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  229 Great Portland Street    Marylebone    London   W1W 5PN   GB

Rob Bailey
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The London 60s scene big night out.  Our fantastic venue in the heart of Central London has three rooms of action with an all night bar!

Our fabulous Ballroom with huge wooden dance floor is perfect for a night of quality Northern Soul oldies. Hosted by Kent Records and 6Ts promoter and DJ Ady Croasdell + guests Carl Fortnum, Tony Ellis, Nick & Dawn Brown, Val Palmer & Jo Wallace.

The R&B ROOM is hosted by the New Untouchables with authentic Rhythm and Blues, Ska/Reggae and Club Soul on the menu with DJ's, Callum Simpson, Phil Bush, Liam Large & Rob Bailey 

Live bands + DJ's in the beat basement with Dr Robert & guests

Book your tickets here: www.229thevenue.co.uk


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The latest Crossfire was a showcase for some of the DJs from older London soul clubs: Carl Fortnum (Capital Soul Club), Dawn and Nick Brown (Scenesville), Jo Wallace (These Old Shoes), and Val Palmer (100 Club) plus of course Ady Croasdell. I was looking forward to hearing some of the tunes I heard back when I started going out to soul nights again. And I wasn't disappointed.

I met friends at the entrance just after it opened and after paying made our way to the main room where our music was being played by Ady. I hadn't been to the venue since the last new year's eve allnighter and I noticed there were fewer tables and chairs available so it was worth getting in early just to have somewhere to leave your coat and bag.

While Ady was playing I went across to have a chat with Jo Wallace. She's been ill but had been given the all clear which is wonderful news. I hadn't seen Jo for at least three years maybe longer, great to see her back in top form. She took over from Ady playing a mainly up-tempo set including the Exits but with quite a few that I knew but couldn't remember who sang them, this seems to be happening a lot lately, oh dear!

Scenesville used to be one of my favourite clubs, I regret I only went to a few, so it was with anticipation that I awaited Dawn and Nick's set, I wasn't disappointed, some great mainly medium tempo tunes got me out there with old favourites like Have Faith In Me, On You Heartache Looks Good, This Time, etc. Nick played one I didn't know and liked, later he told me it was Ed Bruce's I'm Gonna Have A Party, similar feel to Any Day Now.

Val Palmer, the first lady DJ at the 6ts nights at the 100 Club, took over from Nick and Dawn and upped the tempo. But it wasn't fast and furious all the way, she included Speed Up, one that I always like to dance to.

Then it was Carl Fortnum's first set, memories of the Capital Soul Club at the Dome, a club that has a special place in my heart as it was the first soul night I went to for many years. His set was mainly up-tempo and included I'm Gone by Eddie Parker, what a superb record that is.

For his second set Ady mixed some classic oldies with some more recent discoveries like Voodoo Mademoiselle and Why Can't It Be Tonight.

Second time around for Jo, she played among others Paris Blues and the O'Jays version of I'll Never Forget You and ended her set with Make Sure by the Dells. I was sitting quietly watching the proceedings, my right leg was giving me a bit of pain, and Jo said over the mike that I was asleep. Not guilty M'Lady.

Nick and Dawn for their second set next, including some more up-tempo tunes, thanks for playing my request for Crying Time. The ender of their set was the lovely His True Love For You by Al McArthur. Later Nick told me the story behind that record, very interesting.

Then Carl took over, more great up-tempo Northern, I remember dancing to Can't Get Over These Memories.

The penultimate DJ was Val who mixed 60s and 70s records skilfully. One that caught my ears plus others I was standing with was Lonette McKee's Do To Me, a nice 70s track with an intro that recalled Ordinary Joe. Stars by Barbara Lewis was another one Val played.

As usual Ady finished off the night playing a mix of tunes including my request for More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase, thanks Ady. The last three tracks were I'll Never Stop Loving You, I'm On My Way and Get Out, the latter two did make me smile.

Thus ended a very enjoyable nighter. Numbers wise it started slowly but gradually filled up, plenty of dancers but with space to move. The dance floor is excellent.

Nice to see plenty of my friends there with the 100 Club well represented. I walked to King's Cross and got home at 7.30 which was good. Thanks to Ady and all the DJs who entertained us, plus the staff of the venue, who were all good humoured.


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