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Neil Gits Spoilt For Choice

11th October 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

Well, it’s looking very much like I am at a loose end this Saturday night, but if I am able to get out, then there are no shortage of soul events as you can see from the list below ! On our doorstep here in South Essex, over in Kent, one-off gigs, all-dayers or even a whole weekender – it’s all on this week. My mate Dave Marley, who lives really close to the Gateway studios, is putting on the “Bless The Funk” weekender event in Clacton and has legendary radio DJ Greg Edwards as the special guest on Saturday night – if you are really quick and have the whole weekend free, or just fancy popping in for a session, you might secure one of the last few tickets. Click the link on the gig guide below or find it on Facebook.

Meanwhile, my own Saturday night plans will start with a dash home to listen to my fab show on a repeat play from 5pm, then decide whether I go out or stay in and thrash Nathan at FIFA 09 on Wii … 😉

The Gigs:

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th October

“Bless The Funk Weekender” (2)

Esplanade Hotel, Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea

“Three days of soul & funk anthems”


7pm Friday, 12 Noon Saturday, 12 Noon Sunday

£20 per person, further details at


Friday 12th October

“Stompford 3”

Hooga Bar, Victoria Road, Chelmsford

“Two Rooms of Soulful Beats & Jazzy Vibes and everything in between plus a Caribbean Kitchen !! “

Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door

10 DJs from the Stomp Family


Saturday 13th October

“Hockley Soul Night”

Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, SS5 4XD

DJ: Geoff Grove

8pm  –  12.30 am     –    Tickets £6

Available from Secrets Hairdressing, Rayleigh High Street

Tel: (01702) 201515


Saturday 13th October

“Soul Connection All-Dayer”

Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea

12 noon  –  1 am

Tickets £6 in advance, £10 on the door

Tel: (07584) 626972


Saturday 13th October

“Soulbay Part 2”

The Know, 20 Beach Road, Westgate On Sea, CT8 8AD

“Soulful Funky Fun with the Knights Of The Cheesetable!”

Micky B, Jason Anderson, Paul French & Chris Bangs

4pm  –  Midnight    –   Free Entry


Saturday 13th October

“Soul Resurrection”

The Black Prince (Holiday Inn), Bexley, Kent

DJs: Steve Kite, Paul Evans, Dave Cooper,

Mark Sherlock & mark Garaccio

Room 1 : Philly, Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove & Caister Anthems

Room 2 : Soulful House & Modern Soul

8pm  –  1 am     –    Tickets £5 in advance, £10 on the door

Tel: (07826) 843521  or  (07787) 547636


Saturday 13th October

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent

“Classic Jazz-Funk & Soul”

DJs: Carl Hyde, Tom Edgar, Johnny H & Tommy Gun


**Friday 16th November – SPECIAL EVENT !!**

“Soul At The Home Of The Blues”

Billericay Town Football Club (CM12 9SA)

Blunts Wall Road, Billericay


Jonny Layton, Graham Grumpy Brown,

Jazzy John Peters & Gary Gazza Clark

7.30 pm  –  Midnight  –  Entry: £2 Donation

“70s & 80s Soul, Disco & Jazz-Funk –

Just Like You Hear On The Radio Show!”


Saturday 20th October

“Soul By The Jetty – 3rd Birthday Party!”

The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island

DJs: Jonny Layton, Gino Muscat, Brian Kelly

Special Guest: Ginger Tony

£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399


Friday 26th October

“That Beatin’ Rhythm”

A Night of Northern Soul …

The Astor Community Theatre, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB

8pm  –  1am   –   £5 on the door

DJs: Pete Crascall, Nicky Shaw & Bunny


Friday 26th October


The Water Loung, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford,

“The Finest Jazz-Funk, Soul & Soulful House”

DJs: Paul Crowley, Les Knott & Soul City Grooves

Inc Marky P, Stacy B, Dubz & Soul Council



Saturday 27th October

“New Yorker Revisited”

The Edge, High Pavement, Basildon Town Centre

DJs: Aitch Bee from Soul II Soul, Hugsta, Cosmic,

Stavros, Chris White & Paul Eve

“Playing the Very Best in Jazz-Funk & Soul”

8pm  –  3am    –   £10 In Advance


Saturday 27th October

“Disco Stomp – Halloween Special”

Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DS

“70s & 80s Disco With The Groovy Gang!”

Usually last Saturday of the month – check before travelling

Tel: (01845) 592550   –   8pm – Late    Free Entry


Saturday 27th October

“Back To The Groove”

The Wheatsheaf Pub/Hungry Horse, Northdown Park Road, Margate

DJ Lee H plays the best in classic & nu soul, jazz-funk stompers and soul weekender anthems.

8pm to Late  –  Free Entry

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2012 ? 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 voice/text message to (01268)833978

The Playlist:

Mystic Merlin  –  Just Can’t Give You Up

Aretha Franklin  –  Get It Right

O’Jays  –  Sing A Happy Song

Limmie & The Family Cooking  –  You Can Do Magic

Raw Silk  –  Just In Time

Earth Wind & Fire  –  Sparkle

Jacksons  –  2300 Jackson Street

Will Downing  –  Lovers Paradise

TS Monk  –  Candidate For Love

Johnny Mathis  –  Gone Gone Gone

Serge Ponsar  –  Out In The Night

Grover Washington Jr  –  Let It Flow (For Dr J)

Sly & The Family Stone – Sing A Simple Song

Slick  –  Space Bass

Linda Williams  –  City Living

Sherrick  –  Baby I’m For Real

Love Unlimited  –  If You Want Me, Say It

Luther Vandross  –  You’re The Sweetest One

Carly Simon  –  Why

Next  –  Just Like That

Hamilton Bohannon  –  Disco Stomp

Roy Ayers  –  Mystic Voyage

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