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Neil Gits Cracking

12th July 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

OK, I’ve got the bit between my teeth now ! The USB turntable has been working overtime and I’ve lined up plenty of genuine “not-heard-for-over-25-years” vinyl favourites to share with you over the next few weeks, complete with skipping needles and crackly static intros – just the way you love’ em ! I’ve also been scouring around for fresh new soul events in and around Essex & Kent and with the summer months well underway, there are certainly plenty of interesting one-off gigs & all-dayers to tempt you out. So there are two reasons to tune in to the repeat play of this week’s show at 5pm this evening ! I’ve a real mix up of tried and trusted old favourites you know and never tire of plus less familiar names and tracks that may be totally new to you or maybe like me had nearly forgotten about and enjoy hearing once again after all these years – catch you later !!

The Tunes

Labelle – Lady Marmalade
Central Line – You’ve Said Enough
Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothing Going On But The Rent
Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 – Mas Que Nada
O’Jays – Let Life Flow
Fatback – She’s My Shining Star
Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
Diana Ross – I Thought It Took A Little Time (But Today I Fell In Love)
Willie Hutch – Keep On Jammin’
Hi Tension – British Hustle
Firefly – Love Is Gonna Be On Your Side
Dave Koz – Castle Of Dreams
Jesse James – I Got The Feelin’
Alton Edwards-I Just Wanna Spend Some Time With You
Gilberto Gil – Palco
O’Jays – Love Train
Angela Bofill – Still In Love
Betty Wright – Keep Love New
24 Carat Gold – New Love
Debarge – Rhythm Of The Night
Heatwave – Beat Your Booty
Pat Metheny Group – Here To Stay

The Gigs

Saturday 12th July
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar
7pm – 1am – Free Entry

Saturday 12th July
“Soul Ascension”
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Jay Anderson & Stretch Taylor
“Soul, Boogie, RnB, Rare Grooves”
9pm – 2am ; Free Before 10pm, £3 after

Friday 18th July
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Tony Matthews
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
(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 & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Soulful Seduction”
(also on 27th Sept / 29th Nov)
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays
“Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm – Late ; Free Entry

Saturday 19th July
“Free Soul Event”
Neuvo Bar & Restaurant (ex-Regency Suite),
Chadwell Heath, Romford, RM64AT
DJs: Frostie, Tony Fernandez, Richard Lobban
Ricky Oatham, Tricia Butler, Steve Soultrain & John Wayne
“70s 80s & 90s Modern Soul with an hour of 70s & 80s
Revival Lovers Rock & Reggae”
8pm – 3am ; Free Entry

Sunday 20th July
“Let Your Heart Dance”
The Wine Bar & Pizzeria, South Court, Deal, Kent
“First of a regular monthly evening set of Northern Soul
LHYD DJs – inc resident DJ Peter A Crascall
6pm – 9pm

Saturday 20th July
“The Summer All-Dayer”
A Universal Soul Music Event…
RS Lounge, Woodford New Road, London E17 3PR
1pm — 11pm ; Tickets from £10 – £20 ; BBQ & other food all day
Formation & Salsa Dancing with Diesel & Dolton !
DJs include: Steve Kite, Frostie , Scott James, James Anthony

Thursday 24th July
“Lonnie Liston Smith & The New Cosmic Echoes LIVE !”
The Mercury Hythe Imperial Hotel, Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6AE
Tickets from £25 – £30 ; 7pm start time ; Tel (01303) 267441
Golf, Spa, Meal, Hotel Room or just the concert options available

Friday 25th July
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
Free Entry before 11pm – 8pm – 1.30am

Saturday 26th July
“KTF Soul Club Summer Social”
Downstairs at The Old Regency Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS170AQ
7.30pm – 1.00 am
Tickets £6 In Advance, £8 on the door
More info at :

Sunday 27TH July
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler,Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton
Sandra Citizen Soul & guest Tony Fernandez
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm– soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Friday 1st August
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh,SS6 7JQ
DJ: Bully & guest TBC
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
“Old school funk, soul & disco from the 70s & 80s, club anthems & soulful house from the 90s”

Margate Soul Weekend 2014
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August
DJs & Live acts indoors & outdoors in the cultural quarter
8pm – 2am Friday, 12 pm – 2am Sat & Sun.
Wristband purchase advised for access to events
Live Acts: Cool Million, Natasha Watts, Laura Jackson,
Westcoast Soulstars, Baltic Soul Band & more …
Special New Closing Party on Sunday !!
Westcoast Bar & Grill, King Street, Margate
Omar & Band Live plus DJs: Grumpy Brown, Frostie,
Tony Fernandez & guests
More details & wristbands from

Friday 8th August
(Every Second Friday)
“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJ: Bully
“Soul Funk Disco, Old Skool, Club Anthems, 70s – 90s”
Over 25s Only ; Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Sunday 17th August
“Sunday Soul Sessions – Garden Party”
Golden Fleece, Capel Road, Wanstead
Nearest tube stations – Wanstead Park & Woodgrange Road
DJs: Tricia Butler, Peter Poynton, Sandra C & guest James Anthony
“Club Classics, Soul, House, Jazz-Funk & Reggae”
3pm – 11pm ; Free Entry
Children welcome ; dogs on short leads too !
Wheelchair friendly

Saturday 23rd August
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Reunion”
Firemen’s Club, Purfleet Road, Aveley, RM154DT
Family Fun Day with BBQ, bouncy castle & 5-a-side footy
Plus two rooms of DJs playing soul music !
2pm – 2am ; Tickets £15 or £10 with a HSW wristband

Sunday 24th August
“Summer Soul Fiesta”
The Cromwell Manor, Watt Tyler Lane, Pitsea, SS16 4UH
1pm – 1am – All-Dayer!
Tickets £15 in advance, £20 On The Door
Headline DJ: Greg Edwards
Plus: Garry Dennis, James Anthony, Colin Hudd, Andy John,
Cosmic, Fat tel, Chris White, Gavin Page, Ian Sellers & Birdy
“Two rooms of soul, funk, jazz & soulful house”

Friday 29th August
“Five Star Soul”, Orsett Hall, Princes Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
The South East’s Premier Jazz Funk & Soul Event
Two rooms of DJs & Live Acts
7.30 pm – 2am ; Tel (01375) 891402
More info to follow nearer the date…

Saturday 30th August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”
The Oysterfleet, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, SS8 7RB
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly plus guests:
Jazzbod & Paul Clark
“100% jazz-funk & soul with a sprinkling of nu-jaz & soulful house”
8.30pm – 1.00 am ; wristbands £7 from

Saturday 30th August
“Summer Soul”
Banks Bar, Banks Street, Maidstone, ME14 1SJ
Imagination & Jaki Graham – live on the Terrace !
Plus DJs: Greg Edwards & Jeff Young
8pm – 2am
Tickets £25 (Standard) or £35 (VIP)
Tel: (01622)676799

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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 !

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