Neil Gits Details Of Eight New Soul Nights !

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Well, summer is definitely here, give or take the odd sudden rain shower, but then that is what a British Summer is all about ! And if there was any time to be at least slightly confident of choosing a good day to host your summer soul event, then between now and August has to be it, so it was no surprise that a glut of new events came piling into my inbox. Some are very close to us here in Basildon, others a little further away but by no means beyond easy reach, some feature familiar names at familiar venues, others a chance to try a change of scene and meet new fellow soul fans. All the details are crammed in at the bottomof this blog, so grab your diary and plan a soulful social life over the next few weeks !

Then there’s the music … and if I say so myself, I’ve pulled a few rabbits out of the hat this week with some lesser known tracks by some of the great names in soul, a few vinyl gems seeing the light of day for the first time in years and a handful of old favourites to bring memories of your disco days flooding back. Take a quick look at the playlist below, but don’t study it too hard or it may spoil the pleasure of hearing a few soulful surprises when you tune in at 5pm today for this week’s second airing !

The Tunes

KC & The Sunshine Band – Shake Your Booty
Earth Wind & Fire – And Love Goes On
Labelle Epoque – Black Is Black
Temptations – Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
Trammps – Stop & Think
Viktor Lazlo – Sweet Soft ‘n’ Lazy
Isley Brothers – Hello It’s Me
Jacksons – Blues Away
Chic – 26
Sydney Youngblood – Sit & Wait
Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
Eddie Kendricks – Chains (Jski Edit)
Salsoul Orchestra – Magic Bird Of Fire (Jski Edit)
Ike & Tina Turner – Somebody Somewhere Needs You
Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife
Gino Soccio – Try It Out
Alexander O’Neal – Fake
Soul II Soul – Joy
Wooten Brothers – Closer (Never Too Close)
Heatwave – I Surrender
Patrice Holloway – Love & Desire
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Miquel Brown – Symphony Of Love

The Gigs

Saturday 7th June
“Hockley Soul Night”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, Hockley, SS54XD
DJ Geoff Grove with nothing but the best…
70s & 80s Soul Anthems & Caister Classics
8pm – 1.00 am ; Advance Tickets £6 or £7 On The Door

Friday 13th June
(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 ;

Saturday 14th June
“The Real Thing – Live!”
Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS
Tel: (0208) 507 5610 – Tickets £18/£20 – 7.30 pm start
The three original vocalists Chris & Eddie Amoo plus Dave Smith
Singing all their 70s hits plus hits by Kool & The Gang & Chic & more

Saturday 14th June
“Summer Madness – Part 1”
Halfway House, A127, Brentwood
Outside All-Dayer !
DJs include: Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez, Garry Dennis,
Ginger Tony, Paul Clark, plus several others !
“Nu Soul, Club Classics & Anthems, Modern Soul, Jazz Funk
Soulful House and a whole lot more..”
1pm – 1am ; Tickets £15 ; BBQ & pub food all day
More details at :

Saturday 14th June
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar & Andy Nelson
7pm start – Free Entry

Friday 20th June
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Friday 20th June
“The Soul & Motown Movement”
Westcliff Hard Tennis Club, The Ridgeway, Westcliff-On-Sea
8pm start ; DJs : Johnny Famous & JB
“Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Motown”

Saturday 21st June
“Soul By The Jetty”
The Oysterfleet, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messy &
Special Guest : Ginger Tony
“100% Jazz-Funk & Soul with a little nu jazz & soulful house”
“Keeping The Spirit Of The Goldmine Alive On Canvey Island”
Wristband admission only – £7 from
8pm – 1am – More details at :

Saturday 21st June
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister) & David White
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 27th June
(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 & Mark Gurcha Collins
Free Entry before 11pm – 8pm – 1.30am

Friday 27th June
“Soulful Seduction – Over 30s Party Night”
Mooro’s, Abridge Road, Chigwell, IG7 6BX
(Site of the old Epping Forest Country Club)
“80s & 90s Club Classics”
DJs: MJ & Bully
“Old Skool to Nu Cool”
£10 Entry On The Door

Friday 27th June
“Soul Nation – June Party”
Sky Rooms Nightclub, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DN
DJs: TBC ; 9pm – 3am ;

Sunday 29th June
(Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Ricky Oatham,
Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton & Sandra C
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm– soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Friday 4th July
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
Marcos Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
DJ: Bully & guest TBC
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
“Soul Funk & Disco From The 70s Upwards”

Saturday 5th July
“Soul Galore 1”
The Soul Asylum, Church House, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9RS
“Across The Board Soul All-Dayer featuring…
Northern, Modern, 70s Groovers & more”
2.30pm – 11.30pm ; Tickets £5 In Advance, £8 OTD
Tel: (07562) 003699 or (07557) 761151
DJs: Tommy Gunn, John Herbert, Simon Lynch,
Mark Anderson, Gary O’Neil & Chilly
*No bar ! Bring your own food & drink ! *

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

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

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 :

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

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…

Wednesday 10th September
“Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – LIVE !”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm start ; Tickets £21
Tel : (01268) 465 465

Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 2
Friday 4th Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th July
Featuring Shirley Jones of the Jones Girls
Plus Carol Thompson – live !
Full details at:

Weekly Event:
Fridays : “Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJs: Paul Kidley, Bully, Mikey Porter & guests on rotation
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 4th July
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 20th June
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – 21st June
Last Sunday: Sunday Soul Sessions, Victoria, Romford – next 29th June
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 27th June

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 !

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

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