A BRIEF HISTORY OF CAISTER
From its infancy to the current Golden Age, the Caister Soul Weekender has been the flagship soul music event.
Since the Caister Soul Weekender first began in 1979, the event has gone through three major periods. The first, from 1979 to 1984, was its infancy, when everyone was younger, including the DJs and the soul music scene was in its early stages of development. This “infancy period” of Caister, originally called “The National Soul Weekender”, saw the beginning of what was later to become an ongoing music phenomenon. The event soon became called after the original location at Caister on Sea and was soon the essential twice a year sojourn for Soul clubbers from around the UK.
The second stage from 1985 to the early 1990’s was Caisters troublesome adolescent years. During this period Caister Weekenders fragmented with some events continuing in Norfolk whilst some of the original organisers and DJs split off to do their own thing in locations like Barry Island, Bognor, and Prestatyn. At this time the DJs were pulling apart musically with the advent of house and garage music and this lead to dissention in both the team and management. By the end of the 1980s it was becoming the dark ages for soul music and Caister.
Then came the Glorious Rebirth from 1994 onwards. This has been the continuous “Golden Age” of Caister with the event going from strength to strength for an unstoppable 20 years. The Caister family is now united in its pursuit of the music which we all love and the enjoyment of the world’s longest running and greatest soul event. We now have a close knit DJ team, the New Soul Mafia with a finely tuned mix of old and new, together now with a real love of the music and representative of what Caister is about for this new millennium.
The Legend Continues, with a new generation coming along, old, new and even bigger soul tribes, more dedicated fans, plus a truly “family” atmosphere. Let’s hope for at least another 30 years of Caister!
Some of the many DJs that have played in the Main Rooms at Caister during the Golden Age of the past 15 years include...
CHRIS HILL, FROGGY, TOM HOLLAND, ROBBIE VINCENT, GREG EDWARDS, CHRIS BROWN, SEAN FRENCH, STEVE WREN, GARY DENNIS, BOB MASTERS, IAN & ROB, MICK LISTE, JAY BRAHMS, ROD WILLIAMS, DAVE REEVES, SCOTT JAMES, BOB JAMES, ANDY UNIQUE, DAVE BURTON, CHRIS ALEXANDER, FROSTIE, MARK WEBSTER, JOHN OSBORNE, PETE COLLINS, RONI O'BRIEN, TONY MATTHEWS, DAVE PALMER, DJ HARVEY, JAZZBOD, JOHN DEAN, JOHN DELANEY, JOHNNY SKATES, GRAHAM THE HAT, STEVE KITE, SOTR Crew, MICK JACKSON, JON JULES, SARAH UNIQUE, TONY WINYARD, SHEP KENNEDY, BRANDON BLOCK, SOURMASH COLLECTIVE and many more (with apologies to all those not mentioned).