DJs Appearing at The Benidorm International Soul Fiesta 2019
My first real taste of Rare Soul was in the summer of 1972. By 1973 I had made a trip to Blackpool Mecca, heard Tony Clarke – Landslide, and I’ve never really looked back from that day. In the 43 years since, I’ve attended most of the major venues in the UK and continue to do so. I have taken over 150 trips to the USA searching for records as a record dealer, collector, DJ and discovered many great sides, now considered to be highly prized collectors items – My mail order company has been operating since 1978 and I have opened shops in Grantham, Nottingham, Stockport and one currently in Skegness. In 1999 I started the highly successful Skegness Weekender and we celebrate our 17th anniversary in Sept 2016. 5 tunes you can expect to hear from me this weekend. Classics & New discoveries. 60s&70s
Soul Casanovas – Pushin’ Too Hard – Virtue
Flirtations – Stronger Than Her Love – Festival
Donna Colman – Love’s Too Strong – Avin
V.M.Ps – I’m Not The Loser – April&Blackwood
Timeless Legend – I Was Born To Love You – Dawn Lite
I started out on the Northern soul scene in 1973 and did all the famous allnighters back in the heyday. Have been lucky enough to be invited to DJ in many of the European countries including Norway, Finland, Germany, Spain etc. I co-promote the Lifeline All-nighters in Uk and have been a resident DJ at Kings Hall Stoke for the past 12 years as well as playing the Cleethorpes and Prestatyn Weekenders. A collector of all types of soul music, including Deep, Crossover, Funk, Modern, Rare and Northern here’s 5 I may dig out for the Main Room of the Benidorm International Soul Festival…
Gwen Owens – Just Say Your Wanted And Needed – Velgo
Larry Clinton- She’s Wanted In Three States – Dynamo
Frankie Karl – You Should O’ Held On – Philtown
Henry C – Country Girl
Jimmy Burns -I Really Love You – Erica
I started DJing in 1970 in my local youth, heavily influence by some Twisted Wheel regulars, I progressed to the local North Wales soul scene then guesting at the Colwyn Bay all nighters in the 1970’s. In the early 1980’s I ran a few local events and Dj’d at numerous North Wales venues and was invited to be a regular DJ in the Starlight Room at the Morecambe Pier all nighters. In the late 80’s and 90’s I started getting invites to play spots at clubs around the UK. Since the rise of the weekenders I’ve spun discs, in Prestatyn, LLandudno, Southport, Cleethorpes, Spain (Hitsville & Soul Tempo), Portugal, Gibraltar as well as guesting at three Australian Nationals. Here’s five records you may here from me at the Fiesta…
Magnetics – Lady In Green – Bonnie
The Carpets – I Just Can’t Win – VeeJay
Jimmy Mack – My World Is On Fire -Palmer
Jimmy Radcliffe – Helpless – Acetate
Margaret Little – Love Finds A Way – Genebro
Grew up in Chorley Lancs in the thick of this strange “new” musical genre and like many others became curious after attending youth club events. Curiosity was quickly transformed to obsession after my first visit to Wigan aged 15 where I became a regular, also at the Highland Room until 1979. Got ripped off by a bootlegger at the Mecca in 76 and have been an anorak ever since! Emigrated to Perth Australia in 92 and started a monthly do in 96 followed by the annual Aussie National Weekender 2 years later. Both took off and are still going strong today.
In terms of current spins I’m hopelessly stuck in the 60s and like everyone else the status is very fluid! However these 5 will never be far from the decks…..
Professionals – That’s Why I Love You – Groove City
Lillie Bryant – Meet Me Halfway – Tay-Ster
Don Varner – Tear Stained Face – Quinvy
Ike & Tina Turner – Strange – Sonja
Sidney Barnes – I Hurt On The Other Side – Blue Cat
1958 vintage, born and grew up in and around Widnes (Lancs). First exposure to soul music was as a 13 year old at our local youth club where some bloke called Brian Rae was doing Tuesday night discos. Somewhere between 16 and 17yrs old I graduated to The Carlton club in Warrington, quickly followed by Wigan Casino all-nighters, Whitchurch all-dayers, Cleethorpes, St Ives, Manchester Ritz and many other odd venues up and down the country, including a flirtation with Jazz funk, before emigrating South Africa in 1981 and thinking that the soul scene was all behind me, so I’d better get on with starting a career and a family. In 1990 I got a job with a South African company that involved lots of overseas travel, mostly back to the UK. With that new job and the advent of the internet, it was just too easy to drop back into the scene.
I emigrated to Perth, Australia with my family in 2000 just as the Northern Soul scene was ramping up in Australia. We still live in Perth but I’m still travelling all over the place, still collecting vinyl and lucky enough to get occasional DJ gigs here and there!
Musical taste is truly across the board, and currently in my play box you’ll find things like:
Eddie Parker – I’m Gone – Awake
ZZ Hill – That’s It – Kent
Gil Scott-Heron – Willing – Arista
Gloria Scott – A Case Of Too Much Love Making – Casablanca
The Hamilton Movement – She’s Gone – Look Out
I started in the Mod scene in the early 9ts, and immediately fell in love with Soul music.
After a djing experience for the Soul Connection, founded by Carlo Campaiola, in 2003 I took over the promotion of the Black Trefoil Soul Club of Genoa, the oldest Soul Club of Continental Europe. During the last years I had the chance to attend, as DJ or simply as a punter, at the main European events. Home is where I can find good music, Soul lovers and a nice dancefloor.
Celest Hardie – You’re Gone – Reynolds
The Montclairs – Hey You! Don’t Fight It – Arch
The Hamilton Movement – She’s Gone – Look Out
Timeless Legend – I Was Born To Love You – Dawn Lite
Unique Blend – Yes I’m In Love – Eastbound
I was very happy to be asked to participate in one of the most solid soul music projects in my country last year and am excited to be a part of the 2018 DJ team! I’ve been collecting records since the late 90’s when I met the mod scene, until about 5 or 6 years ago I focused solely on finding rare soul records. Nowadays, along with classic scooters, football and craft beers, is my great passion. I have played in many clubs and Spanish parties like Movin ‘On, Boiler, Soul4Real, Someday, Secret Rendezvous… and I have also had the opportunity to spin some 45s outside Spain in cities like Düsseldorf, Nice, Rome, Genova, Pisa, Toulouse…
Looking forward to see you all in Benidorm! see you in The Cotton Club on Fiday and Saturday! Countdown has begun! here are 5 records you might hear from me…
The Saints – I’ll Let You Slide – Wig Wam
The Sherrell Bros – The Price – Currison
Kelly & Soul Explosions – Talking About My Baby’s Love – Dynamite
Paul Burton – So Very Hard To Make It – Music Go Round
Patterson Twins – I Need Your Love – Malaco
I started out deejaying as a 16 year old Mod and soon after founded the Hip City Soul Club in Berlin that celebrated its 25th Anniversary in July 2015. During the last 28 years I did several long running Rare Soul shows on national Radio, published two long running fanzines, released a good handfull of records on our own Hip City Soul Club Record imprint. I have been lucky to have been invited to DJ in almost every single country on the soulful European map and still enjoy being invited to most of the premier continental Soul events. My all-time top five Northern Soul records in my possession are hard to nail down but will more or less include:
Jackey Beavers – Love That Never Grows Old – Revilot
Little Stanley – Outasight Loving – Vance
Springers – Nothings Too Good For My Baby – Wale
Salvadors – Stick By Me – Wise World
Lou Pride – Com’un Home In The Morning – Suemi
See you in Benidorm in May!! “Gimme two blocks line, baby its R&B Time!”
Proud to be the co-organizer of Movin’ On, Barcelona’s longest running soul club, I’ve been also been involved in running some other different soul clubs and events for the last twenty years, I’ve been a regular DJ in most Spanish soul/60’s events for the same time. Also, I’ve been fortunate enough to have been invited to DJ in many international soul events, such as Soulshakers Bamberg, 100 Club London, Oslo Soul Experience, Hip City Berlin, Va Va Voom London…. and am really looking forward to playing records for everyone at the Benidorm International Soul Fiesta where, from me you may hear…
Bob And Fred – I’ll Be On My Way – Big Mack
Joseph Webster – My Love Is So Strong – Crow
The New Sounds – Sweet Memories – Turbo (LP)
Gene Toones – What More Do You Want – Simco
Herman Hitson – Walking In The Park – Lisa
Now based in New York Bruno started to collect soul vinyl when he was 15, his first trip to the US was in 82, during the last 30 years he has travelled across the USA and accumulated thousands of soul records. “I have been in touch with the Soul scene during the 70s & 80s. Nowadays my target is to revitalize the French Northern Soul Scene in Paris. With 3 friends we run the “Paris Magic City Northern Soul” semester event in Paris for 4 years.
I like to spin quality Rhythm & Soul, Northern Soul, R&B, Boogaloo and Jazz-Groove
As with most people it’s hard to pin down just 5 records I’d like to play but I’ve narrowed it down to these 5 that may well see their 2 and half minutes on the turntables of the Benidorm International Soul Festival:
Esther Grant – Let’s Make The Most Out Of love – Wilstone
Ramona Collins – You’ve Been Cheating – Clark’s
Ray Pollard – This Time – Shrine
Camaro’s – We’re Not Too Young – Dar Cha
Del Rays – Love Came – Paris Tower
I discovered my record collecting gene as a school kid and got into soul music a few years later via a mix-tape of a mate. Not much later I was asked to DJ at a local club- night in my then home-town Hamburg due to having amassed a tiny collection of soul tunes. From then on the collection grew and from time to time I was asked to dj at soul events all over Germany. Nowadays I am living in Düsseldorf where I am promoting the D-Town Soul Club and have been lucky enough to be asked to dj at quality soul events all over Europe. I enjoy travelling a lot and love listening and dancing to other peoples choices as much as playing records myself.
