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Music for the soul: Australia’s first SoulFest kicks off in October

Meld Magazine

Wed May 14 2014


TOUTED as Australia’s first annual neo soul, jazz and hip hop festival, SoulFest 2014 assembles some of the biggest names today in soul. Giulia Poloni has the details on this first-time event!

Lovers of soul and hip hop, make sure you save October 19 into your calendar as Australia’s first annual soul festival, SoulFest, will take place at Yarra Park, Melbourne.

Early bird sales have already closed, but don’t panic – tickets are still available online at Ticketmaster and Moshtix. Prices range from $139 for general admission to $179 for VIP entry. There’s also an option to pick up an “Exclusive Side of Stage Experience” ticket for $349, which will get you up really close and personal to your favourite artists.

It is also worth keeping an eye on the festival’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for the chance to win a free ticket and receive every update about the event.

The line-up includes famed artists including Maxwell, D’Angelo, Common, Mos Def, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone and many others, bringing on stage samples of every shade of soul music; from the upbeat of R&B to the more sophisticated harmony of jazz.

There will be two stages, more than 20 live performances and every artist will be accompanied by a live band. In addition, the acts’ schedules will not clash with each other, allowing everyone the possibility to attend all gigs!

Music is not going to be the only attraction at Soulfest. More than 40 eateries have been assembled, collectively named “Eat Street”, to nourish the stomachs of soul enthusiasts. Featuring various cuisines from the New Orleans region as well as an official Chili Cook-Off with free tastings to attendants, the festival promises to take care of its patrons.

Soulfest will also make stops at Victoria Park in Sydney on October 18 and at the Riverstage Amphitheatre in Brisbane on October 25.

For those worried about missing out on sold-out dates, the Soulfest website also provides a list of approved resellers located across Australia, where you can safely buy tickets for each venue.

To get you in the groove of the festival, SoulFest organisers have commissioned DJ Trey to put together a sweet mixtape featuring the artists of SoulFest 2014

For more information on SoulFest 2014, head on over to the music festival’s official website to get more details.