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Mancheter Soul Weekender - Manchester

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Mancheter Soul Weekender

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The Manchester Soul weekender.... 6th..7th..8th July.... 2018.... 

Tickets.. Weekender pass.. £30.... Friday.. Sat.. Sunday tickets @ £12 each.... Drinks promo and food discount with weekender pass only...

The players..

Marc Forrest.. Henning borm...Sean Haydon..Matt Sneath...Greg Belson..Johnny Vegas... Magnus Rams...Brian Phillips..Paul Grant...Debs Flaherty..Gospel Bob..Lynne Girdwood.. Dave Girdwood..Ollie Lailley..Jake Lingwood..Dr Pickles..Trusty..Polly Jones...Stuart Raith..Mark Rickards.. Martin Haddock..Jimmy Randall..Scott Mollyneux..Darren Sykes.. Neil Higson.. Chris Gunnill.. Steve Cato.. Rich Penrith.. Pete Coulson..


Friday.. Revolution Bar... Oxford Rd... 7pm -3am... 2 rooms..

Saturday.. Revolution Bar... Fallowfield..6pm-3am.. 2 rooms..

Sunday...The big finish... 2pm to 2am.. All dayer....

Daytime sessions.. Free

Dimitris Bar.. 12-5pm

Jimmy;s bar.. 12pm -5pm..

Cottonopolis... 12pm to 5pm

Sunday session... Free

Cottonopolis 10am to 4pm..

Paypal... manchestersoulweekender@hotmail.com.... Use gift option..


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Looking forward to playing again, was tip top last year and it looks to be even better this year...

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Time to meet the dj’s..introducing Lynne Girdwood.

Lynne partied away the early 90’s as part of the Rave generation before turning to Soulful House which she embraced and was a regular clubber every weekend. Fast forward a few years whilst living in Amsterdam she got together with Dave who is a Soul enthusiast and started collecting original 60s/70s Soul and Funk records establishing and refining her own distinctive taste. She made her debut at the opening night of the Soul Collective in Aberdeen after being invited to play by Tony Bruce and stamped her mark firmly on the Scottish Soul scene. Since then she’s DJ’d at Scottish Soul clubs including the upstairs room at Portobello Town Hall, Barraloadasoul at the famous Barrowland Ballroom and MFSB. She has played Different Strokes and Soul Train in the past and plays regularly in Amsterdam at the brilliant Northern Soul Amsterdam Soul night. Currently Lynne is a resident at True Soul in Edinburgh and also runs Good Good Feeling soul night with Dave in her hometown of Bathgate. She can be found either double decking with Dave or commanding a dancefloor in her own right. Expect to hear sublime Soul through to gritty Funk and perhaps a smattering of Disco.

5 current plays:

Sisters Love - Give Me Your Love
Winfield Parker - 28 Ways
Margie Joseph - I Can’t Move No Mountains
Cookie Scott and The Chevelles - I Don’t Care
Dyke and the Blazers - Runaway People 


Edited by Darren Sykes

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Have to say had an amazing time at this last year - really was good - the guys put a whole ton of work into it and it really showed. See you there in July!


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Time to meet the dj’s..introducing Greg Belson.

It's 2018 and the projects are piling in, including Greg's production work with Paulo Fulci as Divine Situation...a project with one release tucked away so far for the mighty Moton Inc. record label. More amazing tracks are slated for release this year including 3 tracks that will be road tested in his current European Tour. He's also been working on multiple compilations for various labels, all of which should see the light of day  soon. Now, he's accumulated a 40 date DJ tour and this event is right in the middle of his extensive schedule. Expect to hear a clutch of rarities you possibly haven't heard before, from rare soul to driving funk to killer dancefloor gospel. Last year's Manchester Soul Weekender saw a raft of amazing music played over several venues....this year, we're puttin' the hammer down!

Current top 5;

Sister Clara Cubbage - What a friend (Teams)
Maddix Singers - Keep on pushing (Pandora)
Percy Johnson & Harvest - Show his love (Mark Custom)
Rev. Jesse McGuire - He's here right now (No Label)
Dorosco Scarber - Traveling home (Sarbco Incorp)


Edited by Darren Sykes

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Time to meet the dj’s...introducing Dave Girdwood.

