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Neil Gits Back On His Feet

15th October 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

After a tough time over the last couple of weeks dealing with “stuff”, I decided my first job back in the Old Gits Office this week would be to hunt down some more ESSEX soul nights for the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list posted below. A quick message to the “Soul Family” on Facebook came up trumps and around half a dozen new additions can be seen included – and ready for you to visit with your dancing feet when the date arrives !

It was great to get back on air last Monday after the trauma of my mother’s death the previous week and if you listen to the repeat play of that show at 5pm today you can hear the enthusiams in my voice – as well, of course, as some great soul, jazz-funk and disco tracks ! As usual, here is the full playlist :

The Tunes

Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Light Of The World – Famous Faces
Don’t You – Second Image
Sympli Whitney -The Best (CW’s Real 2 Reel Mix)
Kleeer – You Did It Again
Glenn Jones – We’ve Only Just Begun
Call Me Cleve & Zhana – They Don’t See
Average White Band – Person To Person
Sine – Just Let Me Do My Thing
Heatwave – Razzle Dazzle
George Benson – The World Is A Ghetto
Mather featuring Alan Hook Butterflies
D Train – You’re The One For Me (Paul Hardcastle Remix)
Marvin Gaye – Rockin’ After Midnight (DJ Reverend P Edit)
Imperials – Who’s Gonna Love Me
Broomfield – Read My Letter
Teddy Pendergrass – Love TKO
Sharon Redd – In The Name Of Love
Jackie Moore – This Time Baby (Mike Maurro Mix)
The Gigs

Saturday 15th October

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Thursday 20th October

“Magic Of Motown – 10th Anniversary Show”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Featuring songs by the Four Tops, Supremes, Temptations,

Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder,

Diana Ross and more …

“Glittering costumes, dazzling dance moves, superb musicianship”

Tel: (01268) 465 465  –  Tickets £25


Friday 21st October

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes & Soulful House” DJs: Bully & MJ plus Special Guest8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 21st October

“Soul Kitchen”

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

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 22nd October

“Soul Splash!”

The Knot, Beach Road,Westgate-on-Sea, Margate, CT8 8AD

DJs: Ash Selector, Jon Jules, Bully, Nigel Watson,

Steve Humphrey … and more TBC !

8pm – 2am  ;


Sunday 23rd October

“80s Soul Funk Revival”

The Queen’s Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

“Live Music From ‘Coco’ plus DJ Lee Aitch”

2pm  –  7pm   ;  Free Entry


Wednesday 26th October

“The Hamish Stuart Band – Live”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Former singer & guitarist with the Average White Band

Tickets £18  –  Tel: (01702) 351135


Wednesday 26th October

“Sean Escoffery  –  Live”

Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea

8pm start

Tickets £19.50 – £23.50  –  Tel: (01702) 351135


Friday 28th October

“Old Skool”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, RnB, Hip Hop, Club Anthems”

DJ: Matt Jackson

(Weekly Event, other DJs on rotation)



Saturday 29th October

“Soul @ The Manor meets House Legends 4”

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

“A bewitching night of house and soul music featuring 10 DJs in 2 rooms”

Soul Room: Mark Gurcha Collins, Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Scott James, Enyaw

9pm  –  3am  ;  Tickets £15 in advance



Sunday 30th October

“Jackson Live In Concert”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Ben performs as Michael Jackson”

Tickets £20 (children £16) – Tel: (01268) 465465


Sunday 30th October

“Sunday Soul Sessions – 4th Birthday !”

The Victoria Pub, Romford, RM1 2PA

DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Steve Wren, DJ Looney & Mr C

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves

Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics “

5pm  –  11pm  ;  Free Entry + Free CD for all !

Chicken & roast potato buffet at 7.30pm – free too !


Friday 4th November

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

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 4th November

“Essex Soul Sessions”

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

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guests

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Monday 7th November

“The Stylistics – All The Hits Tour”

Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

8pm start  ;  Tickets £28 – £32

Tel: (01702) 351135


Wednesday 9th November

“Leee John from Imagination – Live!”

Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD

8pn start  ;  Tickets £15

Tel (01277) 632378


Saturday 12th November

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy plus guests

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Friday 18th November

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge

DJs: Greg Edwards (Special Guest)

Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Steve Abbs, Simon Croft

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tickets £15  ;  Tel: (01375) 891402


Saturday 19th November

“Funkin’ For Dementia II”

The Greenhouse, Belfairs Woods, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4LR

“Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society”

5pm  –  2am  ;  Wristbands £10


Thursday 24th November

“Kenny Thomas – Live!”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

Tickets £10   –  Tel : (01277) 656581


Saturday 3rd December

“Soul Nation Xmas Ball”

Colchester Town Hall

DJs: Simon Van Os, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,

John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Les Broughton

“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Latin, Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Soulful House and Swing”

8pm – 1am ; £15 – Tel (07775) 764363

“Black tie for guys, cocktail dress for girls”


Saturday 10th December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash – 6th Year!”

Harlow Town FC, CM19 5BE

DJs: Jonny Layton, Les Knott, Pete Collins

Danny Peters & Dab

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Tel: (07791) 995670 or (07500) 481192




Friday 23rd December

“Xmas Killer Soul”

The Chichester, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE

“3 Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House,

Club Anthems, Disco, Jazz and more !”

Full Zero DJ line-up including :

Ian Reading, Merve The Swerve, Bully,

Paul Kidley, Matt Jackson & Mark Lee

8pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets £7.50 until 31st October

Thereafter or on the door £12.50



Friday 7th January

“Breakwater & The Pockets – Live !”

The Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2, London

Plus DJs: Greg Edwards, Gordon Mac & Jeff Young

Doors: 7pm   Show: 8pm

Tickets £25  –  Tel (01207) 412 8778




Margate Soul Festival 2017

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

Details to follow ….



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B Hip Hop & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Gef Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

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

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


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

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

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

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 2016 ? 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 text message to (01268)833978

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