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Neil Gits Hammered By Half-Term!

4th November 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

As any self-employed parent of a nine year old will tell you, half-term weeks are not the most productive ones of the year! This week just gone was certainly no exception to the rule, with Halloween being in the middle meaning more work to squeeze in and a friend’s car inconsiderately conking out at the start of it seeing me on the road twice covering her part-time delivery job as her official holiday/illness cover – and then the M25 on Friday really bit me on the bum causing a four drop run around Essex Herts & West London to take a ridiculous NINE HOURS!!! So it’s with no sarcasm at all that I say “Roll on Monday!” yearning to get back in the normal routine and all things being equal prepare another cracking live “Old Gits Soul Show” for you to enjoy from 7-9pm…

I hope you caught last week’s “Halloween” themed show – here are the songs I played:

Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway    Back Together Again 
Ripple    I Don’t Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky
Imagination    Flashback
Jackie Wilson    Whispers Getting’ Louder 
George Duke    Shine On
Loose Ends    Choose Me
O’Jays    Brandy
Will Downing    La La Means I Love You
Yvonne Gage    Doin’ It In A Haunted House
Donna Summer    Dim All The Lights
D Train    Keep On
Hot R S – House Of The Rising Sun
Steve Khan    Darling Darling Baby 
Honey Cone    Want Ads
Level 42    The Chinese Way
Phylis Hyman    Screaming At The Moon
Teddy Pendergrass & Stephanie Mills – Take Me In Your Arms Tonight
David Peaston    Take Me Now 
Sylvester    Here Is My Love
Bobby Marchan    Push The Button
Arthur King  –  Fear 

And, fully updated, here are the latest gigs for the rest of 2013 !

Thursday 7th November

“The Stylistics Greatest Hits Tour”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm   –   Tickets  £26
(Also on Wed 6th Nov at The Cliffs Pavillion)

Friday 8th November
“Five Star Soul”
The Orsett Hall, just off the A128, Orsett
“Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm  –  2am
Tickets £15  –  Over 30s Only
Tel: (01375) 891402
More details to follow….

Friday 8th November
“So Soulful”
The Holly Tree, Northdown Road, Margate, CT9 3PG
DJ Lee Aitch plays all things soulful & funky
8pm – 1am ; Free Admission

Saturday 9th November
“The Team feat Angelo Starr”
The Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea
Special performance from Edwin Starr’s band
Marks 10th Anniversary of his death, feat son Angelo
Tickets £22     –     8pm start
(01702) 351135

Saturday 9th November (Every 2nd Saturday Of the Month)
“Be Chic!”
The Crown, High Street, Billericay
Soulful Seduction DJs MJ & Bully present…
“Old Skool Soul, RnB, Carwash & Soulful Club Anthems”
8.30  –  12.30          Free Entry

Saturday 9th November
“The Real Goldmine Reunion”
Monico, Canvey Island, SS8 7DN
DJs: Chris Hill, Snowboy, Jeff Young & Gary Dennis
9pm  –  3am  ;  Tickets £10 In Advance or £15 OTD
Full info at :

Saturday 16th November
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)
7.30pm start   –  Free Entry 

Saturday 16th November
“Soul Power”
Sidney’s Bar/Lounge, Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6HE
“70s 80s & 90s Classics & Nu Soul”
9pm  –  3am ; £8 Entry

Saturday 16th November
“Soul Ascension No:4”
The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
DJs: Jason Anderson & Theresa B
“Classic & Upfront Urban Soul, Boogie, RnB & Smooth Grooves”
8pm – 1am

Saturday 23rd November
“Treacle Mine Soul & 90s Anthems Night”
The Treacle Mine, Lodge Lane, Grays, RM17 5PR
DJs: MJ & Bully
“Retro Soul Sounds & 90s Club Anthems”
8pm  –  12 Midnight  ;  Free Entry

Sunday 24th November (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Tricia Butler, Bonnie DJ, Richard Brown, Sandra C & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm  –  11pm – soulful family atmosphere
Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !

Friday 29th November (Every Last Friday)
“Friday Night Live!”
Bar Plazma, Wickford High Street, SS12 9AT
“Soul, funk, disco & club classics”
DJs: Bully & Merve The Swerve
Over 25s only ; Free Entry ; 8.30  – 2am 

Friday 29th November (Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves from the 70s & 80s”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Dave Bishop, Frostie
Free Entry  –   8pm  –  1am

Saturday 30th November (Every Last Saturday)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert & Tommy Gun
“70s & 80s Disco Classics”
8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry

Friday 6th December
“Northern Soul Night”
The Curlew Pub, Gandalfs Ride, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WS
DJ: Ricky Oatham
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB & A Few Soul Classics”
8.30  –  11.30pm  ;  Free Entry 

Friday 6th December  (Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guest Brian Kelly
“Old School Soul, Funk & Disco plus a sprinkling of Nu Soul &
Soulful House From The 70s Upwards”
“Weekender Anthems All The Way!”
Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am

Friday 6th December
“Westcoast Soulstars with Digi Soul & Laura Jackson”
Westcoast Bar, Margate
DJ: Fitzroy The Buzzboy
Tickets £10

Saturday 7th December
“Hockley Soul Night”
Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive
“70s & 80s Soul Anthems plus a great atmosphere!”
DJ: Geoff Grove
8pm – 1am   ;   Tickets £6 in advance, £7 On The Door

Saturday 7th December
“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”
The Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ
DJs: Gavin Page, Mark Gurcha Collins & Tom Page
“Northern Soul Event”
Tickets £5 In Advance including free CD ! (£8 OTD = no CD)
7.30pm  –  1am 

Saturday 7th December (Every First Saturday)
“Soul On The Harbour  – 3rd Anniversary Special !”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert, Paul Spickett plus guests
“70s 80s & 90s Soul & Jazz-Funk Anthems”
Free Admission   –   8pm – 1am

Friday 13th December
“Xmas Killer Soul – With Kenny Thomas!”
Rayleigh Club Golf Resort
8.30pm  –  Ticket Info to follow…

Saturday 14th December
“Handbags & Gladrags 2”
Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford, SS12 9AT
DJs: Stretch Taylor, Brian Jay, Euan Bass, Gayle Lawless
9pm  –  2am
More Info to follow…

Saturday 14th December
“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
Harlow Town FC
Two rooms of funky soulful music provided by:
DJs: Les Knott, Marky Mark, Frostie, Terry Munro…
…and Scott Savill, Marky P, DJ Bushbaby
8pm –  1am   ;  Tickets £10

Friday 20th December
“The Woodmans Xmas Soul Special”
The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh, Thundersely, SS7 3TA
DJs: Bully & MJ
“Nu Soul, Street Sounds, Soul & Funk Anthems, Soulful House & Ibiza Classics”
For ticket details visit:

Friday 27th December (Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Vetro Bar, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Funk, Soul & Rare Grooves from the 70s & 80s”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Nick Aravis
Free Entry  –   8pm  –  1am   –   Smart Dress Code

Tuesday 31st December
“New Years Eve Soul Family Affair”
The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD
8pm  –  2am       –      Tickets £5


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2013 ? 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.