Notre Dame - Word from those who went is 1st Annivesary was that it was a tremendous nite Wilton - keep hearing currently getting big recommends Llandudno - next niter wont be till next year Conniseurs Weekender Llandudno - in March almost sold out Line up for Weekender at Presatyn - also in March, line up looks well strong and fresh, more details soon
Nantwich Niter - 20 Oct 01 Nantwich Civic Niter was the destination this weekend, after hearing great things about the last one was looking forward to this one . Well wasnt to be that disappointed, the venue itself is well smart, a good layout, big dancefloor, lateish bar. Dj line up was something like Irish Greg, Derek Pearson, Bob Hinsley, Dave Rimmer, Robbo, Simon, Rob Smith, Chris Penn, Mace, apologies think may have missed one out there.
After normal dramas with car, electrics this time, walked into Chris Penn spot and he was carrying on from where I last heard him with a great set, quality spins, told us afterwards that since the aug one the Birchfield event at Widnes is going from strength to strength with great attendance and atmsphere (the next one is this Friday). Missed the first dj (and name) but Chris spot got my nite off to a good start. followed by Dave Rimmer up next and he was in fine form which may had something to do with the football results, (watch out for highlites from his recent radio appearance here on Soul Source soon).Mace was up next and continued the quality, Irish Greg making one of his regular trips up north from CSC Dome, next and dished out more quality with some top dome floor fillers. Robbo up next more top stuff, Bob Hinsley, guess what yep more quality rare soul, Derek Pearson made trip from Yorkshire and gave out a great well mixed set, check his Italian radio real audios recently added for a taste of his style, Simon was up next and ... more quality including some top Stafford revivals, Rob Smith took final hour announced it as oldies set, but along with a few of the more popular ones took opportunity to revive a few little heard revivals and some current plays. Crowd wise, well promoter told me reckon about 220 there, which was a bit of a disappointment as because of the venue size it really needed about another 100 in to generate the atmosphere and while everything else, sounds, venue was top class a good attendance would have changed it from a good nite to a top one. Crowd reaction, well though dancefloor wasnt packed it was said that the dancefloor was up for it, and to me it seemed that was case.
Great to see Djs delivering quality stuff, and the crowd reacting to them, and well refreshing not to hear those bloody overplays that currently plague so many venues. Plus know that a lot who were not dancefloor bound were enjoying the quality. Well as you may have read, mentioned quality a few times so far and that was the theme thru the nite to me, was thinking well when word gets round this event will be on the must go list, great venue, djs doing the business, so was a bit shocked that when Iasked when the next one is.Was told next one in Nov is a Modern One, then one at Xmas is a motown one, then next one with the same format as last nite is in February! Myself think they may be missing a trick here, as know there was a lot of people there impressed with place and format and would think it can only grow.
Gotta add though that its easy for me to say that as its not my money at risk! Name checks: sizeable lot from Yorkshire way including Pavilions lot John P and Colin W who are guesting at next Birchfield, met a fair few long distance travellers from places such as Rotherham, and a few down southers.
Final word - Quality good nite, shame attendance didnt match venue Verdict from car was out of 10 8, 7, 5 (he had a headache), 10 (the opposite) Well bit of a gap to next one, hopefully word will get round by then and it will get attendance it deserves. Of course the above is just my own view, if you Agree - a quality nite, well hit comments and pass word on, spread the word, a lot of promoters djs soul fans use internet to suss out venues, your ords can make a difference Disagree - not your cup of tea, well do same post it up, give reasons, nought worse than travelling a fair way and finding out the format is not what you want or expected
Some More Odds - Trying to remember title of 45 that saw the flip was at a expensive price in box as was sure it was in crap pile at home, got home yeah it was the one, but when flipping it over with $ in me eyes saw it was a double a-side demo...cue same old story.... Irish Greg showing me a top tip 45 that can be picked up cheap at moment. of course remembered all details, well not really, err....the label was red.
Dave R says Mojo collector quarterly thing has a northern feature, so may be worth checking out, warn you though he does say that this site gets a mention. So may not be!