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St Ives Northern Soul Weekender - Saint Ives


  Street-An-Pol  - Saint Ives   TR26 2DS   GB   english soul event

Dean Carr
   (1 review)

St Ives Northern Soul Weekender

Event Information

Soul On Wax Present

The St Ives Northern Soul Weekender.

July 7th 8th & 9th 2017. At the Guildhall, Street an-Pol, St Ives, Cornwall. TR26 2DS

A fabulous soul weekend located in the heart of beautiful St Ives, Cornwall. Top DJ line up, large sprung dance floor, awesome sound system, Soul merchandise. 

3 Days of glorious soul music in a wonderful location...  For just £25.00 Bookings via the Cornish Riviera Box Office. 

A Weekender not to be missed. Book early as this event is expected to sell out quickly! Limited Tickets only.

Online Bookings: www.crbo.co.uk 

Telephone Bookings:  (01726) 879500

Check out our Facebook Event Page for accommodation ideas!



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Street-An-Pol, Saint Ives, England, TR26 2DS

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· Edited by BabyBoyAndMyLass

   3 of 3 members say helpful 3 / 3 members
There's a crowd outside maybe one hundred, all loud, socialising hard, the tiny street is busy with passers by, drop-jawed, the look on their faces says it all, who are all these? What are they doing? What is this event that looks like the most happening thing you've seen in a long time? And these people are having a great time, they wish they're part of it, but no, this event is sold out months ago. The door staff are given instructions that people without wristbands can have a quick peep through the doors and see what is occurring inside. They don't see much, it's so dark through those double doors that it takes a good couple of minutes for your eyes to adjust, the extremely loud pumping beat is awe-inspiring, they can just about make out that there is a huge crowd of people dancing in the darkness, the door staff lead them back out and they are given a flyer 'You can book for next year' they're advised as they re-emerge into the daylight. These people have had a shock, they've never seen anything like this, this is a seriously big crowd up to their necks in bliss, a joy known only to the initiated, these people are told on the way out, that they've just had a peek at a secret world, this my friends is Northern Soul, not what you've seen on teatime telly, or a TV ad, this is the REAL Northern Soul scene... Visceral!
This isn't yet another Wigan write-up, everyone who knows me knows I didn't go to Wigan, my wife did, and was a face, life is very different for good looking girls, I became a face a couple of years after Wigan finished, and for all the wrong reasons, rather than be remembered, I prefer to be forgotten! These words are the words of a fully initiated veteran of the allniter scene, I'm not describing here though, the scene in the eighties or seventies, what I'm talking about is 2017, and specifically Soul on Waxs' St Ives Weekender!
The atmosphere can only be compared with the old days. This isn't a well-lit sterile atmosphere, the initiated can spot a veteran at a glance, he or she can walk from one end of the packed floor in complete darkness without putting the dancers off their step, the initiate knows the record and times their steps across the floor in time with the dancers movements, done properly even walking to your corner is a gracefull, skillfull act. You'll need this skill at St Ives, The Guildhall is a fantastic venue for a soul gig and of course, this is three soul gigs over three days and it's a packer!
I'm not going to list the DJs, Tom Yule, Tony 'The Prince' Maddox, Jordan Wilson, Jerry Hipkiss, Pete French, Dave Stabler, Mark Sargeant, the MIGHTY Mr Ted Massey, apologies to those I haven't named, I'll just group them all under one blanket description...Quality! I do have to mention though, as these are the team that put this 'spectacle' together, it isn't just a 'do' this is certainly a 'spectacle!' The Soul on Wax team are Dean Carr (not forgetting the importance of the lovely Sara Baker) Dean's a Gloucester lad who has been in the game since he picked up his first handfull of 45s at Wigan, he's been spinning Northern soul since then, a well repected lad (no review would be complete without a bit of comedy!...) quality spins and knowledge of the dancers make Dean a draw wherever he DJs, and the guy gets around! Lee Vowles we remember from the legendary Leighton Buzzard allniters, another who has grown up behind the decks, he's a popular lad who's taste is second to none and when he gets on the decks you're taking notice! These are the reprobates who've put this thing together, being well connected and well travelled with their box of 45s under their arm they can put a DJ line-up together that builds and builds, there's a huge tension in the air, a very clandestine feel to the atmosphere, to the fledged northern soulie it's a warm snuggly feeling of being at home, in the right place at the right time. Beautiful people are congregated here, oozing class and style, these people are individuals, the diversity is amazing. The girls are dressed beautifully, not in the uniform of a passing trend, a real effort is made here and this isn't a 'pulling' joint, it's all about class, every single one has a unique beauty but it's clear they're not conforming to any kind of enforced dress code! The men are the same, some look like Northern soulies and it is lovely to see them, the real characters that make the scene, no names, you know who you are. The love is there, that love that only soul people know, they communicate in a language that only they understand, lifelong bonds are formed in a ten minute conversation, yes you have met before that's why. Don't worry when you're bestie from yesterday hardly bothers with you the next session, this is the way of the scene, many bonds are being created, next time you meet you will be long lost prodigals coming together again to practise your religion!
Hopefully this little epistle has got the old blood flowing, unless I'm mistaken allniter folks will know the feelings I'm trying to describe, it isn't easy to put into written words, save to say 'it's been emotional'. So to avoid banging on too much, this event is very reminiscent of the old underground allniters, dark as hell, packed to the rafters, huge crowd outside meeting and greeting, making new friends, reconnecting with old ones, putting names to faces that you've seen before all over the country. Huge tunes played LOUD by dedicated DJs, beautiful people in blissfull rapture, an edge of perceived danger in the safest place you're ever gonna be, like I said at the start, the initiated will understand every emotion described, the unitiated will very quickly get it! I've said it many times when prompted, the sight of a big northern soul crowd gettin' down to something like Bits n Pieces 'Keep on runnin away' is an awe-inspiring vision that isn't easily forgotten!
Anyone who fancies a taste this event sells out quickly, we know scores of people who have booked next years wristband today (Monday, the event finished last night!) so you'll have to be quick, you can only order from Cornish Riviera Box Office, coming from a couple who met on the allniter circuit and have been the length and breadth of the British Isles doing soul for over thirty years this is an event not to be missed, we'd say a must do at least once, but once is not going to be enough. Get yer arse down 'ere next year it's a proper banger!
By the way I ain't Meatloaf ya b******ds! (You had to be there!)
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