DJs Appearing at The Benidorm International Soul Fiesta 2017

Dave Raistrick

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

 Mick H

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

Mark Speakman

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)

Margaret Little – Love Finds A Way (Genebro)

Ward Burton – Sweet Temptation (Panther)

Jimmy Mack – My World Is On Fire (Palmer)

Eddie Day – Guess Who Loves You (Shrine)


 Dave Evison

For the last 45 yrs Dave Evison has been an integral part of the soul scene. With over 3,000 different venues around the UK from Aberdeen to Brighton, Dave has literally worn the T Shirt as well! Resident Oldies dj for nearly 8yrs, he played the famous 3 before 8 tunes every week. With guest spots on over 20 radio stations nationwide including BBC radios 1 and 2, BBC TV’s “Inside Out”, weekly guest spots on Piccadilly radio in Manchester culminating in his own weekly show for nearly ten years on his local station Signal radio in Stoke -On-Trent. Dave’s biggest break came when he was invited to do a live link from Hitsville USA in Detroit into Radio Jazz FM in Manchester and Dave has also interviewed some of soul music’s biggest names including the 4 Tops, Chuck Jackkon, Johnny Bristol as well as comparing live acts on a regular basis.

More recently Dave has graced the stages at Blackpool Tower, Whitby Pavilion, Kings Hall, Prestatyn and Pontins as a resident dj. In recent times Dave has also DJ’d at more European events including gigs in Genova, Milan, Copenhagen, Benalmadena and Corfu.

Dave can also be heard on his weekly Radio Show on 107.3 Stafford FM in the UK where you may well hear him play some of these…

Fantastic Puzzles – Come Back – New Moon

Billy Butler – Found True Love – Okeh

Bob Brady and The Con Chords – Goodbye Baby – Chariot.

The Quotations – I Don’t Have To Worry – DeVenus

Michael Braithwaite – You’ve Been a Long Time Coming – Probe

 Pete Fowler – Perth Soul Club

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

 Denny Johnson

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

 Barbara Grassi – Black Trefoil Soul Club: Genova

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

 Marc Forrest (Berlin)

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!”

Edu Domingo (Barcelona)

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

Bruno Jerez,

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 take the most out of love – Wilstone

Soul Incorporated – My proposal – Coconut Groove

Ray Pollard – This time – Shrine

Camaro’s – We’re not too young – Dar Cha

Milton Parker – Women like it harder – Closet

 Gerd Baum

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

 David Santiago

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 Runnaway 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

Terry Shaw – Blackpool Soul Club

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

Shaun Parker : Wolverly Soul Club

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, here’s five you might hear me play…

Barbara Lynn – I’m A Good Woman – Tribe

Curtis Lee – Is She In Your Town – Mira

Thelma Lindsey – Prepared To Love You – Magic City

Little Willie John – I`m shaking – King

Luther Ingram – If It’s All The Same To You – Hib

Jamie Trundle – Sunny Hunny Weekender

Now, how can you abbreviate 40 years of soul music & djing into a few lines let’s try … Back in 1974 I discovered this amazing music, Yes …. Soul music.

By the following year I was lucky enough to have my own disco system & was playing soul, Motown & northern tunes at the local youth club. Over the following 4 decades I’ve been involved with many genres of soul music & more events than I can remember, but this great music of ours called northern soul never leaves you! I now promote the popular sunny hunny soul weekend that takes place every November in Hunstanton Norfolk. I also DJ at various soul nights around the country. I really am looking forward to joining you all at the 1st Benidorm soul fiesta!

see you on the plane …

Frankie Beverley And The Butlers – If That’s What You Wanted – Sassy

Ritchie Adams – I Can’t Escape From You – Congress

Jay Traynor – Up And Over – ABC

The Younghearts – A Little Togetherness – Canterbury

Al Foster Band – Night Of The Wolf – Roulette

 Paul Dickinson

Hi Paul Dickinson here having been on the soul scene since 1972. I have been the promoter and resident DJ at The Crescent Soul Club in York for the last 3 years. This year guested at Southport and Hartlepool Alldayers, also guested in Bradford, Huddersfield, Scarborough and Bridlington. My wife of 23 years, Sonia and I, are excited to be part of the event and are really looking forward to playing at the Benidorm International Soul Fiesta and here’s five you may hear from my stints on the turntable

Jimmy Robins – Just Can’t Please you – Jerhart

Seven Souls – I Still Love You – Okeh

Eddie Holland – I’m On The Outside Looking In – Motown

Brothers Guiding Light – Getting Together – Mercury

Hesitations – I’m Not Built That Way – Kapp.

Paul Harris

Originally from Bingley, in West Yorkshire. I grew up listening to a lot of Motown & Club Soul, my eldest brother was a Mod and my earliest memories are of me sneaking into his bedroom when he was out and playing his beloved 45s, god help me if I mixed the sleeves up, he would go beserk on me !

From the age of 14, I was actively searching in second hand shops for the old records. I bought anything that looked remotely interesting, I examined writers & producers names carefully and often ‘bought blind’ in the early years of collecting. I have continued to collect mainly sixties soul ever since and have been fortunate to visit USA in my search for vinyl. I prefer the obscure, lesser known and underplayed tracks of the 60’s.

I have promoted the highly successful Rarer & Underplayed event in the Bradford area for over 8 years and we have mini – niters every other month with soul fans travelling from all over to attend. We have no residents, but new guest DJ’s at each event which keeps the playlists fresh and exiting. Here are 5 current plays plays in my record room that may also see an outing at the Benidorm International Soul Fiesta…

Cody Black – Mr Blue – D-Town

Velvelettes – A Love So Deep Inside – unreleased Motown

Brenda Holloway – Don’t Stay Away – unreleased Motown

O’Jays – The Choice – Bell uk

Darrow Fletcher – I Like The Way I Feel – Revue

Ian Brown-DJ PhotoIan Brown

My roots in Northern soul all go back to my brother David Brown. He is 13 years older than me and when growing up in Golborne a small town about 5 miles away from Wigan in the late sixties and early seventies he filled my head with nothing but soul.

He was a regular at the Twisted wheel in Manchester and whilst others kids were into T rex and the like I was bopping around to Bunny Sigler, Rufus Thomas and Tony & Tyrone. He ran a local soul night as early as 1970 and I was hooked.

My own record buying career started in about 1973 when my brother got married and he gave me his extensive British soul record collection. He had most things on British that you could think of on Stateside, Stax, Atlantic, Vocalion, Sue, President, Tamla etc.

I first went to Wigan Casino in about 1978, I was immediately hooked all though it was nothing like the music I had been used to. I promptly began to sell my inherited collection at Wigan and replaced them with the sounds of the day. I made countless trips to Wigan Market to buy records off Russ Winstanleys stall and later his shop, but I also spent lots of time in the record bar at Wigan chasing that elusive purchase.

After the closure of the casino the scene especially in and around Wigan suffered a massive decline but i still attended several events locally and nationally and played records whenever i could but i could never relive the legendary nights of Wigan.

The late nighties then saw a dramatic revival in my area, I had moved back to Golborne after living in and around Chorley for several years. I began attending several local events, Golborne, soul heaven, The Viaduct in Newton le willows, Monaco at Hindley, Lowton Civic hall, Prestwich, the twisted wheel Manchester, we again had it all.

I dug out what records I still had but went on a massive buying spree and bought countless top quality records. We started djing at most of the local venues and we eventually were running Golborne and The Viaduct along with my great friend, Dean Mitchell.

I am now living in Spain and run a weekly event at Drivers Bar in Villamartin and have recently assisted in the running of I’ve got something good in this area. These are a few from my current play list.

Joe & George – No one loves you – Now

The Precisions – if this is love- Drew

Marjorie Black- one more hurt – sue

Jack Montgomery – baby take a chance on me – revue demo

CL Blast – What can i do – United

Sunny Days….. and Soulful Nights!