The Irish Soul Weekender on The Wild Atlantic Way

A 3-day celebration of Sweet Soul Music with up to 25 acclaimed DJs playing 90 hours of ‘That Beatin’ Rhythm’ over 3 rooms


7th - 9th February 2020

Three of the very best operators in their field come together to provide you with a weekend of fantastic Soul Music in the beautiful town of Westport. We can promise you the very best of Northern Soul, Motown, Club Classics, Funk and Modbeats and the craic will be mighty.

Over the course of the three days the event will particularly concentrate on classic and vintage soul music. This year marked the 60th anniversary of the birth of Berry Gordy’s Motown label which introduced the world to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops and many, many more.

Next year, 2020, will also mark 50 years since the term ‘Northern Soul’ first entered the musical lexicon. What started in the north of England as a small movement of fervent fans intent on unearthing rare and undiscovered soul records on obscure labels in US cities such as Detroit and Chicago; has evolved into probably the most enduring dance scene in Britain and Ireland. Yet it remains a largely ‘underground’ scene, hidden from most casual observers.

Alongside the Motown and Northern Soul sessions at the Hotel Westport, there will also be The Long John Baldry room which will echo to the music of the Mod Culture Revival which is raging across the UK and Ireland once again. 

Our Hotel

Guests staying with us will find our location within a superb 400-acre private estate, yet it’s only five minutes from the centre of the pretty little town of Westport which has recently been rated ‘the best place to live in Ireland’.

Guests will have full access to our excellent Ocean Spirit Leisure Center Fully Equipped Gym, 20m Swimming Pool, Sauna and Steam Room along with our Senses Spa. Dining at Hotel Westport is a special experience, choose from our ranging of dining venues, Our Islands Restaurant, serving Breakfast, Dinner and Sunday Lunch.

If you fancy something more casual try our cosy Maple Bar with delicious food served daily from our Bistro Menu and live music nightly in season. As well as being able to take in our wonderful 400 Acre Estate setting with a lake, riverside walk, greenways and best of all, the grounds of Westport House which dates back to 1650.


We plan to lay on up to 90 hours of music over the three rooms with up to 25 reputable DJs ready to please you all.

Too Darn Soulful! Will be running the Northern Soul sessions in The Cara Suite with particular regard being made to the fact that 50 years of Northern Soul will be celebrated in 2020.

The Soul Survivors will be based in The Maple Bar and one can expect more mainstream Soul music here including Philly, Funk, Disco and a heavy dose of Motown to acknowledge the 60 years of output the label marked this year.

‘The Long John Baldry’ will be going off in a totally different direction up in The Mayo Suite. Alfie Linney and an international roster of DJs will be punching out R&B/Funk/Popcorn/Modbeats etc.


Westport itself is a cracking little town blessed with a great selection of bars, restaurants, and quaint independent stores. There seems to be music ringing out everywhere and you really should check out some of the traditional stuff here.

People coming to the event will have the opportunity to take an excursion to view this beautiful region. Many will want to see some of The Wild Atlantic Way, visit Achill Island perhaps or maybe even attempt to scale Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain which overlooks the town. St Patrick himself spent 40 days on top of it!

Your Holiday Includes: 

  • 2 Night’s accommodation with full Irish breakfast
  • Buffet Dinner each evening
  • Too Darn Soulful's Northern Soul Sessions
  • The Soul Survivors Motown & Club Classics
  • The Long John Baldry MOD Beats/R&R
  • Free use of leisure facilities

Extend your stay with us.....   - contact Hotel Westport directly to book on (+353)98 098 25122 or 

A €50 Deposit per person is required to secure your reservation. This deposit will be taken by the Hotel after your booking is made and you will receive a confirmation letter from the Hotel confirming your deposit has been processed. Please state your preference for a double or twin bedded room on making your reservation.

Please note this event is organised by Irish Soul Weekender. In the unlikely event of any programming changes or cancellations, please contact event organisers 'Irish Soul Weekender' directly.


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