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Neil Gits Out Of Bed !

6th January 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

The first “Old Gits Soul Show” of 2017 unfortunately came straight after New Year’s Eve and having had a major party night to attend to the night before, I was unable to wake up in time to see ANY of the morning daylight of the first day of 2018 !! Luckily, I was (almost) organized enough to get in the studio in time for the annual “Old Gits Best Bits” show, giving another spin to some of the best vinyl tracks I re-discovered over the last 12 months and am now looking forward to Monday and my first ‘proper’ show of the new year, live at 7pm on Gateway.

I have also managed to update the “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” gig list too, scrubbing off all the long gone Xmas dates and adjusting the details of all the long running monthly events we get behind on the show, although there seem to be constant new ones coming along day by day, so there will be more added in next week – tune in on Monday to hear about some of them ! Check out the latest list below and take a look at the playlist of fab tunes you can hear on the ‘repeat play’ at 5pm today (Saturday) …

The Tunes

The Team – Wicky Wacky (House Party)
Gwen Guthrie – It Should Have Been You
Jerome Prister – Say You’ll Be
Kashif – Stone Love
Tony Fountaine – Come Back To Me
Alexander O’Neal – Do You Wanna Like I Do
Bobby Womack – Lay Your Lovin’ On Me
Frankie Kelly – Ain’t That The Truth
Light Of The World – Swingin’
Earth Wind & Fire – Jupiter
Melisa Morgan – Do Me Baby
Dee Dee Wilde – No Way Out
George Howard – Steppin’ Out
Candi Staton – Run To Me
Patrice Rushen – All We Need
Major Harris – All My Life
Ides Of March – Vehicle
Rockie Robbins – Be Ever Wonderful
Luther Vandross – Wait For Love
Freddie Jackson – I Wanna Say I Love You
Morrissey Mullen – Life On The Wire

The Gigs

Saturday 13th January

(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

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 13th January

(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

Friday 19th January

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

Soulful Seduction – Bully’s Birthday Bash”

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 January

(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

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

Saturday 20th January

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Super Soul Saturday”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford

DJ: Paul Eve

The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 27th January

Soul At The Wharf”

The Wharf Hotel, Grays, RM17 6SZ

DJ: Gary Walden

Soul, Funk, Disco, Soulful House & Club Classics”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Children allowed in the bar till 9pm, food served till 10pm

Friday 2nd February

(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

Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”

8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 16th February 2018

Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM6 3HS

DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee Fatbloke Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,

Sarah Jane Russell & Special Guest : Jim “The Syrup” Day.

7.30pm – 1.00am ; Tickets £15 from (01375)891402

Friday 23rd February

Let’s Get Funky”

The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH

DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly

The Very Best in Disco, Party & Club Classics”

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 3rd March

Soul Odyssey”

Virgin Active Clearview Health & Racquet Club

DJs: Gary Walden,Tony Treble, Gary Fish & guest Scott James

Jazz Funk & Soul Classics plus Soulful House”

8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance until 1st Feb , £10 after

Friday 16th March 2018

40 Years Of Disco”

SSE Arena , Wembley

Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Real Thing,

Boney M, Odyssey & George McCrae – live!”

Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start

Tickets from £56.50 …


29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018

Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”

£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals

Bookings on (02392)460044

More details to follow …

3rd 4th & 5th August 2018

Margate Soul Festival ”

Tickets now on general sale – £69 !

Full details on the website :

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

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

Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood

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

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Last Friday: Let’s Get Funky, Inn On The Green, Billericay – from 23rd Feb

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? 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 – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm