A weekend full of great dance music

I’d been to Southport several times before and always had a great time. Southport February 2017 was a little different, as it was the first weekender since starting my Modern Jive Blog, and I was determined to review as much of it as possible. I wouldn’t be doing any less dancing, but I would be paying more attention to the music being played by the array of Top Class DJs.

More new music than ever

After starting my blog in September 2016 I have travelled to many new class nights and freestyles. I have been amazed by the amount of great new music I’ve heard and danced to. I have been impressed by just how much time DJs obviously spend finding new material for us all to dance to. Spending over fifteen hours on the dance floor, I expected to hear a lot of new tracks, but I wasn’t prepared for just how much fresh music I would hear.

No Same Old, Same Old here

What really impressed me was the lack of duplication. Cake by the ocean from DNCE was one of the biggest hits from last year. I perhaps heard it twice. Go to any freestyle  in the last year, and you were guaranteed to hear certainly one or even two Jess Glynne tracks – Southport seemed to be an almost Jess-free zone. Every DJ, it seemed, made sure that their playlist was devoid of any Same Old, Same Old.

My Top Ten Tracks

In celebration of the great music served up by the DJs, I thought I’d conclude my Southport Posting’s with a personal Top Ten of the best tracks I danced to. I should say I had a tough time getting the list down to ten. They are listed in date order, starting with the Friday Night Motown Freestyle.

Stop her on sight (SOS)  Edwin StarrDJ Chris Uren, Motown Freestyle Friday Night

The Motown Freestyle was a great way to start Southport. Chris didn’t disappoint, and played one of the best Motown dance tracks of all time.

Giving up, giving in  The Three Degrees – DJ Debbie Attwood, Thunderball Room Friday Night

Debbie started her set with this thumping track from the The Three Degrees. Somehow I missed this song when it was released in the ’70s.

Louisiana party  Chris Thomas King – DJ Unknown, Sack The DJ Session Saturday Afternoon

I arrived early for the Swingers Hour on Saturday Afternoon and this fantastic funky blues track was playing.

Let’s work it out  Billy Boy Arnold – DJ Chris Uren, Swingers Hour Saturday Afternoon 

This track is fast and bouncy – just perfect to Rock ‘n’ Roll to. So pleased I did the lessons.

Get up (Georgies House Radio extended)  Aly-Us – DJ Caroline Houlton, Thunderball Room Saturday Night

Caroline got the floor rockin’ with The Trammps Disco Inferno, then cranked up the pulse with this full on track.

The Hustle Van McCoy – DJ Vince Silva, Funk Hour Sunday Afternoon

Vince finished his great afternoon set with this wonderful track. I loved it, the floor loved it, the applause said it all.

Heaven DJ Sammy – DJ Mark O’Reilly, Thunderball Room Sunday Night

Throughout the weekend I would have ‘What was that track?’ moments. Mark gave me one with this track.

It’s like that RUN-DMC & Jason Nevins – DJ Hayley Epps, Thunderball Room Sunday Night

This 1997 remix, with its cranked up bass line, added new life to this track. Hearing that bass sent me into Dance Heaven.

Big and hot  Men of distinction – DJ Clive Gidney, SILC Zone Sunday Night

We were treated to a lot of Bluesy Swing tracks over the weekend, but this was the best. Loved the guitar and sax solos.

Love on me Galantis & DJ Hook N Sling – DJ Jon Gammon, Thunderball Room Sunday Night

This was the last track I danced to, and it was one of the best. A great way to end my Southport dance fest.