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Tidy Weekender Reunion 2011

Isabelle Salter takes stock of the significance of 2011's edition of the Tidy Weekender.

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So, the Tidy Weekender is back. I almost feel sorry for the folk of Prestatyn, who probably thought that they had rid themselves of this noisy, hedonistic demon. Alas, no. Bad for them, but amazing for all those who once thought that a reunion was just a dream.

Tidy last graced the chav-family, holiday haven that is Pontin’s back in October 2008, and clubbers up and down the country have been begging for its return since it’s replacement Atomik, didn’t quite scratch the itch Tidy left behind.

This weekender promises to go back to its routes and everybody knows nostalgia, like sex, sells. Mayhem, chaos and a lot of debauchery is clearly being planned by promoters and clubbers alike, but with this Tidy Weekender being run by Chic Festivals, the same company responsible for Atomik, will it be the same Tidy everybody knows and loves?

The line up has had mixed reactions. It’s got its old faithful; Andy Farley, Lee Pasch, Paul Maddox and of course, the Tidy Boys, but also relatively new DJs such as Rodi Style, who only started appearing on the line-ups from TW12, which begs the question, I thought this was a reunion?

Sure enough Amadeus (Mozart, one half of the Tidy Boys) is behind the weekender revival, it was him who started the “I Would Love To Go To A Tidy Weekender Reunion” group on Facebook, (the group which exploded with three-and-a-half thousand members within days, consequently making the dream reality) but it’s going to be interesting to see how much of an old school flavour is brought to TWR.

Tidy Boys

The finer details of the event are still quite shady, such as who, if any, will the entertainment be? Previous years have seen Timmy Mallet, Roy Walker and Pat Sharpe wowing the crowds, and the clubbers are calling for a similar calibre of z-list entertainer, with Keith Lemon being a popular, although probably unachievable, choice.

An incredible amount of Tidy Weekender virgins are attending this momentous occasion in UK Hard House, which could be seen as both a bad, and good thing. Bad for all those die-hard Tidy snobs who demand this only be a weekender for those who have racked up at least 40 days in those dingy uncomfortable chalets, getting their minds expanded in various, mostly illegal ways, and enjoying their favourite music with people they love. Good for those who see newbies as way to help this stale scene become fresh and exciting. The clubbers of six, eight years ago generally aren’t interested in clubbing anymore. Most of them now have too many children and mortgages to even consider squeezing into neon chaps and applying face paint. 

It’ll be exciting to see if TWR is as good as it promises, but then again, how much of it is down to the organiser, and how much of it is down to the clubbers? This is the biggest thing to happen to Hard House in the UK for a while, and people are beside themselves with excitement. When I asked the collective what they were looking forward to the most, above everything was meeting friends and making friends. With sentiment like that, how can TWR fail?


Adam M
Amber D
Andy Farley
Anne Savage
Ben Stevens
Billy Bunter
Cally Gage
Ian M
Jason Cortez
Jp & Jukesy
Kernsy & Klemenza
Lee Pasch
Lisa Pin Up
Lucy Fur
Paul Maddox
Pete Wardman
Rat Pack
Robbie Muir
Rob Tissera
Rodi Style
Sam & Deano
Scott Attrill
Steve Thomas
Superfest Oz
Tidy Boys

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