Now in its fifth year, Festival2Funky will be a fantastic celebration of Black music and arts, running from 21-27 May 2018 at 2Funky Music Cafe in Leicester.  2Funky Arts would like to commission three emerging vocalists to write new tracks and perform them as part of the festival. Using genres that tie in with the festival, such as Afrobeat, reggae, gospel, jazz, soul or R&B, these artists will rehearse and debut new work with an established acoustic artist. In return, each will be paid £500 and receive valuable publicity. 

How to apply: -Write a description, of up to 150 words, of your music and experience of live performance. -Provide link(s) to any examples of your work (e.g. Youtube and/ or sound files). Deadline for applications is 31st March 2018. Artists must be aged 18+, Leicester or Leicestershire based, and available for festival dates. Please send information to mark your email ‘Festival2Funky Artists’.

Festival2Funky 2018 will encompass Afrobeat, reggae, grime, gospel, jazz, soul, R&B, dub, jungle, UK Garage, bass and drum & bass. Exhilarating live performances and open mic sets, across these genres, will feature alongside masterclasses, graffiti workshops, DJ sets, urban comedy events, spoken word, after-parties and lots more.

Festival2Funky takes place from the 21st to 27th May 2018 at 2Funky Music Café.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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