A monthly festival of funk and soul with some of the strongest UK bands & DJs on the scene.
Co-Headlining this popular regular night are two of the hottest funk&soul bands in the UK – Crowd Company and Rodina (featuring Joe Tatton from The New Mastersounds). Opening the night is the fabulous Soul Grenades.
Acclaimed DJ Healer Selecta will be spinning funk, soul and boogaloo 45s throughout the night
Crowd Company are an 8 piece band with a modern, original take on vintage funk and soul. Brimful of energy with catchy hooks / melodies and tight groove the band combine a retro Hammond organ based sound with a virtuoso horn section, soulful lead and harmony vocals.
Since their latest album release via the Proper Records label the band have received rave reviews and radio airplay across Europe, including being playlisted on the BBC Radio 6 Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show.
They are acclaimed as one of London’s leading bands of the genre and as well as headlining sellout shows at many of London’s leading venues the band recently were asked to open for acclaimed Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings artists Saun & Starr. And before then they opened for New Orleans funk legend George Porter Jr of The Meters on his UK tour, also sharing the stage with him to play some Meters classics.
"Excellent. lowdown funk" - Craig Charles, BBC Radio 6 Music
"Smokin' Grooves" - Blues&Soul magazine
Rodina launch their new album “You Got Soul” at The Forge at this gig. Fronted by the incredible voice of singer-songwriter Aoife Hearty & featuring keyboard player Joe Tatton (of modern funk legends The New Mastersounds).
“Excellent” - Jamie Callum, BBC Radio 2
“Huge talent" - Craig Charles, 6 MUSIC.
Their new album features great players from the scene including the Haggis Horns and The New Mastersounds- soul, jazz and americana and above all great written songs. The album has enjoyed rave reviews and extensive radio airplay.
Purveyors of gorgeous soul and funk grooves with a contemporary edge, Soul Grenades are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most dynamic live acts on the scene. Fronted by veteran soul vocalist Sabina Challenger (featured on The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show with The Getup), the band boasts a rock-solid, super-tight rhythm section, blistering horns, and a burgeoning song book of classics and future classics.
Healer Selecta (Dustaphonics / Raison D’Etre / Get In The Groove) is one of the UK’s most acclaimed DJs specialising in vintage music. He spins an eclectic selection of rare and classic 45s – funk, soul, rare groove, boogaloo.
“Healer Selecta has re-invented swinging London” - Mojo Magazine
“Here with a record box, where Healer Selecta goes the party is sure to follow” - Time Out
“You never know where you‘re going to end up with Healer Selecta, as his record box is veritable lexicon of musical style from the 1950s to 1970s. Never gimmicky, always darned groovy.” - #1 Pick of the Week, The Guardian Guide.
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A word from the chef:
Try some delicious Latin American Street Food from The Forge Cantina! Open 6 days a week, grab a meal before your event upstairs or enjoy our full tapas menu during the show/concert.
The Forge is an award-winning music and arts venue in Camden, which hosts a diverse and eclectic range of events, including: Classical, Contemporary, World, Folk, Latin, Storytelling, Poetry, Pop, Rock, Indie, Talks, Workshops, Jazz, Funk and Soul. We also have a Cantina, upstairs, serving Latin American street food and cocktails.
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