Brixton Disco Festival Returns

Yes, it's Jocelyn Brown!

London’s biggest celebration of disco, Brixton Disco Festival, returns on Saturday, 4 May 2024 with its sixth annual multi-venue event.

Positioned in the heart of South London, the event celebrates over 40 years of Disco with live music, DJs, screenings, talks, food & drink in the venues surrounding Brixton’s iconic Windrush Square – Electric Brixton, Brixton Jamm, The Ritzy Picturehouse & The Black Cultural Archives, and more.

After numerous sold-out events since its inception in 2018, the Brixton Disco Festival promises another thrilling instalment. Announced for the line-up is one-of-a-kind London DJ Artwork whose Art’s House residencies are legendary in the capital. The disco and house music legend Dave Lee JN also joins.

Incredibly versatile American vocalist, lyricist, artist Jocelyn Brown, Mister Good Times himself, Norman Jay MBE, and producer, musician and label head Aroop Roy are all confirmed for the 4 May. Stuart Patterson, Terry Farley, Dave Jarvis & guests will join forces to provide a special Faith All-Dayer, providing a unique mix of the finest house music in true Faith style.

Elsewhere on the line-up, Yasmin’s influence is far-reaching; as a DJ, she dances between genres and formats, from lover’s rock to boogie, jackin’ house to soul. DJ, singer and promoter Ella Knight, an alumnus of Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood’s ‘Future Bubblers’, boasts an extensive catalogue of releases and features, performing sets across London, including The Cause, XOYO, Corsica Studios and more.

British DJ and house music producer and half of dance music outfit ‘Full Intention’, Michael Gray, also joins, alongside seasoned club DJ, radio presenter, curator and director of the all-vinyl female DJ squad Girlz B Like, Marcia Carr.

South London’s excellent Daydream Disco will, for the first time, be joining Brixton Disco Festival and bringing their wonderful portable stage, ‘Kipling’, to host the performers; it’s a mobile delight. Other stage hosts include the brilliant Black & Gay Back in the Day, Don’t F**k With Disco, and The Disco Express.

Talking Heads’ recently remastered ‘Stop Making Sense’ will be screened at the Ritzy Cinema as part of the day’s festivities. The greatest concert film of all time, Stop Making Sense, brings to the screen Talking Heads at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983: David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison, alongside an ecstatic ensemble of supporting musicians. Renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captures the band at their exhilarating best in this new and complete restoration for the film’s 40th anniversary.

BDF has announced the second year of a partnership with the home of Black British History, Black Cultural Archives, running a community stage in their courtyard in Windrush Square, which will include both established and emerging local talent from the black community.