Our North Sea Sounds mini cruise is back once again. In association with DFDS, we have drawn together artists which soundtrack the civil rights era, bringing a weekend of motown, jazz and soul with famous faces such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and top Northern Soul Dee jay Nige Brown. Winner of a Journal Culture Award, North Sea Sounds is the perfect getaway for music-lovers and city-breakers, alike.
North Sea Sounds mini cruise departing from North Shields to Amsterdam & back Fri 3 November( 5pm departure) - Sun morning 5th Nov (10am arrive back)
Live music from a range of artists(see below)
2 nights onboard in an en suite cabin: Return coach transfers to Amsterdam
Up to 5 hours in Amsterdam:early bird price from just £69pp,return.
Martha Reeves & The Vandella's
When looking for the perfect presentation of the Motown sound and style, few fit the bill as well as Martha Reeves & the Vandellas. It was 1963 when they moved from being Marvin Gaye’s original backup singers (“Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “Pride & Joy,” “Hitch Hike”) to stars in their own right with the trifecta of “Come and Get These Memories,” “Heat Wave,” and “Quicksand.” Over the next decade, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas would be a consistent presence on the music charts, as well as on television and top venues across the US and abroad.
With the unmistakable voice that helped define “the sound of young America,” Reeves reigns as one of music’s most beloved and acclaimed female singers.
Their hits are a thing of legend: In addition to the aforementioned, they include the gospel-tinged “Nowhere to Run,” the classic soul favorite “My Baby Loves Me,” the pop anthem “Jimmy Mack,” and the signature, “Dancing In The Street.” While best known for up-tempo, hard driving tunes, Reeves’ shows are often highlighted by jazzy renderings of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?”, her driving original blues “Watch Your Back” (from her self-produced CD “Home to You”), and the soulful, country-influenced “A Love Like Yours (Don’t Come Knocking Every Day).”
Voices Of Virtue Gospel Choir
A collection of singers from churches across the region will come together in a beautiful gospel choir as part of the music cruise on both the Friday and Saturday night. You’ll hear both classic and modern gospel songs including ‘Amazing Grace’, and ‘Oh Happy Day’ and songs from the civil rights era such as ‘A Change is Gonna Come’. Watching these outstanding singers, who have also performed in the Houses of Parliament, is a fantastic way to celebrate 50 years since Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.
In keeping with the theme of jazz and soul, you’ll also hear sets from Nige Brown, one of the most sought after Northern soul DJs, on both nights. Brown has played sets in Ibiza, Germany, Sweden and more. Toma and Tizer will also be there on both Friday and Saturday. Part of our music cruise last year, Toma and Tizer’s DJ set, consisting of Northern and contemporary soul, went down a treat. Legendary DJs from Wicked Jazz Club in Amsterdam will also be there playing an amazing jazz and soul set on Friday night. Big Boss Man DJ, Howard Boss, also performing on the Friday, is a mainstay of the Amsterdam soul scene playing the finest in Northern Soul
Our Second North Sea Sounds Cruise takes place Fri 17th Nov - Sun 19th Nov 2017 & will feature
PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT PERFORMING JOY DIVISION AND NEW ORDER
Our second award winning North Sea Sounds mini cruise to Amsterdam, features some of the best known artists in electronic and post-punk music from the 80’s and 90’s. Peter Hook, influential founder and bassist for both Joy Division and New Order will be playing the classics with his band, Peter Hook & The Light. Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak will be onboard, too, with an amazing electronic dance performance, as well as sets from Bulletproof and Stonelove DJs Aaron Mellor and Paulest.
Peter Hook & The Light
Formed in 2010, Peter Hook & The Light includes ex-Joy Division and New Order bassist, Peter Hook, as well as his son, Jack Bates, also on bass. They’ll be playing the classics from both Joy Division and New Order, including ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Blue Monday’ They’ll be featuring on both outward and return crossings, performing some of the most ground-breaking and influential music of the last thirty years.
Kraak & Smaak
Dutch producers, DJ’s and live act Kraak & Smaak have built up a jaw-dropping track record since their first EP dropped in the early 00s: five studio albums, four remix albums and a long string of singles and remixes on labels such as Jalapeno Records, Ultra and Spinnin’.
Their original sound, consisting of a blend of disco, funk, electronic and house music, has also brought their dj sets and the live band to all corners of the world and on festivals such as Glastonbury, SXSW and Coachella.
Stonelove vs Bulletproof
Newcastle’s legendary Stonelove and Bulletproof DJs Aaron Mellor and Tallest Paul will play the greatest sea-worthy Indie Rock 'n' Roll soundtrack.
The weekend is dedicated to the memory of Big Niall, legendary DJ at both Stonelove and Bulletproof and a great fan and friend of Peter Hook.