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    Jesse Johnson - Left Out

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  1. Do you have DJ list/times yet? Thanks
  2. Carload coming from Birmingham, really looking forward to this!
    Not a bad one at all, the second Friday of the month is suffering now that Old Brogues (Birmingham's only remaining monthly event) has gone so one less venue to choose from and there's not a great deal of choice locally. The music here was really excellent - resident John Bunn, played a superb set of not-overdone stuff including a few nice things like Jeanette Williams - all Of A Sudden, Wombat - I'm Getting' On Life. Unfortnately guest Johnny Jinks couldn't make it and Greg Trinder stepped in, kept things going in a similar vein. All in all a welcome change to not have to endure yet another spin of I Wanna Give You Tomorrow or House For Sale. The big drawback, however, is the floor - there's a wood effect laminate surface down but it's concrete. Talc is allowed, and needed, because otherwise you end up with black gunk on the soles of your shoes. Nice crowd, satisfyingly dark lighting, ridiculously cheap beer (£2.60 a pint!). So it's a big plus for the music and a minus for the floor. Worth a visit though. Drew the other resident DJ - Silky. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
    With stiff competition from Kidderminster Harriers (quarterly), Hinckley (monthly) and Stafford (monthly) Stables has apparently been a little under attended in recent months although it's been on the first Saturday of the month for years. Tonight was, however, an exception. Packed from the start it was good to see so many had come from the West and East Midlands as well as further up north to show their support. A lot of local faces and some really top dancers there too. Full dancefloor throughout, some nice underplayed things like Ernie Bush - Breakaway and The Belles - Don't Pretend. Decent drinks prices, hot food van, nice crowd, merchandisers. Really good night, same free in next month, so do yourself a favour and give it a go. Drew the crowd, a DJ and a dancer. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
  3. Timillustrator

    SOULTIME PELSALL

    Reliable local night, the only regular two roomed soul do in the Midlands. With a brilliant floor in the main room. Interesting range of DJ's and some nice underplayed stuff, Jimmy Soul Clarke - Sweet Darlin', Lee Andrews - Nevertheless, Little Caesar and the Empire - Everybody Dance Now. Not massively well attended but all the usual stuff, cheap bar, parking, nice area too. Drew the DJ. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
    Fantastic night, arrived after midnight due to not wanting to miss Steppin' Up in Selly Oak, Birmingham first, featuring three of my favourite DJ's so arrived just in time for Richard Searling. Breathtaking atmosphere, Kings Hall is a huge, beautiful neo-classical building and to see it so packed is such a joy. It was totally heaving so much so that there was little space on the dancefloor for the first couple of hours, it emptied out a bit later which was welcome. Great sets all round, Richard's is on the BBC, spent most of the early part of the night night in the main room but great to have the second one there for variety. Jordan Wilson did the business in there later on. Drawbacks - with so many people the floor did get a bit sticky and wet in places but it's big enough that you can move around; the bar is expensive by the standards of most soul do's but not out of the ball park for a place like this, but even taking that into account this was as perfect an all-nighter as you'll get anywhere in the world at the moment. Biggest surprise of the night - tall Andrew from Birmingham, acclaimed dancer and tattoo collector showed me his latest inking - it's the most hardcore Northern Soul tattoo I have ever seen, I can't go into to much detail here but suffice it to say he is a dedicated die-hard individualistic soulie, I would bet any amount of money that no one else on this planet has a tattoo like that. I would have drawn it but I'm still catching my breath! Did draw Richard Searling and Jordan Wilson, it was actually too packed to draw the dancefloor and that's saying something!! I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
    Always a great night here, this was a bit of a flying visit because I already had tickets for Richard Searling's last allnighter at the Kings Hall Stoke but didn't want to miss this so did both in the end. Never seen Les Norman before but anyone who plays the Enchantments - I'm In Love With Your Daughter immediately followed by Bobby Williams - I've Only Got Myself To Blame is instantly catapulted into the upper echelon of DJ standing for me, two of my all time favourites at once. Most nights hearing either one is brilliant. Then John Weston, how underrated is this guy?! Barbara & Brenda - Never Love A Robin, Billie Kennedy - Sweet Things, Mitty Collier - Git Out, Lil Gray - Are You Fooling, Bobbi Lynn - Opportunity Street, Thelma Lindsay - Prepared To Love You, apart from the latter no one plays this stuff, why not it's all amazing and about 1,000,000 times better than House For Sale or I Wanna Give You Tomorrow. Jo Prinsen also followed up with some blinders but it was at that point we had to dash off to Stoke. Good crowd for what is pretty much the only remaining regular Northern Soul do in Birmingham. Well worth the effort. Only drew one DJ and local legendary dancer Michael Casserley doing all of the dances to the Isley Brothers Nobody But Me. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
    Great night this, we thought we'd beat the queues by getting there dead on time but at bang on 8 the place was packed and we only just managed to find a couple of chairs. The most amazing atmosphere at this place, everyone was just there for the music and dancing and the dancefloor was immediately packed and throughout. No massive musical surprises just good solid stuff. Hope it does as well at the new location, definitely one to try. Sketched the room and DJ Hammie, got it signed by DJ Spiv but that's OK I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
  4. Good idea, I see that sometimes there are 12 comments from the same person
  5. There used to be more Hot events certainly, 8 comments and 4 rsvps' would have done it before?
  6. Has this been disabled? I haven't seen it for a while?
  7. A few cinemas are repeating it, well two in Birmingham are next week. So check your local independent cinemas there may still be an opportunity to see it on the big screen. Well worth watching, it was obviously an authorised film so was never going to show anyone in a bad light but on the other hand an unauthorised one is never going to get such close access to people like Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. Personally I would have liked to have seen more of the performances especially the Miracles and Stevie Wonder ones which are either not on Youtube or are in terribly quality. Maybe they'll be on the DVD?
  8. A few of us coming from Birmingham.
    Another good 'un, following on from the excellent first night here a couple of months back, this was more of the same. Wide variety of DJ's including the iconic Brian Rae and a few other local names. Great to see my personal favourite Johnny Weston, he's not everyone's cup of tea and perhaps he was on a tad early so not a full floor for him but bloody impressive stuff nonetheless. Someone else played Jesse Johnson - Left Out too so that's my quota of brilliance fulfilled. Other DJ's followed a fairly tried and trusted path but enough variety still. This really is excellent value 4-2 for just a fiver (if you get there before 6) or six quid - great floor, separate bar, loads of room etc. Only slight grumble is that they didn't have DJ times up for this or the last one so unless you're an expert at visually identifying DJ's you don't known who's playing what - maybe it's just because my discriminative hearing is so bad though, can't really hear what anyone is saying on the mic! As ever in the Black Country though, there were several other events on the same time which is always a bit frustrating. Sketched a couple of dancers and Brian Rae. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.
    Another reliable night. Was here last month as well and tonight was just as good. Two guest DJ's means a wide range of music - Stinny was mid-tempo all the way which is not really my cup of tea but Harpo played some faster stuff, but hey that's just my opinion. Les played some blinders - Particular highlights for me were Such Misery and Birth of A Playboy. Sketched the 2 DJ's and that was it. I rarely give 5 stars - I've noticed that often reviews are by people connected with the event who inevitably give 5 stars to everything. I am trying to be objective.

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