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Neil Gits News Of Loads Of New Gigs!

26th September 2013
Posted by Neil Matthew

In something of a “holiday hangover” frame of mind, I’ve had a feeling over the last couple of weeks that I’d missed out on some information about one or two of the regular soul gigs that I feature on my “Recommended Old Gits’ Nights Out” spot. So I went to my various sources, armed with a fine tooth comb, and boy what a lot I found! It seems that all the bi-monthly events that were last held in August are having a night in the middle of October well before their C*****mas bash and anyone I hadn’t heard from for a while is back with a next installment either before or after that time – not to mention those soul promoters who are planning waaaaaay ahead and actually selling C*****mas tickets right now – obscene!!! 😉

So, if you are short of ideas of soulful ways to be entertained after the wonderful summer memories have started to fade away or are desperate to fill your diary with things to look forward to in the “lull” before the mad C*****mas season, have a look below my latest playlist at the latest listings. At the risk of being the first person to ever run out of space on the internet, I’ve posted ALL the information I could find for the rest of 2013!

The Tunes

Detroit Spinners    Wake Up Susan

Galaxy    Head Over Heels

Heatwave    The Groove Line

Sam Cooke    Frankie & Johnny

Van McCoy    Soul Cha Cha

Patti Labelle    I’m In Love Again

Will Downing    Ooh Baby Baby

Glenn Jones    Stay

Claudja Barry    Boogie Woogie Dancin’Shoes

Alexander O’Neal – What Can I Say To Make You Love Me

Sweet Thunder    Everybody’s Singing Love Songs  

Bunny Sigler    Things Are Gonna Get Better

Dave Grusin    City Lights

Freda Payne    Bring The Boys Home

Funkadelic    One Nation Under A Groove

Gaz    Sing Sing

Sunshine Anderson    Heard It All Before 

Bobby Womack    Harry Hippie

New York Port Authority    Guess I’m Gonna Cry 

TJM    Am I Dreaming

Sylvester    Someone Like You

The Gigs….deep breath !


Friday 27th September (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 27th September (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 28th September
“Disco Inferno – Car Wash Special !”
Marcos Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
“70s Disco & Cheesy Tunes!”
DJs: Bully & The Bish
8.30 start      Free Entry
Saturday 28th September (Every Last Saturday)
“Disco Stomp”
Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate
DJs: John Herbert & Tommy Gun
“70s & 80s Disco Classics”

8pm    1am  ;  Free Entry


Sunday 29th September (Every Last Sunday Of The Month)
“Sunday Soul Sessions”
The Victoria, Victoria Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 2PA
DJs: Bonnie DJ, Ricky O, Frostie, Peter P & guests
“Club Classics, Soulful House, Jaff-Funk, Reggae”
3pm  –  Midnight – soulful family atmosphere

Supervised children over 5 years old welcome before 7pm !


Friday 4th October 2013 (Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS67JQ
DJ Bully plus guest Nick Gunn
“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


Saturday 5th October (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


Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th October

“Bless The Funk – Mini Weekender!”

The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 2UU

“Two rooms of jazz-funk ‘n’ soul floorfillers & anthems”

Weekend wristbands: £18 (+£2 booking fee)

Tel: (07557)884966 (Dave) for more details or go to:


Friday 11th October

“Soul & Motown Night”

Westcliff Hard LTC, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea

DJs: Johnny Famous & John Barrall

7.30 start    £5 Entry


Saturday 12th October (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 12th October
“Soul At The Cherry – 2nd Bite!”
The Cherry Tree, Queen Street, Brentwood, CM14 5JZ
DJ: Stevie B plus The Bish & Ian Holmes
“Soul Anthems & Jazz-Funk Classics”
8pm    1am         Free Entry

Saturday 12th October

“Haven Full Of Soul All-Dayer”

The Greenhouse Bar, Southend Golf Club

3pm    1am               Tickets £10

In aid of Haven Hospice, Family do, Under 16s free


Friday 18th October

“Woodmans Soul Night”

The Woodmans Arms, Rayleigh Road, Thundersley SS7 3TA

“Soulful Funky Grooves of the 70s & 80s, plus some

Classic House Sounds Of The 90s…”

DJs: MJ & Bully

8.30    1am   ;   Free Entry


Saturday 19th October
The Knot, Beach Road, Westgate on Sea, CT8 8AD
“Upfront & Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Soulful House”
DJs: Micky B, Paul French, Jason Anderson

8pm  –  1am  ;  Admission Free  ;  Rooms Available !


Saturday 19th October
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Soul Night”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve (Caister)

7.30pm start   –  Free Entry


Saturday 19th October

“Soul Power!”

Sidneys Bar & Lounge, 545 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6HE


Soul & RnB Classics 70s 80s 90s, Rare Groove & Reggae

8pm – 3am  ;  £8 All Night


Saturday 19th October

“Soul By The Jetty”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

“Jazz Funk Soul & Swing”

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Gino Muscat,

Brian Kelly, Tony Matthews & Bonnie O’Brien

8pm    1.15am   ;    £5 Wristbands, advance only



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

“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 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



Friday 6th December

“Westcoast Soulstars with Digi Soul & Laura Jackson”

Westcoast Bar, Margate

DJ: Fitzroy The Buzzboy

Tickets £10


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


Friday 13th December

“Xmas Killer Soul – With Kenny Thomas!”

Rayleigh Club Golf Resort

8.30pm    Ticket 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


Tuesday 31st December

“New Years Eve Soul Family Affair”

The Westcoast Bar, King Street, Margate, CT9 1DD

8pm    2am             Tickets £5




 21st – 23rd March 2014

“Clacton Soul Weekender”

The Esplanade Hotel, Clacton On Sea, CO151UU


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Marcos, Rayleigh – next : 4th Oct

First Saturday: Soul On The Harbour, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 5th Oct

Second Saturday: Be Chic    The Crown, Billericay    next 12th Oct

Third Friday: Soul Night at The Curlew, South Woodham Ferrers – next 18th Oct

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 19th Oct

Last Saturday: Disco Stomp, Jacksons Wharf, Ramsgate – next: 28th Sept


Also recommended…

Most Friday Nights At …

Lot 75 , Shenfield,  DJ Graham Norton

Plazma, High Street, Wickford, DJ Geoff Grove

Every Friday: Funkin’ Fridays, Bar West One, Brentwood

These chaps play plenty of “our tunes” within their sets !


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!

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