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ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT AWAITS AT YORKSHIRE'S FINEST..BRIGHOUSE RITZ

SPECIAL GUEST DJS THIS FEBRUARY INCLUDE:

PETE EVERETT - SNOWY & NIGE GRICE PLUS YOUR HOST GINGER TAYLOR

QUALITY TUNES FROM 8.30 TIL 1AM

ADMISSION IS JUST £6 BUT BE EARLY AS ITS ALWAYS A PACKER!!

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well i tell you what,.....if that dont make you wanna get out and shake your moneymaker then your dead from the waist down...no talc at the ritz though!

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great vid

laughed my socks off

have a good one at the Ritz on Friday - one of the very best venues in the country

And happy birthday to Alan !

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tremendous footage pete, and how's zomerzet these days?, not seen you & kath for a while, let us know when you're up here next, you'll hear ginger playing some sparklers from the pandora's box...just like at lowton!

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Great atmosphere last night and good to see so many soul friends at this classic venue. So what a shame that the music in the main became more and more 'run of the mill, same old same old' as the night went on, which killed the atmosphere and anticipation of a great night's dancing for a lot of us! Come on Guys shake things up a little more & dig deeper into the vast collections you have between you - people travel a long way to Dance on this superb floor so give us a bit more variety to travel for. Maybe in the absence of alternative rooms for different sounds the Northern Soul dancers will have to ask is it worth the journey, especially considering the costs involved these days. ?! G&K

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Brighouse Ritz is only about 10 miles from home for us so we go every month and to most of the mini all-dayers. We love the venue, the dancefloor, atmosphere (especially on a busy night like last nigh) and have lots of friends there.

However, I think you have hit the nail on the head regarding the playlist. We always hope that one of the DJs will surprise us by playing something new or different but it hardly ever happens. Unfortunately I could predict 80% of what Ginger will play at next month's event right now even though he must have some staggering records in his collection. Sadly these rarely see the light of day at Brighouse.

Having said all that the dancefloor was busy all night, especially during Ginger's spots, so the punters were clearly happy but it would be good if someone took a chance and played something different rather then taking the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' approach.

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we love brighouse as well, even though we dont very often get the chance to come ( not that a 212 mile round trip puts me off ). its not exactly a new quandry you suggest....slipping a few different things dosnt harm naturally, and most people do like a change, do like to hear different things...its the same situation for every venue. the guest dj list here, does change all the time, accepting that popular one's come back more often ( when i say that i mean perhaps twice in a year ). everybody has their own ideas of what to play and are entitled to freedom of expression, but its also easy to see why the "aint broke, dont fix" scenario is judged as "too safe". im lucky enough to get a spot once a year and i cant knock it, but im also in a different part of the country where folk have different tastes and if they are comfortable with an oldies set, then ive done my job, so long as i play the right one's!. believe me its so easy to play something you think is a goer yourself but it has the clear the floor effect elsewhere...i remember doing that with connie stevens, right here at brighouse. when it comes to oldies now, youve got to be imaginative and pick on things that havent been heard for ages and it is possible to do that, then mix in some lesser known stuff as you go along including 70's releases. 3-400 people cant be wrong if they like brighouse and for 16 years thats been the way, but if you go in there and bamboozle them with a complete set of unknowns then the majority of replies on here will have the opposite effect...and drive people away....or perhaps im wrong?. i know too well, ginger has untold riches in his playboxes, dont think for one minute he dosnt know that either. he also knows that the strong foundation brig is built on is the club classic and northern soul sound weve grown up with...and he and his guests want to play to a full house, people have, as you say to be kept happy. im not going to go into the money arguement because we'll be at it all day else and i think that in the greater sense of things its crued and sarcastic to say "pays yer money, gets yer choice" though its entirely relevant. brighouse is, and always will be a magical atmospheric venue to attend....enough to make anyone get up and dance anyway.

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Good to hear different points of view as, yes, this is a debate (not slinging match which is a refreshing change on here!) that has & will continue to go on for as long as there are venues to go to! We aren't suggesting for one minute that the job of a DJ is an easy one - no two nights are ever the same anywhere - but are they tuned in to their audience enough to adapt their playlist and read the faces of dancers who want to dance. We appreciate that on Friday the floor was full for most of the night, but most of the Northern soul friends who travelled as far and further than us felt as let down to not rush back. Having said that, we have picked up on the flyer that this venue is now advertised as a Soul night, NOT Northern Soul and Motown as it has been in the past - so is this an intentional move towards a more Modern venue at the expense of losing the support of the traditional Northern dancers on the scene (which the reputation of this night was built on)? We know of lots of Soulies who longer put this night on their calendar and who used to be regulars in the past. After hearing the 'Tribute' (arms in the air) Ibiza-style party dance-tune halfway through the night (we can just about live with it at the close of one!), we may be looking for an alternative too!

