New Zealand's first and only festival of neo soul, R&B, jazz and hip hop - featuring the likes of Mos Def, Common, Anthony Hamilton, Maxwell, Aloe Blacc and D'Angelo.
Soulfest, like its name promises, is a festival of soul (or to be more specific: neo soul, R&B, jazz and hip hop - musical genres which are all pretty much familial relations through soul).
Soul originated in the States during the 1950s - combining African-American gospel with rhythm and blues and jazz. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes the genre as "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying."
See the full lineup below...
Mos Def, Common, Anthony Hamilton, Maxwell, Aloe Blacc, D'Angelo, Angie Stone, Leela James, Musiq Soulchild, Ms. Murphy, Miracle, Thandiwe Phoenix, Ngaiire, Milan Ring, Nathaniel, Jordan Rakei, Bec Laughton, Mark Lowndes, Noah Slee, Gang of Brothers, Darry Beaton and the D1 Cartel, Sovereign, Inigo, M-Phazes, EMRSN.