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THE PRESTATYN NORTHERN & MODERN SOUL WEEKENDER

 

PONTINS HOLIDAY PARK , PRESTATYN, NORTH WALES

 

NOW OVER FOUR DAYS!!!

 

THURSDAY TO SUNDAY MARCH 3rd, 4, 5 6th 2016

 

5 ROOMS OF TOP CLASS SOUL WITH THE UK'S BEST LINE UP OF DJs AND

EXCLUSIVE LIVE APPEARANCE FROM THE VOLCANOS

plus MODERN ACT ( to be announced) and SNAKE DAVIS & THE SUSPICIONS

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Will

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I'm having to write this quickly whilst the details are still clear in my head and I'm on my break, sorry for any repetition/major omissions, feel free to message me if you want to know any more details.

This was our visit number 2, in as many years, so there's not a great deal of personal history to compare it with so I accept my views may not hold much water, compared with the longer term attendees.

Profile I've been collecting soul records for nearly 30 years you probably know my type, verging on obsessive about soul music, always on the look out for new discoveries. My partner is only around 3 years into her own journey into our music and is therefore only just getting to grips with some of the 'Top 500' and the wider Motown circle outside of the label's chart hits. I mention our profile as a couple in that we have vastly different musical backgrounds here, as I think it's an important aspect, which will influence my comments on the 'music (and the different rooms)', below.

Attendance and fellow guests As the earlier reviewer, 'Winsford Soul' alluded to, it was quieter than last year in all of the rooms. Still there was more than enough people to ensure a great atmosphere each day, throughout the site, with that feeling of 'togetherness' definitely evident. We met a lot of friendly people who were there to have a good time and enjoy the music they love. We noticed a slightly higher percentage of people seemingly under 30 this year, it's good to see an event encouraging all ages to attend.

Venue(s) and accommodation Location is good, not too far off being mid way down the UK and just off the A55, the town centre is nearby (walking distance for most under 80s) and has decent shopping facilities etc. The site feels secure and safe. Much has been said on social media about the accommodation. However, we didn't see a problem and were happy with it: good size, clean, the chalet retained heat OKish all of the fittings worked perfectly. Having an oven, microwave and fridge, allowed us to store eat and drink what we wanted without any problems. The TV has a radio station playing soul music and related discussions throughout the weekend, it included Richard and Kev, so was a fine entertainment option in itself. Bedding and loose equipment: it's a case of bring/hire it. It's not too difficult to pack a quilt, pillows, hairdryer and iron in the car boot and if you're coming by train, then these items, can be borrowed/bought on site. The site has a good oval layout with lots of hard paved walkways and you never seem to be too far from where you want to be. Some of the walkways were flooded on the Thursday, but the weather was astonishingly bad on the first night and Pontins can't be blamed for not issuing a storm warning! There's an on site shop which seemed well-stocked with what you could reasonably expect. We opted for self catering and didn't use the dining area, but it  looked large and clean. The main building complex was clean and tidy, and well signed. There were a good number of staff, in all areas.

Music (and the different rooms) We spent time in all of the rooms and enjoyed them all immensely. The calibre of the DJs is world class. Obviously not all of the greatest soul DJs on the planet can be accommodated within the one weekender. For me, however those who were there, would qualify as being a collective of soul DJs equivalent to what the current Barcelona squad is to club football.

The sound systems, acoustics, lighting and interior decor of all rooms were very good. However, the tiered seating at the back of the main room has been altered for this year and it's now an unusual arrangement of painted ply screens with small tables and chairs behind them. I think that the new layout of that previously tiered seating area encourages people to stand behind occupied tables, within a space that's not really big enough. Pontins have to cater for family holidays of course and there'll always have to be some compromises I guess, when transforming their family holiday venue, into a mostly adult, weekender venue.

Due to the relatively advanced stage I'm at with my record listening and collecting, I tended towards Redemption (for us, as well as the incredible music to be heard in there, the interior decor and dim lighting combination is outstandingly good, in helping create mood) and House of Soul. I am certain those two rooms can't be bettered anywhere, ever. Every session I attended in both of them was unsurpassed, every DJ I listened to absolutely nailed it. To give you one example, Butch played both rooms, enough said.

