04 aprile 2007

Southport Weekender




  • Have you ever fancied attending one of Europe's best loved and most diverse indoor music events?
  • Have you ever hankered after attaining that summer festival vibe but without having to gamble with the British weather?
  • Have you ever been curious about the repute of one of the UKs longest running music extravaganzas?
  • Have you ever imagined yourself dancing alongside one of the friendliest festival crowds around, immersed in 3 days of the best soulful music money can buy you?
If your answer is yes, you need to read on ...


Southport Weekender is a twice yearly music festival that attracts a 5000 capacity crowd to the indoor Pontins holiday complex in Southport, North West England. Having evolved from it's beginnings as a soul music weekender, the 20 year old event now stands as the most musically diverse music weekender in the U.K. calendar.

An intimate crowd of dedicated dancers and discerning music lovers will be your companions at the event, which features four purpose built arenas featuring state of the art production and sound, each covering a different strand of music.

From the R&B, soul and hip hop of The Alizé Funkbase and the main room dance sounds of The Powerhouse, to the soul aficionados Connossieurs' Corner and the eclectic styles of The B-Bar, Southport Weekender will treat you to a feast of the world's leading DJ talent, accompanied by party starting live acts and guest PAs.

Unlike many three day events Southport Weekender provides warm, comfortable accomodation, in the form of self catering apartments, for each of their attendees. As this is included in the ticket price it's a strong argument for Southport being the best value for money weekend event around.

Live Artists

Angie Stone
Live in Concert
(Exclusive UK/Southport Appearance)

The Brand New Heavies
Live in Concert

Live in Concert

Roy Ayers with Bah Samba
Live in Concert

Ben Westbeech
Live in Concert

Marc De Clive Lowe
Live in Concert

Joy Denalane
Live in Concert

Arnold Jarvis
Live PA
Louie Vega Kenny Dope Kerri Chandler Gilles Peterson

Trevor Nelson

DJ Jazzy Jeff

DJ Spen

Quentin Harris
Jazzanova Frankie Feliciano Ron Trent Danny Krivit
Jazzie B (Soul 2 Soul) Moodymann
Steve Sutherland


Mark Mac (4 Hero)

IG Culture

Bobby & Steve

Terry Hunter

Norman Jay

Ronnie Herel


Kev Beadle

Shortee Blitz

Bob Jones

Benji B

Simon "School Boy" Phillips

DJ Swerve


Andy Davies

Steve Butler

Bigger, Richard Searling, Colin Patterson, Max Rees, Billy Davidson, Terry Jones, Mike Stephens, Steve Wren, Gary Dennis, Bob Jeffries, Simon Mansel, Jonathan and Scott Bradford.

Music Arenas

The Pontins Southport complex is transformed into a multi faceted entertainment centre, with four purpose built dance arenas located inside the main building. As with the whole of Southport Weekender, the rooms are constantly scrutinised with a view to making improvements. Some of our regular sessions are moved from room to room, our format is perpetually refreshed in order to give each weekender an individuality of it's own.

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The Powerhouse

If you've never seen the Powerhouse before, nothing can prepare you for your first time. The largest indoor dance room in the UK is an awe-inspiring space and comfortably holds 2000 energetic bodies. A raised stage covers almost the whole of the room's front, enabling DJs and performers to be seen from anywhere. It is flanked by large video screens that feature some mind blowing visuals, adding to the sensory overload created by a huge lighting rig and the legendary sound. Comfortably loud, the purpose built sound system makes you feel like you're blanketed in music wherever you walk, it's clearness and clarity are it's renowned success. When you're dancing to the super soulful house and garage offered in the Powerhouse, you don't just hear the music, you feel it! 'Big is beautiful' could be the motto for the whole of Southport Weekender and nowhere is this more appropriate than the Powerhouse.

