How it all began…

In 2006 a dear friend & one of Barnet’s favourite sons, passed away from cancer in the USA where he had lived for many years…

As a tribute to Andy Weekes & his passion of soul music, his family, close friends & a few old school mates organised a special event for the local community & the extended soul family in his home town. It was set out to be a celebration of his life & after first event in 2007, it was agreed to make it annual gathering, which has subsequently grown in size & popularity, year on year.

Andy Weekes with Maze in 1985 (Photo courtesy of Grahame Joyce)
Andy Weekes (far left) with Maze in 1985. Photo used by kind permission of Grahame Joyce (4th from right).

So what kind of person was Andy Weekes? “Andy lived life to the full,” says Dave James, chair of the organising commitee at Summer Soulstice. “He made friends with everyone & his passions were sport. He loved playing cricket, soccer & rugby & he especially loved the social side of all of these. Andy’s younger brother, & fellow organiser Richard describes him as a friend, “whether it was on the way to school in the morning, or on the sports field or in the pub, you always wanted him by your side. You knew you were in for a good time.”

And of course Andy lived his life doing all of these things to the soundtrack of his life…

…classic & modern soul.

Andy Weekes at studios of Soul 24/7 Radio in the 1990’s.

Shift forward to now…

Over a decade later, this special Soulful, Family All-Dayer has become not just a firm favourite on the soul music event calendar, but also draws people from all over the country. Our own extended Soulstice family now travels from several parts of the UK each year to enjoy some “soul on a Summer’s day” & we have regular visitors from France, Germany & Sweden. Even Andy’s own family have visited from California on several occasions, including his son Braedon.

From what started as an idea for a garden party, has now grown into 5000 capacity, all day soul doo in a field!

With continued support & all the valued help from our crew members, our volunteers, the DJ’s, the artists, photographers and extended event team, as well as our hosts Old Elizabethans, we aim to carry on swelling the coffers of our chosen charity Cherry Lodge Cancer Care & to other local worthy causes. Since our humble beginnings some 12 years ago, we have raised over £300,000.

Summer Soulstice Ltd. is registered in the UK. Company No: 10744425.
Reg. Office: 47 High Street, Barnet EN5 5UW 😎

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