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Neil Gits The Lurgy

27th March 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s been a long week. First of all there was the funeral on Monday, then on Tuesday Nathan got ill with coughing & sickness and missed two days off school, school holidays began on Thursday and I had loads of work to do preparing for a busy weekend with a sick son to deal with who spent most of Thursday & Friday watching endless quiz shows on Challenge TV !! To top it all come Friday night, I too had copped some of his bugs, though I seem to have come off quite lightly. I still had to take a bit of time out to recover though, hence a late blog this week – I hope your Easter weekend is going better !

Just to let you know that Easter Monday’s show is a pre-recorded one and I won’t be live in the studio, but on Monday week we will kick off the “summer season” with a couple of new features and a bit of tweaking around of things – and lots more vinyl cuts !! 🙂

Check out my latest playlist below along with a fully up to date gigs list :

The Tunes

Stevie Wonder  –  Do I Do

Al Jarreau  –  Love Is Waiting

Barry White  –  Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe

Aretha Franklin – Don’t Play That Song

Whispers  –  Let’s Go (All The Way)

Maze  –  We Are One

Diana Ross  –  If We Hold On Together

Anita Baker  –  No One In The World

Regina Belle  –  Show Me The Way

Gladys Knight & The Pips  –  Bourgie Bourgie

Phylis Hyman  –  Tonight You & Me

Teena Marie  –  365

O’Jays  –  Darling Darling Baby

Lou Rawls  –  See You When I Get There

Teddy Pendergrass  –  You Can’t Hide From Yourself

Jean Carn  –  Lonely Girl In A Cold World

Bobby Womack  –  Gypsy Woman

Gerald Alston  –  I Come Alive When I’m With You

Marvin Gaye  –  My Love Is Waiting

Luther Vandross  –  Since I Lost My Baby

Stylistics  – I’m Stone In Love With You

IncognitoCan’t Get You Out Of My Head

Will Downing  –  This Song Is For You

Earth Wind & Fire  –  Fantasy

George Benson  –  What’s On Your Mind

Ronnie Laws  –  Heart Station

The Gigs

Sunday 27th March

“Harbour Soul”

Miles Bar, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LN

DJs: Micky B & Paul French

8pm – 1am

“All things soulful old & new”


Sunday 27th March

“Soulbeat Easter All Dayer”

The Northern Belle, Mansion Street, Margate, CT9 1HE

DJs: Nigel Watson, Terry Brown, Tom G Edgar,

James JJ Williams, DJ Miss Behaving

Free Entry ; 2pm – 10pm


Friday 1st April

“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

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 1st April

“Underground Soul”

Ground Zero, The Lion & Lamb, Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7SD

DJs: Ian Holmes, Colin Jazzy Barnby & Jonny Layton

“Soul Funk Rare Grooves & Jazz-Funk”

9pm – 2am   ;  £3 OTD


Friday 1st April

“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 2nd April

“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 2nd April

“We Got The Funk”

The White Horse, Coxtie Green road, Brentwood, CM14 5PX

**Charity Event !! **

“80s Funk & Soul Classics”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Steve Wren & Mr C

Special Guest: Kenny Thomas singing live !

7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £30 including food

Tel: Mandi (07793) 745505


Saturday 9th April

“Shuffle !!”

Coco Latino, Military Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9LG

“Scorching Funk, Cool Jazz, Crossover Fusion,

Latin Loveliness, Afro Beats & Samba Vibes”

9pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

DJ Lee Aitch


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 9th April

“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: TBC

7.00pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry !


Friday 15th April

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 15th April

“Soul Kitchen”

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


Friday 15th April

“United Soul Club”

United Services Club, Station Road, Birchington, CT7 9RE

DJ: Tom G Edgar

7.30pm – 11pm


Saturday 16th April

(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 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 16th April

(also 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



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 23rd April


The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

8pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Thursday 12th May

“Mica Paris In Concert”

The Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea

Tickets £20 – £24

Tel (01702) 351135


Saturday 14th May

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

DJs: Jon Drake & Robin Quartermain plus the KTF team

7.30pm  –  1am

Tickets £6 in advance


Saturday 14th May

“Harbour  Soul”

The True Briton, Folkestone Harbour, CT20 IQN

DJs: James O’Reilly, The Pax & guests

“Soul, Funk, Motown, Rare-Groove, Disco & Jazz-Funk”

£3 OTD ; 9pm – 3am


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 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”


Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



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)



DJ Devon at The Stone Inn, St Lawrence Bay 2pm – 6pm



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

First Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

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

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