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Neil Gits About In Margate

6th August 2014
Posted by Neil Matthew

I’ve certainly mentioned it before many times on the show, but what an event the Margate Soul Weekend is ! I missed out last year unfortunately, but made sure I kept last Saturday free to have a good 12 hours worth of mingling with the people and the music that make is so special. I met so many familiar faces that I don’t see too often and a few more that I hadn’t seen for donkeys years, plus I made a few new acqauintances through friends of friends. I don’t think I’ve got the strength in my fingers to type out all the names of the DJ buddies I re-met up with from the Basildon area who were down there either playing or socializing like myself and as for the tunes … well … just take a listen to my show from last Monday when  repeated at 5pm on Saturday to get a tiny flavour, I could not resist “borrowing” a few ideas from the guys’ sets down on the Kent coast ! I think I might be mentioning that fantastic day out next Monday too … and the Monday after that 😉

The Tunes

Linx – Intuition
Billy Paul – Bring The Family Back
Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer
Junior Walker & The Allstars – Shotgun
Peaches & Herb – The Love Stealers
Damaris – What About My Love
Dina Carroll – If I Knew You Then
Gretchen Parlato – All That I Can Say
Kleeer – Never Cry Again
Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up
David Bendeth – Feel The Real
Lesette Wilson – Caveman Boogie
Trevor Walters – Love Me Tonight
Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye (A Tom Moulton Mix)
Players Association – I Like It
Soulutions – Listen
Dennis Edwards – Coolin’Out
Marvin Gaye – You Sure Love To Ball
Ken Williams – Sweet Music Soft Lights & You
Jonathan Butler – Lies
Jackson 5 – Mirrors Of My Mind

The Gigs

Friday 8th August
(Every Second Friday)
“Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJ: Bully
“Soul Funk Disco, Old Skool, Club Anthems, 70s – 90s”
Over 25s Only ; Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;

Saturday 9th August
“Soul Ladies Live !”
The White Hart Inn, Bridge Road, Moreton, CM5 0LH
“Soul & Motown Classics”
8.30pm start – Free Entry
Tel: (01277) 890890

Friday 15th August
“Soulful Seduction”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Modern & Classic Soul, Funk, Disco & Club Anthems
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ Merv The Swerve
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry

Saturday 16th August
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta
“The Very Best In Jazz-Funk, Soul & Boogie”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 16th August
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT65JQ
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom Edgar
8pm – 1am – Free Entry

Sunday 17th August
“Sunday Soul Sessions – Garden Party”
Golden Fleece, Capel Road, Wanstead
Nearest tube stations – Wanstead Park & Woodgrange Road
DJs: Tricia Butler, DJ Looney, Sandra C & guests
James Anthony & Ray Medallion (King Of Lovers Rock)
“Club Classics, Soul, House, Jazz-Funk Rare Grooves & Reggae”
3pm – 11pm ; Free Entry
Children welcome ; dogs on short leads too !
Wheelchair friendly

Wednesday 20th August
“The Drifters & Heatwave – Live!”
The Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
7.30pm start ; Tickets £12.50
On sale from reception at the venue (01277)632378

Saturday 23rd August
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Reunion”
Firemen’s Club, Purfleet Road, Aveley, RM154DT
Family Fun Day with BBQ, bouncy castle & 5-a-side footy
Plus two rooms of DJs playing soul music !
2pm – 2am ; Tickets £15 or £10 with a HSW wristband

Saturday 23rd August
“Club Classics At The Black Prince”
Holiday Inn, A2, Bexley
DJ: Steve Kite and guests – 2 rooms of music
“80s Soul Funk Boogie & Disco, 90s House & R’n’B Classics”
Over 25s ; 8pm – 2am ; Wristbands only £8 in advance

Saturday 23rd August
“The Soul Capital”
OMG Bar, Bexley Village, DA5 1LA
DJs: Gracy G, Funky & Silva playing
70s 80s 90s & 00s Anthems”
8pm – 2am ; £10 in advance, £15 on the door
Tel: (07982) 244650