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this promotion most certainly isnt moving toward any particular musical stance, the fact that the guest djs are varied, alone prevents that from happening and ray isnt telling anybody how to do their job, there are subtle hints as to what most like but the buck stops with the guest dj and these people are coming from all corners of the country....even pete lyster comes up from somerset, he definitely dosnt play safe, strictly speaking. i guess that when i put in a session i will try to encorperate semi knowns that are on the up or oldies that are currently back in vogue but it can become catch 22...do i clear the floor, and get encouraging comments but help to knock 100+ off the door next time around because they didnt like hearing unfamiliar stuff or do i stand to be accused of being another same ole, same ole dj who dosnt want to be enterprising and as a result i drive away 100+ who are fed up with the same ole same ole after enduring it for most of their lives?. brighouse is no different from any venue with its music policy, its an outstanding place to go to listen and dance to music, where the cameraderie is abundant and the atmosphere is second to none. if anything, one of the most important aspects of djing now, is not to replicate during the course of an event and most djs are now acutely aware of this and normally they will make the effort to enquire about playlists and whats already been on and the response to it. if you had in front of you, the information distributed to djs appearing at presatyn in march, they are being asked to be present at least one hour before their spot to be filled in on what has already been played......to help cut down on posts, particularly being put on here about hearing the same record 4,5 or 6 times during the same evening...there was a lot of critisism about the tower a couple of years back but kev has addressed that issue. of course, if brig had a second room like, for instance lowton, then the best of both worlds could be obtained...but it dosnt, so you have to rely on who plays on the night and brig does have a large rota of djs at gingers disposal....it does help of couse,if you make requests, the old fashioned way, by writing them down...any dj worth his /her salt will never ignore them....if they havent got it, never mind...if they have, there's more than an even chance they will play it.

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Karen, i am married to one of the tribute dancers and for this i apologise.

Agree with you completely about this. But we now know what to expect if we go to Brig. And its not northern soul. So i

dont suppose we can complain if we choose to go there.

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I know it has changed its advertised event to Soul Night -

£6 door tax to listen to a playlist from the top 500 Northern Soul records. Coupled with a heavy dose of youth club nostalgia to really water down the quality - and Tribute Pop records.

The Northern Soul Donny crew have finally said good bye to the Ritz -

They serve up the same old menus month after month - with the "dare not risk playing that" policy-

I recall when the top DJ's on the scene . were the ones who dared to spin something "new" - and not spin records that every Soul fan will have in their collection (even if we do own them on CD)

So it Goodbye from us- and me

Bring back the Edge -

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Mm, just checkin my box, i am on at the next one, never had a bad session yet to my knowledge, so hope yall comedown, Roman

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After reading the above few posts I feel I must add my feelings also.

This was my first trip to Brighouse for approx 5 years, I was & our crowd were regulars when Tony started the nights here many moons ago, and it was always a night that couldn't be missed if at all possible and so it was for many a year.

But I for one will not be rushing back. Which is such a shame, don't you just love the place and that floor is to die for, but I cannot justify sitting/listening to some of the music that was played which is such a shame !

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Used to Love going to Brighouse,did'nt miss many when Tony was running it

Not been for years,so can't really comment

But same old,same old not for me.

Steve.

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Great venue, fantastic dance floor, wonderful atmosphere. The music was a little disappointing and predictable in February (a lot of modern soul). I suggest the DJ's consider spinning 80% of the usual material and 20% of the other well known tunes that don't get regular plays then everyone would be satisfied. I can offer a few suggestions Johnny Moore - Walk like a man, Shirley Lawson - all of a sudden/ one more chance /The Star, Thelma Lindsey - Prepared to love you, Intruders - Check yourself, Loretta Williams - Baby cakes; I would hope those tunes bring a smile to faces and feet to the floor.

KTF

Stu

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The playlist at Brighouse leaves much to be desired these days . leaning more and more to run o the mill and motown

rob

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HI ALL,

I used to be a regular at Brighouse but have not been for about two years now but still keep my ear to the ground as to how its doing. Stopped going due to the tiredness of the playlists.

It seems no one is complaining or passing comment on the door tax, the overpriced drinks, the dance floor , the atmosphere, the people in attendance or the average sound system. Brighouse will always be a special place to visit and i will return again soon for old times sake as i always loved it.

However i, like many others, will not be returning on a regular basis until there is change.

SO............its over to you Ginger!.

regards Roy

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Enter the ninja ... Great venue - great people . It appears that more & more venues are playing " Across the BOARD " music .

And sometimes ....I must admit - I do get BOARD - You can usualy tell ...Sat in my seat - Board - !

All I want to do is to listen to Northern Soul and D A N C E - Its a way of life ",)

I will continue my weekly journeys until I find the PREMIER NORTHERN SOUL DANCE music venue.

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Hi Ninja

I will keep you informed about a new club that is in the planning - that will fill the gap, and get back to the "spirit" of Northern Soul music. We are searching for the right venue at the moment.

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So sorry Roman - we'll see you at all your usual local venues (& new, on 1 March, all being well), but not here on this occasion unfortunately! It would be far too soon after Friday's disappointing 'lack of Northern' night. But then again, there were also lots there that were happy to dance to the predominantly Modern offerings from the guest DJ's, so we're sure you'll get them up to make the most of that cracking floor! We may also be resting our dancing feet that night after our weekender in Prestatyn the week before! Hope Wendy is keeping well, see you both soon, KTF K&G x

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Hi you two, thanks for kind thoughts, Wendy not too bad, be good to see you soon, I do Ritz once a year and think its very special, the venue the people, I always want to get the best out of the dancers and the next one will be no exception, already thinking of Shirley Lawson as suggested, maybe Stienways,and of course "Ime in love with your daughter" and then, set over youl see me on that dancefloor, times getting short now, 65th this year, all the best to you Karen and Graeme, see you on the first in Burnley, Roman

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