About

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

How It All Began…

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

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 and his passions were sport. He loved playing cricket, soccer and rugby & he especially loved the social side of all of these. Andy’s younger brother and 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 to the full and doing all of these things to the soundtrack of his life… classic & modern soul.

Andy at the studios of Soul 24-7 Radio. Photo by Jester Groove. Used by kind permission.

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” and we have regular visitors from France, Germany an Sweden. Even Andy’s own family have visited from California on several occasions, including his son Braedon.

From what started as a ‘garden party’ idea, has grown into a 5000 capacity, all-day soul doo in a field!
Photo by Paul Hodson © Summer Soulstice Ltd.

With continued support and 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 and to other local worthy causes. Since our humble beginnings some 12 years ago, we have raised over £300,000, a legacy that we think even Andy himself would have been proud.

Andy (far left) with Frankie Beverly & Maze on tour in 1985. Photo used by kind permission of Grahame Joyce (4th from right).

Soulstice HQ is manned most days from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm. For enquiries please go to our Contact page. Or alternatively you can email us or get in touch with us via our Facebook page.

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

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