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Neil Gits Excited About Margate !

5th August 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

Yay ! It’s finally here ! My favourite soul event the awesome Margate Soul Festival is underway and after missing last year’s one due to work commitments, I am doubly excited about going for one of the two days of soul and socializing with my fellow DJs, finding out who’s been playing what and where since last we met. The weather forecast for the Thanet coast is a bit of a cause for concern this year – every other year I’ve been it’s been absolutely perfect –  and as the best bits (to my mind) are the open air stages and DJ sets, I may have a few stories to tell of shower dodging when  I get back on air next !! 🙁

Of course, if you can’t make it yourself, but love the tunes, worry not – there’s a repeat play of last week’s show to keep you going for now ! Tune in at 5pm this Saturday and again at 7pm on Monday to hear The Old Git playing two hours of tip-top soul, jazz-funk & disco goodies on your radio 🙂

The Tunes

Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Jerome – You’re Supposed To Be My Friend
Little Anthony & George Benson – Electric Together
Cheryl Lynn – It’s Gonna Be Right
Steve Harvey – Something Special
Touch Of Class – I Love You Pretty Baby
Patti Austin – Love’s Been Kind To Me Lately
JazzyD Feat. Deli Rowe – Every Side Of You
Maze – I Wanna Be With You
Jaki Graham – Breaking Away
SOS Band – Groovin’
Brian Culbertson – Back In The Day
L.A.Boppers – La La Means I Love You
Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
Brothers Johnson – The Real Thing
Jacksons –Walk Right Now
Thames River Soul – Love X Love (feat Kenny Thomas)
Dru Hill – These Are The Times
Change – Say You Love Me Again
Candi Staton – Victim
Ripple – The Beat Goes On
Three Degrees – Giving Up Giving In

The Gigs

Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*The Blackbyrds*

*Gwen Dickey (ex-Rose Royce)*

*Arrested Development*

*Marc Evans*

*Joe Bataan*

*Tom Glide*

*MF Robots feat Jay Kinkaid from Brand New Heavies*

*DJ sets from Trevor Nelson & Gerardo Frisina*

Saturday 5th August *NB: One week early this month ! *

(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 5th August

(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

Friday 11th August

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

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

Saturday 12th August

(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 18th August

(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

Friday 18th August

(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 19th August

(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 26th August

Soul By The Jetty – Annual Beach Party”

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

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly and ..

Special Guest: Jeff Young

Top quality jazz, funk,& soul with nu-jazz, soulful house, boogie tunes & more”

8pm – 1am ; Entry by wristband only ; Capacity 175

Contact : [email protected] / 07989 591399

Sunday 27th August

Sisters Of Soul”

The Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

Jocelyn Brown, Gwen Dickey & Jaki Graham – live !”

DJ support from Ian Reading & Merv”The Swerve” Griffiths”

Tickets £25 or £30 ; Tel ; (01702) 351135

Sisters Of Soul

Friday 1st September

(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 1st September

(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 2nd September

Soul By The Park”

The Flying Horse, Park Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9TJ

DJ: Lee Aitch plus guests

Classic & Modern Soul, Jazz-Funk & House”

9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Friday 8th September

5 Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS

DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel,

Mark Lee and special guest Jon Jules

Soul Pavillion” / “Jazz Funk Lounge”

Strictly Over 30’s ; Tickets £15

Tel: (01375) 891402


More to be announced soon !

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