Margate Soul Festival is Kent’s signature soul music festival held in and around the picturesque Margate Harbour, with a large outdoor arena overlooking the sea at the rear of The Winter Gardens. It began in 2006 on the streets of Margate’s Old Town with a sound system and an intimate crowd of soulful music lovers and now in its 16th year, it comfortably sits among one of Kent’s best summer events.

As the Margate renaissance continues, MSFest, offers customers two ways of experiencing its unique atmosphere, the free activities of MSF Fringe and secondly our high-end ticketed programming. The free activities, which reflect the heritage and founding principles of this event, continues to occupy the footprint of the iconic harbour, beach and Old Town.

MSF Fringe, is the community-led and not for profit element of our festival and features numerous DJ performances, demonstrations of dance (Latin, Jive, Jazz), poetry and live acts, across multiple locations.

This year’s festival will also offer the most eclectic mix of club nightlife.