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VAVAVOOM NYE BALLROOM 2013 ALLNIGHTER

9PM-6AM

HUGE WOODEN DANCEFLOOR

YOUR DJ'S FOR THE NIGHT:

ARTHUR FENN

DAVE FLYNN

KITCH

TONY SMITH

LEONA MURPHY

YOUR RESIDENT:

JOEL MASLIN & YANN VATISTE

Celebrate the New Year in style at our Nutty New Year’s Party!

A three roomed affair with the beat basement, northern soul & mod club classics from our

FAB International DJ line-up

229 the venue 229 Great Portland Street | London | W1W 5PN

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VA VA VOOM NYE 2013 / NUTTY NEW YEAR
 
In case anyone was wondering here are all the deets for the VVM NYE event this year (featuring Kitch, Arthur Fenn, Tony Smith, Dave Flynn and Leona Murphy) in conjunction with The New Untouchables Nutty NYE 2013:
 
The Venue - 229 GT. PORTLAND STREET   LONDON   W1
9PM ‘TILL 6AM   £17.50 ADVANCE TICKETS   £22 OTD
 
 
TICKET HOTLINE: 020 7323 7229   BOXOFFICE@229THEVENUE.CO.UK  or  WWW.229THEVENUE.CO.UK  INFO:  YANNVATISTE@MAC.COM
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Expect to hear big classics such as this from Yann alongside all the latest newies from Kitch, Arthur, Dave, Tony and Leona!

 

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Let's crack on with some exclusive Djs profiles and interviews 
a la VAVAVOOM STYLE!

DAVE FLYNN

First exposed to Northern at his local Friday night youth club (whilst still in Junior school!), Flynny went on to attend (with his Mum’s permission!) Wigan Casino, albeit he was obviously still far too young…the door staff must’ve taken pity on the poor lad! A regular at Stafford during the 80’s and the 100 Club throughout the 90’s, by which point he was already working for various record companies and putting together Soul compilations for vinyl/CD release.

He has DJ’ed at loadsa major UK nighters and weekenders, and was a member of the original DJ team at London’s now infamous Capitol Soul Club Dome nights. He was also a regular guest DJ at the mainland European clubs before his sights became set on further afield…emigrating to Japan (aka “the Land of the Rising record price”!) during ‘04.

Nowadays he enjoys spinning discs to the Tokyo collectors and Kobe dancers, and continues to write his never ending definitive book on US Soul 45’s released in 1960’s Japan (someone has to do it!), and runs AnoraksCorner.com.
He is also practically a VAVAVOOM resident DJ (someone has to do it!!) at their New Year’s Eve nighters, having DJ’ed at all bar one of them…he missed 2012 so watch out 2013 he is back with some vinyl treasures from the Faaar East…and will probably be spinning most of these from his current Top 10:

MELLO SOULS - WE CAN MAKE IT - MELLO
SOUL INC. - MY PROPOSAL - COCONUT GROOVE
LITTLE WILLIE FAULK - LOOK INTO MY HEART - M & H
INTENSIONS - SHE NEEDS SOMEBODY - U.S.A.
JOEY DELORENZO - WAKE UP TO THE SUNSHINE GIRL - MI-VAL
SIDNEY BARNES - SAFETY ZONE - JOBETE ACETATE
DETROIT RHYTHM SECTION - I KNOW SOMETHING - C/UP
RODD KEITH & THE RAINDROPS - LIKE THE LORD SAID - PREVIEW
PARISIANS - THE DEEP DEEP SOUTH - C/UP
CAMARO'S - WE'RE NOT TOO YOUNG - DAR-CHA

also 2 great sites to visit:
http://www.anorakscorner.com/Key.html

http://ameblo.jp/nuderestaurant/entry-11631947469.html

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Interview: Joel Maslin

Current Top 5:
Regents - Love You So c/u
Soultations - Achin' Inside - Baker Studio Sound
Eddie Daniels - Is He Better Than Me - Boots
Casuals - So Glad I Found You - Glass City
IJ Harris - All Ready To Go - Cash

TOP 10 TRACKS OF ALL TIME:
Changes frequently!!!
Prophets - One Gold Piece
Keni Lewis - Not The Marrying Kind
Gwen Owens - Wanted & Needed
Big Tim & The Empires - Your Turn To Be Blue
Cliff Nobles - Love Is Alright
Arthur Willis - Hurting Is Over
Deon Jackson - Someday The Sun Will Shine
Elvin Spencer - Lift This Hurt (1970 version)
John Bowie - Gonna Miss A Good Thing
Jimmy Gresham - This Feeling I Have

HOW AND WHEN DID YO GET INTO MUSIC AND WHAT WERE YOU LISTENING TO THEN? 
House and Drum & Bass and grew up with classic Motown, Atlantic soul and 60's pop.
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST DJ SLOT?
Shotgun (I think???)

