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Neil Gits Backache!

22nd June 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

I don’t know what I did, but on Monday morning I woke up with a bit of a stiff back – maybe it was attempting that overhead kick for England in the last minute of the World Cup Final in my dreams on Sunday night !! I hardly mentioned it on air at all in the evening as it was just a slight twinge, but at my quiz night on Tuesday I made the huge mistake of trying to shift a heavy table to get a regular team a place to sit and …. YEEEEOOOOWWWCH !!

Come Wednesday morning I could hardly move without major pain, same story Thursday, but it has eased considerably now, but not eneough to be able to get to one of my favourite summer soul gigs at Herne Bay tonight. Read all about it in the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” list below and see if you fancy visiting there or one of the many other events later this summer.

For me I will be resigned to resting gently indoors, possibly listening to myself on the weekly Saturday “Repeat Play” of this week’s show at 5pm but if I can’t reach the “on” button on my radio without screaming, I will have to wait till I can get on the PC and choose “Listen Again” … here are the latest tunes :

The Tunes

FLB – Boogie Town

Aurra – You & Me Tonight

Marc Staggers feat Nia Simmons – All I Need & Want Is You (Remix)

Earth Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland

Hi Tension – Rat Race

Tony Momrelle ft Maysa – We Had Searched For Heaven

Rose Royce – Angel In the Sky

Blackjack feat Gigi – Roses

T-Connection – At Midnight

Real Thing – Whenever You Want My Love

Smokey Robinson – Tell Me Tomorrow

Al Di Meola – Roller Jubilee

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal – Better Days

Natalie Cole – Miss You Like Crazy

Neneh Cherry – Manchild

Bobby Brown – Every Little Step

Tyra Levone – Keep Stepping

Ramsey Lewis with Nancy Wilson – Never Wanna Say Goodnight

Patrice Rushen – Remind Me

Glenn Jones – Love Intensity

The Gigs

Saturday 22ndJune “Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet” The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JG “Soul, Funk, Nu Disco, Funky House & More !” DJs: Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & guests Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Sunday 30thJune (Last Sunday of Each Month) “Over Roast Of Joy” Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL “Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House” DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green Special Guest : Tony Matthews Free Entry ; 5.30pm – 11pm

Friday 5thJuly (Every 1st Friday Of the Month) “The Big Zero Friday Night Out” The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs “Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…” 8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry

Friday 5thJuly “Soul Reunited Fancy Dress Pirate Party” The RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB DJs: Jon Jules, Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien Jazzbod & Elliot M 8pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 from

Friday 5thJuly “Real Thing, Loose Ends & Shakatak” Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA 8pm – 11pm ; Tickets £24, £29 or £31 (01702) 351135

Saturday 6thJuly (1stSaturday of each month) “Chelmsford City Soul” Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA DJs: John Peters & John Douglas “Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step” Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 6thJuly “Liquid Spirit – Glitz & Glam Festival” Fox & Hounds, Church Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, CM11 1PW “Soulful House,Disco, Soul, R’n’B, Old School Anthems” DJs: Ronnie Herel, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark, Danny T, Marie Garaccio, Paul Kidley, Max Fernandez & DJ Coxy Special Guest : Brandon Block Live PA from Lifford 2pm – Midnight ; Over 21s Tickets £15 or £12 Early Bird offer

Thursday 18thJuly Alexander O’Neal – Live ! Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD Tickets £15 ; 9pm start

Friday 19thJuly “Soul Odyssey” M & B Sports & Social Club, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0QX DJs Gary Walden, Gary Fish & Tony Treble “Soul, Funk, Disco, Nu Soul & Soulful House” Tickets £6 in advance or £10 on the door

Friday 19th July (Every 3rd Friday of the month) “Soulful Seduction” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems” DJs: Bully & MJ 8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 19th 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 & guestsTBC 7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 20thJuly (Every 3rdSaturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson “The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul” 7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 27thJuly “Kent Soul Sessions All Dayer” Tjs Pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF DJs: Roni O’Brien, Simon Van Os, Ian Holmes, Ian Gray Paul Hamilton, James Howarth, Elliott Mount, Paul Kidley Brian Kelly, Mark Messent, Mark O’Brien More details to follow at :

Saturday 24thAugust “Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party” Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR “Soul, Jazz, Funk, Soulful House, Boogie & More..” DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent Guest: Paul Clark 8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only email: [email protected] Text : (07960) 217136

Sunday 25thAugust “Overdose Of Joy All Dayer” Top Meadow Golf Club & Hotel, Fen Lane, North Ockendon, RM14 3PR DJs: Paul Kidley, Sam Green, Elliott Mount, Bully, Nick Gunn, Steve Kite, Lee Fatloke, Danny T, James Anthony Live PA by : Imaani 3pm – 1am ; Tickets £20 *Supporting The Indee Rose Trust & Joni’s Army Charities

Friday 30thAugust “Brentwood Over 30s Summer Ball” Holiday Inn, Brentwood, just off J28 of the M25 Room 1 : Greg Edwards & John Osborne “Jazz Funk & Soulful Anthems” Room 2 : DJ Phil Indulgence “Club Classics & Chart Tunes” 9pm – 2am ; Full details at www.indulgence-events.com

Saturday 14thSeptember “The Soul Fiesta All-Dayer” Cromwell manor, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, SS16 4UH DJs: Aitch B, Birdy, Gordon Mac, Chris White, Brian Kelly Lee Aldwinkle, Glen Sherry, Femi Fem, Jonny Layton, Paul Clark, Tony Matthews, Jigs, Ian Holmes, Mike Vitti & Victor Afro Anderson

Saturday 14thSeptember “Soul By The Sea” The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8DL “Soul Funk Disco & Groove” DJs: Purple Hayes 8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry


Friday 28th– Sunday 30thJune “Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 7” Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire 3 Rooms Of Music including : “Soul, Funk, Jazz, R’n’B, Soulful House, Neo Soul Modern Soul, Rare Groove, Northern Soul & Reggae” DJs : TBC “3 Nights Accomodation inc Breakfast & Evening Meals & Event Pass = £199” Tel : (02392) 460044

Margate Soul Festival 2019 Friday 2ndto Sunday 4thAugust Including: Saturday : LIVE : Light Of The World – Incognito” Sunday : James D Train Williams / Cool Million Omar / Janet Kay / Steve Nichol (Loose Ends)

Weekly Events: Fridays: “Glitter Fridays” The Rising Sun, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW “Soul, House, Disco, R’n’B , Club Classics” DJ : Peter P and guests Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Monthly Events:

First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2019 ? 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. 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !