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  1. DERBY'S EXECUTIVE ALL-NIGHTER SOUL CREW

    DERBY'S EXECUTIVE ALL-NIGHTER SOUL CREW - DERBY SAT 18 MAR 2017 LONDON ROAD DERBY DE1 2QQ Dave Evison Jordan Wilson Dick Crop Ian James Daz Dakin Tony Clarke Ethan Howarth Shelia Glyn Sisson's This is a new boy on the block but the brainchild of a group of regular Allnighter goers who are omnipresent on the British Allnighter Scene, the venue closed at 0500hrs due to the local council wishing to test the water with a promise of later finishes so watch this space! I’ll do my best to give a clinical review but as with most things my opinion must be taken with a pinch of salt as my wish list for an Allnighter may not be the same as others. OK the concept, the Derby lads want to provide a hard corps Allnighter for Allnighter people so they have set out a strict door policy to ensure those children of the night are catered for in an environment that sits well. This is always a difficult process especially in a centre of town venue and the door staff where joined by the Derby Lads to “pick” which is a normal door policy and one some promoters could learn from. The Queens Hall Derby. Located in the heart of Derby City Centre, The Queens Hall is a locally listed building with a grand entrance offering exquisite facilities. Believed to be built in 1876 the building is perfect for a Nighter and ticks every box, easy and top tip for future visits is simply follow the signs for the Train Station, loads of parking in surrounding area and lots of pubs and if you fancied a meal some great mouth watering restaurants right by the venue! I think it was £10, you had to be there before the Midnight Hour and the door staff and ladies got you in with the minimum of fuss! Loved the ambience of the place, the sound system was spot on but for next time a better shock absorber system needs to be though out as the records jumped a couple of times when the crowd where giving it large, easy to rectify. The bar is tactically placed so there is no bumping and grinding near the dance floor by those at the bar, at the other end and near the stage you could get a hot or cold snack and the bar was ready and eager to dish out ice cold free tap water to those doing the do on the dance floor. There where no Beer Monsters or drunks piss balling about and you have to give the Derby lot credit for thinking things through, remember this is a fledgling Allnighter and there is a short cut to every thing in life except experience so I duff my cap to those who provided a safe environment for us to chuck our selves about without having to look over our shoulders for drunks. Musically, now it is here that I shall stray into the weeds and give my opinion for what it is worth… bad side first, the two DJ’s who steered the ship at about 0100hrs did not empathise with the dancers, well me, I want thumpers at that time , I wish to feel my blood boil and attack that dance floor like a man possessed , what I don’t want is mid to down tempo at that time as it kills my buzz kill and any DJ who says “Lets slow it down for a minute” should be executed! I did speak to the Derby lads and gave my opinion, the dance floor was full so I am not certain if I am right but if I am to go back to this venue then I want to ride that roller coaster at that time but like I said , horses for courses. What did blow my socks off and fire my rockets was Dave Evison who knows his craft like a wizard, Jordan Wilson is in the accent and if you haven’t heard this young man spin then you are missing a treat, delight of the night was hearing Ethan Howarth come of age playing some dreamy records with a vigour that was infectious and I did get my Mojo back and danced my self dizzy! Daz Dakin reminded me just how superb unknown music can be and he pulls some superb rabbits out of his hat on a regular basis, Dick Crop set the pace during the earlier spots but I think his hard work was undermined by two DJ’s who didn’t inspire me. Now that is my personal view, I travel, so do we all, what I want is stormers to set the pace but I appreciate that there are different tastes. To summarise, I will be back to this venue, like all good things it will take time to find its flavour, the bed rock is there and there is a real determination and enthusiasm, “a Nighter for Nighter People by Nighter People”. Thank you to all involved. I found the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. Crystal ball time … I think this is going to be the place to be!
  2. DERBY'S EXECUTIVE ALL-NIGHTER SOUL CREW

    DERBY'S EXECUTIVE ALL-NIGHTER SOUL CREW - DERBY SAT 18 MAR 2017 LONDON ROAD DERBY DE1 2QQ Dave Evison Jordan Wilson Dick Crop Ian James Daz Dakin Tony Clarke Ethan Howarth Shelia Glyn Sisson's This is a new boy on the block but the brainchild of a group of regular Allnighter goers who are omnipresent on the British Allnighter Scene, the venue closed at 0500hrs due to the local council wishing to test the water with a promise of later finishes so watch this space! I’ll do my best to give a clinical review but as with most things my opinion must be taken with a pinch of salt as my wish list for an Allnighter may not be the same as others. OK the concept, the Derby lads want to provide a hard corps Allnighter for Allnighter people so they have set out a strict door policy to ensure those children of the night are catered for in an environment that sits well. This is always a difficult process especially in a centre of town venue and the door staff where joined by the Derby Lads to “pick” which is a normal door policy and one some promoters could learn from. The Queens Hall Derby. Located in the heart of Derby City Centre, The Queens Hall is a locally listed building with a grand entrance offering exquisite facilities. Believed to be built in 1876 the building is perfect for a Nighter and ticks every box, easy and top tip for future visits is simply follow the signs for the Train Station, loads of parking in surrounding area and lots of pubs and if you fancied a meal some great mouth watering restaurants right by the venue! I think it was £10, you had to be there before the Midnight Hour and the door staff and ladies got you in with the minimum of fuss! Loved the ambience of the place, the sound system was spot on but for next time a better shock absorber system needs to be though out as the records jumped a couple of times when the crowd where giving it large, easy to rectify. The bar is tactically placed so there is no bumping and grinding near the dance floor by those at the bar, at the other end and near the stage you could get a hot or cold snack and the bar was ready and eager to dish out ice cold free tap water to those doing the do on the dance floor. There where no Beer Monsters or drunks piss balling about and you have to give the Derby lot credit for thinking things through, remember this is a fledgling Allnighter and there is a short cut to every thing in life except experience so I duff my cap to those who provided a safe environment for us to chuck our selves about without having to look over our shoulders for drunks. Musically, now it is here that I shall stray into the weeds and give my opinion for what it is worth… bad side first, the two DJ’s who steered the ship at about 0100hrs did not empathise with the dancers, well me, I want thumpers at that time , I wish to feel my blood boil and attack that dance floor like a man possessed , what I don’t want is mid to down tempo at that time as it kills my buzz kill and any DJ who says “Lets slow it down for a minute” should be executed! I did speak to the Derby lads and gave my opinion, the dance floor was full so I am not certain if I am right but if I am to go back to this venue then I want to ride that roller coaster at that time but like I said , horses for courses. What did blow my socks off and fire my rockets was Dave Evison who knows his craft like a wizard, Jordan Wilson is in the accent and if you haven’t heard this young man spin then you are missing a treat, delight of the night was hearing Ethan Howarth come of age playing some dreamy records with a vigour that was infectious and I did get my Mojo back and danced my self dizzy! Daz Dakin reminded me just how superb unknown music can be and he pulls some superb rabbits out of his hat on a regular basis, Dick Crop set the pace during the earlier spots but I think his hard work was undermined by two DJ’s who didn’t inspire me. Now that is my personal view, I travel, so do we all, what I want is stormers to set the pace but I appreciate that there are different tastes. To summarise, I will be back to this venue, like all good things it will take time to find its flavour, the bed rock is there and there is a real determination and enthusiasm, “a Nighter for Nighter People by Nighter People”. Thank you to all involved. I found the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. Crystal ball time … I think this is going to be the place to be!
  3. KINGS HALL STOKE ALL NIGHTER

