Get your skates on; the spirit of Studio 54 is set to explode in Brixton. The inaugural Brixton Disco Festival is launching with an all-day-and-night celebration of 40 years of disco, writes Laura Burgoine…
With live acts and DJs at Electric Brixton, a rooftop party at local hotspot POW, a Windrush Square Roller Disco, documentary screening at the Ritzy Cinema, record fair and more, it promises to be the ultimate celebration of all things disco.
Songstress Jocelyn Brown joins headliner Joey Negro, Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano, Low Life, and Crazy P Soundsystem at the extravaganza.
The Love’s Gonna Get You singer tells festival goers they should be ready to “have a great time and rejoice at the fact Brixton is still here!”
She’s looking forward to performing with the headline act. “We don’t get a chance to hang out but Joey Negro and myself have worked in the studio together,” she said.
The American born performer has been living in London since the ‘90s, and says both the US and the UK share a love for RnB, soul, jazz and funk.
“Britain’s appreciation for this music is fantastic, well appreciated by those of us that have been pioneers of our music,” she said. “Brixton takes the combination of Caribbean and soul to the true heights upon which it’s supposed to.”
Jocelyn’s personal disco and ‘70s favourites include Earth Wind and Fire, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Donna Summer, James Brown, Ashford and Simpson. “There is a longer list than just this,” she joked.
But the songs that sum up disco, guaranteed to get the performer dancing are: “the September song by Earth Wind and Fire, Love to Love You Baby by Donna Summer, and James Brown’s Get Up.”
The Brixton Disco Festival is on Saturday 28 April from 2pm – 4am. Admission: £35 +£3.50 (90 percent of tickets are already sold). For more info visit: brixtondiscofestival.com