Soul Festival in Morecambe

MORECAMBE will play host to a festival of soul music this weekend, May 25-27.

The sixth North Lancs Soul Festival will see a host of free and unique events taking place, and hundreds of soul music enthusiasts are expected to descend on the resort to help get the party started.

The centrepiece of the festival is Smokey O’Connor’s Temple of Soul.

Three floors of the finest cuts of soul, featuring the finest in Northern and rare soul from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s right through to the current modern monsters of this year, are all brought to you by a passionate collective of more than 40 collectors and UK club and radio DJs, who give their time and energies to make this happen.

The celebrations start at Smokey O’Connor’s at noon on Friday, May 25, and continue for the rest of Friday and across the weekend.

The itinerary is: Friday 25: noon till 2am, Saturday, May 26: 7pm till 3am , and Sunday, May 27: 3pm to 1am, London-based soul music station “Solar Radio to broadcast three live shows from the festival across the weekend. The station broadcasts on the internet and Sky TV Digital channel 0129. Other attractions and events for the weekend include:

* Morecambe Superbowl will be hosting the inaugural 10-pin Soul Bowl on Saturday afternoon, where teams of locals and visitors will do battle against a backdrop of soul cuts by UK soul radio DJs. A few lanes are still available at reduced rates. Call 01524 400974 for more.

* The Platform will host a four-hour soul show on the Saturday afternoon from the outdoor arena. Later in the evening, the Platform will be hosting Clem Curtis and The Foundations from 7.30pm. Tickets are £15.

* The Apollo cinema will also be joining the festival on the Saturday, with a 4pm showing of soul film Standing in the Shadows of Motown – The Funk Brothers.

* The Midland Hotel will host a two-hour soul show from noon until 2pm on Sunday from the Rotunda Bar, and out across the outdoor terrace. Part of the show will be transmitted live on Solar Radio.

A spokesman for the event said: “So why not come along to the coast and enjoy this annual free festival. It is one of the most friendliest, and most feel good music festivals on the soul annual calendar. It’s where the quality music, clear air and stunning sunsets fill the soul.”