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,bringing you the best in rare 60.s,Northern & crossover soul,at our new venue ,the Irish club,wilford road ,

8pm till 4am   


DOOR TAX £5.00 UP TO 12PM £10 FOR NIGHTER  bring your wrist band back at 12 to get your soul night refund,


more info contact  me Mick H 07968030464


see you on 27th feb


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Lifeline is dead, long live Lifeline mark 2. That’s my feelings after attending the new allnighter at the Irish Centre in Nottingham last night. This will be another one not to be missed by anyone who has an interest or liking for the slightly rarer side of our scene. But it’s not all obscurities, I even had a few of the records played, but it all went together so well. A mix of styles and tempos, all having one essential ingredient: Soul.

When I  read that this night would have a 4am finish I knew I’d need to book a hotel room, no one wants to be hanging around for 3 hours or more for a train. Mick H kindly recommended me the St James Hotel  and it turned out to be really nice; and so was the Thai restaurant he’d mentioned as well, really tasty food that didn’t break the bank.

I ensured that I knew where the Irish Centre was after I’d booked into my hotel and got in there at about 8.15. Ian Mc Manus was doing the first set and the tune that greeted me was by Hokis Pokis and called Nowhere, a 70s sound that was new to me. But Ian catered for 60s fans too with tunes like I’ll Bet You and Your Wish Is My Command, although I’m not sure which version the former he played.

Mitch Mayfield was the second DJ. I’d never heard of him to be honest but his set was very good, loads of nice medium tempo. For me you can’t go wrong with records like A Quiet Home, You Better Stop, Gotta Find A New Love, and Stop Hurting Me Baby.

Kitch came on to follow Mitch and played a solid Northern set mixing 60s and 70s skilfully including Date With The Rain, Wind In My Sails, Look At You, Law Against A Heartbreaker, Don’t Play The Role, the Precisions’ Send Me A Sign and ending his set with Your Love Is Everything by Sandy Golden. Thanks for playing my request for that cover up.

Then Cliff Steele followed and started with the Appointments’ Keep Away. He too mi xed up the styles and decades. A good mix including I’m Lonely I’m Troubled (too fast for me unless I’ve drunk a bottle of wine), Do You Get The Message, the VeeGees’ Talkin’, Too Late,  the Appointments’ (Funny Feeling) Stepping Closer, and I Need You by King George.

Andy Dyson took over from Cliff and included Sir Joe, the Esquires’ How Could It Be, the Moments’ Baby I Want You, Milton Wright’s Like A Rolling Stone (thanks Andy), Jimmy Sherman’s Crazy Baby and ended with Kae Williams’ Our Love Is Dying.

Next on was Colin Law, I’d only seen him once before at Prestatyn a few years ago in the rare room. He started off with the Hopkins Brothers’ Shake Cheri, brilliant dance record. Other ones he included were Country Girl by Henry C & the Ivy Leaguers, I Need You by Johnny McCall, and one by Ricky Allen but I can’t remember the title, no doubt someone will help me out with that.

Arthur Fenn followed and he too mixed the decades and styles keeping the dance floor busy. Heartaches Souvenirs, Love Is The Answer, Norma Jenkins’ Here I Am (thanks Arthur), Love Warmth & Affection’s Talking ‘Bout Love, the Flowers’ cover up, Bernard Drake, Man Of My Word, Eye For An Eye and others but my memory has let me down.

Finally Mick H came on to do the last set. By this time I’d stopped noting tracks down on my phone so not too sure of what Mick played but I do remember Things A Lady Ain’t Supposed To Do, Count The Days, which started a stampede to an already busy dance floor, as it always does, Ella Woods’ lovely I Need Your Love and he finished with Shirley & The Shirelles’ version of Jerry Butler’s Never Gonna Give You Up.

Then it was over, the night had flown by, always a good sign. There was a good crowd at the end, all smiling. After farewells to friends I strolled back to my hotel with my 100 Club mates Gary and Rolly, we all agreed it had been a good night and well worth a trip to Nottingham. Then I got my head down for a few hours. After a shower and breakfast at Wetherspoons I got the train home and got in at about 3pm. And so far no after effects from dancing.

The Irish Centre is a nice venue with chairs around most sides, a bar, think prices were reasonable, but I was on soft drinks, and the dance floor was pretty good in my opinion, pretty slidey which is what I like.

Musically I thought it was excellent. As I said earlier it was all about soul music. I was told it was back to  the original ethos of Lifeline. I only started going when it was at the Stables but I think I know what that meant.

It was really nice to see so many of my friends there, the night was great socially too. Also nice to chat to Tom and Henry, good to meet other soul lovers.

Thanks to Mick and co for the night, there is another one at the end of April, it’s on my to do list, and sure others feel the same way too.


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