THE NEW UNTOUCHABLES BRIGHTON MOD WEEKENDER 2021
The New Untouchables mod weekender - Brighton 2021 - Click on images to expand.
What can we say about this years weekender? Wow, just WOW!!
With Covid 19 playing such a significant part of people's lives over the last 18 months and events being either cancelled or postponed last years weekender could only just get off the ground, with limited numbers, fenced off areas and a rather tamed atmosphere it was all The New Untouchables could do under the most difficult of circumstances but for 2021 with the restrictions being lifted Rob Bailey and the team certainly bought the weekender back with a bang with 1000's in attendance and hundreds upon hundreds of scooters stretching as far as the eye could see along the famous Madeira drive.
The weather also playing a crucial part of the weekender with everyone donning their summer wardrobes, some even braving full suit attire (or shorts lol) in the blistering heat. Once again the sound of fantastic music drifted from Volks during the day mixed beautifully with the engines of two stroke Italian dream machines to create the once was but now returned blissful feeling of the mod scene.
The Suit Yourself team were kept busy all over the weekend with Cris and Becky working closely with the New Untouchables team managing the opening and closing of the daytime events at Volks whilst Alan helped run and DJ at the sold out evening events at the Komedia including the Rifles on Thursday, Bill Kealy's For Dancers only on Friday, Out Of Time on Saturday and Brighton got soul on Sunday. We did all manage to get together on a co-promotion with the fantastic Fay Hallam who played an exclusive sold out gig for The New Untouchables playing all her Makin' Time hits which was epic to say the least. If you are a fan of Fay Hallam she has just released a limited (300) vinyl instrumental album in association with Suit Yourself music which is available on her website HERE.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday went in a blink of an eye as people who hadn't seen each other for a long long time celebrated in being together again under the mod family banner and many other promoters held successful events all over the city including Loose Caboose, Long John Baldry, The Rhythm Rumble and Blue Dot R&B club, Modcast, Fast way of living, Brighton's very own Modesty and not forgetting the hectic weekend line ups at the Dorset pub and all the bands to name but a few, all rammed as the scene's top DJ's and bands blew the roof off the various venues til the small hours. Detail magazine were in attendance too at the Volks market which had huge stalls this time and for the first time all traders had an official Mod Weekender carrier bag.
Sunday's scooter cruise went by without a hitch which was great as a last minute decision by Brighton council meant that traffic lights were installed at the top of the hill leaving Madeira drive which would have been a nightmare for the New Untouchables team to try to negotiate with 500 scooters but a quick change of plan and a new destination for the rideout meant that disaster was averted and everyone returned to Volks ready for the scooter competition.
Before we knew it Monday had arrived and we were packing up and heading back to Suit Yourself towers to nurse our very sore legs and rest our voices and reflect on what was surely the best Brighton weekender for years. It was a fantastic weekend organised by the New Untouchables who continue to rightly so dominate the August bank holiday, let's hope that we are seeing the back of the last 18 months and this weekender as well as the events coming up signal the beginning of the next chapter within the scene that seems to be getting stronger and stronger.
Rob Bailey and The New Untouchables team, once again we salute you for such a fantastic achievement in bringing us all together to celebrate mod culture in all its glory.
For more information on future New Untouchables events click on their website HERE