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Neil Gits Ready

12th November 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

I can’t believe it ! On Monday, my little boy Nathan becomes a teenager ! It doesn’t seem five minutes since he was tagging along to Gateway with me after school on a Monday evening and spending the time playing with countless Spiderman, Ben 10 and Dr Who toys, not to mention about 16 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the studio floor while I hosted my early shows in Kelting House. So, as it’s a special occasion, I will be taking the night off and you can enjoy a specially pre-recorded show, packed with terrific tunes from the soul world of the 70s 80s & beyond.

Meanwhile, there’s a second chance to hear the latest “new” show including regular features such as the “Old Gits Jazzy Bit”, the “Tasty 12” and the “Sound Of The Streets” plus I unveiled the “Featured Artist” for November. Check out the full playlist below and tune in at 5pm today …

The Tunes

Earth Wind & Fire – In The Stone
Debarge – Rhythm Of The Night
Little Anthony & George Benson – Electric Together
Stylistics – What’s Your Name
Barbara Mason – Another Man
Diana Ross – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Cliff Payne & Freda Payne – No Pain No Gain
Billy & Sarah Gaines – I Found Someone
Bobby Womack – Secrets
Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
Crown Heights Affair – I’m Gonna Love You Forever
Eddie Kendricks – Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire (DJ Reverend P Edit)
Champs Boys – Tubular Bells
Martha Reeves – No One There
Jackson Five – I Want You Back (1988 Remix)
Gloria Gaynor – Never Can Say Goodbye
Bettye Swann – Kiss My Love Goodbye
Mather – Seven Years
Luther Vandross – The Other Side Of The World
Barry White – Practice What You Preach
Levi Jackson – This Beautiful Day
Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
Art Porter – Undercover

The Gigs

Saturday 12th November

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy plus guests

Free Entry  ;  8pm  –  1am


Friday 18th November

“Five Star Soul”

Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS

Two Rooms: Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge

DJs: Greg Edwards (Special Guest)

Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,

Jon Ovel, Mark Lee, Steve Abbs, Simon Croft

7.30pm  –  2.00am  ;  Over 30s only

Tickets £15  ;  Tel: (01375) 891402


Friday 18th November

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes & Soulful House” DJs: Bully & MJ plus Special Guest

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 18th November

“Soul Kitchen”

The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW

(Every 3rd Friday of the month)

“Rare Soul Night”

DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


Friday 18th November

“J.D. The Soul Man – Live!”

The Royal Tiger, Rettendon, CM3 8EE

Reception with champagne, cocktails and canapés 6.30pm

Dinner with luxury set menu 7.30pm

Live show followed by disco 9pm

Tickets £25 per person

(01245) 403030


Saturday 19th November

“Funkin’ For Dementia II”

The Greenhouse, Belfairs Woods, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4LR

“Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society”

5pm  –  2am  ;  Wristbands £10


Saturday 19th November

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve “The Best In Jazz-Funk and Soul”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Sunday 20th November

“Shalamar – Live!”

The Indigo O2, London, SE10 0AX

“Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniels & Carolyn Griffey”

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm


Thursday 24th November

“Kenny Thomas – Live!”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

Tickets £10   –  Tel : (01277) 656581


Saturday 26th November

“Soul By The Sea”

The Ship, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EA

DJs: Garry Dennis, Garry Cattle, Mick Liste

Chris White and Colin “Jazzy” Barnby

“The best in new and old soul, funk, latin,

Soulful house & boogie tunes !”

8pm – 1am  ;  Tickets £7 on the door


Sunday 27th November

“Sunday Soul Sessions”

The Victoria Pub, Romford, RM1 2PA

DJs: Sandra Citizen Soul, Mike Shade, John Walcott

& Special Guest DJ: Roy Medallion

“Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Rare Grooves

Soulful House & 80s Soul Classics “

5pm  –  11pm  ;  Free Entry


Friday 2nd December

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 2nd December

“Essex Soul Sessions”

Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ

DJ: Simon “Whistles” Ford plus guests

“Soul, Disco, Funk & Weekender Anthems”

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm – 2.00am


Friday 2nd December

“Stevie Wonder Tribute Show”

The Royal Tiger, Rettendon, CM3 8EE

Reception with champagne, cocktails and canapés 6.30pm

Dinner with luxury set menu 7.30pm

Live show followed by disco 9pm

Tickets £25 per person

(01245) 403030


Saturday 3rd December

“Soul Nation Xmas Ball”

Colchester Town Hall

DJs: Simon Van Os, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez,

John Douglas, Nick Gunn, Les Broughton

“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Latin, Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Soulful House and Swing”

8pm – 1am ; £15 – Tel (07775) 764363

“Black tie for guys, cocktail dress for girls”


Saturday 10th December

“Essex Funkers Xmas Bash – 6th Year!”

Harlow Town FC, CM19 5BE

DJs: Jonny Layton, Les Knott, Pete Collins

Danny Peters & Dab

8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Tel: (07791) 995670 or (07500) 481192



Saturday 10th December

“KTF Soul Club Festive Knees Up”

Downstairs at the Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road,

Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0AQ

Guest DJs: Dick Coombes & Mick Love

“Northern Soul, 60s RnB, Rare Motown & A Little Latin”

Tickets £6 in advance, £10 on the door if available !

7.30pm  –  1am  –  Contact : Danny (07895) 538835


Friday 23rd December

“Xmas Killer Soul”

The Chichester, Old London Road, Wickford, SS11 8UE

“3 Rooms of Soul, Jazz-Funk, R’n’B, Soulful House,

Club Anthems, Disco, Jazz and more !”

Full Zero DJ line-up including :

Ian Reading, Merve The Swerve, Bully,

Paul Kidley, Matt Jackson & Mark Lee

8pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets £7.50 until 31st October

Thereafter or on the door £12.50



Friday 7th January

“Breakwater & The Pockets – Live !”

The Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2, London

Plus DJs: Greg Edwards, Gordon Mac & Jeff Young

Doors: 7pm   Show: 8pm

Tickets £25  –  Tel (01207) 412 8778




Margate Soul Festival 2017

Friday 4th Aug, Sat 5th Aug & Sun 6th Aug

*Tickets on sale from 8pm Tuesday 8th November !*

Price £44 to access all evening live events and club nights.



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B Hip Hop & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Gef Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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 !


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 – plus you can catch it again Saturday evening from 5pm – 7pm