What’s new ?
– Music (soul/jazz/funk/dub/reggae/drum and bass/jungle/world music/devotional music/yoga music)
– Classes (Yoga / Meditation / Dance)
– Workshops (Drums / Dance)
– Ecology (conferences, workshops, associations, signage)
– Healthy and glorious food and drinks (vegan/vegetarian/local/organic)
– Children’s area (family / Montessori inspiration)
– Camping and Glamping in nature
– Family camping area
– Talks (inspiring talks and workshops)
– Wild swimming
– The comedy
– On-site/after hours pub
– Seated restaurant
Launching in Pandemic Summer 2021, Good Vibrations Society is a weekend of camping, wellness, music, ecology, conversation plus hearty healthy food, drink, wild swimming and an opportunity to commune in the beautiful surroundings of Ashdown Forest.
Founded by Johnny Scratchley (Gentleman’s Dub Club / Outlook Festival / Outlook Orchestra, Dimensions Festival), Richard Morris (Pippingford Park) and Doug Hunt (sound guru) – Good Vibrations Society was created within a tight-knit and creative local community and the entire team is dedicated to preserving this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Alongside the entertainment there will be regular walks through Ashdown Forest, talks about conservation and working with local charities concerned with caring for the area and a dedication to the Ashdown Forest Foundation. Ashdown.
In 2022, Good Vibrations Society invited a selection of incredible musicians to perform on our stages. Covering world music, exploring sonic pathways from founders and ancestors to new school boundary breakers. The music at this year’s event took it to the next level with headliners Roy Ayers, The Brand New Heavies and Lola Young.
Roy Ayers, most famous for his worldwide hit – ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ is one of the godfathers of Funk, Soul, Jazz and Acid Jazz. With a career spanning over 50 years, his sound has inspired generations of musicians and Good Vibrations Society can’t wait to welcome him to the forest.
Second Headliner – The Brand New Heavies; The pioneers of the acid jazz scene will play their series of hits from the 90s and 2000s at Good Vibes. Unleashing to widespread applause on both sides of the Atlantic, The Heavies are unique in that they have both a devoted underground following and huge chart success. Their hits ‘You Are The Universe’, ‘Never Stop’ and ‘Dream on Dreamer’ cemented them as pioneers of Acid Jazz and they continue to inspire and captivate audiences with high energy live performances. .
The third headliner will be teen singer Lola Young. After finishing fourth in this year’s “Sound of 2022”, Lola was nominated for a Brit Award, appeared on the Graham Norton Show and is now on regular rotation across all local and national radio playlists. Lola is a special talent, with a voice and attitude that will stick with anyone lucky enough to see her perform live.
Next is Gentleman’s Dub Club; an 8-piece live dub/reggae/ska band whose stage shows have taken them around the world playing their infectious style – ready for the dance floor. Lead singer Jonathan Scratchley is one of the founders of Good Vibrations Society and grew up locally.
Shola Ama will perform a live show in the trees, performing her long list of hits, including “You Might Need Somebody”, “You’re the One I Love” and “Still Believe” – her unique blend of RnB and Garage will definitely get your feet and bodies moving!
Roni Size is next and needs no introduction, as one of the forefathers of jungle drums and bass, Roni was responsible for bringing this underground culture to the mainstream with his first “New Forms” album including the hit – “Brown Paper Bag” which went platinum and won him the Mercury Music Prize in 1997. Still going strong with new releases every year spreading across the world, Roni, alongside Dynamite MC, will bring the sound of Bristol to Good Vibes this year.
Steam Down is an artist collective and music community based in Deptford, South East London. Since then, it has become a weekly event where the artists of Steam Down and its extended musical family generate spontaneous sonic soundscapes reflecting their life in the city. Steam Down has quickly become a household name in the London music scene and recently received two Jazz FM awards, including the Innovation award sponsored by Mishcon de Reya and the Live Experience of the Year award sponsored by Yamaha UK with Kamasi Washington.
Good Vibes will also welcome Hannah Williams and The Affirmations, current darlings of the global soul scene, this year. After being sampled by Jay Z on the Grammy-nominated song “4:44,” they were catapulted around the world. This led them to work with Tyler The Creator, Guy Chambers and Pete Rock, to name a few. They were personally championed by Huey Morgan and the late Grandmasters Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. Next, Young Gun Silver Fox are musical wizards. On the West End Coast, they have shaped a fresh, modern sound that evokes one of the most vibrant and influential eras in popular music. The ten-song album pays homage to 1970s Los Angeles, a golden age of recording that permeated the pop charts and FM airwaves with a blend of soulful vocals, pristine melodies, musicality stellar and sophisticated studio technology. The event also invited Bristol-based French artist Madly to perform her blend of hip-hop infused with soulful jazz with a full live band and the incredible Kay Young, an exciting London-based singer, producer and rapper. who recently signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. label and recently supported Jay Electronica in London.
The Shala is our onsite sanctuary of wellness and spirituality, hosting an exciting range of world and devotional music, classes and workshops. Starting with Taz Rashid, Florida-based producer and DJ of spiritual yoga-inspired electronic music, whose Spotify playlists continue to inspire exercise and deep spiritual growth. Supporting Taz in space over the weekend will be acoustic music from the beautiful Nessi Gomes, Carrie Tree and Lucy Wylde.
The Shala will be organized by the local Yoga Studio – Yard Yoga. A sanctuary in Forest Row offering a vibrant blend of Hot, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Pregnancy and Yin Yoga.
At this year’s event, Good Vibrations Society will introduce a small after-party venue among the trees where DJs will keep the party going after the main stage closes each night. Headlining this space is Jungle Legend Benny Page alongside Rafiki, EMG Sounds, Cuppa T, Aura, deepcutt and 24 Karet.
Other standout artists throughout the weekend will be the amazing London Afrobeat Collective, Dub Princess and Hotsteppas, Iration Steppas, Bare Jams, Folkadelix and something a little different from The Green Light Ensemble.
The event still only has a small capacity of 2,500 people, so get your tickets before they sell out.