Sunday 24th August
“Summer Soul Fiesta”
The Cromwell Manor, Watt Tyler Lane, Pitsea, SS16 4UH
1pm – 1am – All-Dayer!
Tickets £15 in advance, £20 On The Door
Headline DJ: Greg Edwards
Plus: Garry Dennis, James Anthony, Colin Hudd, Andy John,
Cosmic, Fat tel, Chris White, Gavin Page, Ian Sellers & Birdy
“Two rooms of soul, funk, jazz & soulful house”

Friday 29th August
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ;
Arrive before 10pm to avoid disappointment – Over 25s only

Friday 29th August
“Five Star Soul”, Orsett Hall, Princes Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
Two rooms of Jazz-Funk & Soul :
“The Soul Pavilion” & “The Jazz-Funk Lounge”
DJs: Rev Brian Kelly, Lee Fatbloke Aldwinkle, John Ovel,
Ian Jons, Mark Lee & Nick Gunn
7.30 pm – 2am ; Tickets £15
Tel (01375) 891402 – Orsett Hall Events Team

Saturday 30th August
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party”
The Oysterfleet, Knightswick Road, Canvey Island, SS8 7RB
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly plus guests:
Jazzbod & Paul Clark
“100% jazz-funk & soul with a sprinkling of nu-jaz & soulful house”
8.30pm – 1.00 am ; wristbands £7 from

Saturday 30th August
“Summer Soul”
Banks Bar, Banks Street, Maidstone, ME14 1SJ
Imagination & Jaki Graham – live on the Terrace !
Plus DJs: Greg Edwards & Jeff Young
8pm – 2am
Tickets £25 (Standard) or £35 (VIP)
Tel: (01622)676799

Friday 5th September
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJ: Bully & guest TBC
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s ;
“Soul Funk Disco & old Skool Club Anthems”

Wednesday 10th September
“Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – LIVE !”
Towngate Theatre, Basildon
7.30pm start ; Tickets £21
Tel : (01268) 465 465

Sunday 14th September
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
KGV Pub (King George V), Cranbrook Road, Redbridge, IG26SX
Nearest tube station : Gants Hill
DJs: Tricia Butler,Kevin Connolly, Peter Poyton
Sandra Citizen Soul & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jazz-Funk, Reggae”
3pm – 11pm ; Free Entry ; Wheelchair & family friendly

Sunday 14th September
“Olivers Sunday Club”
Berkeley House, High Street, Rochester, Kent
DJs: Birdy, Abbo, Sponge, Kev Cole, Guy Unger,
Johnny Skates & more …
“The Best in Soul Funk , Jazz & House”
Free Entry ; 4pm start …

Thursday 18th September
Friday 19th September
“The O’Jays – Live!”
Celebrating 50 Years Of Soul
The Indigo O2, London
7pm – 10pm
After Party till 2am with DJs playing
“Disco, Soul & Funk Classics”
Seated & Standing Tickets Available at

Saturday 20th September
“Handbags & Gladrags”
“Carnival & Caister Warm-Up Special”
Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford, SS129AT
“Soul, RnB, House, Hip-Hop & Everything on the Urban Tip”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Paul Clark & Euan Bass”
8pm – Late ; £3 before 10pm ; £5 after

Saturday 27th September
“KTF Soul Club”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS170AQ
7.30pm – 1.00 am
Wristbands £6 In Advance, just 120 tickets available
“Northern Soul & Associated Sounds …”

Saturday 27th September
“Soulful Seduction”
The Treacle Mine, Grays
“80s Club Classics & Soul Anthems, 90s RnB & Soulful House”
DJs: MJ & Bully
8pm till late ; Free Entry

Bless The Funk 2015
Friday 22nd May – Monday 25th
The Azur, Hastings
“Soul Anthems,Jazz-Funk & Boogie, Classic Soul & Motown,
Northern, 2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House Classics,etc”
Weekly Event:
Fridays : “Soul Night Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
DJs: Paul Kidley, Bully, Mikey Porter & guests on rotation
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 5th Sept
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 15th Aug
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 16th Aug
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 16th Aug
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 29th Aug

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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 !

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