    Kings Hall Stoke July 16th 2016 I like many, I am no stranger to the Kings Hall Allnighter; if you have never been then you simply must as it is a truly spectacular event that stands alone within the Allnighter Scene, the cathedral like venue gives a blasting experience like no other and many compare this with Wigan Casino for atmosphere and vibe, it is certainly an occasion and one that I hope will last for a very long time! Our party arrived early to a mass of Soulies who had come from near and far with a healthy smattering of the Scottish Posse, always good to see those who have travelled so far to do this venue. It was a hot summer’s night, some say that the Nighters are a winter sport but the evening saw very high numbers and a real sense of party atmosphere was present. The queue had faces old and new, seasoned veterans and first timers all looking forward to those doors opening. I wish I could capture what happens when those doors open and you pass through the entrance into the vast dance hall with that sprung polished dance floor, the stage, the balcony and that sound system that completely lifts you off, gone are the stresses of normal life and you enter into a night time world of dance and celebration of all things Northern Soul. The dance floor fills immediately, contrary to popular belief the bar area works well and there are people who just wish to have a great evening and a great evening it is! I stand for a moment drinking it all in then it is into Windsor Suite where John n Julie take this alternative room into a different atmosphere giving the dancers a glimpse of new and underplayed, Modern, Seventies, Oldies and rare, there are no beard strokers and the room is not about DJ’s playing to each other or showing off their record boxes, it is about that dance floor yet the quality line is higher than a high thing! Julie is so modest and I do not think she actually knows just how good she is, the dance floor reacts at her selected spins, the tempo rises and the music is funky, fun, fresh, exciting and infectious! There are always one or three surprises, the dancers are up for it and that is very apparent and sets the tone for the Windsor Suite and the DJ’s raise their game and this in turn is both appreciated and spurs this room upwards and onwards. Andy 'Tats' Taylor takes to the decks and it is a joy, I can see that he is loving every second of it and each spin is welcomed and enjoyed, Ted Massey is on next and complete smashes it out of the park, Soul Sam takes to the decks and gives a master class of introducing new and unheard dancefull soul with two brand new outings that send the dance floor wild! The Kings Hall Allnighter really does give two for the price of one, you get two very different and very high quality Allnighters both in the same location that provides real choice and allows you to sample two very different sides of the Allnighter Scene and that is a clever trick to pull off and one that sees me going back to the Kings Hall Allnighter time and time again. Thank you to Kev and Team
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  5. KINGS HALL STOKE All Nighter

    Kings Hall Stoke Allnighter Feb 20 2016 OK first things first, Kev Roberts’s eats babies, Kings Hall Stoke is full of beer monsters throwing ale all over the dance floor and the music is rubbish. OK now that we have the preconceptions out of the way I shall precede with my revue of this Allnighter that is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the first Kings Hall Stoke was 1996! Way before most where on the internet and the landscape was very different back then with no social media and a fledgling Soul Source, to be honest it is a miracle that any Allnighter became successful back then but I digress. Saturday evening starts with us pulling up to the car park, the sight of that queue still flicks my switch, I was only a visitor to Wigan Casino, I missed that and here I can experience a cathedral of Northernsoul, if I have to be brutally honest the baggy pants brigade have pretty much changed and there is a more dare I say genuine Allnighter fan enjoying what I feel is a very special experience. My routine is to enter the main room to say my hello’s and I do enjoy meeting friends old and new, the environment has mellowed over the years, there is a skip in the step and a real feeling of welcome, fun and smiles, a great atmosphere and the people who are there are all pretty much focused on the music and dance, I think the only poser there last night may have been me? Into The Windsor Suite and John is cranking it up playing some off the beaten track sounds and setting the tone for the evening, The Windsor Suite is a Nighter within a Nighter and gives another dimension to what is happening in the Main Room, I find it exciting and unpredictable and dripping with quality, there is a trifle of flavours laying out to be enjoyed with every year visited giving the dancer an opportunity to enjoy a full spectrum of sounds and decades played by some very well informed DJ’s, Julie takes over from John and my night begins, the dance floor is small and cosy, you can do your own thing without having to care. Musically The Windsor Suite has to be up there with the very best offering the dancer a real experience of rare and underplayed dance with many pleasant surprises to boot. The punters drift in and out enjoying both rooms, some stay longer than others and there are regulars who spur the DJ’s along to play their discs, all ages are present with no hang ups, it is an event to be savoured and I certainly do. Carl & Maria Willingham dazzled me, Ted steps up and the quality line is extremely high, The Nuclear Weapon is Soul Sam who is firing on all four cylinders and that is a pleasure of the highest order. The small hours for me are then spent in the Main Room dancing to those tracks we all cut our teeth on, I love it! One day this may all be gone, if you haven’t been then go, if you don’t go because of some misconception then you should revisit, I think most of the criticisms have been about the etiquette but I would suggest that thinks have changed, they always do and there has been an evolution at Stoke, I will certainly be back.
  6. KINGS HALL STOKE ALL NIGHTER

