Brighton, Brighton, Brighton. the annual pilgrimage to the Mod Mecca was upon us. August bank holiday was here and it was all about looking good and feeling great with friends from all over the country. While there are people that say the Brighton Mod weekend has got too big and attracts the unwanted comedy aspect of the Mod scene there are others that revel in the diversity of its glory. Whichever way you look at it you can't deny that it has become the biggest weekend in the Mod calendar, attracting 1000's of dressed up people with beautiful scooters aplenty, coupled with amazing live music and a plethora of events to choose from it has become the go-to weekend of the year.


Now, we all know that there are lots of events that happen outside the New Untouchables sphere of promotion but as it was Rob Bailey and his team that built this weekend up over the years our own reflection of the weekend is based on these events and the fact that we are also lucky enough to call ourselves part of the team. So here we go, the New Untouchables Brighton Mod weekend a la Suit Yourself Style.......



The weekend kicked off on Thursday night with The Rifles playing in the Komedia, this was an absolute sell out and our own Alan Saunders helped out on the decks for the first time of many over the weekend, Thursday night done and dusted and as the scooters rolled into the hallowed ground of Volks Friday came and the weekend had truly begun. Bill Kealy's legendary 'For Dancers Only' took up residence on the Friday night at Komedia where Bill, Pid, and guests duly took the roof off the place till the wee hours playing some of the best R&B ever made.



A bleary-eyed Saturday morning and it was back down the Volks to do a bit of promotion for our Bristol weekend but not before setting up our own show at the Mesmerist in the shape of an exhibition with Mad Mods and a camera. the exhibition was brilliantly attended and Duncan James was on hand to talk to people about his work.



Back down to Volks where lots of chatting and catching up with people was had, we spent the rest of the afternoon promoting our own Bristol weekender and admiring the beautiful scooters before heading back to get changed for the Saturday night at Komedia.



The New Untouchables have been running these events for many years now and they have got it bang on, if you are looking for a great night in Brighton over the bank holiday with ace DJ's playing epic music komedia has it all, DJ's spining on the Saturday included Sean Chapman, Glyn Preece, Lee Miller, Rob Bailey, Bill Kealy and Alan Saunders playing the very best in Mod classics from back in the day to present day bangers to a clued up, dressed up crowd. lots of friendly faces and sharp sussed people enjoying a great night out.



Sunday saw the heavens open and unfortunately both the scooter cruise and the competition had to be cancelled due to the weather so it was off to the pub for a Sunday roast and a game of football, however Volks was rammed with DJ's and live music giving it up to an eager crowd not letting the wet weather dampen their spirits.


Sunday night, back into the Komedia for the much anticipated Brighton's got Soul all-nighter, for some this is the favourite part of the weekend, a slightly more relaxed dress policy and a sixties and Northern soul anthem music policy, no prisoners were taken here as Sean Chapman, Mick Taylor, Chris dale, Lee Miller and Colin Baldock took to the main stage and rinsed it out to a very appreciative crowd while Rob Bailey, Bill Kealy, Alan and Lee played the Mod scassics in the second room to finish the weekend off in fine style.



Some serious shut eye was needed at this point so it was off to bed. Once again the bank holiday Monday was upon us far too quickly and after a nice bit of lunch, it was time to say goodbye to the Mod Mecca for another year. Thank you The New Untouchables for another incredible weekend.



Words - Cris Davies

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