Tony Humphries, Prins Thomas and Driza Bone to appear at Scottish Soulful Weekender 2
Organiser Yogi Haughton picks out his line-up highlights
‘We lost a lot of money,’ is one of the first things Yogi Haughton says about last year’s debut edition of his Scottish Soulful Weekender, a live-in party in a Dumfries hotel for fans of his particular axis of musical taste – broadly, Northern Soul and Chicago house. He says it through gritted teeth, but it’s the first clear inkling you get that he’s in it for love over profit.
‘We were 100% happy with it,’ he goes on. ‘The feedback was incredible and very positive. I know for a fact it takes about three events to get to the break-even point, even big festivals like T in the Park took time to get going.’ To say that this year’s event looks merely quite good is almost to do it an injustice. ‘Tony Humphries is an absolute legend of the house scene, I can’t remember the last time he played Scotland,’ says Haughton, faced with the task of picking highlights. ‘The younger crowd are getting excited about Motor City Drum Ensemble and Prins Thomas, and Ian Levine is a special DJ.’
Greg Wilson, DJ Spen, Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, Rahaan and a grand finale from Driza Bone are among the more exciting names booked. In each case it’s not just the stature of the artist which appeals though, but the eclecticism of the bill they add to. ‘Take Snowboy,’ says Haughton. ‘He’s proper jazz, so there’s really something for everyone, and it all reflects my musical taste. I’m a bit of an oddity on the soul scene, because I like all genres of music.’
Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries, Fri 2–Sun 4 Nov.