Morecambe vintage festival to pay tribute to soul man Sean

The late Sean O'Connor (centre) pictured in 2007 with other organisers of the North Lancs Soul Festival. This year's Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea 'Soul Casino' night will be dedicated to Sean.
The late Sean O'Connor (centre) pictured in 2007 with other organisers of the North Lancs Soul Festival. This year's Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea 'Soul Casino' night will be dedicated to Sean.
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A soul music night at a major vintage festival will be held in memory of a Morecambe man.

The ‘Soul Casino’ at this year’s Vintage-by-the-Sea in Morecambe will be dedicated to Sean O’Connor, who died of cancer recently aged 52.

Dave Haslam will be DJing at The Warehouse dance music night.

Dave Haslam will be DJing at The Warehouse dance music night.

Soul music fan Sean was a DJ at last year’s vintage festival and was one of the organisers of the Seaside Soul Club and North Lancs Soul Festival in the town.

Wayne Hemingway, the Morecambe-born designer who co-organises the annual vintage event, is himself a passionate collector of soul records and will DJ at the Soul Casino.

This year’s Soul Casino will take place in the Platform on Sunday, September 6, from 1pm until midnight.

DJs from Morecambe and the surrounding areas and the Blackpool Mecca and Wigan Casino will be taking the floor and visitors can enjoy Northern Soul dance lessons and soak up jazz funk and disco anthems from the 70s.

The Platform will also host a ‘Let It Rock’ rock ‘n’ roll day from 12.30pm to 6.30pm on the first day of the two-day festival, Saturday, September 5.

Miss Mary and the Rights will perform the best of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, while DJs play bopping rockabilly and shuffling rhythm ’n’ blues and there will be a chance to learn jive and stroll steps.

On the Saturday evening, Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Dave Haslam will take over The Platform for The Warehouse, a night of music celebrating 80s and 90s club culture from 9.30pm to 2am.

Bookings are also now being taken for a luxurious champagne afternoon tea at the Midland on Saturday and Sunday.

Last year more than 40,000 visitors came to Morecambe for the festival, which celebrates British music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1990s.

There will also be plenty of free events on the promenade close to the Platform and the Midland for all the family over the weekend.

Tickets for many of the paid-for events are now on sale from the vintage website www.vintagefestival.com/events/vintage-by-the-sea or call the Midland Hotel to book Afternoon Tea by the Sea.