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Festival Preview: SSW4 The Preston Weekender

September sees the Scottish Soul Weekender pitch its tent south of the border in Preston. We take a closer look at what the house and soul purists have in store for us this year.

Mike Warburton

Last updated: 25th Jul 2014

Image: Danny Krivit

SSW4 certainly heralds one of the biggest success stories of recent years, embarking upon a meteoric rise after starting out in the Scottish market town of Dumfries, swiftly outgrowing its borders, bringing the dance pandemonium to Preston's Park Hall hotel on September 26th - 28th.

This year's bill is a melting pot of primarily underground artists touching on anything from funk and disco right through to some Northern Soul which will splay out across the festivals four arenas. Kicking back from the music, you can hit up the food and vinyl stalls as well as wind down from the festival madness at the hotels pool and gym facilities providing some much needed variety. 

Taking place from Friday 26th September till Sunday September 28th SSW4 will showcase the skills of NYC house and disco veteran Danny Krivit (check out his belting edit of a Chi-Lites classic above), the Haciendas very own Graeme Park, and some funky underground happenings from Crazy P (read our recent interview with them here) who hit up the Blue Room along with celebrated London disco protagonists Horse Meat Disco.

The mighty rough and ready, subterranean sounds of Cottam will be another surefire highlight (hear his superbly twisted recent release 'Harsh Side Effects' above) whilst Claptone enters the deeper recesses of house music along with Jimpster. 

Deviating away from the underground frenzy is Northern soul star Ann Sexton (relive her stunning track 'You're Losing Me' above), who will be making the journey from across the Atlantic to dust off her inventory of timeless seventies classics for the pleasure of the SSW4 ravers.

Michael Watford introduces some Afro-American dance whilst Big Brooklyn Red joins the soul star contingent along with Garfield Fleming, who has often rubbed shoulders with the industries finest funk and soul artists. Grab your SSW4 tickets here.

As you can see the Park Hall Hotel's firmly occupied this weekend, so if you're not the camping type then check out the nearest hotels here. 

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