Cool Soul on Gateway 97.8: Our Local Radio

Ads help us keep this site online

Neil Gits To A Weekender…Nearly!

30th April 2011
Posted by Neil Matthew

You’d think that from the music I play on “The Old Gits Soul Show” I must have been to Blackpool, Caister, Southport, Prestatyn or numerous other weekender events over the years, but the fact is I have NEVER been to one ! So it was with interest that I noticed not only were there a number of regular soul nights taking place in or near our area, but also a couple of all weekend events had been put on. Alas, even if I could have gone in my younger days (I was always the guy who stood in for the DJ in the pub who was standing in for the warm-up  DJ in the club who was standing in for the venue’s resident who was 27th on the bill at Caister…) my commitments today make it totally impossible.

However, by coincidence my recent travels took me to both venues where the two weekenders I have mentioned in the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” are held. Firstly, in early April, I was at the Thurrock Hotel (well in the car park) home of June’s “Essex Soul Weekender” next door to Thurrock FC where I saw Billericay Town win the Essex Senior Cup, then during the school holidays took Nathan on one of regular days out to Clacton where we parked just along the road from the Comfort Hotel on the seafront where the Clacton Easter Soul Weekender just took place. And that’s about as close as I am going to get sadly ! But check the details below if you are luckier…

This Week’s Playlist:

Gladys Knight & The Pips  –  Baby Don’t Change Your Mind

Jones Girls  –  You Can’t Have My Love

Chic  – Happy Man

Sister Sledge  –  He’s The Greatest Dancer  (full 12″ version)

Paul Lawrence  –  There Ain’t Nothing Like Your Loving

Dexter Wansel  –  The Sweetest Pain

Anita Baker  –  Sweet Love

Luther Vandross  –  She’s So Good To Me

Hamilton Bohannon  –  Disco Stomp

Glenn Jones  –  Finesse

Dan Hartman   – Relight My Fire

Marvin Gaye  –  Got To Give It Up

Brick  –  Dazz

Tavares  –  The Ghost Of Love

Gibson Brothers  –  Cuba   (for Jon)

Rick Braun featuring Maysa  –  Soul On Soul

Randy Crawford  –  Give Me The Night

Bill Withers – Who Is He And What Is He To You

Shakatak  –  Streetwalking (for Steve)  

Gap Band  –  Oops Upside Your Head (for Helen)

Loleatta Holloway  –  Hit & Run

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out:

Saturday 30th April


“Soulful Seduction”

The Treacle Mine, Grays

8pm – 1am   –   Admission Free

“Caister Anthems & Club Classics”

DJs:  Bully  &  MJ

Tel: (01375) 382735

Sunday 1st May

The Bull, Grays

Terry & Neil (not me!) playing top tunes

Details to follow

Friday 6th May

“Zero Soul Night Out”

Marcos Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh

8.30pm – 1am  – Free Entry

DJ Darren Bull & Guests

First Friday of each month.

Tel (01268) 773311

Saturday 7th May

“Crown Soul Affair”

The Crown, Billericay High Street

“Funk, Soul, Boogie & Soulful House”

Special Guest DJ  :  Watch This Space !

Plus residents Stuart Hutson & Chris White

8pm – 1am  –  Free Entry

* 1st Saturday Of Every Month *

Friday 27th May

“Soul Survivors”

Bar Vic, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea

Last Friday of each month

Free Admission

Saturday 28th May

QdOS Soul

Details to follow…

Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday Weekend)

“Open Air Soul Spectacular!”

**Billy Ocean & Tavares – LIVE !**

Plus Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) & Ray Lewis (Still Drifting)

Lords Golf & Country Club, Rayleigh

Midday – Late

DJs: Ian Reading and guests

Tickets : £25

Further info at:

Friday 10th June

“Killer Soul – Night 4″
Lords Golf & Country Club , Rayleigh
8pm – 1am
A night of Top Choonz and Anthems over three floors at one of the best venues in the area…..
Details Soon!
Saturday 2nd July
Hockley Soul Night,
Hockley Community Centre,
Westminster Drive,
8pm – 12.30am
DJ Geoff Grove
Details to follow…

Weekenders !

It is that time of year again here are details of the latest event…

Click on the links for more details of DJs, times, accomodation, etc…

Essex Soul Weekender

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June

Thurrock Hotel, Ship Lane, Aveley

“Old School Soul, R’n’B, Jazz-Funk & Club Classics”

**Special Live Performances by OMAR  &  MARIE GARACCIO**

£45  –  3 days  ;  £30 – day pass!/event.php?eid=177743425572442

 And don’t forget…

Live Jazz @ The Inn On The Green – Mountnessing Road, Billericay

Every First Sunday of the month

Lunchtime Session: 1pm – 4pm

Next date : 1st May

If you enjoy the show, then the chances are you will like what happens each month here with music provided by The Dan Banks Duo

Admission is FREE !  Hope to add more details here soon…

Also recommended…

Friday nights at…

Lot 75 , Shenfield with Graham Norton

Plasma, Wickford with Geoff Grove

Both guys play every other week and include plenty of “our” tunes amongst other styles…

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place early in 2011 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !

E-mail: [email protected] or send a voice/text message to (01268)833978

The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world from 7pm – 9pm every Monday – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm