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Neil Gits Through The First Week Of School Hols !

27th July 2012
Posted by Neil Matthew

So here we are on Friday, with sanity just about intact after five whole days without the “free childminding service” provided by our local primary schools that us parents enjoy so much ! A wonderful, long day out in the sun by the seaside on Wednesday, packed with indulgent treats (for both of us!)  broke  Week One up nicely after starting things off in the usual way with “The Old Gits Soul Show” broadcast live from Gateway 97.8 HQ on Monday evening. You can hear it again tomorrow at 5pm and enjoy two hours of fabulous soul, jazz-funk & disco  – here is the playlist …

The Tunes :

Stevie Wonder  –  Superstition

Gwen McCrae  –  Keep The Fire Burnin

Hot Streak  –  Body Work 

Jackson 5  –  The Love You Save

Luther Vandross  –  Funky Music (Is A Part Of Me)

Gerald Alston  –  I Come Alive When I’m With You

Aretha Franklin  –  Angel

Detroit Spinners  –  Ghetto Child

Stephanie Mills  – You Can’t Run From My Love

Sheila B Devotion  –  Spacer

Lou Rawls  –  Groovy People

Gil Scott-Heron  –  It’s Your World

Rahni Harris – Six Million Steps

Change  –  Heaven (Of My Life)

West Coast Soul Stars feat Eli & Janine  –  Because Of You

Archie Bell & The Drells  –  Let’s Groove

Chante Moore  –  Old School Lovin’

Donald Byrd  –  I Feel Like Loving You Today

Scott White  –  Hypnotized

Jaheim  –  Just In Case

Al McCall – Hard Times

Dave Koz  –  Saxman

The Gigs – This Weekend :

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 (also 25th August)

“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

August 2012:


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 Act:








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


Nick Aravis, Paul French, Grumpy Brown & Rookie Penny !




The Venues involved are:


The Westcoast Bar, The Brittannia, Milo, Rokka, The Lighthouse, Coast Bar, Barnacles & The Ruby Lounge –   and of course…


The Piazza – the outside arena !




Kick – off : 8pm Friday, Final Whistle: 2am Monday morning !




Weekend Hotline (07596) 563194




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 (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: TBC




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