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The Alizé Funkbase

Our newly extended home of the urban grooves, the incredibly popular Alizé Funkbase covers the finest soul music, hip-hop, R n' B and club classics. A room where atmosphere is everything and the funk is first priority, an elated, attitude free crowd are left to soak up the vibes and dedicate their time to the dance. Featuring some of the most beautiful, sharply dressed movers on any floor, the 1500 capacity room is the home of some of the most impassioned dancers at the whole event. Alizé Funkbase regulars include Bigger, Max Rees, Ronnie Herel and The Starlight Crew who have recently been joined by the likes of Trevor Nelson, Simon ' Schoolboy' Phillips, Kenny 'Dope' Gonzalez, Steve Sutherland and Jazzy Jeff.

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Bacardi B-Bar

Undeniably one of the keys to the success of Southport Weekender is it's progressive, yet soulfully rooted music policy. Covering some of the most leftfield sounds you'll hear at the Weekender, this rich eclectic stew offers Jazz, Northern Soul, deep house, Latin, soulful garage, broken beats, Modern Soul and jazz funk. Previous guests in this room have included Roni Size, Jazzanova, Nightmares on Wax, Fabio, Rainer Truby and Naked Music alongside regular spinners Snowboy, Gilles Peterson, Kevin Beadle, Collin Patterson and Billy Davidson.

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Connoisseurs Corner

Through rare groove, disco, soulful garage and 70s, 80s and Modern soul, the Connoisseurs Corner is the epitome of what a soul weekender soundtrack should be. The collective knowledge (not to mention the ages!) of its core residents is ightening. Home to some of the most dedicated players on the UK soul scene, the likes of Gary Dennis, Andy Davies, Terry Jones, Bob Jeffries, Norman Jay and Bob Jones transport both the most hardened aficionados and the awe struck first timers to a unique and very special place.

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The Chill Out Room

With the standard of music at Southport Weekender being of such an unsurpassable quality, it's hard to tear yourself away from the dance floor even after many hours. But for those that need a break, time to relax or socialise with friends, the Chill Out room is the perfect place. Welcoming and comfortable, this space is decorated in fine style with blissful music provided by Sound Architecture.

The VIP Room

This small and comfortable room offers a breathing space for many of our artists and the many VIPs attracted to Southport Weekender for it's relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It houses a small bar, dance floor and sound system that always features a few surprise turns on the decks, although to be fair, you're more likely to see our VIPs dancing with their hands in the air, enjoying the fabulous sounds of our other rooms alongside everyone else.

DJs who have appeared at the Weekenders


Aaron Ross
Aitch B
Allister Whitehead
Andy Carrol
Andy Davies
Andy Ward
Angel Moraes

Bass Generator
Baz Fe Jazz
Benji B
Billy Davidson
Bob Hindley
Bob Jeffries
Bob Jones
Bob Masters
Bob Povey
Bob Sinclar
Bobbi & Steve
Bobby D'Ambrosio
Boris Dlugosch
Brian Norman
Brian Tappert
Bugz in the Attic

C J MacKintosh
Carl Cox
Chris Lum
Christian Woodyatt
Colin Curtis
Collin Patterson
Collin Williams

Danny Krivit
Danny Rampling
Danny Tenaglia
Dave Morrison
David Morales
Deep Dish
Dego (4 Hero)
Derek Dahlarge
Dimitri From Paris
DJ 279
DJ Deep
DJ Diggz
DJ Disciple
DJ Gregory
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Marky
DJ Pippi
DJ Spen
DJ Spinna
DJ Swerve
DJ Swing

Educated Jazzmen
Erick Morillo

Firin Squad
Fitzroy Da Buzzboy
Franck Roger
Francois K
Frankie Feliciano
Frankie Knuckles
Full Intention

G Child
Gary Dennis
Gerry C
Gilles Peterson
Graeme Ellis
Graeme Park

Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero
Hippy Torales

Ian Clark

Jacquie Morrison
James Barton
Jasper the Vinyl Junkie
Jazz 'n' Groove
Jazzie B
Jazzy Jeff
Jeff Young
Jeremy Healy
Jim Kuba
Joe Claussell
Joey Negro
Jon Coomer
Jon Cutler
Jose Nunez

