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Neil Gits More Gigs !

8th December 2019
Posted by Neil Matthew

It really is mad this time of year isn’t it ?! Never mind the shopping and the subsequent traffic, EVERYONE wants you to go out and have a Xmas Night Out – and there are only 31 days in December, with most taking place on the Fridays & Saturdays … so much soul, so little time.

My last blog had 8 “Festive Nights Out” on the gig list – this week I have found another SIX !! Read on below to see if one has popped up that is right up your street – there are also dates of some soul weekenders taking place next year too !

Rest assured there is absolutely no chance of hearing any Xmas songs, soulful or not, on my shows – they will be a little oasis of ‘normality’ in amogst all the mayhem if you struggle to embrace the joys of this time of year !! “The Old Gits Soul Show” will be LIVE on your radio this Monday from 7-9pm …

Playlist for 25th November

Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force

Bell & James – Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)

Neil Pierce feat Vanessa Freeman – Ready For Your Love

Barry White – Let The Music Play (Original LP Version)

Beau Williams – Give Me Up

Lillo Thomas – I Like Your Style

Raydio – Two Places At The Same Time

SouLutions – Beat Of My Heart

Bobby Thurston – Very Last Drop

Odyssey – Inside Out

Benny Golson – I’m Always Dancin’ To The Music

Peter Hinds Experience – Soul Reflections

Hil St Soul – For Your Love

Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin’

Four Tops – Sweet Understanding Love

Robert Knight – Love On A Mountain Top

Jeniqua – U Got It Goin’ On

Evelyn King – The Best Is Yet To Come

Regina Belle – Show Me The Way

Tom Grose & The Varsity – More Of You

Sade – Smooth Operator

Big Funk Factory – Yesterday’s Man

Playlist For 2nd December

Aurra – Like I Like It

Cameo – Back & Forth

JD’s Time Machine – Celebrate Your Body

Roy Ayers – Running Away

Billy Paul – People Power

Romina Johnson – More

Chapter 8 – I Just Wanna Be Your Girl

Jeniqua – Better Day

Atlantic Starr – Thank You

Detroit Spinners – Ghetto Child

Patti Labelle – It’s Alright With Me

Joe Sample – Night Flight

Cool Million – Save Your Love

Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Bourgie Bourgie

Shakatak – Feels Like The Right Time

Lina – Honey Trap

Ron E Beck – The Nearness Of You

Blackstreet – No Diggity (Billie Jean Remix)

Juan Laya/Jorge Montiel ft Xantone Blacq – Give Me The Night

Inner Circle – Everything Is Great

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out

Fridays 13th 20th 27th December

“Studio Fridays”

The Oakleigh, London Road, Leigh on Sea, SS9 3NE

“A glittering blend of House, Disco & Soul – both classic & new”

DJs: 13/12 – Brad Hudson

20/12 – Studio Xmas Party (open till 2am)

27/12 – Reece Brett

Free Entry – 9pm – 1am

Saturday 14th December

“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special”

Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

“New & Retro Soul, Funk, Afro, Latin, Soulful House & Jazzy Grooves”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Steve George

Special Guests: Jeff Young

8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £10 in advance only from

email: [email protected]

Text : (07960) 217136

Saturday 14th December

“Hampton Soul By The Sea”

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

“Soul, Funk, Disco & Rare Groove”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

DJs : Disco Dolly, Purple Hayes, Mr Mundy & Surprise Guest !

Friday 20th December

“Basildon Over 30s Night”

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

“A Soulful Xmas With Greg Edwards & John Osborne”

Jazz Funk & Soul – 9pm – 2am

Tickets £10 online, £12 OTD B4 10pm, £15 after

Friday 20th December

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Soulful Seduction – The Xmas Big One”

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

“70s 80s & 90s Soul House & Old Skool Club Anthems”

DJs: Bully & Matt Jackson

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

Friday 20th December

“Soul Reunited – Xmas Party”

RUSS Club, Mawney Road, Romford, RM7 7HB

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Jazzbod, Elliot M

Special Guests: Paul Kidley & Tom Holland

Tickets £10 – (01708)762743

Soul Reunited Christmas PartyFriday December 20th with guest DJs Paul Kidley & Tom Holland. Limited tickets available from the following link

Posted by Antony Matthews on Saturday, 2 November 2019

Friday 20th December

“Friday Soul Session – Xmas Party”

Pandoras Wine Bar, High St, Hornchurch RM12 4UN

“Soulful Grooves”

DJs Trish & Peter P

8pm – 1am

Saturday 21st December

“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”

The Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road Stanford Le Hope, SS17 0AQ

DJs : Dick Coombes & Mick Love

Tickets £10 in advance – more on the door if available

“Northern Soul, Motown, R n B & a splash of Latin”

Saturday 21st December

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

“Super Soul Christmas !”

The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT

DJ: Paul Eve & Mick Jackson

“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”

7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 21st December

“Xmas Soul Fiesta”

Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road,RM14 3TY

Three Rooms, 16 DJs !

8pm – 2am

“Funk Soulful House, Hip Hop, Rare Groove, Latin, Reggae…

…and a whole lotta Soul !”

Over 30s ; Advance Tickets £15

Tel: (07914)115439

Tuesday 24th December

“Xmas Eve Over Roast Of Joy”

Frankie’s Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch,RM12 6LJ

“Soul Weekender Anthems & Soulful House”

DJs: Sam Green, Paul Kidley, Max Fernandez & Jon Jules

*Free Xmas Finger Buffet from 7.30pm ! *

4pm – Midnight ; £10 on the door

Sunday 29th December

“Stomp On Sea Xmas Special !”

Maritime Room, Cliff Pavillion, Southend on Sea, SS0 7RA

“Two Rooms Of Soul, Funk & Jazz”

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10

Tuesday 31st December

“New Year’s Eve Shindig”

The Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs: Birdy, Abi Clarke, Paul Clark, Brian Jay, Danny T

Dave Lyn, Bob Masters, JP , Paul Kidley & more !

6pm – 1.00am ; Tickets in advance only £20

Tuesday 31st December

“Funky Beats For Your Soulful Feet …

…New Year’s Eve Party !”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade,Herne Bay, Kent ,CT6 5JG

DJs Tom G Edgar & Tommy Boy plus guests.

8pm – Late

*Tickets Available From The Bar*

Friday 3rd January

(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 4th January

(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

Sunday 26th January

(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

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

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 Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford

Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in the New Year 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” !