I think one of the big pluses of the Prestatyn venue is that opportunity for Acts/DJs and guests to interact (if convenient) at times. We were delighted to be able to meet the star act, the Volcanos this year and they spoke with us and signed my 45s that I'd brought along, it's a bonus for those who wish to, to be able to talk with the act(s) and take photos, without being pressured along by staff. It was also possible to be able to chat with some of the DJs after their sets. It's of course important to some people, to say hello again to somebody they know and thank them / gain some further musical education from them. The main room and modern rooms are necessarily larger and therefore the DJs remote, therefore such conversations aren't  convenient. However it was good to see may of the DJs out and about over the weekend in the central complex. The overall approach by the organisers is to make the weekender as interactive as reasonably possible, which has to be highly praised - they're champions of our music and of course many people naturally like to express appreciation.

As my partner is still only a few years into soul music, I ensured that we spent time in all of the other rooms so that she could feel more connected, by virtue of hearing records that she knew. Outside of my own personal favourites of House of Soul and Redemption, I was also very satisfied with all of the music I heard in the main room, the Queen Vic (pub with small dance floor) and the modern room. For example, when we arrived on the Thursday, we were welcomed by a superb Eddy Edmondson set in the modern room, a great way to start our weekend. Throughout the weekend no room/no DJ was any less than excellent.

In summary We made a lot of good memories and have each heard a wealth of new records, the education side very important to both us, was fantastic. For example, one of Butch's plays, which although a 60s record, was brand new to me and it felt like the greatest 60s record I'd ever heard. Due to the interactive setting mentioned earlier, I had the opportunity to thank him for that during a brief conversation. Also, I was able to have a particularly great conversation with Sean and Kev at the end of a HoS session. To me, Improving my knowledge is equally important to hearing records I already love, Prestatyn delivered brilliantly on that score. It's evident that a great deal of consideration, planning and musical expertise goes into this weekender. We've booked for next year and once 2017 arrives, we'll be counting down the weeks again.

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Has Prestatyn lost the magic ? Well with only attending Saturday night this year I can honestly say that the Volcanoes where up there with the best groups that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Simply Awesome. They played a Volcanoes set then disappeared only to return as the Tramps but with a twist, they sung a Philly based set. With the highlight being covering Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Get Out. Oh my god the hair on the back of my neck, what a buzz. You had to be there. 

Back to has it lost its magic. Numbers were considerably down, arriving at 8.30 pm not even a que at the gate to get in, very unusual. Even managed to park outside the queen Vic, again very unusual. Walking in the Vic, not challenged for wristbands and possibly 40 people in. Got a drink wondered through to the modern room I would say 3/4 empty was surprised. Went through the arcade area to be greeted by the record bar resembling a clothes market, with all the record dealers in a small square of tables in the middle part. I don't know either. Main room was busy ish. Said loads of hello,s to people. Went up to the redemption and house of soul room's where I spent most of the time. . It's brilliant having the two rooms together like that.

Myself and lots of people who I spoke to are questioning the life expectancy of Prestatyn after looking at the numbers in at the weekend. I've only missed two since the very first one by the way and apart from the first two have as I'm aware been sell outs.

What do people think on here ?

Steve

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Welcome to the Prestatyn Northern and Modern Soul Weekender Comments sectiom

This event is now over. Look up now to read the latest reviews of this soul event

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THE PRESTATYN NORTHERN & MODERN SOUL WEEKENDER 

THURS / FRIDAY MARCH 3/4th TO SUNDAY MARCH 6th  2016

(3 or 4 night self-catering packages available from only £49 pp )

Starring live and exclusive, making their first ever UK appearance,

Northern Soul legends : THE VOLCANOS  with musical accompaniment from SNAKE DAVIS and the 

Suspicions.

In the MODERN ROOM :  SOULUTIONS and their full live band 

PLUS : 5 rooms of soul with over 50 of the UK’s top spinners inc . Butch, Sean Chapman, Ginger, 

Mick H, Colin Curtis, Soul Sam, Terry Jones, Steve Plumb, Eddy Edmondson, Steve Hobbs, John Poole, 

Dave Evison, Arthur Fenn, Cliff Steele, Andy Dyson, Hitsville Chalky, Ted Massey , Gary Dennis and 

many more!  

More details : www.prestatynsoulweekender.com

Booking up : Call 0871 222 0201 www.pontins.com ( use code NSP1)

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Any single females on their own who would like to share from West Yorkshire please contact me . 

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DJ times will be published over the next week
Starting with the Thurs Night welcome party in the Main Northern Room

20:00 John Barker
21:00 Derek Mead
22:00 Hitsville Chalky
23:00 Snowy
Midnight John Poole
01:00 & friends
02:00 Close

Its not too late to secure your place at this years event
. 3 or 4 night self catering packages from ONLY £49 pp : 0871 222 0201 /www.pontins.com (quote ref.no. NSP1)
More details : www.prestatynsoulweekender.com

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Getting close now to the top weekender in the uk  .... everything in one place , all you could ever want in soul music !

