.....A LIFE WITHOUT SOUL IS SURELY A SOUL WITHOUT LIFE
“It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas” the season to be jolly and here's what's available to help with the jollification's: SOUL Session 11, White Swan Inn, Ultra Club, Grit's and Groove, Papillon Brighton and Filthy Soul.
December 3rd SOUL Session 11, @ Hassocks Golf Club, West Sussex, BN6 9NA, 8pm to 1am. Ok! This is the last one of the year for us and were going out in party style. With Keith (Dasher), Andy (Prancer), Max (Dancer) we will be pairing up with four of our guest DJ's: The '7 dwarves' or SOUL Session All Stars, aka: Manus birthday boy, James, Tommy, Gary, Kev, Adrian and Shay. Not forgetting Paula (Snow White), who will want £6.00 from you to get in to the party (we won't charge you to leave). So come along and join in, you could say “Christmas starts here”.
December 11th White Swan Inn, Arundel, 16 Chichester Road, BN18 0AD a Northern Soul, Motown afternoon. A free get together where the fun start's @ 4pm to 8pm. DJ's lined up include: Tony Cassini, Ann Taylor, Dennis Hyde and Adrian Hunt. One definitely not to be missed, and the White Swan Inn serve up a mean roast, so while you're at it, have an early turkey dinner. “Jingle bells” to you all.
December 16th Ultra Club, The Hassocks Pub, West Sussex, BN6 8HN goes from 8pm to 12.30am, £5 to enter and well worth every penny. DJ's “rockin' 'round the Christmas tree” and deck's and playing the finest in 50's/60's dance music are reg's: Mark Anderson, Brian Burford and Will Mcgregor, v's Loose Caboose super santa guests: Martin Jackson and Rachelle Piper. They will have you Christmas hoppin' 'n' boppin' all night long, see you there.
December 16th Grit's & Groove, Deadwax Social 18a, Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD. Present: People Powered Aftershow party (you couldn't make it up, could you?). Happy time start's: 11pm to 3am. Special guest DJ's: Temples, Edgar Summertyme, Heavenly Jukebox, Jim Jones, Jo Wallace, Ashley Beadle & Simon Bridger. Free Entry with gig ticket or a donation on the door, see Facebook for more details. Did you know peeps? “Santa clause is coming to town”.
December 17th Papillon Brighton Christmas Party, the View Hove, BN3 4FA, £6 for ticket's in advance, call Music Meltdown: 01273 413 800. The Christmas musical menu consists of Soul, Jazz, Funk and will be played by DJ's Paul Clark, Dug Chant, Richard Goodliff and Ade, from 9pm to 2am. “Silver Bells and Cockle Shells” to you all.
December 27th Filthy Soul, The Bowler, 8-32 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0BJ. Filthy Soul's basharama kicks of @ 5pm to 2am finish. Regular DJ Santa's are: Steve Guarnori, Paul McKay and Andy Jones. Their guest's adding the Bucks Fizz are: Fredrik Andersson, Adrian Corbin, Steve Clancy and Gareth Donovan who will be “decking their hall's” with Northern, Modern, Crossover Soul etc. This will be your first chance to dance all the turkey, mince pies and Christmas pud off. So “have yourselves a very merry Christmas” and enjoy it to the max.
December 31st New Year's Eve 2016/2017:
Grit's and Groove, Rolling Revue Dance Party, Dead Wax Social, 18a Bond Street, BN1 1RD 9.30pm to 3am. “What are you doing New Year's Eve?”, well here's 2 room's playing Northern Soul, Rockin blues, Motown, 60's R&B, Latin and Jazz, I'd say they've got it covered.Main room 1: Andy Lewis, Mark Anderson, Sue Brick, Ian Bryden, Steve Rowland. Room 2: Mojo Slim's juke joint plus guest's.Ticket's in advance from Dead Wax Social, and Loot clothing.Have yourselves a jolly good knees up, mother Brown.
If you're all up for having a merry Christmas and a happy New Year's Eve, all you have to do is join in the fun at any of the above event's. You could pull a few Christmas cracker's, have a little New Year's cheer, burst a few balloons, pop some party popper's and count the seconds down to cheer in 2017.
Summing up: It look's like Soul in the Southeast 2016 has been abundant, we look forward to it continuing through 2017.
I'd like to thank all you dear readers for your kind comments throughout the year.
From Keith and myself we wish you all a very merry Soulful Christmas and a happy New Year.
A little heads up for 2017, two Soul weekender's in the South East I know of, are: “Soul's Unite” Ian and Debbie Ward Guy's event in March is pretty much full up. There's always a chance a room will become available, please check with them if you haven't booked yet and would like to go.
Also have a gander at Les Csong and Ann Taylor's, “SOUL GALORE” weekender @ Folkestone, October 13th 14th 15th. It's a fabulous hotel, with rooms still available if you haven't booked yet.
You can find out more about most of these on Facebook event's, Soul Source, and The Soul Survivors Family web sites.
That's it from me for this year, Soulful reader's, I'll see you hopefully, healthy and hearty, in 2017.
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