The First Ever Breakbeat Weekend Event

The First Ever Breakbeat Weekend Event

The First Ever Breakbeat Weekend Event was in my mind a complete success. Did I make any money from it? Certainly not Grr. Did I learn a hell of a lot about event promotions? Hell yeah! The Breakbeat weekender was the brainchild of myself, Tom Wilkes and Leigh Greengrass. Collaborating under the umbrella 'Stuffed Skunk', we three young gung-ho's decided back in 2006 to host the UKs first ever 3 day Breakbeat dance event. With an attendance that almost hit bursting point, the Breakbeat Weekender was the product of plenty of sweat and many tears and a hell of a lot of hard work. The event was set in Hemsby Beach Holiday Village on the weekend of the 21st November 2006. It was observed by the entire breaks world receiving mentions and competitions on Radio 1, XFM and various others. It was even monitored by an Australian radio show (I forget the name of it now) and received great criticism world in world out. The website received almost 7k hits within the first 7 days of going live! Ya know, writing this takes me back to the event, it was after all a lot of fun as well as a lot of hard work. I remember feeling at points that it was like a scene from Phoenix nights! And at other points I remember walking round the venue feeling very proud of what we achieved - promotion is a mugs game but it does make you feel rather good from time to time and this event certainly ticked all the boxes, well all apart from the financial box.

At the time our line-up pretty much consisted of the who is who of the Breakbeat. Here are just a few of the names we promoted for the event:

SOUL OF MAN, DRUMATTIC TWINS, SLYDE, FINGER LICKIN' FUNK ALLSTARS, RENNIE PILGRIM & MC CHICKABOO, ED SOLO & SKOOL OF, THOUGHT, JDS, NICK THAYER, ELLIS DEE, THE AUTOBOTS, GROOVE ALLEGIANCE, MERKA & ANDY D
JASON SPARKS & MISTER SUSHI.

And of course Twisted Skunk and the guys from Stuff.

Would I do another one? No way! I loved it for what it was, but it was just too much hard work for very little return.