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Established as the 6TS Rhythm 'N' Soul Society in 1979: The World's longest running, most intense and forward thinking Northern Soul all nighter

Featuring house spinners; Butch, Ady, Keith Money, Joel Maslin and superb guests

11pm-6am no membership required, no admittance after 3 am

£12 on the door

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Once again time to head down Oxford Street to the 100 Club, and it's a hot night too, hope the air con is working. That was one of my thoughts as I approached the club. I think it was on but it was still very hot down there.

I got in at my usual time of 11.15, paid and picked up my tickets for the anniversary night and the boat trip, the latter should be nice, a new experience for me, soul on a boat.

As usual it was Ady on first, playing some medium tempo tunes I didn't recognise. Then the first guest took over, Yann Vatiste, well known in London and beyond, and a 100 Club regular.

Butch followed, and got me dancing straight away. He's about the only DJ who can get me dancing to tunes I don't know, and I wasn't familiar with his first two or three records. He played some of his better known classics, e.g. Arthur Willis and United Sounds, and delighted me when he played two of my current favourites back to back, Milton Wright's Like A Rolling Stone and the Jax Transit Authority's Life Is A Miracle.

Tomas was on next, starting with Celeste Hardy, one of my old favourites from the Dome days. He was followed by the other guest Nev, who hails, as far as I know, from the north east.

Then it was Ady for his second set, starting with the club favourite Can't Shake It by Etta James. For this set he included quite a few of his current “biggies” like the Demures, September Jones' Voodoo Mademoiselle, Nancy Wilcox's He'll Be Leaving You, Sharon Scott's It's Better, Paramount Four, plus new ones, at least to me, by Holly Maxwell and JJ Jackson.

For his second set Yann started with Betty Wilson's I'm Yours, then included Joe Jama, Papa & The Bears, Constellations' I Don't Know About You, Camaros, and finished with Dream My Heart and This Time, Shirley Edwards and Ray Pollard respectively, Shrine label masterpieces.

In his second set Butch included well known tracks like Man Of My Word, Shake Cheri, Just Can't Leave You, Look At You plus quite a few I was unfamiliar with.

The Ringleaders' Baby What Has Happened was Tomas's first one, then he followed with Betty Lloyd's I'm Catching On, the Four Sonics' Easier Said Than Done, Hard Road To Hoe, etc., and ended with The Time Is Right For Love.

Nev, for his second set, started with the Hamilton Movement, now that's an old favourite. He also played the Scott Three, and one called I think Superman, don't know who it is by.

Lucky Yann had a third set, starting with Buddy Smith's When You Lose The One You Love, one I'd requested, a lovely beat ballad, he followed with another slowie, the Sweet's Something For My Baby. And generally he kept the pace slow or medium tempo, but did play my other request for Pee Wee, Shucks & Huey, a real nighter record in my opinion.

At about 5.30 Ady started his final time on the decks, starting with Ray Pollard's It's A Sad Thing. Looking At You by Garnett Mimms and the 100 Club classic Maxine Brown's Let Me Give You My Loving were included, Ady mentioned that Maxine had just hit 80, and was still singing. Finally it was close to 6am, Walter Jackson's Uphill Climb (surely one of the best records ever made) and the Four Tops' Baby I Need Your Loving ended the night. And while That's What Mama Say played we gathered our bags, etc. and said farewell to our friends.

There were definitely more in than in July, and all seemed to be soul people, no obvious tourists. Many regulars, Charlie; Gary and Rolly; Eddie and Tabs; Cristina; Kym, Yann's better half; Simsy and Kylee; and many more, sorry if I've not mentioned you. It did clear out a bit before the end, that is normal, but there was still a good number at the finish.

The dance floor was nice and slidey, didn't get too sticky, although I did see some talc, that wasn't necessary and I thought it was banned. Danced quite a bit, took it easy, but no doubt will suffer later.

So once again a good night, sorry to keep saying that each time I comment on the 100 Club, but it was true. Thanks to Ady, the DJs, and 100 Club staff.

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The 100 Club has been running since before I was born and there's a reason that it's gone on so long!

For me it's the Carlsberg of nighters. Always a great mix of records and just that something special. 

Whether you can't get off the floor as the music is so good, you're people watching and absorbing the atmosphere or stood outside putting the world to rights/talking rubbish, there's just something about the 100 Club.

I was surprised at how packed it was as a lot of people are off on holidays this time of year. The air con was a welcome addition and helped keep the dancers cool-ish. :)

Great to see so many friends last night. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Musically it was as great as ever but DJ for me last night was the gaffer, Ady. 

It was so good that we even managed to stay until the lights came on at 6am and squeezed into Cristina's infamous 'last people standing' photo! A tick off the bucket list there! :lol:

Thanks for a great night Ady and team. See you for the anniversary celebrations shenanigans. 

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The Holly Maxwell Ady played was a blinder, best thing I've heard for a long while!

Good to catch up Geoff, see you in October!!

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Really enjoyed myself on Saturday. Thought all the DJs played some great stuff and nice to have the tempos mixed up, especially as it was so hot.

Tunes i particularly enjoyed:

One Butch played don't know the name of 

Art Willis

Little Soul sounded awesome from Yann

I'm Superman by the Point Of View which Geoff mentioned.

Been really enjoying the Honeybees 45 that Tomas has been hammering - works really well at the 100 imho.

Business as usual at the club that keeps on giving!

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First time at the 100 club for us , thoroughly enjoyed the experience , great set up , lots of music that I have not heard before plus some faves that I don't hear played out that often , air con was a nice plus , agree with Geoff about the talk thing , don't get it myself , but each to their own I suppose ;) Will definitely make another trip from the north west when we can.

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I totally agree with my gud mate Widnes63, what a day and night we all had at the 100 club, it was awesome. Great atmosphere, music was brilliant, great bunch of friends to be with, we couldnt ask for anything more, what a great time we all had.  Deffo heading down the 100 club again, well worth the journey folks.

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Thanks again for the wise words Geoff, we'll have to give you an official position; 100 Club scribe.

I was amazed at the attendance, there are no indicators (that I can tell of) as to what the crowd is going to be and it was so quiet beforehand, I thought we'd be playing to each other. However it was a terrific turnout from the North West in particular as well as a Cornish stag night of very sound blokes (mainly soul fans), a lot of very young dancers who seemed to enjoy it and the usual diehards who are the heart and soul of the gaff. It's very heartening to see so many who are prepared to travel a long way to an expensive city to sample our delights; much appreciated. Some of Butch's new ones were WOW, he'd been complaining a couple of years ago that he didn't have enough great new things to keep progressing, that's clearly not the case now. Nev's mix was superb, along with his big items he's more than happy to spin cheapie like Syl Johnson on Twilight and even a couple of Kent releases; I thought I recognised them. Yann and Tomas were splendid too, the right mix of evergreens and orchids! I arrived morose and left ecstatic. Cheers

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Hi Ady, thanks for mentioning the turnout from the North West mate, appreciated. We all had a great time mate, the music was brilliant and it was well worth the travel.  Cheers again.

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