 

pete n' susan xx

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Saturday afternoon promises to be something very special this year with Pete Roberts and Ian "Pep" Periera hosting one hour sets themed with the Manchester "Twisted Wheel" and Wolverhampton's "Catacombs" in mind, and there's also a unique one hour set from Jos of the Amsterdam Soul Club who will be dazzling us all with the superb Northern Soul dancing video show!
. 3 or 4 night self catering packages from ONLY £49 pp : 0871 222 0201 / www.pontins.com (quote ref.no. NSP1)
More details : www.prestatynsoulweekender.com

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Welcome to the weekend session in the pub
after check in we'll see you in The Queen Vic

Check in starts at 10.00am Thurs

Thursday
Queen Vic ...
12:00 Mick Boyle
13:00 JohnPoole
14:00 Steve Hay
15:00 North Wales Soul
16:00 Carole McCarthy
17:00 Ian Cunliffe
18:00 Rick Bramhall
19:00 Simon Hunt
20:00 R&B with Lorna Beattie
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This year Prestatyn is proud to have Butch coming to treat us to his exclusive quality sets of both 60s and 70s soul. With at set on Friday in Redemption to start, then following on the Saturday night with an hour of ultra desirable crossover soul in the "House of Soul"

3 or 4 night self catering packages from ONLY £49 pp : 0871 222 0201 / www.pontins.com (quote ref.no. NSP1)
More details : www.prestatynsoulweekender.com

 

Times below for the start of the weekend in the Main Room

Thurday Night Welcome Party
20:00 John Barker
21:00 Derek Mead...
22:00 Hitsville Chalky
23:00 Snowy
Midnight John Poole
01:00 & friends
02:00 Close

Still time to secure your place
. 3 or 4 night self catering packages from ONLY £49 pp : 0871 222 0201 / www.pontins.com (quote ref.no. NSP1)
More details : www.prestatynsoulweekender.com

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It's well-known that Snake Davis' musical inspiration is Autrey DeWalt ( Junior Walker) and it's therefore fitting that Snake and the Suspicions will be playing a special "Tune up -tribute to Junior" session on the Friday night at midnight - this is going to be something special!

Friday
16:00 Derek Mead
17:00 John Barker ...
18:00 Nige Grice
19:00 Snowy
20:00 Pete French
21:00 Pete Roberts
22:00 Ted Massey
23:00 John Poole
Midnight Snake Davis "Jnr."
00:30 Ginger
02:00 Sean Chapman
03:30 Mick "H"

05:00 Mark Freeman
06:00 Close

Still time to secure your place
3 or 4 night self catering packages from ONLY £49 pp : 0871 222 0201 / www.pontins.com (quote ref.no. NSP1)
More details : www.prestatynsoulweekender.com

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The line up for the Suday Northern All Dayer
Finishing the weekend off in style
Sunday
13 Jordan Wilson
14 John Barker...
15 Dave Evison
16 Ethan
17 Nige Grice
18 Ted Massey
19 Ozz
20 Sean Chapman
21 John Poole / Mick B
22.3 Chris King
24 Close

Still time to secure your place
3 or 4 night self catering packages from ONLY £49 pp : 0871 222 0201 / www.pontins.com (quote ref.no. NSP1)
More details : www.prestatynsoulweekender.com

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Sunday in Redemption

 

 
     
     
     
14:00 Sean Chapman /
  Mark & Debbie Wilson
  "Club a go-go"
17:00 Close  
     
     
20:00 60s R&B with
21:00 Lorna, Dennis
22:00 and Dave  
 

 

 

 
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Second visit for us. What a stonking weekend last year! Can't wait and bringing two Prestatyn virgins.

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Wristbands for sale    2  @  £20 each  arrive Friday afternoon  call  Audrey 

mob no.07799274870

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2 Wristbands only for sale £20 each arrive Friday afternoon please call Kell

mob number 07547237223

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2 wristbands for sale £25 each or £40 the pair - arriving Thursday afternoon.

Call Chris on 07960019794

Wristbands now sold thanks.

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Last minute let down two tickets for sale £25 each £40 the pair  arriving Thursday night 

bill bingham 07817939856

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1 wrist band available for sale arrive Thursday 3-4pm  £25 please ring 07990765723

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one of the best dancefloors In the uk..

im on at 5am both niters in the main room and with Ginger and Casper between 2-5 for some of my rarer 45s in the redemption room

see you at the gogo

 

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