Sunday, 24 May 2015

DFDS and Jumpin' Hot Club team up for a Northern and Modern Soul Weekend


Ferry operator DFDS Seaways and music promoter Jumpin’ Hot Club have announced the launch of their second North Sea Sounds mini-cruise series on the popular Newcastle to Amsterdam route. 

In what is set to be a soulful extravaganza, music lovers will be able to enjoy two nights of northern and modern soul on board, between 18 and 20 September 2015. 

For those looking for a weekend away that is a little bit different, this cruise offers two jam-packed bills of exciting acts, who include Yogi Haughton, Roger Banks, Hoss, Toma, Davey Mason, Tonge and Paul Ackley, who will play in two separate venues on board. 

Priced from £59 per person return, tickets include entry to the music acts, two nights’ accommodation in a comfortable en-suite cabin aboard cruise ferry Princess Seaways and coach transfers to and from Amsterdam. 

Music in the Modern Room 

Headlining the Modern Room will be Terry Jones. Terry is one of the world’s most influential DJs, who straddles the divide between northern and modern soul, having entertained soul fans for the past 40 years. Terry will be joined in the modern room by a sublime bill of DJs including John Kane, Andrea Robertson, Tizer, Paul Harrison and George Wallace. 

Music in the Northern Room 

Headlining the Northern Room will be northern DJ Dave Evison. He has been a northern soul DJ since the 1960s and is one of the few DJs who played at The Torch Club, Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre and Wigan Casino, it was at Wigan where he enjoyed his greatest claim to fame. 

Visiting Amsterdam 

In addition to these unique on-board music experiences, you will also have a chance to explore beautiful Amsterdam before returning on Sunday, September 20, and with most of the day to spend in Amsterdam, there is more than enough time to enjoy this iconic city – as well as get a feel for its vibrant music scene. 

You can then return to the ferry for the journey home and enjoy a meal at one of the ship’s many restaurants, as well as take advantage of the comfortable bars and lounges, cinema and games room. 

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, says: “We’re always looking to offer passengers a fun and unique cruising experience and this latest music cruise package is perfect for both fans of northern soul and those wanting to rekindle the nostalgia of the 1970s. 

“With a new generation now also appreciating this genre, we hope this event will be a big hit.” 

Jumpin’ Hot Club founder, Graham Anderson, comments: “We have worked with Paul Conroy to put on a superb bill of DJs which will allow people to enjoy the complete genre of soul; from the R&B sounds of the early 60s, through to the golden era of Northern Soul and then right up to date with the latest contemporary sounds of soulful house music. 

“The North East has long been a hot bed of northern soul since the early 70s and following the success of the film Northern Soul, the music has been discovered again by a whole new generation. We’re so delighted to have the opportunity to work with DFDS Seaways on this initiative. Who would have thought, looking back at the early pioneers of soul, that one day this music would form the soundtrack for a two night cruise from Newcastle to Amsterdam?” 

To book or find out more about the Northern and Modern Soul Weekend visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk or call 0871 224 2200.

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