    Just back from The Kings Hall Allnighter at Stoke, this is in my opinion, the best Allnighter in the world. Stoke doesn’t just tick boxes it provides a high quality Allnighter The main-floor dance space stretches endlessly and stays packed through the night yet you are still able to find your spot without too much elbow jostling. Saturday night was hot, sweaty and atmospheric, it was an event and the place was heaving. If you are a Northernsoul fan and you haven’t been then you seriously need to ask yourself why? It will not last forever and we should be milking it whilst we can, the DJ’s are of the highest quality with a pedigree straight from the Northernsoul history books, I am tempted to compare this awesome place to the daddy of them all but I shall resist but Stoke offers you an experience that cannot be bettered. Yes there are many regular Allnighters that offer rarer and more progressive sounds and these are a joy but Stoke provides the opportunity for a sea of dancers revelling in a cathedral of Northernsoul. It is easy for me to get excited over Stoke, the numbers are up again and you were driven along in a current of people all out to dance to the music they love. The Windsor Suite is a little hidden gem that has come on in leaps and bounds and offers a different slant to the evenings proceedings, the main hall is basically the meat and potatoes and a glorious nostalgia trip but the Windsor Suite fires the funky rockets, Modern, Seventies and some very rare spins in excellent surroundings and on Saturday the Windsor Suite was the fullest I have ever seen it! Soul Sam, Ted Massey, Julie and John steer this ship and navigate through some very varied dance music, the mix is a triumph and there are more and more new faces sampling this awesome room. Stoke will always have its critics, I can get my head around that but it is a great night with a superb atmosphere, I will be back
  7. Racism at NS venues; did/does it happen

    The last time I heard any racial comments was at Prestatyn year before last and aimed at a wedding party I was with, the comments made by a couple were not passed onto the bride and groom nor the main body of the wedding for fear of people getting very upset .
  8. Whats The Story On This?

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  9. New Century Soul Manchester Allnighter

    New Century Soul Radcliffe Manchester Allnighter Saturday January 31st this is a well and truly established Allnighter in a superb venue, I am going to smack the negative head on and get it out of the way so here goes. Radcliffe a while ago was absolutely a must for any Allnighter fan it ticked all of the boxes offering three rooms of Soul where you could enjoy just about every genre within the soulful spectrum then something changed and the dynamic of this wonderful Allnighter shifted and something was lost and this manifested in numbers falling, no doubt there will have been other factors to consider such as the economics of the recession and additional Allnighters appearing on the events calendar. So where is Radcliffe now in the great scheme of things? Well the first thing I wish to say is that Radcliffe is on the up! That buzz is back, the numbers can do to be a little higher but you can sense that there is a real will and drive to make this Allnighter work, you have to give credit to Chris and Marcelle for their shear drive and determination along with the Radcliffe team who on Saturday night provided a stunning line up of DJ’s with a completely awesome selection of music, three rooms of quality and three rooms of choice and it is here that makes Radcliffe dare I say an up and coming Allnighter, that sounds strange but there is a kind of skip in the pace of this Allnighter and I am blown away by this real and tangible effort. The hardest thing I had to do was to plan out who I was going to hear spinning in what room! That is a great place to be, I have missed it and now it is back! From 9pm till 7am you had the opportunity to dance to whatever fired your rocket, the Modern Room is back with a vengeance, thank goodness! Room Two gave way to dancers and chin strokers, there was rare and underplayed gems, Soul Sam giving it large, Matt Sneath blowing my socks off yet again, Andrew Dyson smashing it in a friendly, fun, and danceable arena that welcomes those passing through and this is what many chose to do, it was awesome to wander from room to room sampling the soul SmörgÃ¥sbord. In the Main Hall it was comforting and inspiring to see the legends alongside the new, Roger Banks, Bob Hinsley, Andy Garside, Gibby, Mark Freeman and youngster Tom Page all giving excellent accounts of themselves without dumbing down or playing safe. My top tip for 2015 is Radcliffe, it is again on the accent, let’s get it on!
  10. There is a debate as to who is the first white artist to be signed to Motown; so far we have as contenders, R Dean Taylor, Kiki Dee, Chris Clark, Debbie Dean ????? Mike and the Modifiers.................. Nick and the Jaguars?????????
  11. Blackpool Tower Weekender(NEW DATES)

