Scores of scooter enthusiasts, mods and music fans will congregate this weekend to see the Bad Samaritans Scooter Club and North West Alliance hold their 4th annual ‘Get Outta Dodge’ gathering in Mary Deeney’s Bar outside Muff.
The Bad Samaritans Scooter Club stumbled into existence in 2006 with no great master plan - just a bunch of enthusiastic local scooter-heads that had teamed up for the odd spin out through the picturesque landscape of Derry and Donegal.
Members include a lot of new blood, an ex-biker, a hippy, a group of mods and skins and members of old Derry scooter clubs ‘The Schizophrenic Mods’ and ‘Maiden City Scooter Club’.
With the emphasis on the craic and the scooters, the group now boasts around 35 members from around the city.
Club events are held regularly in their favoured haunt Sandinos Bar on Water Street where members explore a broader spectrum of music than the typical scooter ‘do.
Local Bad Samaritan Searlas Anderson, one of this weekend’s organisers, told the ‘Journal’: “We meet up with our NWA neighbours, Suited and Booted SC from Donegal and Northern Coasters from the Coleraine/Portrush area, for rides around the North Coast or Donegal whenever we get the chance and attend rallies near and far.”
“The North West Alliance was also formed in 2006 to incorporate the three clubs so that we could organise joint events, the main one being Dodge, as it’s come to be known.
After three years in Rathmullan we have shifted the whole kit and caboodle to Mary Deeney’s Bar where we think it’ll stay for the next few years due to the help and collaboration of John McLoughlin, the main man at Mary Deeney’s, who can`t do enough to make sure it all goes to plan,” Searlas says.
This year’s Get Outta Dodge includes two fantastic nights’ entertainment in Mary Deeney’s Bar featuring three amazing live bands from opposite musical extremes.
“We have local indie-heads The Clameens, Derry punk upstarts Anti-State and Belfast psychedelic rockers The Vals,” Searlas reveals.
“We also have the NWA DJ Collective - Jonjo, Big Mo, Doe Morano, Boomshakalak, John D, Skatter, RudeBoy, Gerry, D-Man, Sweenso, JJ and a few guest DJs revealed on the night too.
“And we’ll have the onsite NWA Marquee providing music, acoustic sets and shelter.
“As well as that, there’ll be kids entertainment and face-painting on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1pm-5pm so bring the kids along during the day.
“There’ll be tug o`war, egg throwing, pool competitions and trophies to be awarded for the scooters and bikes in attendance. All in all this is going to be a fun-packed weekend for all!”
The main entertainment will take place on Saturday and Sunday night.
The Get Outta Dodge campsite opens later today until Monday morning and will have full shower and toilet facilities for revellers. “The whole weekend costs a tenner including camping, so be there or be rare,” Searlas adds.
For more information on this weekend’s Get Outta Dodge, check it out on Facebook ‘GOD 11’ or online at: www.northwestalliance.org.