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Neil Gits Thorough !

24th January 2015
Posted by Neil Matthew

January. It is definitely a good time to take advantage of some quiet moments after the mad weeks that come immediately before and sort out all your stuff, planning ahead for the rest of the year. This week I decided to have a right good go through my “Recommended Old Gits Night Out” folder, ditch any regular events that no longer seem to be taking place, update minor details on those that have been going strong for many months, check out any DJs/venues that have held good nights in the past and hunt out a few brand new ones that might be doing the business in our neck of the woods – boy, did I make myself some work !

I found so much going on out there that I had either forgotten about, great sounding new events that I’d never heard of and minor adjustments to times and music policies on existing regular nights to be made, that I am bound to have missed something. So, if you are involved in anything below and it’s not quite right or I have completely ignored your bash somehow, please let me know on Facebook and I will adjust it by next weekend’s blog deadline ! Remember Gateway’s main broadcast area is Basildon & East Thurrock, but with many people listening online all over the world, I am happy to include anything in Essex, Kent and most other destinations within easy reach of our HQ in the Eastgate Centre…

By the way, I also play music on the radio – here is this evening’s show playlist !!

Tune in at 5pm today to hear:

Booker Newbury III – Love Town
Charles Wright & Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band-Express Yourself
Alexander O’Neal – The Lovers
Judy Clay & William Bell – Private Number
Main Ingredient – Work To Do
Brand New Heavies – Sledgehammer
Luther Vandross – Always & Forever
Jimmy Ruffin & Heaven 17 – My Sensitivity
L J Reynolds – Don’t Let Nobody Hold You Down
Isley Brothers – Harvest For The World
Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass – Two Hearts
Originals – Down To Love Town (Victor Rosado Remix)
Incognito – Inversions
Chic – Hangin’ (Touch Soul Re-Strut)
Beggar & Co – Somebody Help Me Out
Xavier – Love Is On The One
Lou Rawls – Early Morning Love
Randy Jackson – How Can I Be Sure
The Falcons – I’m A Fool, I Must Love You
Paul Hardcastle – Don’t Waste My Time
Charles Earland – Coming To You Live

Recommended Old Gits Nights Out
Sunday 25th January
“The Winter Warmer”
The Horse & Groom, Charlotte Court, York St, Ramsgate
“Soul Funk Boogie & Disco”
Free Entry ; 4pm – 7pm
DJ Lee Aitch

Friday 30th January
(Every Last Friday)
“Soul Weekender Vibe”
Ivory Rooms, 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
Arrive before 10pm to avoid disappointment – Over 25s only

Friday 30th January
“Overdose Of Joy” ***SOLD OUT ***
Chevaliers Suite, Havering Bowls Club, Harrow Lodge, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU
**Charity Soul Night for “Save The Children” **
“Weekender Anthems, Soulful Grooves, Jazz-Funk & Dance Anthems”
DJs: Paul Kidley, Elliot Mount, Lee Fatbloke,
Bully, MJ, Nick Gunn & Brian “The Rev” Kelly
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £10 in advance ; Smart Casual Dress

Saturday 31st January
“The Ultimate Motown Night”
Maritime Rooms,Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-On-Sea
DJ: John Watson plus singer Harry Cambridge
Tickets £17.50 inc finger buffet
Tel: (01702) 351135

Friday 6th February
(Every First Friday Of The Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Bully & Merv The Swerve & Jonny Layton
8.30pm – 1am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s ;
“70s 80s & 90s Soul Jazz Funk Disco & Club Anthems”

Friday 6th February
“Brentwood Over 30s Nightl”
Holiday Inn, Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF
Two Rooms Of Music:
1 – RnB & Club Classics with Neal Deejay
2 – Soul Jazz-Funk & Motown with John Osborne
8.30pm – 2am ; Tickets at
Tel/Text : (07875) 949565

Friday 6th February
“Five Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS
“Jazz Funk & Soul”
7.30pm start
Tickets from (01375) 891402

Friday 13th February
(Every 2nd Friday of the month)
“Soul & Club Anthems Special”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul RnB & Old School Club Anthems from the 80s – 90s”
DJ: Bully (other top DJs on rotation on other Fridays)
Free Entry ; 9pm – 1am ;
Over 25s – Smart Casual Dress

