Neil Gits Ready For The Bank Holiday

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I have just spent most of Saturday in a field near Billericay at a youngsters five-a-side football tournament in which Nathan was taking part. His team didn’t reach the second round unfortunately, but I have to say it was a really enjoyable experience seeing so many local boys (and a few girls!) so enthusiatic about their footy, being supported by coaches and parents alike. Nathan even had a couple of school mates from another rival team come over and cheer him on at one point !

However, towards the end of our time there, it was a game of “shower-dodging” that I got involved in as the inevitable Bank Holiday weather started to show signs of developing, and after being exposed to the unfamiliar experience of fresh air for around six hours (!) I was glad to return home to my PC, write out my latest blog and tune in to some top tunes on the radio – these ones listed here in fact, to be heard on your radio from 5pm today !

The Tunes

Lou Rawls  –  Stop Me From Starting This Feeling

Coffee  –  Casanova

Earth Wind & Fire  –  Shining Star

Richard Jon Smith  –  Baby’s Got Another

Los Charly’s Orchestra  –  Sunshine

Damaris  –  What About My Love

Jean Carne  – Closer Than Close

Katie Leone  –  Yellow Flower

New York Skyy  –  Show Me The Way

Diana Ross  –  Love Hangover

Linda Clifford  –  Runaway Love

Commodores  –  Machine Gun

Garnet Mimms  –  Looking For You

Average White Band  –  Queen Of My Soul

Crown Heights Affair  –  Far Out

Ryle feat Kenny Thomas  –  Keep The Faith

Larry Gold feat Erro  –  Nothing

Chi-Lites  – Have You Seen Her

Bobby Paris  –  I Walked Away

Keith Sweat  –  I Want Her

The Sophisticated Funk  –  Move Your Body (Part 1)

The Gigs

Saturday 28th May

“Soul At The Wharf”

The Wharf Hotel, Wharf Road, South Grays, RM17 6SZ

DJ: Gary Walden

“Soul, Funk & Disco Anthems & Club Classics”

8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Beer Garden, Large Car Park, Food Till 10pm…


Saturday 28th May

“Whitney – Queen Of The Night”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £20 / £22

(01268) 465 465


Sunday 29th May (Bank Holiday)

“Killer Soul All-Dayer”

The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, SS11 8UE

Three Rooms of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Dance Anthems & Club Classics

Full Zero DJ team including Les Knott…


Sunday 29th May

“Soulbay Bank Holiday Special”

Lighthouse Bar, Harbour Arm, Margate, CT9 1JD

DJs: Grant Fisher, Matt B, Jason Andeson,

Micky B, Paul French & Terry Matthews

5pm –  11pm


Friday 3rd June

“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

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

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry ; Over 25s

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 3rd June

“Soul Weekender Vibe”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 4th June

“The Soulbeat Sessions”

(Every first Saturday of the month)

The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent

DJs: Terry Brown & guests

Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am


Saturday 11th June

“Stomp On Sea”

The Esplanade, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EE

DJs include : Scott James, Guy Unger, Grumpy Brown, Terry Matthews,

Gavin Page, Mark Gurcha Collins, Gary Walden & Simon Whistles Ford

Two rooms of music – “Main Club Room” & “Roof Terrace”

Tickets in advance only £10 ;

1pm  –  2am  ;


Saturday 11th June

“Soul By The Sea”

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

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry

Friday 17th June

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 17th June

“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, Tracey Shaw plus guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700


Saturday 18th June

(Every 3rd Saturday of the month) “Super Soul Saturday” The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta plus guest DJ “The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”

7.30pm –  Midnight   –  Free Entry


Saturday 18th June

“The Magic Of Motown”

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

“10th Anniversary Show”

Features songs by The Temptations, Supremes,

Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & many more.

Tickets from £22 – £29 ;  8pm start

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 2nd July

“SOS Live”

Priory Park, Southend-on-Sea

“Real Thing, Heatwave & Odyssey – LIVE !”

4pm start ; Tickets £27.50 (inc booking fee)

Tel: (01702) 351135


Saturday 9th July

“Soul By The Jetty”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly & Paul Clark

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]


Friday 15th July

“The Chicago Blues Brothers – Jailbreak Tour”

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

“Blues, Motown & Soul from the two films”

7.30pm  ;  Tickets £23

(01268) 465 465


Saturday 16th July


The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

8pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:


Saturday 30th July

“Bobby Moore Fund Soul Music All-dayer”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs include : Jeff Young, Paul Clark, Bob Masters

Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Jonny Layton

Tickets £20  (01273) 413800

All proceeds to Tackle Bowel Cancer, Bobby Moore Fund & Cancer Research UK




Friday 27th – Monday 30th May

“Bless The Funk”

Azur, Marine Pavillion, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0BU

Strictly for the Over 30s

“Modern & Classic Soul, Boogie, Jazz-Funk, Motown & Northern Soul

2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House”


Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Soul II Soul

Jean Carn, Shirley Jones, Snowboy & more TBC !

Full details at



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 & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, 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)



DJ Devon at The Stone Inn, St Lawrence Bay 2pm – 6pm



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

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