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Neil Gits To The Beach !

17th June 2018
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s that time of year when I feel compelled to jump in the car and just head out for a day out – well, actually that could be almost any time of the year, whether it is going to football, visiting old friends, the odd bit of emergency shopping or as in this case simply to take advantage of the good weather !! The coast is always a good choice when it gets a bit too warm and I get a bit too stressed as it is usually that bit cooler there, away from the towns and cities, with a nice sea breeze and something I have noticed over the years of suffering – no hayfever issues !! 🙂

I am not, in fact, that keen on beaches themselves, not being a “sun-worshipper” or even being able to swim in the sea, plus even walking on them the sand gets everywhere via your footwear !! 🙁  But it is just the most relaxing thing to stroll along the seafront and listen to the waves breaking on the shore, especially with an ice cream in one hand and a bottle of cola in the other ! And of course, the journey in the car there and back is filled with soul tunes to run my ears over, the result being more fresh new and old choice cuts to play on my next show, although this Monday will be a repeat due to work commitments.

Below is the latest playlist and if you didn’t catch it on Monday or Saturday, head for the “Listen Again” section of the website and select “Cool Soul”, from there choose the two one hour segments dated either June 11th or 16th (they are both the same show!) and simply play and enjoy ! I’ve also added an up to date soul gigs list too, so it’s now all up to you to check out the tunes and /or the venues and have yourself a very soulful summer … 😀

The Tunes

Alexander O’Neal – Critcize
Arnie’s Love – I’m Out Of Your Life
Kelly Price – And You Don’t Stop
Robert Brookins – If You Only Knew
Bashiyra – Mountain
Cliff Payne – Get Up Get Busy
Rose Royce – Lonely Road
Spur Of The Moment – Between Me & You
Harvey Mason – Sho Nuff Groove
Cerrone – Supernature
Isley Brothers – It’s Your Thing
Tata Vega – I Just Keep Thinking About You Baby
Oliver Sain – Bus Stop
Tyra Levone – What Do You Want
Junior – Mama Used To Say
Diana Ross – Work That Body
D Train – Walk On By
K Avett – Think I Had Enough
Mike Rob – I Don’t Wanna Talk No More
Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness
Stephanie Mills – Try My Love
Yarbrough & Peoples – Don’t Stop The Music
Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke

The Gigs

Sunday 24th June
(Last Sunday of the month)
“Over-roast Of Joy!”
Frankies Wine Bar, Station Lane, Hornchurch, RM2 6JL
DJ: Paul Kidley & guests
“Soul Weekend Anthems & Soulful House”
5.30pm – 11.30 pm ; Free Entry

29th & 30th June / 1st July 2018
“Hayling Island Summer Soul Weekender”
£195 pp inc 3 nights accomodation & breakfast / evening meals
Bookings on (02392)460044
Jean Carne – live performance ! Plus Top Soul DJs …

Friday 29th June
“The Essex Soul Collective”
Ambleside Social Club, Ambleside Drive, Southend on Sea, SS1 2UP
“Northern Soul, Motown, RnB”
DJs: Mandy O’Connor, Kev Mahoney, Neil Walker & Guest
7.30pm – 12.30am ; Tickets £5 on the door

29th June to 1st July
“Love Supreme Jazz Festival”
Glynde Place, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6SX
Sunday Line -Up Includes:
Earth Wind & Fire, George Clinton, Mavis Staples,
James Taylor Quartet.
Saturday Line-Up (SOLD OUT) Includes:
Level 42, Lalah Hathaway & MF Robots

Saturday 30th June
“Soul By The Jetty”
Lobster Smack, Haven Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0NR
“100% Soul, Jazz, Funk, Boogie, Soulful House & More”
DJs: Jonny Layton, Brian “Rev” Kelly & Ian Holmes
8pm – 1am ; Wristbands £7 in advance only –
Call / Text (07989)591399
email: [email protected]

Friday 6th July
(Every 1st Friday Of the Month)
“The Big Zero Soul Night Out”
The Spread Eagle, High Street, Rayleigh, SS6 7EJ
DJs: Merve The Swerve & Brian Kelly plus guest
“Old Skool Soul & Club Anthems, R’n’B & more…”
8.30pm – 1.00am ; Free Entry
Tel: (01268) 775100

Saturday 7th July
“Soul Fiesta”
Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club,
Lower Dunton Road, Bulphan, RM14 3TY
DJs: Ian Holmes, Jonny Layton & Bigger
8pm – 1am ; Advance Tickets £10
Available from Crazy Beat Records, Upminster
Call (07914) 115439 or (01268) 548444

Friday 13th July
“KTF Soul Club – Summer Sizzler”
Old Regent Ballroom, Corringham Road, Stanford Le Hope,
“Northern Soul Night”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Friday 13th July
(Every Second Friday)
“Funkin’ Fridays”
Harry’s Bar, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ
DJ: Paul Kidley
“Soul, Jazz-Funk, Weekender Anthems, Dancefloor Classics”
9pm – 1am ; Free Entry

