One of last year’s biggest and most successful soul weekenders was THE SCOTTISH SOULFUL WEEKENDER held at Dumfries in November. Affectionately dubbed SSW3 (yep, it was the third one) it drew large crowds who enjoyed top DJs and live shows from people like Jocelyn Brown and the late Oliver Cheatham.

The good news is that the show’s happening again this year and we’re reliably informed SSW4 will be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before… and what’s more the whole kit and caboodle is moving south to a great new, much more accessible venue – The Park Hall Hotel. The complex is just outside Preston and smack on the M6 – easily accessible to soul lovers from all over the country.

SSW4 will run from Friday 26th September through to Sunday 28th September and the line-up is set to be the biggest and best yet. Confirmed live acts will include Ann Sexton, Garfield Fleming and Big Brooklyn Red while the amongst the DJ line up are John Grant (who’ll be playing a Blackpool Mecca/Manchester Ritz set), Danny Krivit, Jimpster and Graeme Park

Yogi Haughton, soul guru and SWW4’s main man, explains the move to Preston – “It was the massive travelling fraternity that forced SSW’s hand to move as there simply wasn’t a free hotel or BnB bed in Dumfries when we were on so we simply had to move to a bigger area where there are more hotels”. Yogi adds, “SSW4 is dedicated to offering a truly unique and one off experience for all those keen to soak up the atmosphere generated by over 60 DJs and live acts playing the best in dance music from across all the genres, and not just a list of run of the mill artists as reflected throughout some other UK festivals. SSW4’s new location promises added outside space for food and merchandise/vinyl markets as well as stalls being located inside the venue. Weather permitting, outside sessions around the courtyard are planned and weekender goers can also avail themselves of the hotel swimming pools and gym.”

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