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Neil Gits One More Road Trip In !

9th December 2017
Posted by Neil Matthew

You know that everything and everywhere is going to go mental over the next couple of weeks, but with a rare opportunity at this time of year to relax and enjoy some time out, the GF and me set off for Leicester on Thursday to cross a couple of “must do’s” off our list for 2017 before it was too late ! The National Space Centre was our destination, somewhere she really fancied going, being a bit of a ‘space nut’ and I found it very interesting and entertaining too. Afterwards we headed into the city centre to see the tomb of Richard III at the cathedral and of course all the decorations were up and they had a huge blue & white Xmas tree at the heart of the city – nice to take all the atmosphere in without rushing around trying to buy Xmas stuff, that’s Eastgate next week !!! lol

There and back we picked some choice soul CDs for the car and re-discovered some smashing tunes that deserve a second play on my show in the near future, but for now enjoy this selection on the repeat play from 5pm – 7pm today … and take a look at the gigs too, fully updated with last minute ideas for Xmas soul events and places to check out in the early weeks of 2018.

The Tunes

Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco, 70s, 80s and even some nice new tunes – but DEFINITELY no Xmas songs !! Two hours of fab music on your radio at 5pm today and Gateway 97.8FM :

Ripple – The Beat Goes On
Freeez – IOU
Shaun Escoffery – Healing Me
Princess – After The Love Has Gone (Chief Inspector Remix)
Jacksons – Strength Of One Man
Luther Vandross – Come Back
Heatwave – First Day Of Snow
Ed The Red – Time In A Bottle
Bobby King – Love Quake
Diana Ross – It’s My House
Willie Hutch – In & Out
Level 42 – 43
Young & Co – I Like What You’re Doing To Me
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Coffee – Slip & Dip
Kiki Kyte – Disco Chick
Gerald Alston – We’ve Only Just Begun
Shalamar – I Don’t Wanna Be The Last To Know
Dee Dee Bridgewater – Lonely Disco Dancer
George Benson – Supership
Dig Band – We Bring The Party
George Rene – Smokey Joe’s La La

The Gigs

Saturday 9th December
“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash”
The Sun Inn, Nazeing, EN9 2DE
DJs: Les Knott, Chris Brown, Grumpy Brown, John Searl & Dab
8.30pm – 1.00 am ; Wristbands £10
Tel: (07791)995670 / (07500)481192
Saturday 9th December
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am
Saturday 9th December
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Ben (Yours Truly)
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry
Friday 15th December
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction – Back 2 Basics Soul & Club Anthems”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s
Friday 15th December
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests Maxine Woon & Gavin Page
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700
Saturday 16th December
“Soul By The Jetty – Xmas Special 2017!”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“100% Soul, Funk, Jazz … and more !”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly
Special Guests: Tony Matthews & Jazzbod
8pm – 1am ; Wristband ONLY Event
£10 from or 07989 591399
Saturday 16th December
“Stomp Christmas Party 2017”
The Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL
“Two rooms of music with Stomp DJs playing great tunes !”
8pm – 1.30am – Tickets from
Saturday 16th December
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve
“Soul Disco Boogie & Jazz-Funk”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry
Friday 22nd December
“Let’s Get Funky”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs : Wayne D & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk % Soulful House”
8pm – 12.00 ; Free Entry
Saturday 23rd December
“Xmas Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, Lower Dunton Road, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, Les Knott, Garry Dennis
8pm – 1am ; Over 30s Only
Tickets £10 in advance / £15 on the door
Tel : (07914) 115439
Saturday 23rd December
“KTF Soul Club – Xmas Party”
Upstairs at The Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,
Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0AQ
7.30pm – 1am ; Over 18s
Special Guests: Dick Coombes & Mick Love
Tickets £10 in advance, more on the door …
Saturday 30th December
“Soul At The Wharf”
The Wharf Hotel, Grays, RM17 6SZ
DJ: Gary Walden
“Soul, Funk, Disco & Soulful House Classics”
8pm start – food served till 10pm
Free Entry, huge car park
Sunday 31st December
“Sunday Soul Sessions – NYE Party!”
Ilford Sports Club, Cricklefield Place, IG1 1FYFriday
“Soul, Jazz, Soulful House, Reggae, Lovers Rock & Funk”
Resident DJs Plus Live PA from “Everis”
“Family Friendly Event ; 7pm – 1am”
Tickets £12 (adults) £5 (Children under 18)
Sunday 31st December
“Let’s Get Funky – New Year’s Eve!”
The Inn On The Green, Mountnessing Road, Billericay, CM12 0EH
DJs: Wayne “Funky” D & Gary Walden
“The Very Best in Disco, Party & Club Classics”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am
Friday 5th January
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100
Friday 16th February 2018
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM6 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Lee Fatbloke Aldwinkle, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Sarah Jane Russell & Special Guest : Jim “The Syrup” Day.
7.30pm – 1.00am ; Tickets £15 from (01375)891402
Friday 16th March 2018
“40 Years Of Disco”
SSE Arena , Wembley
“Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Real Thing,
Boney M, Odyssey & George McCrae – live!”
Doors Open 6pm – 7.30pm start
Tickets from £56.50 …
29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”
£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals
Bookings on (02392)460044
More details to follow …
3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Full details on the website :
Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“Soul & Disco Classics, Motown & Caister Anthems”
DJs: Trish & Peter P
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;
“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell
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
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Friday: Let’s Get Funky, Inn On The Green, Billericay
Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? 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 !
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