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Simply Soul and Motown BIG Summer Festival at Pontins Pakefield
4 days, 11th – 14th August, 2023 from £219 per person
Jimmy James started his musical career, composing and singing, at the early age of 16. His first successful single ‘Bewildered and Blue’ was followed by another self penned hit ‘Come to Me Softly’ which has become his signature song. In 1964 he was asked to join as the lead singer with one of Jamaica’s leading bands ‘The Vagabonds’ and together they left Jamaica for what was to be a six month tour of the UK. The outfit became so popular that they decided to extend the tour and thus ended up being residents of the UK. Their popularity within the UK provided a platform for them to launch into the rest of Europe.
The Team have been around since 1982; their reputation for consistently outstanding live performance is the foundation of their success; their intimate relationship with soul music has had legendary artists perform with them; and their audience is drawn from so wide a spectrum of people as to make the demographic indefinable. Put together by percussionist Clive ‘J.J.’ Hare and bassman Kevin Kendall, the band approached ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ vocalist Clem Curtis with a view to working together. Clem at that time did not need a band but he had a friend who did: The late, great motown artist Edwin Starr whose hits include ‘War – What is it good for’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Eye to Eye Contact’ and ‘H.A.P.P.Y Radio’. With Edwin’s passing in April 2003, younger brother Angelo Starr, an original member of The Team whose credits include Alexander O’Neal and more recently Lemar, has taken over on lead vocals. Accordingly, there is a sense of continuity but more notably, a new energy; an energy that could only be generated by dedicated and well-travelled musicians and singers, performing for years with soul greats – and soaking up the influence.
Soul Kinda Wonderful are Multi National Music award winning act. Voted #1 Drifters tribute. The songs of The Drifters: such as Saturday night at the movies, Under the boardwalk, Stand by me. My girl and many more. Lead vocalist, Richie Sampson, has performed alongside former long standing members of The Drifters, such as Ray Lewis, Billy Lewis, Butch Leake and Roy Hemming’s at various times.
Bruce Parker – The California Soul Man, takes you on a musical journey through the hits of Soul, Motown, and a few surprises along the way. From Los Angeles, Bruce has touched the hearts of audiences the world over. Having worked with legendary Music Icons like Debbie Harry, Chaka Khan, and Michael Jackson, Parker presents himself comfortably to any audience and is a natural at engaging venue goers of all ages.
Shenton Dixon has an incredible performing history. He featured in the original Tamla Motown Musical ‘Dancing in the Streets’ alongside the late great Edwin Starrand has toured throughout the UK and Europe working on the smash hit Buddy. He is an accomplished piano player and guitarist and has been the musical director for several gospel choirs
Misha Dawn’s Diamond Ross tribute show is one of the the very BEST you will see in the UK. She has that special kind of magic to wow the guests with her designer bespoke, diamanté gowns and precious, soulful hits. Covers songs 40’s upwards including Motown and soul.
Nat Augustin is an all-round talented musician and sensational vocalist who has perfected incredible tributes to the iconic Stevie Wonder and George Benson. Nat’s soulful voice is perfect for Motown and has everyone singing along. Nat performs the hits from the 60s right through to the 90s. Throughout his career, Nat has worked with music legends including Whitney Houston, Lemar, Boy George, Rick Astley, Shakira, Pet Shop Boys and Lulu.
Red Mick is a superb tribute artist whose visual and vocal likeness to Mick Hucknall of Simply Red is quite extraordinary. His impersonation showcases his talent, quality and his ability to rouse crowds with his interpretation of the Mancunian master. Red Mick is the only Simply Red tribute in the country performing all the top hits, including You Make Me Feel Brand New. From the early northern soul of Money’s Too Tight and Holding Back the Years through the sophisticated Motown groove of It’s Only Love and If You Don’t Know Me by Now to Nineties pop-driven classics such as Stars and Fairground. Simply Red is simply one of the most successful British chart acts of the last thirty years and Red Mick’s take on the pop band is the most authentic around. Red Mick brings the energy and presence to fill shows with the same exquisite quality. Hucknall’s voice is no easy impersonation but this amazing sound-alike holds an impressive vocal quality and confidence. Red Mick does Mick Hucknall full justice. His experience as a soloist and with a live band, playing Simply Red’s greatest hits make him a captivating watch.
Maxine Mazumder was a live grand finalist on ITV’s ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ as Lulu and also appeared on ‘New Faces’ as the lead vocalist in a band known as ‘Strange Rooms’. Taking on the role of Dusty in Bill Kenwright’s West End production ‘The Roy Orbison Story’ Maxine has taken her tribute to one of the greatest ever soul divas all over the world. Recreating the performances of Dusty Springfield with precision and performs each of Dusty’s hits with power and emotion. Maxine has travelled worldwide performing on Ocean Village, Azura and Ventura cruise ships and for Corporate Events and Holiday Centres everywhere. The look and mannerisms are eerily accurate and Maxine delivers power and emotion to every classic hit including: ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’ and many others.
Buzz D’Angelo is currently the only tribute artist in Europe celebrating the life and music of both the Godfather of soul James Brown and the amazing Ray Charles. Performing shows all over the world with his own Georgia All Star Band as well as many other world class musicians and Orchestras. With the moves and all the showmanship of these great American music icons, Buzz D’Angelo performs all the hits.
Pakefield is one of Pontins most peaceful resorts set in a picturesque seaside spot near Lowestoft, with beautiful gardens and grounds, it’s a great place to unwind and relax. Seaside towns, beaches and unspoilt countryside are all on the doorstep. Enjoy entertainment every night and day PLUS a choice of bars and eateries, an indoor swimming pool, snooker, pool, darts, short mat bowls, 9-hole pitch & putt, tennis court and more.
Classic standard Chalets (£219pp sharing a twin or double; £249pp in a single) are all single storey and situated on level terrain, in landscaped grounds just a short stroll from the main facilities and car parks. All chalets have TV, tea⁄coffee making facilities, heating, double glazing, en suite bath⁄shower and toilet. Bed linen, towels and electricity are provided. Check-in is from 4pm.
Upgraded Club Chalets (£249pp sharing a twin or double) are all single storey on level terrain in a garden setting, with facilities stated above plus sliding patio doors and an earlier check-in from 2pm.
Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the buffet-style cafeteria with views over the grounds to the sea.