Hello and welcome to a round up of all things Modern Soulful from the North - West of England.

I was involved with the inception and promotion of a listings paper from 2003 until its eventual demise as a magazine - where I was originally the sole column writer / record reviewer / bottle washer. The only downside for me was that the coverage went strictly Northern / Mod and if thats your bag this column may not be for you.

I run two soul nights in Manchester and in the Blackpool area, although I'm about to change venues in Blackpool. I contribute to local radio shows in the North West, and have my own show the first Sat / Sun of the month on Midnight till 2am (which is often repeated). Please get in touch via .That's enough about me, so on to my main purpose which is to list the MODERN events / gigs / happenings in the WHOLE of England and surrounding areas!

SATURDAY 18 APRIL Seductive Soul @ The Cheshire Lounge, Chester Road, Millington, Cheshire. WA14 3RX( 5 mins from Manchester Airport) £7 entry 10 - 3 with Anne Cragg on the door and Djs Chris Priestley, Jim Hargreaves, and Guest Mikey J (Telford / Oakley) playing Modern Soul, Upfront R&B, + 80s/90s grooves. see site for more details or 07836 722218 Soul Intent, Aston Hotel, Rotherham £5 entry 8 - 1, with resident Geoff Burgess etc and guest Roger Williams playing new releases, classics, and jazzy grooves. SATURDAY 25 APRILKing Georges Hall Blackburn 3 room soul night £10 entry 9 - 3 with Richard Searling, Mike Stephens, and Andy Davies playing the new stuff in the Winsor Suite. Not to be missed as this night is now in its thirteenth year!


White Bull Gisburn (see April)TSOP Prestwich (see April)


Soul @ The Blackpool Tower mini - all-nighter £10 tickets £12 otd 9 - 4 mainly an "Oldies" event methinks but Colin Curtis and Richard Searling are Djing so might be worth a look. SATURDAY 6 - 8 MAY

Southport weekender 44, Pontins, Ainsdale, Southport. Not going to rub it in as its sold out - I've been going since the second one in Blackpool (Oct 1988) and have only missed one since - it really is THAT good! if you fancy November.

FRIDAY 22 - 25 MAY

Birmingham Hilton Luxury Soul Weekender for all the details including Sunburst Band (Superb @ Southport) and Omar (Seen him half a dozen times - Excellent) live in concert. Djs include organisers Richard Searling, Ralph Tee, and your new favourite columnist, Jim Hargreaves. FRIDAY 29 - 31 MAYNorth Lancs. Soul Weekender, York Hotel, Morecambe for all the details and best of all its free!


Seductive Soul @ Cheshire Lounge (See April). Right that's about it for the next couple of months (but do get tickets for Terry Callier @ Lowry, Manchester June 5th).I'm off to see John Legend and Incognito this weekend, and I hope to meet up with some of you @ The Soul in the Algarve Soul Network trip 23rd - 30th April.

If you have any events for the Modern side North - West & beyond get in touch via / 07790 630312 or post direct to Mike / Soul Source .


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