Southport Weekender – Celebrating 28 Years Of Life, Love and Music at One of Britain’s largest & longest standing indoor dance events. Collection Of Music and Memories
Back in October 2014, the organisers of Southport weekender brought Southport back home to it’s original humble beginnings at the Pointins site. I made it my mission to interview and record as many of the SPW family, in celebration of our 50th anniversary. My aim was for people to share their first time and most cherished memories of the Southport Weekender. Since starting out on my mission, the recording of people’s stories was the easy part, but editing and putting it all to music was quite a different kettle of fish. I had to learn how to use the audacity program from scratch! So please excuse the all the ambient sounds in the background,and the imperfections. All the stories were recorded live from the event as it was happening. I’ve been holding on to this project for months, I was uncertain whether the finished product was good enough to share with my beloved Southport family. That is until I received the news on Wednesday 20th March that would no doubt change not only my life but the lives of those around me, when I heard that this years Southport Weekender would be the last. I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming since of loss, I felt bereft. Hearing the news was like losing a dear friend. Selfishly I could only think of life never being quite the same again, and that there could be nothing to fill the hole that it left behind. For Alex Lowes, Dave Gardner and the team to come to this decision must have been heart breaking for them. But I can not dwell on the sadness or sense of loss, when belonging to the worlds most friendliest music event has brought me and many others so much joy. Nothing can take away our memories, or the life long friendships and experiences that we all shared together. We belong to a unique community, fueled by our passion for music and togetherness which has ultimately changed our lives for the better. Remember there is no Southport without you, us or them. With every dance move we ever made, when we wiped the tears of happiness from our eyes, from the collective call of ‘Good Morning campers’, the infamous chalet parties, the mind blowing performances, our pride as we display our collection of SPW lanyards, the intensity of the build up as the event approaches. We have all be touched by the magic and it has left it’s mark like indelible ink right across our hearts. This isn’t the end it’s just the beginning of a brand new chapter in our lives. Lastly I want
to thank all the amazing people who contributed to this podcast and to everyone single one of the SPW family for having such a profound affect on my life. I hope by listening to this podcast it makes you smile and to bring back your own special memories. Special thanks to Corina & friend, the brilliant Antony Elson, Susie, Steve Smith, Rebecca Wann & Champs, Simon Schooly Philips, Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Siobhan & Tracey, Adeva, Marcia Carr, Jean Carne, Rob Lawrence, The Beast, Annie & Alan Kenny Arscott from Mucho Soul, Mike Dirguid, John Stewart, (my soul sista Jan Whalley, Peter Borg, William Loonen Thanks to Colin Williams for the image. Music 1. George Benson – You can do it baby 2.Cheryl Lynn – Got to be real 3. Masters At Work – To be in love 4. Armand Van Heldon – You don’t know me (instrumental) 5.Sounds of Blackness – I’m going all the way 6. Maze – Twilight 7. Nu Colours – Greater Love 8. The Rebirth = This journey in 9.Jean Carne – Was that all it was 10.Omar – Dancing (Zed Bias remix) 11. Roy Ayers – Liquid Love 12. Kerri Chandler – Rain 13. Louie Vega – Cerca De Mi (instrumental) 14. Gregory Porter – On the way to Harlem
Lars Behrenroth is a name that is synonymous with delivering ‘real’ house music to the masses. The 5 Years of Deeper Shades album is global collective of up and coming and established producers who have mastered the art of creating deep house blends. The album is a master class, it charters a five year journey through; from, Afro, tribal, jazz infused to hypnotic drum loops, spiritual deepness, and inspirational samples like the use of the Martin Luther King I have a dream speech in Pete Blas Promise Land.
This album consists of the songs that you would hear on the dance floor, the type that stays in your mind, the songs you look for but are not easy to find. It is like being given 31 exclusive dub plates. There are too many tracks that will strike cords with the listener; for me the fore mentioned Pete Blas Promised Land, I miss the things with it’s haunting vocals send a shiver of delight up my spine, and the previously unreleased Happy Days by the 60 Hertz Project which radiates organ filled joy and yes happiness.
An album with integrity, there are no compromises here just the best quality music made by people who have nothing but love for the scene.
5 Years of Deeper Shades is a reference point for all of those who are passionate about music, and who are looking for something out of the ordinary.
It is already receiving acclamation from well respected DJs and Producers here are some of the comments.
Osunlade “A solid collection of deepness, not a filler in sight!”
Ralf Gum (Gogo Music) “If you are into real deep House music, which does not necessarily follow the usual current trends, you should by now know Deeper Shades Recordings, as it provides you with exactly this since 5 years!”
Kiko Navarro “Lars, it’s been a long time since I know you and your passion for music. You and your label have been since then faithful to what you have inside and you believe, true deep house. Keep doing your thing because you do it very well and we enjoy it and appreciate it, always on the deep side!”
Eric “Eman” Clark “I’d like to send my heartfelt congratulations to Lars Behrenroth and the whole Deeper Shades staff for 5 years of service to the House Music Community. Keep fighting the Good Fight. You continue to bring us this high quality of dance music from all around the world and we love you for it…”
DJ Simbad (Brownswood) “A label that’s been releasing real deeeeep vibes from fresh artists worldwide, growing stronger & stronger, thanx to Lars Behrenroth. I discovered nuff good peeps too, so here’s for another 5 years of essential quality !! Full respect”
Andy Compton (The Rurals / Peng Rec) “Well done with the 5 years Lars! Always top quality deepness, and loving the new comp….RESPECT!”
Compliation: By Lars Behrenroth – 5 Years of Deeper Shades
Record Label: Deeper Shades Records
Type of music: Afro / Deep House
Released on: 13th December
Available from: iTunes, Traxsource, Amazon