Dave was raised on a diet of classic soul by his mum with the odd ‘northern’ tape from her friend in Manchester. Like all teenagers he rebelled and found Hip Hop, this started his obsession with collecting records but also reconnected him with soul through the samples used that he recognised from his youth. As a teenager he frequented Make it Phunky and Sexual Chocolate in the capital as well as occasionally Good Foot in Glasgow and short stint DJ’ing in Dundee. Fast forward a good few years and collecting has turned from Hip Hop to soul and funk on original vinyl. The past few years Dave has been travelling up and down the UK as well as to mainland Europe most weekends playing various places such as The Flipside, Aberdeen Soul Collective, Different Strokes, MFSB, Manchester Soul Weekender and SSW to name a few. Currently a resident at True Soul which looks at pushing underplayed and rare soul classics with an edge to them, as well as running Good Good Feeling with his wife Lynne.


Some current plays


Guitar Ray – You’re gonna wreck my Life

Emmitt Long – Call me

Moore Brothers Band – Salute to roots

Skull Snaps – All of a sudden

New World – We’re gonna make it


You can also find a few mixes at www.mixcloud.com/thegirdwood


Edited by Darren Sykes

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Time to meet the dj’s-introducing Henning Borm.

Hi. My name is Henning. I'm a vinyl addict. When my wife asks me if we can buy new curtains I always have to say no cause of the black gold. This happens since many years. She still loves me and appreciates what I do, here name is jazzi. Beside that I have my 6 chicken to take care of, two of them have names. Desmond and sven. They also appreciate my happiness when the postwoman rings. The postwoman is called lea, she knows about my addiction. She also appreciates it. My neighbours, they don't really care about the black gold. All of them are free of the vinyl addiction. I take my time to listen to my records daily. 45s are not useful when I'm cooking, I don't care. I drop them. 5 of them I adore most at the moment are:
Gemstones - cold soul
Morris "jazzy" Miller- what people say
Willie & west - Attica massacre
The Soulution-Love’s where we find it.
Lamar whatley- are you ready


Edited by Darren Sykes

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Time to meet the dj’s-introducing Ollie Lailey.

I’ve been djing/promoting nights for ten years or so,and been going to all-nighters since my late teens. Along with Jake Lingwood and Joel Maslin  we started Crystal Palace Soul Club in 2008. It was very successful, until we ran out of venues!! These days I play regularly at Soulshaker! (Peckham) and various other venues in London. I’m honoured to be asked back to play records at the MSW! I’ll be spinning mostly 70’s northern/modern, crossover, rare groove and that sort of thing! 

Current top five

1. Gotta Strange Feeling - Living Color -Madhatter
2. What Goes Around Comes Around - Blacksmoke - Chocolate City
3. Keep On Loving You - Perfect Touch - Creative Profile
4. The Siesta Is Over - Jade - Century City
5. Making My Daydreams Real - We The People - Lion


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Time to meet the dj’s-introducing Mark Rickards.

I'm not great at writing those bios that make it sound like someone else has done a write up about me, because they haven't.  So I won't. 
I've been djing since I was 13, a love of Hip Hop and Drum and Bass lead me to Jazz, Funk, Soul, 60's Rock and more. 
Since the age of 16 I've DJ'd out and about around Manchester and thanks to Soul Music and some kind promoters over the last 7 or 8 years further afield too, including a few trips to Europe and even Liverpool. 
I like all kinds of Soul music but mainly I play Funk, Deep soul and Crossover. The latter 2 provide the basis of our club and radio show The Flipside. Which you can find on Facebook and Reform Radio.

Here are my current top 5 plays...

Bonnie Blanchard - You're The Only One
The Sequins - Someday You'll Be Mine
L.T.D - Love To The World
Herb Johnson - War 
Marvin Gaye - Desperate Situation


Edited by Darren Sykes

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Time to meet the dj’s-introducing Martin Haddock.

Martin started out as a hip hop DJ and self confessed rap nerd over 15 years ago, after digging deeper into the sample / breaks side of hip hop he fell into the rabbit hole that is soul music and has been happily dwelling there ever since. He's been lucky enough to play all over the UK and more recently across Europe and the US. He co-runs The Flipside in Manchester, a night dedicated to playing Sweet Soul, Deep Soul and Crossover.


Edited by Darren Sykes

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