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Neil Gits Back To Dovedale

1st July 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

If you thought there was a sense of “deja vu” about this week’s shows on Monday and Saturday – you were right ! We repeated one from a couple of weeks ago as I needed some time out after a stressful few weeks behind the scenes and Monday was the most convenient day in my busy life. This time of year is sligthly quieter for me and with the weather improving and the hayfever season easing a tad, it is an ideal opportunity to relax and step aside from the mayhem in Neil-world.

This week I took myself back to my favourite place in the whole wide world, Matlock in Derbyshire and while there visited the truly beautiful and tranquil Dovedale for the first time in over 10 years. If you cannot relax there, then there is no hope for you !! Of course on the way up  north and back it was soul tunes all the way and once my legs stop aching from all the walking, I will be fully recharged and refreshed, ready to return to the airwaves at 7pm on Monday … but don’t rule out one more day off before the end of summer !

I have just also updated the “Gigs List” by adding two more forthcoming events and amending the line-up for the imminent Margate Soul Festival. Sadly, Candi Staton is unable to attend after all this year, but the last minute additions in her place do look tasty !

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out :

Saturday 1st July

(Every 1st Saturday Of the Month)

“Supersoul Saturday”

The Cock Tavern, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AB

“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz & Funk !”

DJs: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

7.30pm  –  12.30 am ; Free Entry


Friday 7th July

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 7th July

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“Soul Weekender Vibe presents Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guest

“Soul, Disco, Funk, Re-Edits & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 1.30am


Saturday 8th July

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

Plus guest DJ :

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Saturday 8th July

(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)

“Brown Sugar”

The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD

“Funk Soul & Disco Night”

DJ : Ben (Yours Truly)

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry


Saturday 8th July

“Soul By The Sea”

Barru, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7ES

“The Finest Soul, Jazz-Funk & Latin”

DJs: Gary Dennis, DJ Birdy, Chris White, Mick Liste, Colin Barmby

8pm – 1am ; £7 on the door ; Tel (01702) 344 344


Sunday 9th July

“Sunday Soul Sessions”

Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LN

DJs: Jay Anderson, Sandra C & Kevin Connolly

4pm  –  9pm  ;  Free Entry


Thursday 13th July

Chaka Khan & her Band LIVE !

Cliffs Pavillion, Southend on Sea, SS0 7RA

Doors Open 7pm, Standing tickets left only

£39.50  (seats all sold out)

Support act – Nat Augustin


Friday 14th July

“Shakit !”

(Every Second Friday of the Month)

The Woodmans, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley, SS7 3TA

“100% Soul, Funk & Jazzy Grooves plus Soulful House & Weekender Anthems”

DJs: Jonny Layton & Ian Holmes

Free Entry b4 10.30 ; Doors open 8pm  –  1am


Saturday 15th July

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 15th July

“KTF Soul Club”

Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ

DJs from “Almost Grown”

Advance Tickets £7

7.30pm  –  1.00 am


Friday 15th July

“Soul At The Manor”

The Manor, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL

“Mini Soul & House All Dayer”

DJs: Stretch Taylor, Mark ‘Gurcha’ Collins, Mike Gee,

Scott James, Brian Jay, Chris Alexander, Frostie

1pm  –  1am  ;  All Day BBQ  ;  T-Shirt Stall

Tickets £20 in advance – see below :

Details on Facebook


Friday 21st July

(Every 3rd Friday of the month) “Soulful Seduction – Back 2 Basics Soul & Club Anthems” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Boogie & House Tracks, 70s – 90s” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  12.45am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s

See on Facebook


Friday 21st July

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

Johnny Pearson & Manus Doherty

7.00pm  –  1.00 am  ;  £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700



Saturday 29th July

“Kent Soul Sessions Big Summer All-Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates, Nick Gunn,

Jonny Layton, Mark O’Brien, Mark Lee,Elliott Mount,

Steve Kite, Lee Fatbloke, Brian Kelly, Ian Holmes, Paul Kidley.


Saturday 2nd September

“Soul By The Park”

The Flying Horse, Park Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9TJ

DJ: Lee Aitch plus guests

“Classic & Modern Soul, Jazz-Funk & House”

9pm – 1am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 8th September

“5 Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS

DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel,

Mark Lee and special guest Jon Jules

“Soul Pavillion” / “Jazz Funk Lounge”

Strictly Over 30’s  ; Tickets £15

Tel: (01375) 891402




Love Supreme (Jazz Festival)

Friday 30th June  –  Sunday 2nd July

Glynde Place, East Sussex

Acts include:

The Jacksons, George Benson, Gregory Porter,

Brand New Heavies, Corinne Bailey Rae, Herbie Hancock,

Mica Paris & D-Influence

Across Five Stages, more info at :


Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*The Blackbyrds*

*Gwen Dickey (ex-Rose Royce)*

*Arrested Development*

*Marc Evans*

*Joe Bataan*

*Tom Glide*

*MF Robots feat Jay Kinkaid from Brand New Heavies*

*DJ sets from Trevor Nelson & Gerardo Frisina*



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”

DJs: Trish & Peter P

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  1am;




“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Casual Dress

Tel: (01277) 656581

(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell


Fridays :

“Classic Soul, Jazz & Funk Night”


“Contemporary Soul & Club Classics”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

Guest DJs each night  –  8.30pm – 1.00 am

Free Entry ; Over 30s ; Tel: (01279) 427302



“Lashings Of Soul”

Lashings Sports Bar & Restaurant, Upper Stone Street,

Maidstone, Kent , ME15 6HE

DJs: Guy Unger, Abbo & Sponge, Nigel Lowis & Gary Van Den Busche

“The Very Best In Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & Jazz”

9pm – 2am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s





Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Second Friday: Shakit ! – The Woodmans, Thundersley

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

First Saturday: The Cock Tavern, High St, Ongar

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2017 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter or a punter and I can spread the word to fellow “Old Gits” in this space !


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

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