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Neil Gits Found Out !

22nd February 2020
Posted by Neil Matthew

My 16 year old son told me last week that he had been working on a project at school in one of his lessons that required him to look at how radio can be used in certain situations (I’ve no idea what it was now – I wasn’t listening too carefully !) and made ny ears prick up when as part of his research he decided to look at the Gateway website and see what I wrote on my blogs. Then came the awkward question : “Why do you start every single one of your blogs with ‘Neil Gits….’ ?”

Do you know what ? I can’t actually remember the exact reason why ! But I have done it for as long as I can remember and see no point in changing now – so here’s another one !! What I can remember is that this week’s show was another belter and you can hear it again “as live” on Gateway at 5pm today (Saturday) or track it down via “listen again” elsewhere on this website. Here are the songs I played and the latest recommended soul gigs to check out ….

The Tunes – 17th February

Sweet Thunder – Everybody’s Singing Love Songs

The Limit – Say Yeah

Edwin Starr – Real True Loving

Chic – Good Times

Kleeer – Never Cry Again

Lorraine Clarke McGhie – Closer

By All Means – I’d Rather Be Lonely

SouLutions – When You Get There

Randy Brown-Love Is All We Need

Saturday Night Band – Come On Dance Dance

Teddy Pendergrass – Only You (M & M Mix)

David Shire – Manhattan Skyline

Shawndella – That Man

Harry J Allstars – Liquidator

Pioneers – Long Shot Kick De Bucket

Boris Gardiner – Elizabethan Reggae

PrivatProjekt – Wecome

Donald McCollum – Thin Line Between Love & Hate

Barbara Acklin – Am I The Same Girl

Jones Girls – 2 Win U Back

Kool & The Gang – When You Say You Love Somebody

Ingram – Groovin’ On A Groove

Kenny G – Fiesta Loca

The Gigs :

Thursday 27th February

(Every last Thursday of the month)

“70s & 80s Soul Night”

The Chequers, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ

DJ Howie

“Soul Weekender Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s & 80s”

8pm – 11pm ; Free Entry

Friday 28th February

“Studio Fridays” (Every Friday)

The Oakleigh, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS93NE

“A Glittering Blend of House Disco & Soul, featuring

Fresh New Cuts & Classics from the archives”

Guest DJ each week :

28/2 : Harrison Edwards

Free Admission ; 9pm – 1am

Saturday 29th February

“Soul Odyssey”

M & B Sports & Social Club, Dagenham Road, Romford, RM7 0QX

DJs : Gary Walden, Tony Treble & Gary Fish

“Soulful Vibes’

8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance – £10 on the door

Friday 6th March

(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)

“The Big Zero Friday Night Out”

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest Zero DJs

“Old Skool Soul, Dance, House, R’n’B,Hip Hop, Disco & more…”

8.30pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry

Saturday 7th March

(1st Saturday of each month)

“Chelmsford City Soul”

Barista, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JA

DJs: John Peters & John Douglas

“Soul, Funk, Jazz, RnB, 2 Step”

Free Entry ; 9pm – 2am ; Over 30s Only

Saturday 7th March

“Liquid Spirit 7”

Grand Marquee, Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

“Soulful House, Disco, Soul, R’n’B, Old Skool Anthems”

DJs: Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark, Marie Garaccio, Dannt & Coxy

Guests : Mike Vitti – P.A. : Lukas Setto

Sister Sax – Bongos – Professional Dancers !!

Over 25s ; 7pm – 1am ;

Tickets from £10 at

Saturday 7th March

“Hampton Soul By The Sea”

The Hampton Inn, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8DL

“Soul Funk 80s Groove Disco & Rare Grooves”

DJs: Disco Dolly, Purple Hayes, Mr Mundy & Guest DJ

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Saturday 14th March

“A Night Of Motown – Stevie Wonder Tribute”

Acanteen, New London Road,Chelmsford,CM2 0ND

Godfrey Gale as Stevie Wonder plus DJ

7pm – Midnight ; Tickets £10

Friday 20th March

“Soul Kitchen – 6th Anniversary”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TN

Resident DJs: Tracey Shaw & John Browne

Guest DJs: Jason Starr & Steve Guanori

“Rare 60s & 70s Soul”

7pm – 1am ; More details at :

Friday 20th March

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soulful Seduction – Soul & House Party”

The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA

“Soul Funk House & Old Skool Club Anthems”

DJs: Bully & Matt Jackson

Guest DJ: Mark Pendleton

8.30pm – 12.45 am ; Free Entry ; Strictly Over 25s

Saturday 21st March

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Super Soul Saturday”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT

DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

8pm – 12.30am – Free Entry

Saturday 28th March

“Soul Fiesta Charity Soul Night”

(St Lukes Hospice, 30th Anniversary)

Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road,

Bulphan, RM14 3TY

DJs: Jigs, Aitch B, Anthony Matthews, Glen Sherry,

John Douglas, John Peters, Ian Holmes, Brian Kelly,

Jonny Layton, Simon Van Os, Colin Jazzy Barnaby,

Chris White, Lee Aldwinkle, Kevin Hawkins

8pm – 2am ;

Sunday 29th March

(Last Sunday of Each Month)

“Over Roast Of Joy”

Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL

“Soul, Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”

DJ : Paul Kidley & Sam Green

Special Guest : TBC

Free Entry ; 5.30pm – 11pm

Friday 10th April

“The Long Good Friday”

Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE

“Two rooms of music provided by Stomp DJs”

6pm – 2am ; Tickets £10

Saturday 11th April

“Basildon Over 30s Night”

Holiday Inn, Festival Leisure Park, Basildon, SS14 3DG

DJs : Room 1 – Greg Edwards & John Osborne

“Jazz Funk & Soulful Anthems”

Room 2 – Phil Indulgence

“Club Classics / Urban / House”

9pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Tickets £12 on the door before 10pm ; £15 after …

Saturday 18th April

“Soul Lounge”

Players Lounge, Radford Way, Billericay, CM12 0DX

DJs: Jeff Young, Euan Bass, Jon Jules, Matthew Bigg

“Soul & House Music”

8pm – 1am ; Limited Tickets £5 ; Over 21s Only

Weekenders :

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2020

“Hayling Island Spring Soul & Reggae Weekender”

Three Rooms of Music, 25 Soul/Reggae DJs

Featuring Marcia Griffiths Live

Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020

“Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender”

Dreamland Margate

Featuring Roy Ayers & Sister Sledge Live

DJ sets from Craig Charles & Gilles Peterson*F

Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August

“Margate Soul Festival 2020”

Details to follow …

Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Studio Fridays”

The Oakleigh (formerly Bellini’s), London Road, Leigh on Sea

“Soul, House, Disco”

DJ : Guests on rotation

Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Last Thursday : 70s & 80s Soul Night, The Chequers, Billericay

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in the 2020 ? 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !