Soulfest 2014 was one of our musical highlights of 2014. Finally Australia has been blessed with with a festival dedicated to all things R&B, soul and hip-hop. The highlight for me was the overall environment and ambience of the festival. I've attended many festivals but the crowd at Soulfest 2014 was one of the best I have ever encountered - chilled with a deep appreciation for soulful tunes, nothing gets better than that.
With the line up of Soulfest 2015 approaching within the near future, I've come up with a list of artists who I would love to see appear at this years event.
Trey Songz last appearance in Australia was during his support slot on Usher's 'OMG Tour' in 2010. Last year saw him release his sixth studio album Trigga, and it's expected that he will release his seventh studio album Tremaine sometime during 2015. He has a long spanning back-catalogue including such hits as 'I Invented Sex', 'Say Aah', 'I Need a Girl', 'Already Taken', 'Bottoms Up', 'Love Faces', 'Sex Ain't Better Than Love', 'Heart Attack', 'Foreign', and 'Na Na'.
He was definitely one of the highlights of last year's festival. Little did festival-goers know that in that very same year he would surprise everyone and drop another classic album. Released in December, Black Messiah further reaffirms his incredible artistry and talent. His set last year featured a rendition of around twenty minutes of 'Untitled' (aka How Does It Feel?), each second sent fans into heaven. If there is one thing I am certain of, it's that I need to see him new material live, please bring him back!
The Roots are the one act i've expected to appear on many other festival line ups, it hasn't happened yet so hopefully Soulfest can make it come true. The release of ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin was one of the best hip-hop releases of 2014. With a catalogue spanning eleven studio albums, seeing The Roots means you will get diversity.
For a while i've been trying to associate where Tinashe fits in and where her influences derive from - one day it finally hit me, Aaliyah. Even though no-one could ever surpass Aaliyah, Tinashe exhibits many elements of her artistry - music that comes from the soul and dance moves that equally match this. I got to witness Tinashe live earlier this year and I was in awe of her performance ability - it was clear she belonged in bigger venues instead of the intimate Hi-Fi. Even though I think it's less likely for her to appear at Soulfest, I would still love to see it happen.
Earth, Fire, Wind:
Let's admit it, if Earth, Fire, Wind appear this year, people will go crazy. Who wouldn't want to see them live? With hits such as 'Boogie Wonderland', 'Let's Groove', 'After The Love Has Gone' and 'September', they will bring the party to Soulfest in a way that will change everyone's life forever.
Last year they brought the likes of Common and Mos Def to bring hip-hop flavour to the festival. This year I hope its Big K.R.I.T. who makes an appearance. The MC and producer, is one of the most talented rappers on the scene right now. The 2014 released Cadillactica was critically acclaimed by music critics, just like his previous releases. Not only is he very underrated, he's never appeared in Australia before.
By Amy Smolcic