DJs Appearing at The Benidorm International Soul Fiesta 2018

Chris King

‘Kingy’ has been an integral part of the UK Northern Soul scene for more years than I bet he cares to remember. As a Northern soul DJ of over 40 years he has brought many a record to the attention of the dancers for the first time and was responsible for a number of unissued Motown tracks coming to light when he worked for Universal in the 90s including Gladys Knight – “If You Ever Get Your Hands In Love“ and Jimmy Ruffin’s – “He Who Pi,cks a Rose”. He was also responsible for bringing artists from the USA at a number of legendary shows at the Hickley Allnighter including Al Kent, Lou Ragland, Popcorn Wylie and JJ Barnes.  An avid audiophile, he is steeped in recording history not just on the record front but within the recording industry as a whole having been a musician, a record producer and a record plant operator. ‘Kingy’ has played at just about every top venue in UK over the past 40 years, has promoted some of the biggest Soul nights seen in the UK and he currently promotes The Coalville Allnighter. Always a crowd pleaser who combines a wealth of experience with 100% effort, it’s a great pleasure to have him on-board for The Fiesta this year. He’ll be spinning 45s in The Soul Terrace and The Auditorio de Cristal over the Fiesta period, mixing a blend of Classics, Newies and a few left fielders I’ve no doubt!  Here’s a handful you might hear Chris play…

Cecil Washington – I Don’t Like To Lose – Prophonics

Gladys Knight – If You Ever Get Your Hands On Love, Never Let Go – Jobete Unreleased

Solomon Burke – Cry To Me – Atlantic

Bad Weather Inc – I Never Knew –  Bad Weather

Sammy Turner – Not My Girl – Studio Acetate


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

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


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


Jules Barsoulona

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


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 : Paris/New York

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


Gerd Baum : Dusseldorf, Gemany

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 : Madrid, Spain

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


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. 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


Paul Dickinson

Hi Paul Dickinson here,

having been on the soul scene since 1972. Currently promoting and resident DJ at the Milton Rooms in Malton

Past promoter and DJ at the Crescent Soul Club in York. After Benidorm Soul Fiesta, my current favourite venue is the Wardrobe in Leeds. My wife of 24 years, Sonia and I, are excited to have been part of this event from the outset in 2016 and are really looking forward to playing at the Benidorm International Soul Fiesta again. Here’s five you may hear from my stints on the turntables:


Robert Thomas – Salvation – Charay

Roy Hamilton – The panic is on – MGM

Shirley Wahls – Why am i crying – King

Soul Twins – Quick change artist – Karen

Valentinos – Sweeter than the day before – Chess


Ian Brown – Orihuela, Spain

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!