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Neil Gits Classic

3rd June 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

I think I may well be in the vast minority when I say “Thank God there’s not another Bank Holiday till the end of August !” – but to be frank, I am looking forward to getting a good run at my normal routine after three disrupted weekends out of the last seven. It’s just that I like to take my time out when everyone else is out at work and visit places that are most enjoyable at their quietest – yes, I know I am a bit different like that !

However, a Bank Holiday Monday does give me licence to put together a special show now and again and last Monday it was a “Bumper 70s & 80s Special” , packed full of some of the top names in soul, jazz-funk & disco from those two decades – and you can hear it again from 5-7pm this evening (Saturday) ! Check out the playlist below and also, if you do like going to busy venues and meeting lots of like-minded soul folks, peruse the newly updated list of gigs playing our kind of music …

The Tunes

Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Detroit Spinners – I Just Want To Fall In Love
Fatback Band – Night Fever
Luther Vandross – Til My Baby Comes Home (Dance Mix)
Phylis Hyman – Sleep On It
Kashif – Help Yourself To My Love
Alexander O’Neal – Look At Us Now
Bobby Womack – Just My Imagination
Jeffrey Osborne – Plane Love
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Stephanie Mills – You Can’t Run From My Love
Isaac Hayes – Disco Connection
Gil Scott-Heron – It’s Your World
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
New York Skyy – Givin’ It To You
Jaki Graham – Set Me Free
Stylistics – Love Is The Answer
Al Jarreau – Our Love
Stevie Wonder – Lately
O’Jays – Love You Direct
Archie Bell & The Drells – Here I Go Again
Shakatak – Feels Like The Right Time

The Gigs

Saturday 3rd June

(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

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Friday 9th June

“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 plus guest Steve Kite

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


Saturday 10th June

(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 10th June

(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 10th June

“Soulful Sessions”

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

DJs: Nigel Watson & Greg Edwards

9.30pm  –  2.00 am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 16th June

(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

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Friday 16th June

(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 17th June

(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 17th June

“Soul By The Jetty”

Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

“100% Soul, Funk, Jazz, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk & Boogie”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly

Special Guest: Neville

8pm – 1am  ;  Admission £7 by advance wristband only

Capacity : 175  Contact: (07989)591399

Email: [email protected]


Saturday 17th June

“The 5th Annual Soul Connexion All-Dayer”

Club 2004, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM12 6LS

DJs: Dave Burton, Ronnie Martin, Paul Cooke,

Carlos Fandango & The Soul Connexion DJ Crew

12 Noon – 12 Midnight  ;  Advance wristbands £7 (£10 OTD)

Tel: (07584) 626972 ; email: [email protected]


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 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.





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

*Candi Staton*

*The Blackbyrds*

*Arrested Development*

*Gerardo Frisina*

*Joe Bataan*

*DJ set from Trevor Nelson*



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

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