Now in it’s second year, the worlds only family friendly multi day indoor dub, roots and reggae festival, the United Nations Of Dub Weekender (U.N.O.D Weekender) is back at Pontins ‘Prestatyn Sands’ self catering holiday park in North Wales from 28th – 30th March 2014 for another instalment of bass fuelled fun and games featuring over one hundred of the biggest artists and sound systems out there.
Spread over six indoor arenas there is a steady supply of music from midday to 5am, including an indoor heated swimming pool. The other five rooms are all housed in the main Pontins building and are split into two 1500 capacity arena’s which are used for the main sound system sessions, the live P.A’s and DJ sets from the world class artists, there are also three smaller arena’s which are used to host the ‘Selectors Stage’, cinema and education zone.
ARENA 1: SOUND SYSTEM ARENA… At U.N.O.D 2013 this room was EPIC, over the 3 days it hosted some of the biggest dances ever to take place and the vibe was magical with over 1500 like minded people from all over the world skanking the night away. Next year will be even bigger when we are bring some of mainland Europe’s largest names and feature nightly sessions between sound systems legends Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti-i, OBF, King Earthquake, Iration Steppas, Jah Tubby’s, Word Sound & Power, Blackboard Jungle and Maasai Warrior.
ARENA 2: U.N.O.D x MUNGO’S HI-FI ARENA… Next year we are going all out with this arena and are partnering up with Mungo’s Hi-Fi, one of the most forward thinking sound systems in Europe who fresh off the 2013 festival circuit where they have hosted stages at both Glastonbury and Outlook and will now be bringing their unique vibe to this 1500 capacity space for the full 3 days. As well as appearances by the very special guests that Mungo’s Hi-Fi will be bringing along to showcase their Scotch Bonnet record label we have an ever growing list of headline acts including Alpha & Omega, Adrian Sherwood, Don Letts, Alpha Steppa, Dubkasm, Vibronics, Zion Train, Reggae Roast, Riddim Tuffa ft El Fata, Murrayman, Stand High Patrol, Twilight Circus, Jah Revelation Muzik, Nucleus Roots and Kibir La Amlak (Exclusive Live Show) plus some VERY special surprise acts that are yet to be announced.
ARENA 3: SELECTORS STAGE… This room for most was one of the highlights of U.N.O.D 2013 with it’s extravagant decor and extremely powerful sound system coming together to create a very unique bass filled environment. Next year will be no different, and once again we’ll be booking the biggest underground sound men (and women), MC’s and bass music DJ’s to keep the vibes bubbling.
ARENA 4: THE INDOOR HEATED SWIMMING POOL… We weren’t sure if there was going to be much of a demand for the swimming pool when we were originally planning U.N.O.D 2013… THERE WAS, with selectors from the likes of OBF, Blackboard Jungle, Stand High Patrol and JahRevelation Muzik playing to the masses. So we’re doing it again next year on Saturday and Sunday afternoon with even more world class selectors and MC’s… Don’t forget to pack your swimwear.
ARENA 5: THE CINEMA… This one speaks for itself. We will be showing some exclusive dub, roots and reggae related movies and documentaries and digging out a few classics for your enjoyment. So if your legs get a bit tired and you fancy chilling out then head up to the cinema.
ARENA 6: THE EDUCATION ZONE aka THE PUB… Over the weekend there were several informal Q&A sessions hosted by Steve Vibronics where he sat down with various headline artists and let them talk to the people about the industry and their personal experiences being part of it. Next year we are bringing in Sam Stryda (Dubkasm / Teachings In Dub) to collaborate with Steve to expand this side of the festival.
The unique thing about the U.N.O.D Weekenders is that you not only get to experience a world class musical line up indoors with like minded people of all ages from all across the globe but the fact they are held on a holiday park by the sea with over 350 self catering apartments each comfortably sleeping between 2 and 7 people per apartment, this means there’s no setting up tents, getting covered in mud if it rains (or snows) or queueing for taxi’s at the end of the night to get you home, you can simply stroll back to your apartment and chill out whenever you feel like it. All the apartments are fully kitted out with clean bedding, shower, heating, TV… with a dedicated 24 hour U.N.O.D channel, cooker, microwave and pots and pans (if you feel like cooking) and there are also plenty of on site facilities including a well stocked supermarket, restaurant, fish & chip shop, burger bars, amusement arcade and cash points.
Nearly 2000 people from all over the world braved the blizzards to get to U.N.O.D 2013… Next year it’s going to be even bigger !!