Pete Tong to perform an exclusive soul set for the first time in 30 years
Dates: 16th-19th July
Amazing sunsets, iconic white cliffs and unspoilt golden sands. An incredibly rare soul set from dance music icon Pete Tong, lashings of reggae from one of the scene’s most towering and pioneering figures in David Rodigan, endless funk and rare grooves from Norman Jay and world renowned jazz trumpeter Tom Browne, as well as five different arenas and more than 40 other acts. You can expect all this as well as comfortable accommodation and welcoming atmospheres when the Platinum Soul and Reggae hosts the biggest ever event of its kind at the newly renovated Pontins Camber Sands from July 16th – 19th 2021.
Platinum Weekender has invited some of the most influential DJs and artists in the world to create something truly special. This is a historic event that will go back to where it all started and cover all the key music movements from the 1970s, 80s and the early 1990s balanced with showcasing new, fresh and exciting contemporary sounds.
The setting for this once in a lifetime gathering is special, with a stunning natural backdrop and the gorgeous dunes all ready and waiting. Pontins Camber Sands is one of the largest holiday parks in the UK and has recently undergone a huge refurbishment. The park offers a full spectrum of facilities including a convenience store, multiple restaurants, arcades, gym, swimming pool, four fully licensed music and entertainment halls, Go-Kart track, chill out zones and much more.
The big news is that Pete Tong is to play a landmark soul set for the first time in 30 years. The man is best known for championing new music, which he has done for decades on Radio 1 via his iconic Essential Mix and various other influential shows. But he actually has roots in soul music that go way back. In his earliest years in music he worked as part of the Kent “Soul Mafia” bringing soul weekenders to seaside towns such as Caister-on-Sea and Prestatyn and in 1979 was even an advertising sales assistant for Blues & Soul Magazine. As such this music runs deep in his bones so to hear him play a very personal selection of soul for the first time in three decades will be magic.
Performing on the same night will be the one and only Norman Jay. An icon since the 80s, he has very much shaped the soul, disco, funk, acid jazz and rare groove scene over the years and that is reflected with his MBE status. What he doesn’t know about these sounds isn’t worth knowing so expect a real masterclass. Meanwhile, bringing more world class rhythms will be David Rodigan, the original reggae and dancehall selector and soundclash champion. He is known the world over for his impeccable taste and long radio station presence on the likes of Kiss 100 and BBC Radio 1Xtra. As well as these headliners, there are more than 40 further acts all lined up to keep the good times flowing all weekend long.
The line-up has been carefully curated according to the time of day with a daytime program jam packed full of music, food, socialising and dancing. There will also be special Sunset at Camber Sands sessions that will send shivers down your spine and evening events across five different areas from 10pm – 5am including the MAIN ROOM for big sounds from the pioneers, REGGAE ROOM which is dedicated to Reggae and Lovers Rock with an enhanced sound system, JAZZ FUNK SOUL ROOM for afternoon sessions and late-night gatherings and THE UP-FRONT ROOM for diverse sounds both old and new music. You can also expect special live shows in the outdoor LIVE SESSIONS arena, a more laid-back environment for socialising.
The team behind this stunning festival has been putting on events for the last seven years in places all over the world. This year they head to the USA for the first time as well as hosting the Boogaloo Weekender in October. They have a wealth of experience and know how and always ensure every single detail is taken care of with the utmost care and attention.
Says Director Jamie Costello, “The Platinum Weekender was created as an extension to our successful overseas events that have been experiencing huge growth year on year, mainly because of our cutting edge and diverse music policy. We welcome people from all walks of life and one of our biggest USP’s is our friendly crowd who know their stuff when it comes to music. Everyone is made to feel welcome and feel like part of the family by the time our events finish. Our team is made up of myself and Leemoore Smith, who have been hosting Soul & Reggae events internationally for the past 7 years and Rob Lawrence, who was involved in the very first Caister Soul Weekenders from the late 70’s. The response for our first Platinum Weekender has been unbelievable, as we look to deliver a weekender that will enable people to really let loose after an awful 15 months for everyone both in and outside of the industry”.
As well as the music, the whole site will become an adult playground with a fitness program devised by Troy Dureh from FightKlub, Yoga, Roller Disco, traditional seaside fun and games, Tribe Tug of War, Hopelessly talentless competition, five a side, aqua aerobics, The Pool Party, Bingo, Drunken Doddle Contest, The Platinum All Star Band, National Limbo Championships, Mr & Mrs Platinum and much more.
A Covid Policy is in place which means you can dance safely and your money is protected if the event does not go ahead due to Covid restrictions.
Your safety is our priority.
- We will be looking to introduce rapid testing, which means that everyone who walks on site will be Covid Free.
- There will be on site paramedics. If anyone feels they have any Covid symptoms, there will be medical assistance if required.
- There will be regular sanitize spots throughout the venue to ensure hygiene standards are met.
- Free facemasks will be available in case you forget yours. With all social restrictions expected to be lifted at the end of June, face masks will be optional.
- The current guidelines state that no Vaccine or passport will be required to attend an event if you are based in the UK
- You will receive 100% of your ticket money if the event does not go ahead due to Covid regulation.
