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Southport Weekender 48 (25th Anniversary) will be huge!
Southport Weekender 48 (25th Anniversary) will be huge!

There are two types of clubber. The discerning type and well, the non-discerning type who don’t understand music, the origins of certain genres nor why underground music will always have more depth than manufactured pop.

If you take the non-discerning lovers out of the equation and ask the discerning ones what their favourite event is, you know that you are going to hear the name Southport Weekender mentioned in abundance! And the people saying this statement won’t just be from the UK. Southport have regular guests from all over the world including a couple of active army servicemen that always take leave to come back to the UK for the weekender in May! It says it all really.
Southport is the mecca; the spiritual home of good quality music with a very discerning and musically educated crowd appreciating what they are hearing from eclectic and non-commercial DJ’s and acts.
Southport Weekender celebrate their 25th anniversary next month…that’s a quarter of a century people and the event just keep getting better and better and better!

The line-up for next May’s mammoth party is ridiculous. It really is an obscene collective of top class DJ’s and live-acts that has had those of us lucky enough to be going, salivating since the acts were announced. There’s something quite key in my last sentence. Southport are famous for selling out of tickets BEFORE they have announced the live-acts. I myself have been going for some years now and just book up as I know it will be incredible without knowing who will be performing there.

Even though Southport Weekender is now in its second year in Minehead, there was good reason to keep the name as Southport. People across the globe know and respect that name and its ties to high quality dance music.

Just in case you haven’t heard who the live acts at next month’s Minehead melee are, check this little lot out:

Jill Scott, Patrice Rushden and friends, Robert Glasper Experiment, The Brand New Heavies, Gregory Porter (that I am personally thrilled to be seeing), Frank McComb, Kenny Bobien, Josh Milan, Dawn Tallman, Natasha Watts (the soulful house fraternity are not going to know what has hit them with these last four artists), Karen Wheeler of Soul II Soul fame, Shabazz Palaces and someone I recently wrote about, the very talented Lyric L.

DJ wise, every single spectrum of dance music is represented. DJ’s performing over the weekender include:

Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Trevor Nelson, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Joe Claussell, Tony Humphries, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, David Rodigan, IG Culture, Jazzie B, Anthony Nicholson, Karizma, Fabio and Grooverider, Greg Wilson, Mr Scruff, Julio Bashmore, Joey Negro, Norman Jay, Danny Krivit, Terry Hunter, Al Kent, Andre Lodemann, Rainer Truby, Ronnie Herel, Atjazz, Floating Points, John Morales, Mr Thing, Kev Beadle, Colin Curtis, Gary Dennis, Phil Asher, Souldynamic, Andy Davies, Terry Jones, Sean McCabe, Bob Jeffries, Mike Stephens, Gavin Kendrick, Shortee Blitz, DJ Kilbz, Bigger, Steve Wren, Simon ‘Schoolboy’ Philips, CJ Beatz, Mark Stone, Craig Bartlett, Paul Stuart, DJ Dekky, Lil Stevie, JP, David Craig, Steve Butler and Luis Radio…phew just a few big names then!

As you can see Dave and Alex, the guys behind the weekender, have pulled out all of the stops on this massive birthday event and the line-up is beautifully diverse with something for everyone.

We will be covering the event in Blues & Soul magazine as well as speaking to Alex and Dave about the event’s birth and evolution, so make sure you get your copy.

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