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE DJ SPOT?

100 Club first time as a guest and Runaway Love in Spain.

WHAT SO FAR HAS BEEN YOUR WORST DJ EXPERIENCE?

DJ-ing to 3 people in a broom cupboard with one working deck.

YOUR FAVOURITE SCENE DJ’S AND WHY?

Currently:

Butch - the one offs, brilliant unknowns and forward thinking sounds. 

Arthur Fenn - puts the 45s together brilliantly and consistently classy records. Always something new and different in there too.


WHAT HAS SHAPED YOUR DJ SOUND AND WHY?

The forward thinking mod scene (as it covered so many interesting styles of music), growing up listening to music that sampled the golden era of funk and soul, mates with great taste, listening to collectors tapes / cd's and picking the best stuff and hearing great spots at clubs like 100, Capitol Soul, back rooms or rare rooms as well. All sorts!

WHAT WAS YOU BEST EVER FIND/DISCOVERY?

I'm a bit too young and innocent to have broken any records on the scale of say Ady Croasdell, Sam et al. 

WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE MUSICALLY AND YOUR FAVOURITES ARTIST(S)?

The Motown Corporation, Kent Soul, and a network of knowledgeable friends.

Never had a favourite particular artist, always had a thing for one off records rather than long standing material from one performer or group. 

DO YOU COLLECT SPECIFIC LABELS/ ARTISTS/ GENRES?

Not really I like it mixed up a bit. I wouldn't try to collect a label just for label's sake - I'd only want the relevant releases from it, although I'd class that as collecting a label to a point. Ie. I'd leave the novelty releases and skiffle, country rock etc.
WHERE CAN FOLKS CURRENTLY CATCH YOUR DJ SET?

100 Club, Va Va Voom, Crystal Palace Soul and anywhere else that will have me.
WHAT IS THE RECORD YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO OWN?
Far too many to mention but I suppose ultimately either Arthur Willis or The Prophets on Shrine both because of their utter brilliance (in very different ways)
and ridiculous rarity. There are also one off acetates that I think are the pinnacle of soul music.

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Another Brilliant Interview from Uk Top Collector KITCH!

This man, just has amazing taste & We are really looking forward welcoming him to the VaVaVoom!

KITCH:

Current Top 10:

Precisions “Send Me a Sign” (Unissued Sidra)
The Superbs — “Wind In My Sails” (Dore)
The Dreamettes “That’s Not Love” (Dream Makers) 
Sandy Golden “Your Love Is Everything” (Masterpiece)
Le Chansonettes “One More Chance” (C/U)
Dee Dee Warwick “Fire, Fire” (Mercury Acetate)
Bobby Adams “That’s The Kind Of man I Am” (Big Bee)
The originals “Young Train” (Soul Test Press)
Millionaires “Do You Believe” (C/U)
Alice Clark “Heartwreck” (Broadway Acetate)

TOP 10 TRACKS OF ALL TIME:

A difficult question to answer so here are 10 that come to mind
Al Kent “The Way You’ve Been Acting Lately” (RicTic)
Kell Osbourne “Law Against a Heartbreaker” (Highland)
Vidalia “True True Lover” (Unissued)
Mighty Lover (C/U) Butch Play
Gracie Dumas “Song of A Woman” (Eldorado Acetate)
Diane Lewis “You Ain’t Got a Chance” C/U
King George “I Need You” (Audio Arts)
Cecil Washington “I Don’t Like To Lose” (Prophonics)
Soulettes “Bring your fine Self Home” (Scope)
George Byrd “I’m Available” (Pay-Tons)

HOW AND WHEN DID YO GET INTO MUSIC AND WHAT WERE YOU LISTENING TO THEN?

First got into listening to soul through my first school disco in 1976 and from my sister who was into Northern at the time and never really looked back since.

WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST DJ SLOT?

Soul Night — Rock City & Ukranian Club Nottingham - Allnighter — White Swan in Mansfield

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE DJ SPOT?

White Swan in Mansfield as it was in front of people who’s opinion mattered

WHAT SO FAR HAS BEEN YOUR WORST DJ EXPERIENCE?