Saturday 14th July
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Soul By The Sea”
The Divers Arms, Central Parade, Herne Bay, CT6 5JQ
DJs: Tom Edgar, Pete Hayes & Tommy Boy
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am

Saturday 14th July
(Every 2nd Saturday of the month)
“Brown Sugar”
The Spread Eagle, Queens Road, Brentwood, CM14 4HD
“Funk Soul & Disco Night”
DJ : Benjaman Pigg
8pm – Midnight ; Free Entry

Friday 20th July
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soulful Seduction”
The Bread & Cheese, London Road,Benfleet, Essex, SS7 1AA
“100% Soul, Funk, Disco & Old Skool Club Anthems”
DJs: Bully & MJ
8.00pm – 1 am ; Free Entry ; Over 25s

Friday 20th July
(Every 3rd Friday of the month)
“Soul Kitchen”
The Grey Lady Music Lounge, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW
“Rare 60s & 70s Soul Night”
DJs: John Browne, Tracy Shaw & guests
7.00pm – 1.00 am ; £5 on the door ; Tel (01892) 544700

Saturday 21st July
“Fishing For Soul”
Heron Angling Society, The Red Shelter, Western Esplanade, Herne Bay, CT6 8RP
“Soul, Funk, 80s Disco, Rare Groove, Nu Disco & Funky House”
DJs: Tom G Edgar, Tommy Boy & Guests
8pm – Midnight

3rd 4th & 5th August 2018
“Margate Soul Festival ”
Tickets now on general sale – £69 !
Live sets by : Atlantic Starr, Fatback Band, Deniece Williams & Britfunk Association
Full details on the website :

Saturday 18th August
“Soul At The Edge”
The Edge, High Pavement, Basldon, SS14 1EA
“The Very Best In Soul, Jazz-Funk & Soulful House”
DJs: Brian “The Rev” Kelly & Wayne “Funky” D plus special guest DJ
8pm – 1am ; Tickets £7 in advance or £10 on the door
email: [email protected]
mobile: (07526) 633693

Saturday 18th August
“Liquid Spirit 2”
Capones Nightclub, Benfleet, SS7 1QB
“Soulful House, Disco, Old School Anthems”
DJs: Brian Power, Stretch Taylor, Paul Clark,
Danny T, Marie Garaccio…
8pm – 2am ; Advance Tickets £10

Friday 7th September
“5 Star Soul”
Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS
DJs: Brian Kelly, Johnny Layton, Jon Ovel, Mark Lee,
Lee Fatbloke Alder & Special Guest : Sean French
“Soul Pavillion & Jazz Funk Lounge”
Tickets £15 – Strictly Over 30s
(01375) 891402 –

Saturday 8th September
“Soul By The Sea”
Zabranos, The Broadway, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1SJ
DJs: Grumpy Brown, Colin Jazzy Barnby, Michael Cooper & Chris White
“Afro, Funk, Latin, Jazz Dance & Soulful House”
8pm -1am ; £7 On The Door

Saturday 15th September
“Soul Odyssey Summer Half Dayer Party”
Virgin Active, Hall Lane, Little Warley, CM13 3EN
“Jazz-Funk, Nu Soul, Soulful House, Old School Soul & RnB”
DJs: Frostie, Kevin Hawkins, Garry Fish, Tony Treble, Gary Walden
Tickets £7 – Super Early Bird, £10 in advance or £15 on the door
“Outside Terrace & BBQ” ; 5pm – 1.00am

Caister 2018 :
Friday 28th September – Sunday 30th September
“Caister Goes Wild West”

Weekly Events:
Fridays :
“Glitter Fridays”
The George II, High Street, Hornchurch, RM12 4UW
Room 1: “Soul,Disco, Funk & Boogie”
Room 2: “House Grooves & Old Skool”
Free Entry ; 8pm – 1am;

“Old Skool Friday”
Bar Zero, Western Road, Billericay, CM12 9DZ
“Soul, Club Anthems ”
DJs on rotation : Deano, Geoff Lawrence, Mikey Porter, MJ
Free Entry ; 8.30pm – 1am ;
Over 25’s – Smart Casual Dress
Tel: (01277) 656581
(also “Anthems Night” on Saturdays – DJ: Dave Rothwell

Monthly Events:
First Friday: Zero Soul Night Out – Spread Eagle, Rayleigh
Third Friday: Soulful Seduction, Bread & Cheese, Benfleet
Third Friday: Soul Kitchen, Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells
Second Saturday: Brown Sugar, Spread Eagle, Brentwood
Second Saturday: Soul By The Sea, Divers Arms, Herne Bay
Third Saturday: The Cricketers, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford
Last Sunday: Overroast Of Joy, Frankies, Hornchurch

Do you know of any soulful, jazzy, funky gigs taking place in 2018 ? Let me know the details whether you are a DJ , promoter 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, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website … search “Cool Soul” !