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    Blackpool Northernsoul Weekender Highlights: Blackpool Northernsoul Weekender Highlights: Finally getting to our digs after a nightmare journey due to traffic to find the digs were absolutely immaculate and we have had some right shitholes in the past. Walking into the venue and talking to the security staff and thanking them for their conduct and handling of the tragedy of the last event, you guys are a credit to your profession. Getting into that magnificent ball room and seeing it completely chocker block full of dancers all with smiling faces, if you can knock that then you are truly a knobber. Getting into the corner and meeting and greeting old friends and new friends. Going up stairs to see John and Julie turning that room into one of excellence and having the privilege of hearing and dancing to some of the best rare soul music I have heard with the bonus of sixties funk and seventies dancers. Yucky RnB and Modern soul to boot! Giving the Reggae session a try and not only did I enjoy it the dance floor was rammed as well! Saturday Morning lie in Winning the dance completion Spilling boiling hot coffee over Kev Roberts and watching him stifling tears Watching Ozz giggling Visiting the modern room just in time to catch some of my favourite spins Dancing in the main room and having a laugh Remembrance Sunday Parade and blagging VIP seats yet again Meeting for a beer afterwards Going to the top of the tower Sunday session Afternoon nap Sunday evening session Indian meal Blackpool was amazing Thank you
  12. The Film - Reviews

    Northern Soul the Film a review : Before I stroke the key boards I am reminded of the emotive pie fight “SoulBoy” caused and I do not wish to be the recipient of a Soulie "fatwa" so I shall proceed with caution ………… I managed to get tickets today, Friday’s Ma...
  13. The Film - Reviews

    Whoops didn't see this thread, I'll post my review in, Mike can you delete the other
  14. World's No.1 All Nighter

    It is the biggest nighter
  15. World's No.1 All Nighter

    Stoke, Northern Soul Allnighter. I bang on about this venue more than any other, possibly because some have very different experiences than others and I appreciate there has been beer spilt and some etiquette faux pas but I also believe that it is en vogue to moan and those often moaning don’t even go? I went on Saturday Night, I was there because I love the venue and the concept of a cathedral to Northern Soul, I love small Allnighters but this is still a mind blowing spectacle that once gone will be mourned, I shall not compare it to Wigan Casino because I was not a regular Casino goer, I am in my late twenties and shit. What do I get from Stoke? Well it is the only place of late where I can dance to Modern Soul at an Allnighter and I can also hear up front Seventies and Sixties Funk along with the rarer dance tracks that I love to chuck my shapes to, I am also going to experience some thing new and possible something that is going to smash it big in future Allnighters, most Allnighters are unhealthily obsessed with retro sounds but Stoke is up there and takes me to school every time I go. There is also the main room for those who wish to celebrate the past, I am in there after 0300hrs and I enjoy the feeling of dancing to the classics in such an opulent setting, the dance floor is possibly the best I have experienced and the people there are always friendly but I am not a conversationalist nor a socialite when I am out to dance but that is cool and people respect my space and leave me alone to funk it up. On Saturday Night I danced to some of the best Rare Soul Music I have ever heard and I shall be back and I will celebrate my New Year on that Dance Floor along with the Hand Baggers, Bum Wigglers, Beer Monsters and Elbow Knockers, lets go mental chicken fookin oriental!
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