4AD label chief Ivo Watts-Russell tapped her to appear on Filigree & Shadow, the second album from his all-star This Mortal Coil project; Limerick also appeared on the follow-up, 1991's Blood. Work with Peter Murphy (1992's Holy Smoke) followed before Limerick finally made her solo debut in 1994, teaming with renowned dance producers David Morales and Frankie Knuckles for hits including "Where Love Lives" and the U.K. Top 20 smash "Make It on My Own"; the full-length With a Twist appeared the same year. The 1996 remix collection, Club Classics followed, and a year later Limerick returned with "Put Your Faith in Me."

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