From a humble beginning in a small, windy holiday centre with 600 attendees and three rooms playing hip-hop, jazz-funk and early US house imports, the Southport Weekender quietly grew to become the UK’s best kept secret – 28 years and 52 events that pushed a remarkably varied mix of sounds to a diverse and friendly crowd spanning generations. Writing in Resident Advisor following a final Minehead send off in 2015, Stephen Titmus noted a distinct ‘lack of posturing, and an enthusiasm on the dance floor that’s infectious. Arguably even more so than the music, it’s the crowd’s effervescent attitude that makes the event special.’ It was a family affair, and to mark a staggering 30 year anniversary in 2017, the crew will join forces once more with Liverpool Disco Festival to celebrate a remarkable legacy that, in often uncertain times, has been a living, breathing and dancing example of Celeda’s declaration that music truly is the answer.
The Baltic Triangle
For the past 6 years in Liverpool, just a short train ride from the Weekender’s most memorable home, Hustle have set the city’s soundtrack for state-side house sounds with epic weekly parties introducing many seminal names and bringing back old flames who have previously lit up the north. Last autumn, both parties joined forces to bring the inaugural Liverpool Disco Festival to the renascent Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool: a breath-taking party spanning several venues that exceeded all expectations and set a precedent for a new era of dance music in the city: inspired by and honouring the past, yet always looking forward, searching for that perfect beat.
Musically discerning, dance floor dedicated, party mad and passionate. It almost goes without saying that demand for this year’s festival will be huge. We strongly advise booking tickets early so you can join us in making history. Together, we continue the legacy of underground dance music inspired by Chicago and New York City, and rooted in the UK’s rich clubbing heritage.