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Neil Gits Overheated

29th June 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

What a week ! So, so HOT … constantly, varying only from very HOT to very VERY HOT ! Still, I shouldn’t complain, blink and we’ll be shivering in snow and ice again …  And this Saturday my son and I are involved in a football tournament his team are taking part in all day in Witham, which for someone who really doesn’t do extreme sunshine (to be honest I don’t really do daylight !!) is going to be challenging to say the least. So here I am trying to get ahead with the admin and posting my blog 24 hours before this week’s repeat play for you to peruse and listen to either in the car on FM between 5 & 7pm or at home via “Listen Again” any time you like in the next 30 days or so … and it includes some very HOT tunes too !

The Tunes

Howard Johnson – So Fine
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Tom Glide feat Joe Leavy – Party People
Stephanie Mills – True Love Don’t Come Easy
Ian Foster – Count Me Out
Al Lindsey – Cotton Candy
Sherrick – Baby I’m For Real
L Young – Can’t Get You Off My Mind
Fern Kinney – Groove Me
Rick James – Superfreak
Tom Browne – Brighter Tomorrow
Eddie Drennon – Let’s Do The Latin Hustle
Tyra Levone – Can You Feel It
Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go
Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Baby Don’t Change Your Mind
Groove Association ft Georgie B – Dancing In Heaven
Miracle Thomas – You Take My Breath Away
Gwen McCrae – 90% Of Me Is You
K Avett & Noel Gourdin – Soldier
Phil Fearon & Galaxy – Everybody’s Laughing
Loletta Holloway – Love Sensation

The Gigs

Need some more soul in your summer ? Take a look at my “Recommended Old Gits Nights Out” listings :

Friday 29th June
“Back In Time”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon, SS14 1ER
“Old School Disco & 80s Club Classics”
DJs: Wayne D & Gary Walden
8pm – 1am ; £5 entry

Friday 29th June
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

Saturday 30th June
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“100% Soul, Jazz, Funk, Boogie, Soulful House & More”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Ian Holmes
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

Friday 6th July
(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

Saturday 7th July
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club,
Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, Jonny Layton & Bigger
8pm – 1am ; Advance Tickets £10
Available from Crazy Beat Records, Upminster
Call (07914) 115439 or (01268) 548444

Friday 13th July
“KTF Soul Club – Summer Sizzler”
Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope,
“Northern Soul Night”
DJs: Mark Bale & Rob Messer
7.30pm – 1am ; £7 Entry

Friday 13th July
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 14th July
(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 14th July
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 20th July
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
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 20th July
(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 Steve Guarnori & Kevin Higham
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 21st July
“Fishing For Soul”
Heron Angling Society, The Red Shelter, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RP
“Soul, Funk, 80s Disco, Rare Groove, Nu Disco & Funky House”
DJs: Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Guests
8pm – Midnight

Saturday 21st July
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0JT
DJ: Paul Eve
“The Very Best In Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Saturday 28th July
“KSS Summer All Dayer & Beach Party”
TJs Pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, DA12 2RF
DJ: Tony Matthews & guests from ‘Kent Soul Sessions’
2pm – 1am ; Food available
Tickets £10

Sunday 29th July
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & guests
“Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”
5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry

3rd 4th & 5th August
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :

Saturday 18th August
“Soul At The Edge”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus special guest DJ
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
email: [email protected]
mobile: (07526) 633693

Saturday 18th August
“Liquid Spirit 2”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, Disco, Old School Anthems”
DJs: Brian Power, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark,
Danny T, Marie Garaccio…
8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Sunday 26th August
“Omar & Full Live Band”
Boatyard Restaurant, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EN
DJ support from Urban All-Stars
8pm – 1am ; Smart dress
Tickets £20 (gig only) or £50 (inc 4-course meal)
(07702) 089264

Friday 7th September
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Johnny Layton, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Lee Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest : Sean French
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
Tickets £15 – Strictly Over 30s
(01375) 891402 –

Friday 7th September
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

Saturday 8th September
“Soul By The Sea”
Zabranos, The Broadway, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1SJ
DJs: Grumpy Brown, Colin Jazzy Barnby, Michael Cooper & Chris White
“Afro, Funk, Latin, Jazz Dance & Soulful House”
8pm -1am ; £7 On The Door

Saturday 15th September
“Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”
Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN
“Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”
DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden
Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door
“Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am

Caister 2018 :
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
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 Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

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 !

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” !