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Neil Gits Back To The Bay

20th July 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

After a few months break, I finally got myself back out to one of the many soul gigs in our area last Saturday, taking advantage of perfect seaside weather to spent half an afternoon at Herne Bay, playing crazy golf, slotting coins in arcade games, licking ice cream cones and feasting on fish ‘n chips with Nathan before attending “Soul By The Sea” at The Divers Arms.

It was good to catch up with old faces, hear some cracking tunes of course, and get up to date with some of the info on the gigs “South of the River” that I recommend weekly on the show.

I have just spent an age fully updating the list, so I have decided to share the whole blooming lot this week below the list of tunes! Have a listen to a particularly super show at 5pm this evening then do like me and get out to one of the gigs – soon! I’m heading to Margate for Soulbay straight after my repeat play is over 🙂

The Tunes:

Chi-Lites    You Don’t Have To Go
Bridge    Baby Don’t Hold Your Love Back
KC & The Sunshine Band    Get Down Tonight
Junior Walker & The Allstars    I’m A Roadrunner
O’Jays    To Prove I Love You
Magic Lady    Summer Love
Commodores    Three Times A Lady
Omar    This Is Not A Love Song
Hi Tension    Rat Race
Loose Ends    Magic Touch
Slave    Just A Touch Of Love
Moment Of Truth    Love At First Sight
La India  – I Just Want To Hang Around You
Detroit Spinners    Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
Kleeer    Tonight Is The Night
Raphael Saadiq & Joss Stone    Just One Kiss
McFadden & Whitehead    I’ve Been Pushed Aside
William De Vaughn    Crème De Crème
Bettye Swann    When The Game Is Played On You 
Janet Jackson    When I Think Of You

Sound Troupe   Can You Really See Me

The Gigs:

Saturday 20th July
The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, CT8 8AD
“Upfront & Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Soulful House”
DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson, Derek Patterson
8pm  –  1am  ;  Admission Free  ;  Rooms Available !
Saturday 20th July
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Soul Night”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry
Friday 26th July
“VIP Soul Night – Omar Live!”
The Royal Tiger, Old A130, Rettendon
7pm – Late  ;  Tel : (01245) 403030
Saturday 27th July
“The Kent Soul Sessions”
Clarendon Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, DA12 2BE
“Soul Classics, Jazz-Funk & Boogie”
DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates,
Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson
8pm – 2am  ;  £5 OTD
Saturday 27th July
“The KTF Soul Club”
Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Road, Grays
“Northern Soul & More!”
DJs: Johnny Valatone & Rob Messer
Tickets £5   –   7.30pm Start
Saturday 27th July (Every Last Saturday)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert & Tommy Gun
“70s & 80s Disco Classics”
8pm    1am  ;  Free Entry
Sunday 28th July (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Peter P, Richard Brown, Sandra C
Plus Guests: Bonnie DJ & Ricky Oatham
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jaff-Funk, Reggae”
3pm  –  Midnight – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !
Friday 2nd August 2013 (Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guest “The Bish”
“Soul, Funk Disco & Dance From The 70s Upwards”
“Weekender Anthems All The Way!”
Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am
Friday 2nd August (Every First Friday Of The Month)
Waikiki, 33.Crouch Street, Colchester, CO3 8ES
DJ Chaz J & Jimmi Dixon
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th August
“Margate Soul Weekend 2013”
Three nights & two days of fabulous music !
Full details at:
 Sunday 4th August
“Woodmans Soul All Dayer!”
The Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Rayleigh Road, SS7 3TA
“Soul Funk Boogie Weekender Anthems & Much More”
DJs: Bully & MJ with guests Nick Gunn & Merv Griffiths
3pm –  11pm  —  BBQ  !   Children Welcome !
Sunday 11th August
“Soul By The Sea – Carnival Weekend Special!”
The Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde plus guests
7.30pm – 1am    Free Entry
Friday 16th August (Every 3rd Friday Of The Month)
“Friday Night Soul”
The Curlew Pub, Gandalfs Ride, South Woodham Ferrers
DJs: Ricky Oatham & Pete Smugger Smith
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Motown, Old School, Northern, RnB…
..and everything in between !”
9pm start   –   Admission Free
Saturday 17th August
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Soul Night”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry
Saturday 24th August
“Potty Stomp”
Runwell Sports & Social Club, Runwell Chase, Wickford, SS11 7QA
“Heavy Soul DJs!”
Gavin Page, Grumpy Brown, Martin Lippross
Scott James, Mark “Gurcha” Collins, David White, Simon Petts
4pm  –  1am  ;  £5 Admission
Saturday 31st August
“Soul By The Jetty – The Beach Party!”
The Lobster Smack Inn, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Johnny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly
Plus Guest: Les Knott
Entry by advance wristband only – always a sell out !
£7 from (07989) 591399 or [email protected]
Saturday 31st August
“Soul On The Edge”
The Edge Nightclub, High Pavement, Basildon
DJs: Frostie, Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Marky Mark
“70s – 00s Soul & Boogie Anthems”
9pm  –  3am  ;  £10 On The Door
Saturday 7th September (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour ”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am


Saturday14th September
“Soul Power!”
Sidneys Bar & Lounge, 545 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6HE
DJs: Frostie Original, Scott James, Ricky Oatham,
Tony Fernandez, Tricia Butler, Richard Brown
8pm – 3am  ;  £8 All Night

 Saturday 21st September
“Handbags & Gladrags”
Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford
DJs: Scott James, Chris Alexander & Euan Bass
“Quality Soul, Funk , RnB & Soulful House”
£5 Entry   –

Sunday 22nd September
“Superstars Of Soul”
Ben & King plus Jimmy James & The Vagabonds live!
The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm  –  £20   –  (01268)465465


 21st – 23rd March 2014
“Clacton Soul Weekender”
The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton On Sea, CO151UU

 Monthly Events:

First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 2nd Aug

First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 7th Sept

Third Friday: Soul Night at The Curlew, South Woodham Ferrers – next 16th Aug

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 17th Aug

Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 27th July

Also recommended…

Most Friday Nights At …
Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton
Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove
Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood
These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets!

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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.