ON 20-22nd MARCH, THE WEEKENDER WAS SADLY POSTPONED

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POSTPONEMENT STATEMENT

On the weekend the Southport Weekender should have been taking part after five years of absence, it is very sad to be going out with news of its postponement plans, but these are exceptional times that no one could have foreseen.

We really feel for everyone who booked for this year's event which came within days of taking place, with everything in place and virtually all suppliers fully paid. Sadly, event cancellation insurances do not cover pandemics either. It is absolutely gutting to all of us.

After many discussions with Butlins management, who have been very supportive considering they have had to close all of their venues' doors for one month and have their own customers to re-accommodate throughout the year. It has become apparent that the only date we can postpone the event to is the 19th, 20th and 21st March 2021. We all would have loved to reschedule the event to later in 2020 but regrettably this is just not possible – at least the Southport Weekender is very much alive albeit the wait is longer than we all would have liked.

We've spent the last few days talking to all the artists that were due to perform and the support shown by them has been quite simply overwhelming, as it has been from you, the Southport family. We can confirm that the line-up will be the same, near as damn it the same or possibly even better for our long-awaited comeback!

Obviously this year’s event sold out in record time, and most accommodation sold out on the day the event went on sale. By December there were more than 3,000 people on the waiting list! We are now going to roll over all bookings to the next event with name changes for people who cannot make it, being free of charge until the end of September. This will be facilitated by Festicket on the dedicated Weekender help page here

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A LITTLE GIFT FROM US:

We realise that this postponement is going to be disappointing for everyone, ourselves included, so as a huge thank you for your ongoing support those attending our revised dates will receive a little gift from us. We will issue you all with free tickets (current value of £50 each) to the Southport Weekender Festival on the 5th September at Crystal Palace. Obviously this comes at a massive cost to us, but it’s a cost we feel is worth it and more importantly we are giving a little something back to you.

Confirmed acts for the festival include:

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (LIVE), INNER CITY (LIVE), GRANDMASTER FLASH, LOUIE VEGA, KENNY DOPE, DAVID RODIGAN, DAVID MORALES, JOEY NEGRO, TONY HUMPHRIES, DERRICK CARTER, TODD EDWARDS, SPOONY, DJEFF, BLACK MOTION, SPEN AND KARIZMA and many more.

We understand that some of you will have already bought your tickets for this one so if that is the case, bring more friends with you and make it a party to remember.

We'd like to close this letter to you all by saying we would have loved to have done something this year, but when you consider what's going on in the world at the moment, our families & loved ones are far more important than anything else. Let's do this in style when we are all in a better place, which we will be once this nightmare is over. We've waited until now and we know it’s coming back thanks to your unbelievable support. It's going to be a very hard few months for everybody, but the main thing for now is to stay safe - it may not seem like it now, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. With everything going on let's be kind to each other & we'll see you on the dancefloor soon.

Sending love & hope to you all.

Alex Lowes
The Southport Weekender & Slammin' Events team

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