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Edition No. 201

Date:- 15 May 2005

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Southport Weekender 36, May 2005, Part 1.
Report by Kate Bonney and Nicholas Melvin
Photographs by Patrick Trollope

THIS was a very professional and highly prestigious event that Southport should be delighted to host. The weekend timetable in the brochure suggested a very tight timetable packed with musical gems featuring funk, soulful house, drum n bass, jazz, hip hop and broken beats, but it was far more tight then what was in the timetable. The event has so much to offer, you found your self stuck for choice.

Each of the 4 rooms was packed to capacity with dance music clientele, featuring a variety of the above music genres creating an atmosphere of pure power as the name of one of the rooms POWER HOUSE suggests! Here, one of the acts:- Blaze and Barbara Tucker kept everyone totally enthralled and transfixed, yet still moving to the beat. There was no need to ask how people felt about them, you could see it in their faces and constant dancing, shouts, whoops and cheers the erupted as each track transcended into the next powerful bout of brilliance! Blaze was the music.

The foyer area boasted a fine selection of goodies including CD's, Vinyl, T-shirts, badges and even baby bibs with funky captions on them. Well you have to start them of young!

The whole area was buzzing with people, laughing and chatting, making new friendships and renewing old ones. It is no wonder why the Southport Weekender is now officially the "Friendliest Music Event In The World." According to MTV who were at the event filming all the action.

Everyone one was so easy to approach and seemed eager to say which sounds they like best. Some times when we asked, the punters started huge debates that ran on for the rest of the night! Barry Harvey and Stephen Rodgers from West Lothian captured the event in just one line:- "It was a Soulful experience, it's what dreams are made of." Helen Walker from Birmingham on her fifth visit to the Southport Weekender said that it was "Brill, absolutely fantastic!" whilst first timer Deon Everton said:- "It was really good. I have had such a nice time. It was not what I expected… It was better!"

Joey Negro got the thumbs up from a group of people from Norwich who said they wanted to see him again, as he was such a great showman.

David from London said:- "It is the only event where you can not, but notice that all ages, races and colours mix with out any problems. It is more of a mega family than a music event and one that I hope to be part of again and again." Emma Black from Glasgo then added:- "I just hope it stays like this, as it is really the best event in the world. I've been to so many in the USA and in Europe; you just do not get the same buzz or the same interactions as you do here. Even the stars mix with you on the dance floor… I do not know any other event where that happens!"

The people who were working flat out to serve people with food and drinks kept up a cheery disposition right throughout the whole weekend, but then with super sounds everywhere you turned, it wasn't surprising really. That is unless you had a headache!

Gill Knight from Korcula Town, Elaphite Islands (sorry if we spelled that wrong) said:- "Every one is so friendly and even if you do speak bad English they still talk to you."

"To quote the tag line of the Weekender...
'Southport Weekender is an event run by people who love music FOR people who love music.' That is what it is...." Colin from Liverpool said. 

The Weekender was certainly the place to be this weekend, it brought the best in creative talent to play to audiences who were bound together by one common denominator…. MUSIC!

Just A few names we have to drop in who played at this years may event…

'Little' Louie Vega, Norman Jay, Bob Jones and Gilles Peterson....

Do Not Forget November's event….  November 4 to 6 2005...  Visit:- for more information and to book you place to see this amazing event.

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