Back by huge demand and to celebrate the return of The Southport Weekender is the documentary about the event, One Nation Under A Groove.

Narrated by the DJ’s, Artists and of course the Punters, the film contains some breath-taking live performances and DJ sets as well as interviews. Directed by Sarah Smith and recorded by her team over 7 years; this is the perfect film to watch and get excited about making your own memories to.

Click on the link below and you can pay to stream the full film. Once purchased you will have access for a week in case you want to watch more than once. This offer will be run through March and April


In 1999 a good friend invited me to the Southport Weekender. Outside of going to university in Leeds and clubbing in Hard Times and Back to Basics, it was the first time I’d driven half way up the country for a festival. Once through the gates of Pontins holiday camp I soon realised that in this remote spot, somewhere just south of Liverpool, a kind of Nirvana was going on. People from all ends of the UK were getting together to dance and celebrate Black soul music in all its forms without ego or prejudice; and the only thing that mattered for three days was their shared love of the music. It was the friendliest party I’d ever been to; all kinds of people mixing effortlessly and building relationships and friendships that would last forever.

The vibe infected me so much that as an aspiring documentary Producer, I filmed over the next seven years, capturing unbelievable live performances, rare interviews with the DJ’s and bands, and plenty of footage of the people who attended. Id never Directed anything before despite working in TV so I fumbled through interviews with some of my musical heroes including Sounds of Blackness who made me cry when they all stood up and clapped me. Lynden David Hall who was so nervous to talk and yet has written songs that can break the coldest of hearts. Somewhere in me I hoped that what we were capturing would eventually have its place in UK music and cultural history.

Ten years later in 2015, Up North Promotions announced it was going to hold it’s last Southport Weekender. Somewhat devastated I decided to get my crew back together and record the finale of this unique British festival, about to close its doors forever. It was the worst of days.

I’m so proud that this film exists and when we toured it in 2019, it was one of the best experiences of my life watching audiences laugh, dance and cry as they watched it. One Nation Under A Groove reveals and shares the hidden community we filmed and partied with for so long and presents a ‘snapshot’ of the only Weekender to have survived 30 years and 52 events at the top of its game.

This documentary immortalises artists and DJ’s who are sadly now legends like Lynden David Hall and Frankie Knuckles, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson and Phil Asher. It’s also dedicated to Dave Gardner and Alex, who I’m forever indebted to for believing in me.

Alongside live performances from everybody that mattered in black music over two decades including Incognito, Angie Stone and Craig David to mention a few, this documentary should allow you to experience some of the joy that The Southport Weekender brought to so many of us.

This is our story…….enjoy it before you start making your own