None really as I don’t worry about them too much..
YOUR FAVORITE SCENE DJ’S AND WHY?
From the past — Richard Searling, Guy & Keb. Present — Butch for the ability to always suprise

WHAT HAS SHAPED YOUR DJ SOUND AND WHY?

Although started going before Stafford, Top of The World was a big influence as well as close friends and US record buying trip buddies Dave Taylor/Dean Anderson. Guy’s like Cliff Steele (who always had a good ear for records) and all those tape swaps in the 80s

WHAT WAS YOU BEST EVER FIND/DISCOVERY?

My own around the mid eighties Martiniques “If You Want to Call me” (Me-0) C/U as the Three Jades and playing it at the infamous “Cock Hotel” in Northampton.
Mello Souls for $3 from a guy in Delaware US…Now that made my skirt blow up!!

WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE MUSICALLY AND YOUR FAVORITES ARTIST(S)?

Always a big Temptations fan, Precisions and a self-confessed girl group fan and most things Phila..
DO YOU COLLECT SPECIFIC LABELS/ ARTISTS/ GENRES?
I Like most things from around 62 to present day from Northern to Soulful House. I buy what I like…Simple!!

WHERE CAN FOLKS CURRENTLY CATCH YOUR DJ SET?

Masters Of Soul, Hip City Berlin, Occasional Guest at Lifeline and most of Mick H’s crazy soul nights!! I will also DJ’ing in Madrid in March 2014 
Anyone who knows me well, will know I don’t actively look for DJ opportunities, but will do things if asked and I think the crowd will appreciate what I play or want to hear something new, If not I don’t see the point. Sorry not meant to sound like it reads, I’m not that miserable really, Just ask my wife!!

WHAT IS THE RECORD YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO OWN?

Sorry 3 and they all come from the same source..

Diane Lewis “You Ain’t Gotta Chance” Unissued
The Mighty Lovers C/U
Vidalia “True True Lover” Abtone Acetate

KITCH

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ARTHUR FENN

 

Current top 10;
Allison & Calvin Turner - everytime i'm near you - Lulu
The Peacemakers - Got My Feet On Solid Ground - c/u
Flowers - Don't You Know - c/u
Love Warmth & Affection - Talkin Bout Love - Weekend
Unity & The Downbeat - Love Dreams - Selma
Bernard Drake - I've Been Untrue - La Louisianna
The Scott 3 -Running Wild
The Tiarras - Love made a Connection - Seaton
Al Thomas - Too Sweet - Rockinghorse, 
Donald Thomas - calling me home - PMRC. 

Fav 10 of all time, tricky 1 but it would be something like this;

Maxine Brown - One in a Million 
John & Wierdest (both sides)
La Rom Baker - Your the best 
Bernard Drake
Bobby Rich - There's a girl,
Wee - Try Me
Mel Britt - She'll Come Running Back
Little Ann - when he's not around
Inspirations - No One Else Can Take Your Place. 

Found rare soul in 1973 by having some really cool guys in our town who put nights on, i was 16 at the time & working as an assistant golf professional so time & money were very short. I got hooked & before too long i was traveling to the likes of Blackpool Mecca much to the outrage of my parents . 

The Mecca gave me a lot in the way of introducing me to records i'd never heard before & played in a way that was not done anywhere else, dropping newer releases alongside 60s tracks.

My most memorable spot?, well i have a few i guess, the 1 & only time i played the Casino was a thrill as was my 1st time at the 100club, the first time i played out of the country was massive for me in a lot of ways & that was for Gerhard at the Frankfurt all nighters. 

Worst?, not too many thank goodness, had 1 where some charming lady asked me if i had any idea of what northern soul was ( i was playing Johnny Rodgers at the time ). 

My favourite dj's, well i'd have to say from my early days Colin Curtis ( loved his taste & delivery ) Sam, for his total devotion to finding new sounds & his incredible enthusiasm at any time of the night to get people dancing & finally Butch, no more needs to be said . 

Back in the 70's i was lucky to find some great records like, The Greater Experience, i had the first "real" Four Perfections, Ray Agee - I'm Loosin & Soul Communicators (trips with Dave Raistrick), William Powel's Heartache Soveniers ($1find in fort worth) was my old Bobby Jason c/up. my best find i think was in 82 when in St Louis i found an Inspirations on Breakthrough for $1, i sold it a yr later to Gilly for £85 ouch!!

