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Neil Gits Set For Summer

13th June 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

One of the best things about being self-employed, and having daytimes to yourself, is that when the sun does pop out and a nice day appears you can just reschedule your home jobs, jump in the car and take a drive out to chill somewhere. That’s what I did this week, ending up in Cromer !! Had a fabulous fish n chips lunch followed by a big ice cream cone, but then had a long drive home again in dodgy traffic 🙁

It’s also that time of year when all the big soul nights start popping up in my diary alongside the regular weekly/monthly ones, so I’d better start adjusting my petrol budget to get to a few – this week alone I’ve been informed of a new monthly Thursday gig, the next summer all-dayer, a new local venue and more soulful happenings on the ever thriving Kent coast scene – and then there’s Margate right in the middle of it all ! For full up to date details, take a look at the list below … and don’t forget to have a listen to the repeat play of my show today at 5pm, then live again on Monday for a taste of the tunes you may hear at some of these events !

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out
Saturday 13th June
(Every Second Saturday)
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Pete Hayes & guests
Free Admission – 7.40pm – Late

Friday 19th June
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Soulful tracks from the 70s 80s & 90s plus Nu Soul & more !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus guest DJ : Bonnie DJ
8.00pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress – Arrive Early !!

Friday 19th 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, Paul Bain, Tracey Shaw plus guests
Ali Nightingale & Steve Guarnori
7.30 – 1.30 am ; Tickets £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 20th 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 20th June
“Soulful Seduction”
Traitors Gate, Broadway, Grays
DJs: MJ & Bully
9pm start
Friday 26th June (TBC)
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Reids Bar, Laindon Road, Billericay, CM12 9LD
“The Best In Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves & Weekender Anthems”
DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford & Nick Aravis
8pm – 1.30am ; Free Entry before 11pm ; £5 after

Saturday 27th June
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
DJ: John Watson plus Harry Cambridge singing live !
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel (01702) 351135

Sunday 28th June
“Sunday Harbour Soul II”
Miles Bar, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LN
DJs: Micky B, Jay Anderson & guest Terry Matthews
4pm – 9pm ; Tel (01843) 585008
Friday 3rd July (TBC)
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Bully & Merv & Guest DJ
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Tel (01268) 775100
“Old skool soul, jazz funk, disco and club anthems”

Friday 3rd July (TBC)
“Soulgood VIP”
Club Amber, Cheshunt FC, Theobalds Lane, EN8 8RU
DJ: Richard Lobban & Guest DJ
“Best In Soul, RnB, Reggae, 80s Disco & Soulful House”
9pm – 2am ; Admission £7
Tel: (07956)363131

Saturday 4th July
“Soul Music For Tracy”
Park Inn Hotel, Church Road, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2AL
“Charity Soul Night In Aid Of Tracy Ralph” (See links below)
DJs: Jon Jules, Brian Kelly, Mick Jackson, David Bishop
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £15

Thursday 9th July
(Every Second Thursday)
“Behind The Groove”
Bar Du Vin, East Street, Bromley, BR1 1QU
DJ: James O’Reilly & guests
“Soul, Disco, Jazz-Funk, Rare Groove, Philly & Motown”
Free Entry ; 7.30pm – Midnight

Friday 10th July
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Back To The Old Skool”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip Hop, R’n’B & Club Anthems”
DJ: Bully (plus other DJs on rotation on other Fridays
Inc: MJ, Jon Jules & Mikey Porter)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;
Friday 31st July
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk, Soul, Boogie,Disco & Motown – 60s to date”
Street food available on the night
Tel: (01702)351135

Saturday 15th August
“Soulful Seduction All-Dayer”
The Woodmans, Thundersley, SS7 3TA
“Soul, Funk, RnB, Old Skool, Jazz-Funk, Soulful House, Hip Hop”
DJs: Bully, MJ, Merve The Swerve, Paul Kidley,
Les Knott & Simon Van Os
1pm – 1am ; Wristbands £5

Friday 28th August
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
“Two Rooms Of Jazz Funk & Soul”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly, Lee “Fatbloke” Aldwinkle,
Mark Lee Homer, Jon Ovel & Les Knott
Special Guest: Pete Collins
7.30pm – 2.00am ; Over 30s ;
Tickets £15 – Tel : (01375)891402

Today’s Hot Tunes !

Chairmen Of The Board – Give Me Just A Little More Time
Fat Larrys Band – Straight From The Heart
Oliver Cheatham – Get Down Saturday Night
Jackie Wilson – Baby Workout
Lorraine Johnson – The More I Get The More I Want
Tania Maria – Come With Me
Jones Girls – Who Can I Run To
Maysa – Smilin’
Crown Heights Affair – Foxy Lady
Dynasty – I Don’t Wanna Be A Freak
Spank – Oh Baby
Peoples Choice – I Likes To Do It
Magic Disco Machine – Scratchin’
Cameo – On The One
T.S. Monk – Bon Bon Vie
Strikers – Strike It Up
Caron Wheeler – Livin’ In The Light
Samuel D Sanders – Thinking Out Loud
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Notations – Take It Slow
Levert – Casanova
Mandrill – Funky Monkey


Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender 3
Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Havant Road, Hayling Island
“Two rooms of tunes plus 24 hour live radio”
*Headline Act : Glenn Jones LIVE !*
Margate Soul Weekend
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Headline act : Roy Ayers – Live !
DJs include: Norman Jay, Joey Negro, Bob Jones,
Pete Collins, Jonny Layton, Tony Fernandez & many more
Full details at : and …

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City”
George II Function Suite, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
“70s 80s & 90s classic & commercial soul”
DJ: Peter Poyton plus guests each week
Free Entry ; Over 30s Night ; 8pm – 2am;

“Marco’s Soul Family”
Marco’s Wine Bar, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7JQ
DJs/Singers : Simon “Whistles” Ford , Georgie B , The Bushbaby , Reggie & Famous on rotation – see Facebook for this week’s event …

“Soul Night”
The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco, 80s & 90s House Classics”
DJ: Soul-DJ Essex
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry
(Venue also has an “80s & 90s soul party” night on Saturdays)

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 3rd July
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 10th July
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 19th June
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 13th June
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th June
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Reids Bar, Billericay – next 26th June

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2015 ? 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
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