Published: 15:49, 27 May 2021
| Updated: 11:58, 28 May 2021
Kent-born DJ Pete Tong will play a landmark soul set for the first time in 30 years.
The dance music icon, who was born in Hartley, will play the rare set at Pontins in Camber Sands this summer.
The Platinum Weekender aims to take it back to where it all started and will be the biggest event of its kind at the newly-renovated holiday park from Friday, July 16 to Monday, July 19.
Best known for championing new music, Pete Tong's roots are actually in soul music. In the early days of his career, he worked as part of the Kent Soul Mafia bringing soul weekenders to seaside towns such as Caister-on-Sea and Prestatyn.
The event will cover all the key music movements from the 1970s, 80s and the early 1990s balanced with showcasing new, fresh and exciting contemporary sounds.
Also on the bill for the weekend over five different arenas with more than 40 other acts will be David Rodigan, Norman Jay and world renowned jazz trumpeter Tom Browne.
The line-up has been curated according to the time of day and will have a daytime programme; special Sunset at Camber Sands sessions and evening events across five different areas from 10pm to 5am.
Director Jamie Costello said: "We welcome people from all walks of life and one of our biggest USPs is our friendly crowd who know their stuff when it comes to music. The response for our first Platinum Weekender has been unbelievable, as we look to deliver a weekender that will enable people to really let loose after an awful 15 months for everyone both in and outside the industry."
There is a Covid policy which includes rapid testing, regular sanitizing spots and free facemasks, though with all social restrictions due to be lifted at the end of June, face masks will be optional.
Ticketholders will get refunds if the event does not go ahead due to restrictions. For tickets go to platinumweekender.co.uk