Friday 13th February
“Harlow Over 30s – Valentines Ball”
Park Inn Hotel, Southern Way, Harlow, CM18 7BA
Two Rooms Of Music:
1 – RnB & Club Classics with Neal Deejay
2 – Soul Jazz-Funk & Motown with John Osborne
8.30pm – 2am ; Tickets £10 Online at
Tel/Text : (07875) 949565
Saturday 14th February
“Soul By The Sea”
Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar & Carl Hyde
Free Admission – 8pm – Late

Saturday 14th February
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club, RM14 3TY
“Soul Funk Jazz & Soulful House”
8pm – 1am ; Two Rooms Of Tunes; Tickets £10
DJs include : Stavros, Gary Dennis, Cosmic, Birdy
Chris White, Mick Liste & special guest Aitch B (Soul II Soul)

Friday 20th February
(every third Friday)
“Soulful Seduction ”
Woodmans Arms, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 3TA
“Old School Soul, Jazz-Funk Disco & Club Anthems !”
DJs: Bully & MJ plus Guest DJ : Les Knott
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Over 30s – Smart Dress
Tel: (01268) 755799 to book a pre-gig meal

Saturday 21st February
(Every 3rd Saturday of the month)
“Super Soul Saturday”
The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, CM2 0JT Chelmsford
DJ: Paul Eve & Hugsta
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk, Boogie & Old School RnB”
7.30pm – Midnight – Free Entry

Friday 27th February
“The Old Soul Roadshow”
Cliffs Pavillion, Maritime Room, Westcliff-on-Sea
“Funk Soul Boogie Disco & Motown, 60s to date”
“Street Food on sale on the night”
Tel: (01702) 351135

Saturday 28th February
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“Soul Funk Jazz & More !”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly
Plus Special Guest : Paul Clark
Wristbands Only Event : £7 at
8pm – 1am

Saturday 7th March
“KTF Soul Club – 5th Anniversary Knees-Up”
The Old Regent Ballroom (Downstairs), Corringham Road,
Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0AQ
“Northern Soul Night”
Special Guest DJs : Dick Coombes, Paul Spain & Jim Watson
“Over 100 years of spinning vinyl between them!”
7.30pm – 1am ; Tickets £6 in advance
Tel: Danny (07895)538835

Friday 3rd April
“The Long Good Friday – Part II”
Firemens Club, Aveley, Essex, RM154DT
“Two Rooms Of Soul, Jazz, Funk & House”
With the Stomp DJ Team !
6.00pm – 1.30am ; Tickets £10

Saturday 11th April
“Essex Funkers Spring Bash”
Harlow Town FC, Elizabeth Way, The Pinnacles, CM19 5BE
DJs: Les Knott, Jonny Layton, DJ Dab
8pm – 2am ; Tickets £10
Tel: (07800) 724757 / (07791) 995670
Hayling Island Reggae, Rare Groove & Independent Soul Weekender
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February
Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island, Hampshire
Three Rooms Of Music Plus…
…Maxi Priest Live In Concert !
Tel (02392)460044

Family Affair Soul Weekend
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March
Searles Holiday Resort, Hunstanton, Norfolk
“Jazz Funk & Soul Anthems from the past & today!”

Clacton Soul Weekender
Friday 20th March – Sunday 22nd March
Esplanade Hotel , Clacton-On-Sea, Essex
“Two rooms of soul, funk, jazz, 70s, 80s & Modern,
Jazz-Funk, Brit-Funk, Boogie and much more !”

Bless The Funk 2015
Friday 22nd May – Monday 25th
The Azur, Hastings
“Soul Anthems,Jazz-Funk & Boogie, Classic Soul & Motown,
Northern, 2-Step, RnB, Funky & Soulful House Classics,etc”
Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Soul City Over 30s Night”
Olivers Retro Bar, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
DJ: Frostie plus guests
Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh – next : 7th Feb
Second Friday: Soul & Club Anthems Special – Bar Zero, Billericay – next 13th Feb
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Woodmans Arms, Thundersley – next 20th Feb
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay – next 14th Feb
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford – next 20th Feb
Last Friday: Soul Weekender Vibe, Ivory Rooms, Billericay – next 31st Jan

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2014 ? 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