Cool Soul on Gateway 97.8: Our Local Radio

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Neil Gits Gridlocked

27th February 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

I think most of us living anywhere near the Dartford Crossing will at one time or another have got stuck trying to get over the bridge or through the tunnel in an almighty jam. Sometimes it gets so bad that you can get caught up on nearby roads and junctions simply passing through the local area. And on Friday it was my turn !

I had a few errands to run and after visiting someone in Aveley needed to get back on the M25 for the next part of my trip – wrong place, wrong time ! I was stuck trying to get over the big roundabout near Thurrock Services for an hour and a quarter after the bridge was shut as I approached the junction and the whole area instantly froze solid with cars and lorries.

Thank heavens for soul music ! I had a good supply of CDs in the car with me (and a fair amount of petrol in the tank!) so I was OK, just a bit achy legged at the end of it all when the road re-opened and the congestion very slowly eased. Don’t forget Gateway gives out excellent traffic reports from our area, including the crossing approaches so tune in early on Monday for my show and make sure your route home is clear – failing that you can just sit in your car listening to 97.8FM enjoying my two hours of soul, jazz-funk & disco tunes form the 70s 80s & beyond !! 😉

This Week’s Tunes:

Boz Scaggs – Lowdown
Sharon Redd – Love Is Gonna Get You
First Choice – Smarty Pants
McFadden & Whitehead – I Got The Love
Glen Goldsmith – Don’t Delay
Detroit Spinners – Love Is In Season
Isley Brothers – I Once Had Your Love (And I Can’t Let Go)
Rene & Angela – You Don’t Have To Cry
Melba Moore – Underlove
Change – Change Of Heart
Marc Staggers – Bring It HomeTo Me
Billy Griffin – Understand
Blackbyrds – The Baby
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Madagascar – Rainbow
Bryan Powell – I Think Of You
Adriana Evans – Suddenly
Anita Baker – Sweet Love
George Carrow – Angel Baby
Commodores – Flying High
Funk Masters – Have You Got The Time
Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – Jazz The DMX

Upcoming Gigs:

Friday 4th March
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
(Every First Friday Of the Month)
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve, Brian Kelly & guest DJ
“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Tel: (01268) 775100

Friday 4th March
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
(Every 1st Friday of the month)
Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
Free Entry All Night
8.30pm – 2.00 am

Saturday 5th March
“The Soulbeat Sessions”
(Every first Saturday of the month)
The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent
DJs: Terry Brown & guests
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 5th March
“KTF Soul Club 6th Birthday Party”
Downstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Dick Coombes & Sean Pumfrett
Tickets £6 in advance (inc free CD) or £8 on the door
7.30pm – 1.00 am

Saturday 5th March
(also 16th April/7th May/4th June)
“Movers & Shakers”
The Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, Essex, RM13 9EL
“Two Rooms Of Music: Club Classics, Funk & Soul, old & new”
DJs: Steve G & Robbie Collins plus guests
Tickets £5 ; Over 30s ; 8pm – 1.30am
(07910)758621 –

Friday 11th March
“Soul Reunited”
RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB
DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Jazzbod
9pm – 2am ; £5 Entry
Tel (01708) 762743

Saturday 12th March
“Canvey Island Goldmine Reunion”
The Monico, Eastern Esplanade, Canvey Island, SS8 7DN
Original Goldmine DJs: Jeff Young, Snowboy, Bob Jones & Grumpy Brown
“Jazz-Funk, Soul, Rare Grooves – Genuine pre-1984 Goldmine Music!”
9pm – 3am

Saturday 12th March
“Shuffle !!”
Coco Latino, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LG
“Steaming Funk, Cool Jazz, Crossover Fusion,
Latin Rhythms, Afro Beats & Samba Kandi”
9pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
DJ Lee Aitch

Saturday 12th March
“Soul By The Sea”
(Every Second Saturday)
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom G Edgar , Peter Hayes , Tommy Boy
Guest DJ: James JJ Williams
7.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry !

Friday 18th March
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Weekender & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Friday 18th March
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Rare Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracey Shaw plus guests
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 19th March
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 19th March
“Soul By The Jetty – Spring Special!”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly, Ian Holmes
Special Guest: Original Canvey Boy : Steve Brown
“Jazz, Funk, Soul, Nu-Jazz, Soulful House & more”
“Keeping The Goldmine Spirit Alive on Canvey Island”

Friday 25th March
“The Long Good Friday – Part 3”
Essex Sports Village, Purfleet Road, Aveley, RM15 4DT
“Two Rooms Of Soul & More…”
6pm – 2am ;
Tickets £10
Stomp DJ Team

Saturday 26th March
“The 8th Annual Frog March”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul All Dayer in memory of legendary DJ Froggy”
Three rooms of tunes – Main Room, House Room &
A special Vinyl Room !
1pm – 2am ; Free Admission
Saturday 9th April
“The Kent Soul Sessions – Spring Affair”
TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF
DJs: Tony Matthews plus guests TBC
8pm – 1am ; £7 on the door

Saturday 16th April
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Southend-on-Sea
“Four Tops Tribute Act”
DJ John Watson
Finger Buffet – 18 + age group
Tickets £17.50 (no booking fee)
Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 23rd April
“The Madness Of St Georges Day”
Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL
12 DJs including :
Jeff Young, Gary Dennis, Tony Fernandez
Paul Clark, Bob Masters & Grumpy Brown
Tickets: £10 between 1st Feb & 8th Feb – more afterwards

Saturday 21st May
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Featuring Kenny Thomas – Live !
Paringdon Sports Club, Harlow, CM19 4QT
DJs: Les Knott, Brian Kelly, Fatbloke Lee, DJ Dab & Danny Peters
Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door

Saturday 28th May
“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston
7.30pm ; Tickets £20 / £22
(01268) 465 465

Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)
“Killer Soul All-Dayer”
The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE
Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics
Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…

Saturday 18th June
“The Magic Of Motown”
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea
“10th Anniversary Show”
Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,
Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.
Tickets from £22 – £29 ; 8pm start
Tel: (01702) 351135
Saturday 2nd July
“SOS Live”
Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea
“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”
4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)
Tel: (01702) 351135

Friday 15th July
“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”
7.30pm ; Tickets £23
(01268) 465 465


Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March
“SFA 2016 – The Soul Family Affair !”
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BB
Two Rooms: 1) Nu Soul, Boogie, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk
2) Motown, Jazz, Northern, Reggae, Modern Classics
DJs include: Martin Collins, Tony Fernandez, Ian Reading
Brian Kelly, Chris Brown & Les Knott
More info at or :

Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March (Easter!)
“The Claremont Soul Weekend”
Claremont Pier, Lowestoft, NR33 0BS
“Four Rooms of Soulful Classics, RnB, Jazz-Funk & House”
**Beggar & Co – Live Set ! **
DJs including:
Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Phil Baker & Stretch Taylor
More details from :

Friday 27th – Monday 30th May
“Bless The Funk”
Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU
Strictly for the Over 30s
“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul
2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”
DJs: Peter P & Trish
Free Entry ; 8pm – 2am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Dress

Fridays :
“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry ; Over 30s
(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
First Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe – Marco’s , Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
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 2016 ? 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