Southport Weekender: 25 Years On And Still Going Strong
25 years is no mean feat for a weekender that was started up by a couple of Geordie music fans, especially a weekender which year-on-year manages to draw people from all walks of life from up and down the UK. I think Southport Weekender’s pulling power may have something to do with every line-up consisting of everything from house and soul to reggae and D&B, choices made by people who actually enjoy the music with no care for chart success or hot collaborations...
This year, thousands of music lovers headed to sunny Somerset for a couple of days of pure and utter bliss. One of the main attractions this time around was Jill Scott. There’s literally no better way to spend a lazy and admittedly hungover Saturday evening than listening to a soul queen, alongside a full live band, belting out a few numbers.
The roots music master that is David Rodigan did a midnight set on the Saturday, which thankfully eased ravers back into the swing of things after a pretty eventful Friday night. Why does everyone get so messy on the first night? Not even I can answer that one! DJ Jazzy Jeff also impressed the crowd by taking us all back to our younger years with some memorable classics.
In the Beat Bar, Julio Bashmore played to a room full of people who wanted to throw a few shapes to some deep house. CJ Beatz and Shortee Blitz were also on hand to make sure that party-goers felt right at home in the R&B and hip-hop arena. Chances that you'll catch huge acts that you probably wouldn't normally, like Gregory Porter in the middle of the afternoon, are far from slim.
If you're into good music from across the board and like to explore new musical avenues, then make sure that you head to Southport Weekender at least once in your lifetime. There's something there for everyone to enjoy. Here's to another 25 years, SPW.
Words: Nardene Scott (@NardeneScott)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)