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Neil Gits Stuck In A Field … Nearly !

7th July 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s so different being in a radio studio presenting a show to being out on the road doing gigs – there are plusses and minusses on both sides, but the big difference being MONEY !!! I usually get a decent fee for going out and providing a disco roadshow for a wedding or a birthday party and am quite happy to play many tracks that wouldn’t get in the studio door (if we had one !) at Gateway on a Monday night, as long as people are enjoying themselves. Often I get free food and drinks too, meet some interesting guests and when things are going well the satisfaction of instant good feedback in the formof a full, buzzing dancefloor ! Which is why I occasionally find myself prepared to put myself in a ridiculous situation such as driving down a sloping, slightly muddy field, with a full car load of DJ gear, with the prospect of much more rain during the night, to set up a party in a marquee, not knowing if I would be able to leave it again at the end ! As it happens it was a really lovely do on every level, the rain kept off and I got back up the hill (just!) and home so I can type this blog for you – but I am now looking forward to amuch less “exciting adventure” into Basildon Town Centre for my next show …

Here’s the playlist for the last one which you can hear again this evening at 5pm…

The Tunes
Stephanie Mills  –  Never Knew Love Like This Before
Jenny Burton  –  Bad Habit
Luther Vandross  –  I Really Didn’t Mean It
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell  –  You’re All I Need To Get By
Lamont Dozier  –  Going Back To My Roots
Billy Paul  – Let The Dollar Circulate
Dina Carroll  –  Don’t Be A Stranger
By All Means  –  I Surrender To Your Love
Direct Drive  –  Anything
Hamilton Bohannon  –  Foot Stompin’ Music
West Coast Soul Stars feat Eli & Janine  –  Show Me Love
Azymuth  –  Jazz Carnival
Evelyn King  –  I’m In Love
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes  –  Bad Luck (Tom Moulton Remix)
Sherrick  –  All Because Of You
Miles Jaye  –  Irresistable
Gene Rice  –  You’re A Victim
Diana Ross  –  Work That Body
Kenny G  –  Help Yourself To My Love

And here are full details of all July & Augusts soul gigs …

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out

Saturday 7th July
“Soul At The Ship”
The Ship Pub, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea,SS9 2EA
8pm  –  1am  ;   £5 on the door
DJ: Gary Turner  & Tom Toher (Upstairs)
“The Best Jazz-Funk, Soul, Nu-Jazz, Rare Groove & Latin”
“From the days of the Goldmine, Caister, Hadleigh Suite & Lacy Lady”

Saturday 7th July (and every 1st Saturday of the month)
“Soul On The Harbour”
Jacksons Wharf, York Street, Ramsgate
“Upfront & Classic Soul & Jazz-Funk”
Free Entry    –   8pm – 1am
Guest DJs: Steve Humphrys & Tommy Gun

Saturday 7th July
“Saturday Soul”
Roberts Live Lounge, Vineyard Street, Colchester
DJs: Barry Stockwell & Nick Gunn plus guests
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie, Rare Groove, 2-Step,
Funk, Rare-Groove & Soulful House and more !”
8pm – 2am   –  Free Entry Before 10.30pm, £5 after

Saturday 14th July
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Herne Bay, Kent (on seafront)
DJs: Carl Hyde & Tom G Man Edgar plus guests
7.30 pm  –  1 am
More details to follow …

Saturday 14th July
“Kent Soul Club –  2012 Edition”
Royal Function Rooms, Star Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1XB
DJs: Lee Pacey & Lee Bunstone
Guests: Peter A Craskell & Simon Penfold
8pm – 2am    –    All tunes on vinyl !!!

Friday 27th July
The Waterlounge, Water Lane, Bishops Stortford, CM23 2JZ
DJ Paul Crowley with Special Guest Les Knott
“Funk & Soul Classics With That Weekender Vibe!”
9pm  –  2  am         –       Free Entry All Night !

Saturday 28th July
“Back To The Groove”
The Wheatsheaf, Margate
DJ Lee H presents a night of…
“Classic Soul, Jazz-Funk Stompers and Caister Anthems”
Free Entry  –  8pm – Midnight
More details at

Saturday 28th July
“Soul On The Sands – The Atlantis Reunion”
Bar Lola, Margate Seafront, CT9 1XJ
DJs: Jasper, Paul Abbott, Paul French, Jason Anderson & Micky B
Pete Collins & Tony Matthews
3pm   –  3am     –    Tickets £5

Saturday 28th July
“KTF Soul Club”
The Railway Tavern , Stanford Le Hope
7.30pm  –  12.30 am
Special Guest DJ: Tom Page
“Northern Soul Event”
£4 – Wristbands reserved for payment on the night

Saturday 28th July (Also 1st Sept & 24th Nov)
“Summer Soul Night”
The Treacle Mine, Grays
Free Entry – 8pm til late
DJs: Bully & MJ
“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco plus 90s Club Classics”

Saturday 28th July
“Soul Power”
Rendezvous, 1149 High Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4AT
DJs: Frostie, Marky Mark, Tony Fernandez, Steven Reeder, John Wayne
“100% 70s 80s & 90s Soul Classics & Anthems”
£7 before midnight, £12 afterwards

Friday 3rd August (next one September 7th)
“Zero Soul Night”
Marco’s Wine Bar, 30 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh
DJs : Bully & Guests
“Caister  Anthems, Gold Mine Favourites & Zero 6 Classics”
Free Entry    –   8.30pm  – 1am

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August
“The Official Margate Soul Weekend”
Sat Night 4th Aug –   Headline Acts:
With the Baltic Soul Orchestra plus support from
The West Coast Soul Stars
PA by Ingrid Allman (Freeez)
DJs across the weekend include: Greg Edwards, James Anthony, Roni O’Brien, Chris Bangs, Micky B, Jonny Layton, Jason Anderson & Pete Collins
The Venues involved are:
The Westcoast Bar, The Brittannia, Milo, Rokka, The Lighthouse  and of course…
The Piazza – the outside arena !
Kick – off : 8pm Friday, Final Whistle: 2am Monday morning !
For more info visit

Friday 3rd August
“Hitsville – The Sound Of Motown”
The Welcome Club, Victoria Road, Stanford Le Hope
“Top Motown Tribute Band – Hitsville”
Plus support from the KTF Soul Club DJs
7.30 pm – 1am   –   Tickets £10
Telephone Danny (07895) 538835

Saturday 11th August
“Essex Funkers Summer Soul Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Barrows Farm Stadium, Elizabeth Way, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott & guests Louis Martin & Terry Munro
8   –  2am   –  Tickets £8 in advance, £12 OTD
Tel: (07800)724757  or  (07795)243385

Saturday 25th August (next one 20th Oct)
“Soul By The Jetty – Beach Party!”
The Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mr Messy, Brian Kelly
Special Guest: Nick Aravis
£5 – Advance Wristbands Only Tel: (07989) 591399

Sunday 26th August
“Soulbay Bank Holiday All-Dayer”
The Knot, 20. Beach Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent CT8 8AD
DJs: Paul French, Chris Bangs, Micky B & Jason Anderson
“Soul, Sun & the Sea – BBQ, Great Music & Great People!”
4pm  –  Midnight          –        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 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