Memories of real soul
SOUL brothers and sisters, head to Margate this weekend where the music is cool and the memory of Margate's Mods abounds.
Tomorrow and Sunday, The Dreamland Trust hosts the town's first Soul Town Weekend focusing mainly on music but supported by other events around the town, many of which are free.
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It marks the 48th anniversary of the mods and rockers riots that took place in British seaside towns like Margate.
Over the weekend an award-winning short film, Young Souls, will be screened. Dean Chalkey's film , starring Sonny "Scully" Evans, was named the Best Short Film in the music category at Southend Film Festival and since its release in July 2011 has been shown at film festivals in the UK and abroad.
His latest film The New Faces: A Short Film will also be shown.
Photographer and DJ Chalkey grew up in Southend during the 1980s and was a self-confessed mod, which has influenced much of his work.
The turntables start spinning at 9am tomorrow when amateur disc jockeys can spin their favourite soul tunes at DIY Jukebox at Fort's Cafe in Cliff Terrace, Cliftonville. Take along your top three soul tunes, don the headphones and play until midnight. Free entry.
The Britannia in Fort Hill, turns up the volume from 8pm to 1am with a night of soul music hosted by guest DJs Tony Matthews, Roni O'Brien, Micky B, Jason Anderson and DJ Rossiter. Entrance to Soul Britannia costs £1 before 10pm and £3 after.
Dance the day away on Sunday when the Westcoast Bar in King Street hosts Old Town Soul Alldayer between 1pm and 11pm.
International DJ Jo Wallace, who has been spinning turntables for nearly 40 years, will be leading a band of UK Northern Soul DJs.
Entrance costs £5.
Margate Museum, the town's former jail, also gets into the mod mood next weekend. The place where four "sawdust Caesars" were jailed following the Whitsun weekend riots in 1964 is commemorated in an exhibition that runs from Saturday, June 2 to Sunday, September 9. In Their Words: Mods Rockers And Margate is open Saturdays and Wednesdays between 11am and 5pm and Sundays between 11am and 4pm. Entrance free for children and £1 for adults.
Watch out for Donald McGill saucy seaside postcard characters placed outside each Soul Town Weekend venue – they are perfect photo opportunities.