Kenny 'Dope'


Kerri Chandler
Kevin Beadle
Kevin Hedge
King Britt
Kyoto Jazz Massive

Louie Vega

LTJ Bukem

Marcus Valentine
Mark Devlin
Mark Webster
Marques Wyatt
Martin Collins
Martin Solveig
Masters At Work
Matty Heilbronn
Max Rees
Mervyn Anthony
Miguel Migs
Mike Pickering
Mike Shaft
Mike Stephens
MJ Cole
Mr Scruff

Neil Pierce
Nicky Holloway
Nicola Conte
Nightmares on
Norman Jay


Patrick Forge
Paul Oakenfold
Paul 'Trouble' anderson
Pete Haigh
Pete Tong
Phil Asher

Quentin Harris

Rainer Truby
Richard Searling
Ricky Morrison
Rob Bogie
Rob Bogie
Roger Sanchez
Ron Trent
Roni Size &
Ronnie Herel

Sandy Rivera
Scott Bradford
Seamus Hadji
Sean French
Shortee Blitz
Simon Dunmore
Simon Says
Simon 'Schoolboy'

Soul II Soul
Sound Architecture
Spiritual South
Steve Butler
Steve Hobbs
Steve Sutherland
Steve Wren

Tedd Patterson
Terry Farley & Pete Heller
Terry Hunter
Terry Jones
The Dreem Teem
The Starlight Crew
The Wiseguys
Theo Parrish
Tim Westwood
Timmy Regisford
Todd Terry
Tom Jackson
Tom Wainwright
Tony Humphries
Tony Monson
Toshio Matsuura
Trevor Nelson
Tuff Jam

Unique 3

Vickter Duplaix
Vivy B

Wayne C McDonald
Winston Hazel

Live Artists who have appeared at the Weekenders

52nd Street
5th of Heaven

A Tribe Called Quest
Aaron Skyy
Aaron Soul
Afro Medusa
Al Johnson
Alexander O'Neil
Alisha Leverne
Alison Limerick
Altern 8
Alyson Williams
Andrea Grant
Angel Lee
Arnold Jarvis
Astro Trax Team

Bah Samba
Barbara Tucker
Barrington Levy
Beverley Brown
Beverley Knight
Bobby Thurston
Bon Garcon
Braxton Brothers
Bryan Chambers
Bryan Powell
Byron Stingily

California Executives
Calvin Richardson
Carl Henry
Carleen Anderson
Carolyn Harding
Cassius Henry
Ce Ce Rogers
Ceybil Jeffries
Chante Moore
Chris Paul
Cleptomaniacs featuring Brian Chambers
Closer Than Close
Craig David
Cutmaster M C

Dave Collins
David Sea
De Lacy
Deborah Cox
Deborah Laws
Degrees of Motion
Dennis Taylor
Donald Byrd
Donna Gardier
Donnell Jones
Dream Frequency
Dream Warriors
Duanne Harden
Dyanna Fearon

Elizabeth Troy
Eric Gable
Errol Cole

Fatback Band
For Real
Future Force

Garland Green
Gary Des'Etarges
Gena Foster
Gene Rice
Georgie Porgie
Gerald Alston
Glamma Kid
Glen Jones
Glenn Lewis
Gwen McCrae

H2O featuring Billie
Hank Crawford
Hill St soul
Hinda Hicks

Iceberg Slim
India Arie
Ivan Matius

J T Taylor
James 'D Train' Williams
James King
James Taylor Quartet
Jason Robello
Jazzmataz featuring Guru
Jean Carne
Jeff Perry
Jesse James
Jimmy McGriff
Jo Jo
Jocelyn Brown
Jody Watley
Johnnie Fiori
Josie Jo Armstead
Joyce Simms
Judy Cheeks
Julie McNight
Juliet Roberts

