We were both a part of the cultural fabric of the North of England back in the 1960s and share many of our roots in the British mod scene.
During the late 60s, venues like The Twisted Wheel in Manchester helped catapult the subculture into the mainstream, and dancehalls and nightclubs across the UK were quickly swept up.
The Northern Soul genre emerged from American soul music and Motown-influenced artists, and many of the original recordings are today genuine collectors’ items. And just like the mod look from which the scene emerged, Northern Soul boasts a certain timelessness that’s helped ensure it’s never gone out of style.
Whether you’re an old timer or a fresh face to the Northern Soul scene, we’ve pulled together our guide to the best weekenders this summer. Get the chalk ready.
The Northern Soul Weekender returns for 2018, bigger and better than ever. Held across six rooms and three days between 22nd and 24th June, at Bridlington Spa, the Weekender is arguably the UK’s most talked about Northern Soul event.
Up the coast, the Whitby Soul Weekender is back for a 17th year and is held across two beautiful rooms in the town’s Pavilion Theatre. DJs in attendance include Kev Roberts, Ginger Taylor, Yocki and Soul Sam, performing across three days between 6th and 8th July. Performances are spread across daytime and evening sessions, so you can craft the experience to suit you while checking out the rest of the town.
Blackpool was a huge part of the Northern Soul scene and its Tower Soul Weekender, held in the skyward landmark’s famous Ballroom, promises an “unrivalled atmosphere” across Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9th and 11th November. vvThe Weekender hosts the World Northern Soul Dance Championship, alongside three solid days and nights of modern soul and soulful dance, with DJs in attendance including Richard Sterling, Sean Chapman and Mark Freeman. Venues don’t come much more iconic than Blackpool Tower and it provides the perfect backdrop for an authentic experience.
The Northern Soul Survivors Weekender at Skegness Resort takes place between 21st and 24th September and celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of the scene’s most famous venues.
Wigan Casino was at the forefront of the Northern Soul scene throughout the 70s and the Survivors Weekender aims to capture the vibe, featuring music from Ruby Andrews, Bobby Brooks Wilson, Spyder Turner and many more.
Legendary soul DJs including Ross Winstanley, Brian Rigbye and Alan Cain will also be in attendance, while there will also be dance workshops, to make sure you don’t miss a step.
Deptford Northern Soul Club in South East London is a staple of the scene in the capital and hosts regular nights, while the Blue Lagoon in Hilsea, near Portsmouth, has earned a stellar reputation for its events that fuse classic with contemporary.
For something a little bigger, Trowbridge Civic Centre in Wilshire hosts Northern Soul Live on Saturday 11th August.
Their Soul Motown Party features the Edwin Starr Band, who’ve performed with The Temptations, Ben E King and The Four Tops.