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This event is now over




and the




The Real Deal Rare Soul


Rhythm & Blues All-Nighter


AT the newly refurbished


Sutherland Road,





Room One:


9pm until 6am

Resident rascals are some of the Countries TOP Rare Soul

DJs - Andy Dyson, Mick H, Soul Sam, Cliff Steele & Chalky

Special Guests


And The First Hour Collector's Hour

Martin Kennedy

Room Two:


10pm until 4am

Resident DJs Mik Parry, Callum Simpson, Mace & Gav Arno

Special Guests

"Black & Blues" Bald Mark


As for the music, no compromise just more choice from the two top clubs in their field.

Lifeline, back to the basics, as it was in the beginning!

The emphasis will be on the 60's but as usual Lifeline will feature the very best in 70's and crossover plus the odd track from across the Soul years. In short the very best DJ’s playing the very best in the rare, obscure, forgotten and underplayed soul music .

Pow Wow, the very best R&B, Rhythm & Soul, Boogaloo and more……

In short all Dj's playing the very best in the rare, obscure, forgotten and underplayed soul music!!



Note: this is now a stripped down post-event display

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Not long now before another installment of some of the very best Rare Soul & R&B on offer. Looking forward to hearing Mr. Top Dog himself Dave Thorley, been a while since he graced the Lifeline decks.  Look forward to Martin Kennedy giving us an indight into his taste in Soul Music.

Record dealers, tables are free but space is limited by comparison to the stables, so please shout up to reserve a space.  Let us know if you wish to set up stall in the Pow Wow Room. 

Bring it on!

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I am coming over from Grimsby on my own via train for this- can anyone give me a lift to the venue as they come through? I am staying at the hotel opposite the station. My first visit to this venue as work has previously prevented me attending- looking forward to it- a great line up

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Lifeline Room DJ times (subject to change as usual)

09:00 - 10:00 Martin Kennedy
10:00 - 11:15 Chalky     
11:15 - 12:30 Soul Sam
12:30 - 01:15 Mick H
01:15 - 02:30 Cliff Steele
02:30 - 03:45 Dave Thorley
03:45 - 05:00 Andy Dyson
05:00 -  06:00 Mick H

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Having just got over the 100 Club nighter last week I woke up yesterday to realise it was time for Lifeline I felt a bit off colour for a time, wondered if I was foolish to consider an allnighter but luckily felt better as the day proceeded.

It was the usual arrangements, I went by train to Kettering and John McClure kindly drove me to Stoke from there. We arrived about 9pm just as it was getting going.

Martin Kennedy was the spotlighted collector doing the first set and it was not long before people were up dancing. As so often is the case a good portion of his set was new to me, but I did recognise Gene Redding's I Got Soul and another one played was Eddie Floyd's People, Get It Together.

Chalky followed and played a good dancing set starting with Because I Love You and including ZZ Hill's What More, Larry (Chubby) Reynolds' Sweet Tooth and his long-time favourite Benny Latimore's Girl I've Got News For You. He kept the audience dancing.

Next up was Soul Sam who opened with Rideout's Spend Some Time, and continued with a mix of tunes including favourites like Angela Davis, Joseph Webster, Sha La La, Sag Warfare, Nurons and including newer sounds like the Pacesetters' Push On Jesse Jackson. As far as I recall he didn't include so many funky tunes this time.

The DJ times were slightly altered as Mick H hadn't arrived, he was attending the opening of his son's new night club in Nottingham so arrived later and therefore Dave Thorley's time was brought forward. Dave's set included upfront tunes like the El Corols' Chick Chick, Grey Imprint, the Precisions' Sense Of Direction, Force's Holy Moses and more traditional Northern style tunes like Just A Boy's Dream and If This Is Love (I'd Rather Be Lonely) plus revived oldies like Ann Sexton's I Still Love You. Plenty of dance floor action continued. By the way I'd like to thank Dave and Arthur Fenn for answering a couple of music questions.

Back to the Lifeline regulars and Cliff Steele went on the decks. A nice mix of Northern and Modern. For example included in Cliff's set were Little Johnny Blair's Momma's Gone, Gloria (?Towanda) Barnes You Don't Mean It, Stormy's The Devastator, Blax Sound Family's version of Make Me Believe In You, Johnny McCall's I Need You, the Martiniques' If You Wanna Call Me, Ann Bogus' Don't Ask Me To Love Again, the Magnetics' When I'm With My Baby, Making New Friends, and ending his set with the Volumes' Ain't Gonna Give You Up. Something for everybody there I think.

Then Andy Dyson took over from Cliff and continued the danceable sounds. Bernard Drake's Do The Natural Thing and the Hopkins' Brothers Shake Cheri got things going and Andy kept the floor filled with tunes like Milton Wright's Like A Rolling Stone, Little Love Affair, Nobody Beats My Love, Man Oh Man, Puzzles' My Sweet Baby and many others.

For the last 90 minutes Mick H played: his first track was Foreign Blue Renaissance's Finding You, followed by tunes like the Primers' How Does That Grab You, Pee Wee Shucks & Huey, United Sounds, Mellow Madness' Save The Youth, Carlena, Clay Hunt's Love's Gone Bad. He ended the night with Barbara King's What I Did In The Street, Count The Days, I'll Keep Holding On, Little Johnny Blair and finally the Four Dynamics' Things A Lady Ain't Supposed To Do.

There was hardly a time during the night when there weren't dancers on the floor, and despite quite a few people leaving after 3ish the floor was filled at the end. A tribute to the music played during the night.

Irish gave me a lift back to Kettering and I got home about 11.35am. Thanks to John and Irish for the lifts, much appreciated.

Quite a decent turnout, plenty of my friends, good to see you all. Had some really good conversations during the night. Nice to see fellow 100 Club goers like Billy, still dancing like a good'un, and Trickster and others.

Thanks to Mick, Andy, Chalky, Cliff, Sam and the guests, also to the bar staff, all very pleasant and good service, decent prices too. Now to prepare for October.


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