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SOUL SISTER

 

LEONA MURPHY

 

 

CURRENT TOP FIVE:

YOUNG MODS — WHO YOU GONNA RUN TO, WHERE YOU GONNA HIDE

CAFFEY BROTHERS — MAKE ME OVER

PJ CITY —  STRAIGHT FORWARD

SANTIAGO — FEELING GOOD

SOUL FOR SALE - LET ME LOVE YOU

 

 

TOP TEN TRACKS OF ALL TIME:

IMPERIAL C’S  - SOMEONE TELL HER

THE TIARAS — FOOLISH GIRL

WANDA MCDANIELS — GANGSTERBOY

SOUL 4 SALE — LET ME LOVE YOU

CHUCK JACKSON — HAND IT OVER

LIL MAJOR WILLIAMS — YOU’RE SO SWEET/GIRL DON’T LEAVE ME

MONTCLAIRS — HUNG UP ON YOUR LOVE

SANDY GOLDEN — YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING/WHEN WE’RE ALL ALONE

MASTERPIECE — LOVE AFFAIR

DOC PEABODY — HERE WITHOUT YOU

 

 

 

WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST DJ SPOT?

Although I did a bit of Dj’ing when I worked in Greece about 20 years ago, I guess my first proper Soul Dj spot would probably have been in the Willingham Suite up at Middleton Civic Hall all niter around 11 years ago. Or it could have been the soul weekender in Lyon at around the same time. I was playing everything from R&B to 60’s club soul right through to modern soul.  I loved it!

 

 

 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE DJ SPOT?

There have been many memorable ones, all for different reasons, but if I was pushed to name one it’d have to be the last ‘big’ do I did.  The Hamburg Soul Weekender this year. Being jetted over to beautiful Hamburg to share a bill with one of my favourite Dj’s, Keith Money was a real honour for me.  An amazing venue, enthusiastic crowd, incredible atmosphere, it was packed, a sheer joy altogether. And the Boat trip on the Sunday just topped off a truly perfect weekend for me!

 

WHAT SO FAR HAS BEEN YOUR WORST DJ EXPERIENCE?

Nothing too horrific but I did once do a resident spot at Crystal Palace Soul which was going down a storm, packed dance floor, smiling faces everywhere - even some hands in the air. Except for just this one guy. He didn’t want to hear anything other than absolute 60’s Classic Northern Soul. He spent the whole duration of my set, leaning on the stage right in front of the decks, staring at me, shaking his head slowly in disgust and muttering obscenities at everything I played…..Awkward!

 

YOUR FAVOURITE DJ’S AND WHY?

 

I really like David Ripolles, Butch, Soul Sam, Keith Money, Arthur Fenn, George Mahood, Ian Wright, Dave Thorley & Malayka….the list is quite long! Some of the European guys are amazing too, Edu Domingo, Marc Forrest, Lars Bulnheim, The Oslo Soul crew.  I tend to like Dj’s who are into breaking new sounds and mixing up genres. I like those guys who are not afraid to try something new…as opposed to just chasing after the well known, big money tunes. I like those with some imagination and I really love the influence the European Soul Scene is having in the UK. Crossing boundaries and keeping things fresh is what I like!

 

WHAT HAS SHAPED YOUR DJ SOUND AND WHY?

The main thing I think that has shaped my Dj sound has got to be the fact that I am first and foremost a dancer I suppose. As a punter and dancer of nearly 20 years, I know what will make me want to get up on the dance floor. Whatever genre of Soul music I might be incorporating into my Dj sound, whether it be Northern, 60’s, 70’s , Crossover, Disco or some Funky Soul, I always try my best to play to the floor.  It’s all bout the punters for me. I try to tailor my sets to suit the kind of do I’m playing at, I really want people to enjoy themselves and have a bit of a party!

 

 

WHAT WAS YOUR BEST EVER FIND/DISCOVERY?

Digging out a mint copy of Soul For Sale “Let Me Love You” for a really great price. It was on an obscure Doo Wop listing and is as rare as hen’s teeth! That was a real treat.

 

WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE MUSICALLY AND YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS?

When I was about 10 or 11, I used to go to a little dusty record shop in Manchester near where I lived every Saturday.  The grumpy owner behind the counter took a liking to me for some reason …even though people said “don’t go in there, he’ll shout at you!”  On the contrary, he was really nice to me as he was a soul fan!!! He started saving me UK Tamla Motown double siders, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops, Jimmy Ruffin and many others. They were 50p each and I used to spend my weekly pocket money on them. Listening to these great artists led me onto looking for all these other, hidden and forgotten soul artists, equally as amazing as the big stars.  I had no idea that there were hundreds of labels and thousands of artists who were equally as good as the famous ones who never ‘made it’. Discovering artists like Margie Joseph, The Ascots, TSU Toronados was a revelation! I was hooked. I love Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Aretha … way too many favourites to list them all.

