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Neil Gits Excited About Margate !

19th July 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

I know Gateway 97.8 is a community station primarily serving Basildon and East Thurrock, but I often feature events in my “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” taking place further afield that listeners to my show in our “home” area could attend quite easily. Usually that means covering other Essex towns such as Romford, Chelmsford and Southend, but over the last year or so  I’ve had a steady stream of information about top gigs taking place in the Thanet area of Kent. I think this is a result of knowing a couple of contacts who live in the Margate area now who used to be based on our doorstep at Gateway and last summer I made a point of attending the “Margate Soul Carnival Weekend” – and what an event it was ! I hooked up again with a number of Essex based DJs who were either working there or like me just chilling with the tunes and even bumped into one mate who lives near me just walking down the street ! I hadn’t realized what a big event it was, not just for Kent, but the whole of the south-east, with people coming from places as far afield as Cambridge & Stevenage too. This year looks even bigger with more venues, more DJs and more live acts, so check the details below this week’s playlist, cross your fingers for good weather and BE THERE !!

This Week’s Tunes:

Odyssey  –  Inside Out

Rene & Angela  –  Secret Rendezvous

Rose Royce  –   Do Your Dance

Johnny Bristol  –  Memories Don’t Leave Like People Do

Maze  –  Southern Girl

Bobby Womack  –  Surprise Surprise

Luther Vandross  –  I’d Rather

Miles Jaye  –  Heaven

Gene Chandler – I’ll Make The Living If You Make The Loving Worthwhile

Alexander O’Neal  –  The Lovers

Westcoast Soulstars  –  Soul Redemption

Eddie Henderson  –  Prance On

Trammps  –  Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart  

Billy Ocean  –  Stop Me 

Rick James & Teena Marie  –  Fire & Desire

Tashan  –  Romantically Inspired 

Keith Washington  –  When You Love Somebody

Tavares  –  The Ghost Of Love

Shalamar  –  Dead Giveaway

Meters  –  Stretch

Soulful Strings  –  Listen Here

The Gigs :

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August

“The Official Margate Soul Weekend”

Sat 4th Aug –   Headline Act:




With the Baltic Soul Orchestra plus support from

The West Coast Soul Stars

PA by Ingrid Allman (Freeez)


DJs across the weekend include:

Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Roni O’Brien, Chris Bangs

Micky B, Jonny Layton, Jason Anderson, Pete Collins

Nick Aravis, Paul French, Grumpy Brown & Rookie Penny !


The Venues involved are:

The Westcoast Bar, The Brittannia, Milo, Rokka, The Lighthouse, Coast Bar, Barnacles & The Ruby Lounge –   and of course…

The Piazza – the outside arena !


Kick – off : 8pm Friday, Final Whistle: 2am Monday morning !


Weekend Hotline (07596) 563194


For more info visit

But before then …


Friday 27th July




The Waterlounge, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2JZ


DJ Paul Crowley with Special Guest Les Knott


“Funk & Soul Classics With That Weekender Vibe!”


9pm  –  2  am         –       Free Entry All Night !

Saturday 28th July (also 25th August)


“Back To The Groove”


The Wheatsheaf, Margate


DJ Lee H presents a night of…


“Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk Stompers and Caister Anthems”


Free Entry  –  8pm – Midnight


More details at




Saturday 28th July


“Soul On The Sands – The Atlantis Reunion”


Bar Lola, Margate Seafront, CT9 1XJ


DJs: Jasper, Paul Abbott, Paul French, Jason Anderson & Micky B


Pete Collins & Tony Matthews


3pm   –  3am     –    Tickets £5




Saturday 28th July


“KTF Soul Club”


The Railway Tavern , Stanford Le Hope


7.30pm  –  12.30 am


Special Guest DJ: Tom Page


“Northern Soul Event”


£4 – Wristbands reserved for payment on the night




Saturday 28th July (Also 1st Sept & 24th Nov)


“Summer Soul Night”


The Treacle Mine, Grays


Free Entry – 8pm til late


DJs: Bully & MJ


“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco plus 90s Club Classics”




Saturday 28th July


“Soul Power”


Rendezvous, 1149 High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4AT


DJs: Frostie, Marky Mark, Tony Fernandez, Steven Reeder, John Wayne


“100% 70s 80s & 90s Soul Classics & Anthems”

£7 before midnight, £12 afterwards


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2012 ? 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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 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