Over 12,000 descend on Maldon park for successful Soultasia event

By Chloe Brewster

10th Jun 2024 | Local Features

REVIEW: Over 12,000 music lovers spent their Saturday (June 8) at Maldon Promenade Park, enjoying the non-stop soul and jazz tunes of Soultasia 2024.

Thousands of revellers arrived at the park Saturday afternoon, many clad in bright colours, sequins and themed accessories.

Stylish! One jazzy pair making the most of the sunny weather. (Photo: Chloe Brewster)

Some brought along deck chairs to enjoy the music from a distance, with others dancing the day away at the main stage.

It wasn't just festival goers enjoying the music and good weather, with many residents spotted setting up picnics just outside the gates.

DJ Darren Bull from Zero Radio soundtracked the festival between acts, with non-stop jazz and funk bangers.

There were a number of food stalls surrounding the stage area, as well as rides and carnival games. (Photo: Chloe Brewster)

Drinks may have been on the pricier side, but that didn't stop the lively crowd from making the most of the two large bars, stocking a range of drinks including Maldon's own Mighty Oak Brewery's Maldon Gold Ale. 

The Brand New Heavies and the Fatback Band proved crowd favourites, and as the day drew to a close with headliner Lisa Stansfield, revellers continued to joyfully dance and sing along.

Who knew fluffy cowboy hats were a festival must-have? (Photo: Chloe Brewster)

As the sun set over Promenade Park, revellers headed to the High Street to continue their evening at local pubs and food establishments. 

Soultasia 2025 tickets will be going on sale on Monday, with headliners rumoured to be R&B group Shalamar and Harry Payne for a Luther Vandros tribute.

     

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