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Neil Gits Some Time Off

16th July 2016
Posted by Neil Matthew

Oooh, here’s a rarity – a few days between quiz nights, gigs & radio shows to relax ! I love a road trip, so in the last week or so I’ve jumped in my car with my digital camera and spent time in lovely Hampshire taking photos, then headed towards “Middle England” to visit and snap places I’d never been before including Rugby and Brackley. All very nice, good weather, no major traffic issues and totally relaxing 🙂

Maybe the sound of that doesn’t rock your boat, but if you are reading this there’s a good chance you share my love of soul music and if you find yourself with a free evening one Friday, Saturday or Sunday night there are plenty of gigs out there to choose from – I’ve finally updated the list, so take a look below and see what / where tickles your fancy.

First though, here are the tracks you can enjoy on the repeat play from 5pm today on Gateway 97.8 …

The Tunes

Sharon Redd  –  Can You Handle It

Ingram  – Smoothin’ Groovin’ 

Rose Royce  –  Carwash

The Limit  –  She’s So Divine

La Famille  – All Night Long

Sargent Tucker Feat Drizabone – I Need Your Love

Larry Graham  –  One In A Million

David Morin  – Heaven

Blue Magic  – Welcome To The Club

Whispers  –  My Girl

Active Force  –  Gimme Your Love

Patti Labelle  –  Music Is My Way Of Life

Herbie Hancock  – Rockit

O’Jays  –  I Love Music (Joey Negro Sweet Music Mix)

Ruby Winters-Treat Me Right

Earth Wind & Fire  –  My Promise

Eric Benet – Hurricane

Jermaine Jackson  –  Do What You Do

Linda Lewis  –  Baby I’m Yours

Strikers  – Strike It Up

The Gigs

Saturday 16th July

(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 16th July

“S.O.T.R.C.- Soul All-dayer”

The Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, DA12 1JA

DJs: Maggot, Abbo & Sponge

“Jazzy Beats & Funky Soul”

2pm – Late ; Free Admission

Tel (01474) 352355


Friday 22nd July

“Soul At The Manor”

Lana Mia Manor Hotel, Berwick Pond Road, Rainham, RM13 9EL

DJs: Stretch Taylor, Mike Gee, Scott James

Brian Jay & Mark “Gurcha” Collins

10pm  –  1.30am  ;  Tickets – see below:


Saturday 23rd July

“Kent Soul Sessions – Summer All Dayer”

TJ’s Bar, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2RF

DJs: Tony Matthews, Roni O’Brien, Tim Bates

Jonny Layton, Brian Kelly, Mark Messent

Mark O’Brien, Nick Gunn, Simon Van Os

Ian Holmes, Lee Fatbloke, Elliot Mount

2pm  –  1am  ;  Tickets on sale – see below:


Saturday 23rd July

“Shorts & Shades Summer Party”

Queens Head, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LP

DJs: Nigel Watson & Terry Brown (Soulbeat)

9pm –  1am


Saturday 23rd July

“Charity Northern Soul Night”

The Asylum, Viaduct Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1TS

“In aid of The Samaritans”

DJs: Paul Spain, Scott John, David Sparke & Sea Jays

£5 On The Door ;  9pm –  2am



Saturday 30th July

“Bobby Moore Fund Soul Music All-dayer”

Halfway House, A127, Brentwood, CM13 3LL

DJs include : Jeff Young, Paul Clark, Bob Masters

Scott James, Tony Fernandez & Jonny Layton

Tickets £20  (01273) 413800

All proceeds to Tackle Bowel Cancer, Bobby Moore Fund & Cancer Research UK


Friday 5th August

“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”

(Every First Friday Of the Month)

The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ

DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly

“70s 80s & 90s Soul, Jazz-Funk, Disco & Club Anthems”

8.30pm – 1.00am  ;  Free Entry

Tel: (01268) 775100


Friday 5th August

“Essex Soul Sessions”

(Every 1st Friday of the month)

Marco’s Wine Bar, Rayleigh, SS16 7JQ

DJs: Simon “Whistles” Ford, Gary Walden &  Mr Vibz

Free Entry All Night

8.30pm  –  2.00 am


Saturday 13th August

“Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

8pm  –  1am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 19th August

(every third Friday) “Soulful Seduction ” The Bread & Cheese, Benfleet, Essex “Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz-Funk, RnB, Old Skool Club Tunes !” DJs: Bully & MJ

8.00pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry


Friday 19th August

“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, Tracy Shaw & guests

7.30  –  1.30 am  ;  £5; Tel (01892) 544700


Sunday 21st August

“A Taste Of Soul By The Sea”

The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ

DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy

6pm  –  10pm  ;  Free Entry


Saturday 27th August

“Soul By The Jetty – Summer Beach Party”

Upstairs at the Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR

DJs: Jonny Layton, Mark Messent, Brian Kelly &

Special Guest James Anthony (Jetty Debut !)

“Jazz, Funk, Soul with Nu-Jazz & Soulful House & more…”

Wristband Entry Only –  Available at £7

Tel: (07989) 591399 ; email: [email protected]


Sunday 28th August

“Making Memories – Soul All-Dayer”

*In aid of MacMillan Cancer Care*

Gardeners Arms & K Bar, Hart Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AX

DJs : Kevin Hawkins, Gary Walden, Pete Collins

Simon Whistles Ford, Tricia Butler, Glen Nudd & Neville

3pm  –  12.30am  ;  Entry £10 donation


Saturday 24th September

“KTF Soul Club”

Upstairs at the Old Regent Ballroom, Stanford Le Hope

DJs: Gary Thurgood & John Madams & KTF team

“Northern Soul Event”

First 100 tickets priced at £6

7.30pm – 1am



Wednesday 26th October

“The Hamish Stuart Band – Live”

Maritime Rooms, Cliffs Pavillion, Westcliff-on-Sea

Former singer & guitarist with the Average White Band

Tickets £18  –  Tel: (01702) 351135




Friday 5th August – Sunday 7th August

“Margate Soul Festival”

Margate Old Town

Featuring : Sister Sledge, Ce Ce Peniston, Snowboy

Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler, Jean Carn, Shirley Jones,

The British Soul Collective: Junior, Omar, Don E & Noel McKoy

Full details at



Weekly Events:

Fridays :

“Soul City”

George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW

“Top Soul & Disco Tunes From The 70s 80s & 90s”

DJs: Peter P & Trish

Free Entry ; 8pm  –  2am;



“Old Skool Friday”

Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ

“Soul, Funk, Disco, R’n’B & 90s Club Anthems ”

DJs on rotation : Jon Jules, Bully, Mikey Porter, MJ

Free Entry  ;  8.30pm  –  1am  ;

Over 25’s  –  Smart Dress


Fridays :

“Soul Night”

The Chequers, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AH

“70s & 80s Soul Funk & Disco / 80s & 90s House Classics”

8.30pm  –  1.00am  ;  Free Entry  ;  Over 30s

(They also have a soul night on Saturdays sometimes too)


Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh

First Friday: Essex Soul Sessions – Marco’s , Rayleigh

Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet

Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells

Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay

Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford


Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2016 ? 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