 

DO YOU COLLECT SPECIFIC LABELS/ARTISTS/GENRES?

No specific labels, but if I find one or two tunes I love on a particular label, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for other stuff on that label. I collect right across the board but recently, I’ve been picking up a bit more Gospel and Funk inspired Soul. I’m always collecting 70’s, Crossover and a bit of Disco when it comes my way.

 

WHERE CAN FOLKS CURRENTLY CATCH YOUR DJ SET?

I am a resident at MASTERS OF SOUL in Islington, on the last Thursday of each month, which I promote alongside Yann Vatiste and Naoko. The night has been running for nearly two years now and we’ve built up a brilliant crew of like- minded souls. I also have a resident’s spot down at Crystal Palace Soul. Next year, I’ll be spinning a few over at the new Chicago “Soul Togetherness’” Weekender,  which I’m really excited about …. There’s also Runaway Love in September and a couple of other European weekenders in the pipeline.

 

WHAT IS THE RECORD YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO OWN?

JOSEPH WEBSTER — MY LOVE IS SO STRONG ……AWESOME!

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Our Last Dj profile
 
Mr Tony Smith!
 
Current Top 5:
 
Jimmy Delphs "Our Last Goodbye" Unissued Karen. Outstanding recording from 1968, an exclusive for Va Va Voom!
 
Eric Lomax "In This World" c/u
 
Roscoe Shelton " As Soon As Darkness Falls" SS7 traditional floorshaker ready to go massive!
 
Dean Courtney "Love You Just Can't Walk Away" MGM - Ok it's an oldie, but I've always loved this atmospheric masterpiece!
 
Topics "Have Your Fun" Dream - Rare as hens teeth and a BIG sound just right for the BIG room.
 
Linda Jones "You Can't Take It" sorry that's 6! Plus things from The Spontanes and others!!
 
TOP 10 TRACKS OF ALL TIME:
 
10? 100 would be impossible, but in there would be
 
Alice Clark You hit me
 
Emanuel Laskey Peace Loving Man
 
Billy Prophet What Can I do
 
Cecil Washington Don't Like To Lose
 
Exus Trek
 
Four Perfections
 
Kell Osbourne Law Against A Heartbreaker
 
Monique If You Love Me
 
Ray Pollard Drifter
 
Rita & Tiaras Gone With The Wind
 
Eddie Daye & 4 Bars Guess Who Loves You and many many more.
 
It changes all the time.
 
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU GET INTO MUSIC AND WHAT WERE YOU LISTENING TO THEN?
 
I used to sing on the bus when I was a kid, bit of Yellow Submarine, pop hits of the day.....The No.38 was my favorite.
 
Then 1980ish, tired of hearing the same 3 Motown records at Mod clubs a mate of mine was buying records from Ady Croasdell and introduced me to him the rest is history.
 
WHERE WAS YOUR FIRST DJ SLOT?
I was running a Thursday night club in Islington 84 or 85, then Ady put me on as a youngster of 20 at the 100 Club.
 
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE DJ SPOT?
 
It's hard to pick one as many have been memorable for different reasons, but the 1st 100 Club would be one, along with doing the Ritz in Manchester and mine & ion's Soultown Allnighters at the Abraham Moss LC.
 
WHAT SO FAR HAS BEEN YOUR WORST DJ EXPERIENCE?
 
Never dwell on 'em.
 
YOUR FAVOURITE SCENE DJ’S AND WHY?
 
Butch, still does the business for me. and Guy Hennigan at Stafford used to blow me away.
 
 
WHAT HAS SHAPED YOUR DJ SOUND AND WHY?
 
Not sure really, just always played what I'd like to hear myself sometimes they work....
 
WHAT WAS YOU BEST EVER FIND/DISCOVERY?
I was quite early with things like Dave Charles, Perfections SVR, I was quite good on picking on records that had pretty much been forgotten or semi known.
 
WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE MUSICALLY AND YOUR FAVOURITES ARTIST(S)?
 
Pretty much all of 60's Detroit & Chicago and tapes from Guys like Dave Malloy & Gaz Kellett, and of course the whole Stafford thing had a big impact, with what Dave, Pat, Guy & Keb were playing.
 