Good, quality music in abundance. We have invited some of the most influential DJ’s and artists in our dance history to come & create something special at the Platinum Weekender. We’ll be taking it right back to where it all started. Our music policy will cover all significant eras & movements from the 1970s, 80s and the early 1990s balanced with showcasing new, fresh and exciting music. We have different music venues that will all offer something different.MAIN ROOM – Big sounds from some of the leading pioneers in the scene.REGGAE ROOM – Dedicated Reggae & Lovers Rock room. This room comes with an enhanced sound system & goes on until the very early hours of the morning.JAZZ FUNK SOUL ROOM – Expect afternoon sessions and late-night gatherings here. Our elite line up of the Jazz, Funk & Soul scene will be covering all bases in an amazing 1000 capacity dance hall. THE UP-FRONT ROOM – A wonderfully diverse option offering both old & new music. Running all through the day until the early morning, the party never stops in the UP-FRONT ROOM! LIVE SESSIONS – A dedicated outdoor area that allows you to socialise, enjoy the great British summer, and listen to some amazing artists (live) in a more laid-back environment.
You can expect to hear Jazz, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Rare Groove, Lovers Rock, Soulful House, Disco, Boogie, Neo Soul, Northern, Crossover, modern and much more.AFTERNOON SESSION – 12:00 – 17:00
The stuff that legends are made off. Our Daytime program will be jam packed full of music, food, socialising and dancing. The perfect remedy after a long night. There will be multiple options across the weekend to ensure you are kept entertained throughout. We will soon be announcing the details of our Platinum Jazz Funk All Dayer. Watch this space!
SUNSET AT CAMBER SANDS
Experience the UK summer time in all of its natural beauty. Camber Sands beach is opposite our Pontins base and takes only a few minutes to walk to the amazing sandy dunes. An amazing backdrop awaits. As an organisation, we are putting on events around the globe in some of the worlds ‘must see’ places, but lets not forget the beauty that is on our doorstep. We are blessed to have such a natural beauty spot where we are holding The Platinum Soul & Reggae Weekender. Cameras at the ready!
EVENING EVENTS – 20:00 – 05:00
Every night we will be showcasing our talent of artists and DJ’s across the Main Stage, The Party Room, Jazz, Funk Soul Room and The Up-Front Room. Your event wristband allows you to spend the night in one room or split your time between any of our listed venues that are all next door to each other and based in the main hub. We will have additional sound, lighting & production on the night to add to our exciting line up!
We have included a full on entertainment program that is included in the price. We will soon be updating the site with a full schedule of events. This includes a fitness program devised by Troy Dureh from FightKlub, Yoga, Roller Disco, Traditional seaside fun & games, Tribe Tug of War, Hopelessly talent’less’ competition, five a side, aqua aerobics, The Pool Party, Bingo, Drunken Doddle Contest, The Platinum All Star Band, National Limbo Championships, Mr & Mrs Platinum and much more!
Cleanliness & Hygiene – It is important to understand that we will have full control over the site for the full weekend. This includes our own cleaning company who will ensure that all apartments, venues and facilities will be the usual high standard when attending our events. We will have reps on every accommodation block to deal with any questions you have, so you’re in safe hands!Pontins Camber Sands is one the largest holiday parks in the UK. After undergoing a huge refurbishment, The park can now offer more than ever before and has everything needed for an enjoyable weekend. Facilities include: Nisa Local convenience store (situated on the park), The Sands Restaurant, Mama’s Pizza Shop, Casey’s Whistle Stop, SFC chicken, The Ice Cream Hut, Arcades, Urban Gym, Swimming Pool, 4 fully licensed music & entertainment halls, Go Kart track, Arcades, Chill Out Zones and opposite Camber Sands Beach.
Pontins Camber Sands offers accommodation at a standard level with 2-6 berth options. Below is an overview of the accommodation choices we have on offer with a general outline of the features, benefits and details of what you would expect. Whilst the accommodation offers everything you need for an enjoyable stay, not included is bed linen and towels, so to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible please bring your own or you can purchase a linen and towel pack from reception if you forget. To find out more about what each studio has please click the arrows below which will also display images.
CHALET PACKAGE PRICES
All prices quoted include accommodation, wristband pass, entertainment, fitness. There will be a BBQ at an additional cost one afternoon which is optional. Please be aware we are now down to our last few 2 berth apartments available. We can only offer these on a first come, first serve basis. All rooms are charged at the rates below. We can not offer day rates or day pass discounts.
There are no single rooms available and come as a 2 berth (if available) minimum requirement.
- 2 Berth Studio – £199 per person (£398 total) VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
- 3 Berth Studio – £199 per person (£597 total)
- 4 Berth Studio – £199 per person (£798 total)
- 5 Berth Studio – £199 per person (£995 total)
- 6 Berth Studio – £199 per person (£1194 total)
- Pete Tong performing a Soul set and going back to his roots. Total exclusive…
- David Rodigan headlining the Reggae Stage
- Norman Jay performing on the same night as Pete Tong
- Pete Tongs will consist of a line of the original ‘Funk Mafia’ team from the early 80’s
- We’ve been putting on events overseas for 7 years, which include Ibiza, Amsterdam, Kavos. Malta planned for 2022
- We are putting on our first event in USA this year with Montell Jordan & Barbra Tucker headlining www.sanfransoulandreggae.co.uk
- We are also puttin on the Boogaloo Weekender in October