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James Morrison & Eve to headline '90s & '00s music festival

Got The Love Festival – celebrating all-things ‘90s and ‘00s – launches in Kent, UK in 2024 and will be headlined by James Morrison, rapper Eve, Vengaboys, boyband Blue, dance troupe Diversity, Phats & Small, Basshunter and more.

Taking place in Birchington, Kent, Got The Love Festival is billed as a nostalgic extravaganza designed to bring together fans of all ages to relive the music of two unforgettable decades.

Headlining the festival is James Morrison, whose debut single, You Give Me Something (taken from his no.1 debut album, Undiscovered) reached number one in New Zealand in 2006 and charted within the top 10 in Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK, kickstarting a career that would go on to include hit singles including Wonderful World, You Make It Real and Broken Strings ft Nelly Furtardo.

In an interview with Headliner, Morrison discussed the mindset of performing at festivals when compared to his own headline gigs:

“I always have that frame of mind when I'm going on stage – there’s probably people there that don't like me or haven't bought tickets especially for me, but they're there. That’s where the fire comes from, and I'll just try and sing the best I can to get them on board so they know I'm doing it for the right reasons. And normally by the end, I’ve got 'em.”

In terms of the songs he always includes on his sets, he reveals:

“I tried taking Broken Strings out of the tour and people would just cheer it at the end of the set, like, ‘You've got to sing it!’ I try to please fans and play what they want to hear because I've been to gigs where they don't play the song you want to hear and it is annoying. I 100% want to hear them singing along. They're so good at singing that one.”

Also headlining the event is American rapper, singer and actress, Eve. Her debut studio album, Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady was released in 1999 and reached number one on the Billboard 200, making her the third female rapper to accomplish this feat, and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.

Eve's second studio album, 2001’s Scorpion was released to similar success. Its lead single Let Me Blow Ya Mind (featuring Gwen Stefani), won her and Stefani the inaugural Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and an MTV Video Music Award, while peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. 

She collaborated with Stefani again on Rich Girl in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA, and is also known for hit singles including Tamborine and Who’s That Girl?.

Also taking to the stage is Swedish singer, record producer, songwriter and DJ, Basshunter, UK boyband, Blue, Dutch Eurodance music group, Vengaboys, German DJ/production team, Sash!, British electronic dance music duo, Phats & Small and British electronic dance music group, Ultrabeat.

British street dance troupe, Diversity, who won the third series of Britain's Got Talent in 2009, (beating Susan Boyle) will also perform.

The festival’s community programme, Got the Love Where You Live, will ensure that impact on the surrounding area is minimised, and is planning a series of litter picks in and around Birchington. The second project will be to support the biodiversity of the area with wildflower planting to nurture pollinating insects.

Got The Love Festival takes place at Quex Park, Birchington, Kent on May 25 2024.