Some of my favorite spins:
Papa Bear & The Cubs – You’re So Fine – Sms
Sweets – Something About My Baby – Soultown
Earles- Everybody Loves Somebody- Tee-ti
Pat Lewis- No One To Love- Solid Hit
Billy Byrd- Lost In The Crowd- Scream
A collector of soul music from all eras, David is one of the founders of the legendary Madrid Soul Society (Sociedad Soul de Madrid) that organised the Magic Soul Weekend, a weekender dedicated to northern and rare soul that ran for eleven editions. For almost six years, he was one of the organisers and resident DJs of the s.m.a.r.t club, an unmissable night at the cutting edge of Europe’s 60s soul and RnB scene, a role he now plays as a part of Greenvillage, a Madrid club that hosts sessions of top quality black music. Among other specialist events, he has played at weekenders such as Soul 4 Real (Bilbao), Big Thing (Valencia), Black Talk (Valencia), S.O.U.L (Luanco – Asturias),Boiler (Barcelona) and the Runaway Soul Sessions in Oviedo and this year made the team-sheet for The Hitsville Weekender in Mojacar. Beyond the Spanish frontier his collection has passed through clubs and events as prestigious as Cleethorpes, Newquay and London’s Va Va Voom. 5 records that sound at home these days and you may well hear him play at the Benidorm International Soul Fiesta:
The CODs – Pretty Baby – Kellmac
Doc Peabody – Here Without You – Both Sides
El Anthony – That s What My Lady Says – Starvue
Joe Simon – Long Hot Summer – SS7
The Cautions – No Other Way – Shrine
My passion for Northern soul music started back in 71-72, I played alongside a lot of the Dj’s that did the Blackpool circuit. Travelled around Northern Europe for 15 Years, with a passion for soul music. Currently involved with the Blackpool Soul Club and various other venues around the Fylde coast.
Five tune’s I currently enjoy playing are…
MVPs – Turning My Heartbeat Up – Buddah
Bunny Sigler – Girl Don’t Make Me Wait – Parkway
J J Barnes – Chains Of Love – GroovesVille
Four Tops – Something About You – Motown
Earl Jackson – Soul Self Satisfaction – ABC
I discovered the wonderful world of Northern soul in 1973 when at 14 i was introduced to this life changing scene by a couple of older lads at school who brought in and played their records at lunchtimes. I was very quickly converted and have been a Northern Junkie ever since. Blackpool Mecca and Wigan were the pinnacles of my youth but also local venues like the Nautical William and the Birmingham Locarno. Within a couple of years i had built a decent collection and started playing some local guest spots but finding myself married and a Dad at 17 resulted in me having to sell most of my collection (One of the biggest regrets in life). Fast forward 25 years and i was back on the scene big time and attending events at every opportunity. Then 9 years ago a friend asked me to do a small guest spot at a local club with my small collection and this led to us launching Wolverley Soul club that is now in its ninth year. This has led to resident monthly spots at three other West Mid venues plus numerous guest spots that’s include Weekenders and the Infamous Keele all-nighter. My reputation, Ethos and OVO record collection has been built on ensuring I engage with the room I am playing, create a buzzing atmosphere and leave the dancers wanting more every time. This is my third year at The Benidorm Fiesta having been proud to be involved from its beginnings. Here’s five you might hear me play at the 3rd one …
JT Parker…..You want to hold on…Academy
Gene Toones….What More Do You Want….Simco Demo
Bill Bush….I’m Waiting…..Ronn Records
The Harvey Averne dozen…..Never Learned To Dance…..Uptite demo
The Four Perfections….I’m Not Strong Enough….Party time
Keith resides in Dundee in Scotland and is a respected collector and DJ who, having first DJ’d at the Claremont Hotel in Edinburgh in the 1990s, has since played at most of the major events in both UK and Europe over the years. Just a short list of the venues Keith has DJ’d at gives an insight into his DJ experiences as it contains such events as Cleethorpes Weekender, Fleetwood Weekender, Prestatyn Weekender, Blackpool Soul Fiesta, Hamburg, Runaway Love (Asturias Spain), Rimini, (Italy) Deep Cliffs Algarve in Portugal and lots of other venues. Probably the biggest feather in Keoth’s musical cap is the fact that he has also been a resident DJ at the legendary 100 Club in London for more than 10 years. So we are extremely pleased to announce he will be the featured guest playing The Cotton Club on both nights at this year’s Fiesta.
