British Soul pioneer, Kokomo, is the latest band to be added to the roster of artists appearing at Festival of Sound. Playing on Saturday night in the Festival Live Music Arena, Kokomo will be joined a number of high profile guest singers, including Chris Difford and Tessa Niles, and some very special surprise artists.
Formed in 1973, the band launched onto the UK’s pub rock scene with their funk style and took London by storm. They were soon signed by Steve O’Rourke, also Pink Floyd’s manager, and joined the likes of Dr Feelgood on tour. US tours followed, working alongside such luminaries as the Average White Band and Bob Dylan employed them to record sessions for his ‘Desire’ album. In 2015 they sold out the Royal Festival Hall with the Average White Band as part of the “Soul Summit”.
For Festival of Sound, many of the original members of the band are back together, including vocalists Tony O’Malley and Frank Collins, plus Neil Hubbard and Jim Mullen on guitar, Mel Collins on sax, Jody Linscott on congas. They are joined by vocalists Charlotte Churchman and Helena-May Harrison, Andy Treacey on drums, Jennifer Maidman on bass and Ross Stanley playing the Hammond B3.
Joining the on stage will be a number of high-profile guest singers, including Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Tessa Niles (from Unsung Singers and backing vocalists to the biggest names in music). Plus, as a real treat for music lovers, a number of very special surprise guests, to be unveiled on the night, will join Kokomo on stage.
Vernon Hamblin, Festival of Sound producer, says, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Kokomo to Festival of Sound. This band is made up of some of the UK’s best-known musicians, many of whom have played with the biggest bands in the world and collectively, as Kokomo, they are simply stunning. It’s soul and funk music performed as well as any band has ever done it and we are in for a really fun night.” He adds, “With Chris Difford and Tessa Niles joining them on stage, plus the very famous artists who are lined up to join them, it’s going to be a truly one-off concert that every fan of great music, musicianship and the best of British artistry will not want to miss.”