Kathy Brown
Kathy Sledge
Keith Thompson
Kele Le Roc
Kenny Burke
Kenny Thomas
Kim English
Kreuz and London Posse

L.V. Group Home
Lance Ellington
Lanier & Co
Leah McCrae
Leon Ware
Leroy Burgess
Leroy Hutson
Lew Kirton
Lewis Taylor
Linda Clifford
Lisa Millet
Lisa Roxanne
Lisa Shaw

Loleatta Holloway
Longsy D
Loose Ends
Los Amigos Invisibles
Love Decade
Lynden David Hall

M.C. Duke
Marc Ronson
Mark Morrison
Marlena Shaw
Martha Wash
Martine Girault
Marva Hicks
Mary Love Comer
Master Ace
Maxine Braham
Melissa Morgan
Mica Paris
Michael Procter
Michael Watford
Michelle Gayle
Michelle Weeks
Mikki Blu
Miss Jones
Mr Fingers
Musique Soulchild

Natalie Williams
Nathan Haynes
New York Jazz Explosion featuring Betty Wright
Nicole Russo
Nine Yards
Noel McCoy
Nu Colours
Nu Life

Omar Chandler
Original Sun

Paulinho Da Costa
Peven Everett
Phyllis Hyman
Prince Phillip Mitchell

Randy Brown
Ray Simpson
Reel People
Reese Project
Regina Belle
Rick Webb
Rishi Rich / Jay Sean
Robert Owens
Rockie Robins
Rodney Mansfield
Rodney P
Romina Johnson
Ron Carroll
Ron Cartier
Ronnie Laws
Ronnie McNeir
Roxanne Shante
Roy Ayers
Ruff Endz

Sam Dees
Sarah Washington
Sarah Webb
Shaun Benson
Shaun Escoffery
Shola Ama
Soul II Soul
Sounds of Blackness
State of Mind
Stella Brown
Sunkids featuring Chance
Sunshine Anderson

Taka Boom
Tammi Payne
Teena Marie
Ten City
Terri Walker
Terry Callier
Terry Stanton
The Affair
The Cash Crew
The Dramatics
The Escoffries
The Jones Girls
The Outlaw Posse
The Reelists
The Reese Project
Tim Dogg
Tina Moore
Toni D Bart
Too Wise Crew featuring M C RB and Suzzie Q
Tubby T
Tyrell Corporation

Ultra Nate
Up Yer Ronson
Urban Lady

Venus Tribe
Victor Haynes
Vivienne McCone

Will Downing
Willie Clayton
Willie Hutch
Working Week
Wrex N Effect featuring Teddy Riley



Southport Weekender has for years been championed by music and dance enthusiasts, specialist magazines, radio and club DJs and even the mainstream press who, like so many of our visitors, are astounded by our commitment to providing only the finest entertainment money can buy.

Mobo Magazine
'One hell of a party'

Update Magazine
'The most musically diverse weekender in the UK with a dedicated crowd'

Time Out Magazine
'Amazing - the best in soulful house, rare groove and jazz'

I-DJ Magazine
'The UK's most prestigious soulful house, soul and R&B event'

M8 Magazine
'Friends old and new and a bass that booms through every cell in your body!'
'It cant fail to bring a smile to your face'
'Southport remains a warm mix of genders, races, ages and sexual orientations with everyone coming together to support their one true love: music!'

Blues and Soul Magazine
'three spectacularly soulful days'
'Bouncing up and down like duracell bunnies to the best spinners alive'

DJ Magazine
'Keep the vibe alive'
'Chalet shambles time!'

Touch Magazine
'The best music event of the year'
'A weekend of the best soulful music going'
'Unforgettable vibe'

Guardian Guide
'Carefully balancing a respect for the past - while keeping an eye on future music trends'
'Five arenas blast out music until breakfast much to the delight of dancers'

Keep On Magazine
'One of the most important events on the dance music cale

Map and directions

Why not use our journey planner to find your route to Pontins Holiday Centre, Shore Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2PZ.

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