He found it hard to select 5 records but eventually settled on the following
Four Andantes – Hipper Than Me – Mo Do
Roy Roberts – So Much In Love – Sugar,
Sugar Boy and the Shades of Black – Free Man – Shades,
Honey Bs – What Love Can Do – Bs Wax,
The Intensions – She Needs Somebody – USA Records.
Bob Taylor is originally from higher Ince nr Wigan and first got into Northern Soul around 1980 via local youth clubs. He made a few visits to Wigan Casino’s Friday night under 18s a year later and those nights ignighted a life-long passion for soul music. By the age of 16/17 used to attend the clubs round Wigan such as Bluto’s, Chaplins, Turnkey and Tiffany’s . As his passion developed it was further cemented 25yrs ago at clubs like Lowton , Golborne , Cricketers , Horwich Leisure Centre , Stoke, The Orwell as well as countless other local gigs. His first foray into DJing came about almost 20 years ago when he used to go to the Monaco to dance, had records but never thought about djing until he was asked to stand in for the first hour as one of the regular DJs couldn’t make it. Since then he has DJ’d at a number of larger events like the Prestatyn Weekender, the Jersey Weekender & other gigs up and down the country and promotes a nice little ‘across the board’ venue in Leyland ” Soul On Saturday “. he still DJs at the Monaco every month and is still very much in love all aspects of soul music.
We at The Benidorm International Soul Fiesta are chuffed to bits that Bob accepted our offer to join the team and are really looking forward to his sets which are planned for both The Main Room and the Cotton Club during our event.
Here’s 5 records that Bob might play in his main room sets:
Anderson Brothers – I Can See Him Loving You – GSF
Willie Kendrick – Change Your Ways – RCA Victor
Channel 3 – Sweetest Thing – Dakar
Flame N King & The Bold Ones – Ho Happy Day – NYCS
Bobby Treetop – Wait ‘Til I Get To Know You – Tuff
Julian Bentley’s soul journey started way back in 1964 when he attended his first allnighter at the Halifax Jazz Club as a young teenager. A few years later he had started collecting records and in 1969 was DJing alongside Les Cokell at Lord Jim’s in Huddersfield. A regular at The Twisted Wheel Julian was in on the ground floor of the advent of Northern Soul alongside Dave Godin and a young Ian Levine who used Julian as a record provider when Blackpool mecca took off. Records that Julian first furnished to Ian were the likes of Johnny Sayles, Johnny Jones and The Casuals, and Geraldine Hunt. His involvement continued as the Twisted Wheel closed and the Golden Torch developed it’s mantle of the #1 Soul Club. When the Torch closed Julian drifted away from the scene, concentrating on his career and subsequently missed the Wigan and Stafford Eras but returned with a vengeance in the late 90s. Although mainly a collector Julian does venture out now and then DJing and has been an active member and DJ of the Hitsville Soul Club where he has been the resident Friday Night highlight for the past decade or so. He’s also took to the turntables at the following events over the past few years… Southport Weekender, Greatstone Hotel, Greenhill Bowling Club, Ramsbottom CC, as well as DJing at every Torch Reunion (Class of ‘72).
We have scheduled Julian’s sets to take place in the Soul Terrace and the Cotton Club over The Fiesta and here’s 5 records he may play in each room.
Freddie Chavez – They’ll Never Know Why – Look
Nabay – Believe It Or Not – Impact
Geri Grainger – I Go To Pieces – Bell
Sandi Sheldon – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Okeh
James Fountain – Seven Day Lover – Peachtree
The Cotton Club:
Ray Agee – I’m Iosing Again – Soul Town
Aspirations – You Left Me – Peaches
Combinations – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Kimtone
Karmello Brooks – Tell Me Baby – Milestone
William Powell – Heartaches, Souveniers – Powerhouse
Chris has been active on the Northern Soul DJ circuit since he first played the Cleethorpes Wintergardens in 1973. A couple pf year’s later and he became the resident opening DJ at Cleethorpe’s Pier a slot he filled throughout the duration of the Pier’s Northern Soul life. Chris has also promoted his own soul nights over the years and has DJ’d in a number of countries including, USA, Australia, Spain and Portugal and is a resident DJ at the Hitsville International Soul Club Weekender in Mojacar, Spain. Chris collects and play a number of Northern Soul styles and can mix oldies, newies, classics and the odd left fielder. We’re delighted to add him to our Guest DJ list this hear. Here’s 5 Main Room plays that might see Turntable action during Chris’ spots.
Yvonne Baker – You Didn’t Say A Word – Parkway
The Inspirations – Your Wish Is My Command – Midas
James Fountain – Seven Day Lover – Peachtree
Frankie and Johnny – I’ll Hold You – Hickory
Cajun Hart – Got To Find A Way – WB