A POPULAR soul festival has announced a huge global artist will headline its Maldon event next year.

Lisa Stansfield will top the bill at Maldon Soultasia in Promenade Park.

The chart-topper's hit songs include All Around the World, The Real Thing, Never, Never Gonna Give You Up and Baby Come Back.

This year's Soultasia in Maldon was said to be its “biggest show to date” and organisers hope for next year to be even better.

The 2024 line-up also includes the Brand New Heavies, who will be performing a greatest hits full live show featuring classics including Dream On Dreamer, Back To Love, Stay This Way, You Are The Universe, Never Stop and more.

Gwen Dickey, the voice of Rose Royce, headlined the first ever Soultasia with the band and is returning to the event.

She will be belting out anthems including Carwash, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, Is It Love You’re After and Wishing On A Star.

A spokesman for Soultasia said: “We are delighted to announce for Soultasia Essex 2024 that Lisa Stansfield - with 20 million records sold worldwide a true superstar and an icon of all time - is performing all her greatest hits.”

The event is on Saturday, June 8. Tickets are available at skiddle.com/festivals/soultasia--essex/.