 
 
DO YOU COLLECT SPECIFIC LABELS/ ARTISTS/ GENRES?
Not so much these days, it's nigh on impossible to collect labels like you used to, even the rubbish goes for money now.
 
WHERE CAN FOLKS CURRENTLY CATCH YOUR DJ SET?
 
No real regular spots, if I get asked I'll do it if I can! Last year I managed to DJ in Stockholm, Cognac, Walthamstow and the 100 so still a bit of variety.
 
WHAT IS THE RECORD YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO OWN?
 
Too many to list here!
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What a way to spend New Years eve than with great music and wonderful Friends :-) Should be there before the bells, but have to work first :-(

 

Julie xx

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Looking forward to seeing you down there! Shaping up to be a great night out in the capital.

 

J

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Having trouble ordering tickets. Tried a few times but wont let me log on. Any suggestions? Nick.

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Just been informed by the venue the ticket system is workin fine please read instructions before you purchase and if you still have problems e-mail info@229thevenue.co.uk

 

also use Safari if you can 

 

Yann

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Tickets purchased, hair appointment made, friends coming for drinks at ours first. Can't wait to see in the New Year with the soul family tomorrow night! 

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Here's the Dj's Schedule for Tonight!

Really looking forward seeing you all!

VAVAVOOM Dj's Time:

09.00- 09.45 VAVAVOOM (Joel & Yann)

09:45- 10:30 Tony smith

10:30 - 11:15 Leona

11:15 - 12:00 Arthur Fenn

12:00- 12:45 Dave Flynn

12.45- 01.30 Kitch

01:30 -2:15 Tony smith

02:15 - 3:00 Leona

03:00 - 3:45 Arthur Fenn

3:45 - 4:30 Kitch

4:30 - 5:15 Dave Flynn

5:15 - 6:00 VAVAVOOM (Joel & Yann)

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I'm not sure if this is the fifth or sixth Va Va Voom New Year's Eve allnighter I've attended, time does seem to fly these days, but doesn't really matter as it was excellent (as the others have been).

 

There is always a good mix of music, something for everyone, unless you are someone who only wants to hear the music of one decade. Tony Smith, Dave Flynn and Kitch played played in the main what I'd describe as Northern Soul in the classic sense, but not many of the usual overplayed tunes. They kept the tempo up for most of their sets but dropped the tempo occasionally.

 

Dave recalled glory days at the Capitol Soul Club with the Allen Sisters and Joey DeLorenzo among others, plus of course his recent purchase of the Mello Souls, he played that in both his sets and was justified in doing so. Tony played his recent acquisition of an unissued Jimmy Delphs' track, Our Last Goodbye, a nice medium tempo number.

 

Kitch played some old favourites plus acetates like Keni Lewis and the Chuck Jackson cover up, both great dance floor tunes. He also included both sides of Sandy Golden's single, floor fillers both. And he played one that was new to me by the Appointments, Keep Away, a nice slowish tune.

 

Arthur Fenn mixed up Northern and Modern in his inimitable way, plenty of tunes that I knew but some I didn't. Thanks for playing Kae Williams, can't get enough of that one.

 

Leona has a fairly unique take on soul, and played a set that was typical of her sounds at Masters Of Soul, e.g. the Caffey Brothers, Young Mods, etc. Quite a contrast to the other sets.

 

Last but not least the Va Va Voom crew themselves, Yann and Joel. In the last hour they played many of their regular favourites and kept the floor going till the end at six.

 

Not sure if there were as many as last year, but pretty full, I didn't go into the other two rooms so can't say what they were like. It seemed that half the 100 Club crowd were there, and plenty who'd travelled from all over including some from Spain. There was a very good atmosphere and I think we all enjoyed welcoming in the new year with our friends and listening to good music.

 

Thanks to Karen for the lift up there, I hope your throat improves and your voice returns quickly. I left at about 6.05, got a train to King's Cross and got an earlier train than I'd expected for and was indoors just gone 7.00, coffee and porridge and a little rest.

 

Thanks to the Va Va Voom guys and all the DJs, well done.

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Absolutely Fantastic Night at the VaVaVoom!

Thanks you all for your support! It means a lot to us.

The music was just unbelievable. Tunes after tunes all night, Magic!

Massive thank you to Kitch, Arthur, Tony, Dave & Leona for being part of it!!!

Wishing you all good health, Harmony and success in all your undertakings in 2014!

We’ve got some new plan for VaVaVoom in 2014 in a superb new venue!
More info coming soon! & Mr Lupton is also back with us off course!

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