Crossfire Allnighter – 10 October 2015

I’d never attended the Crossfire Allnighter, not really sure why, think I’d had the idea it was an oldies fest. It’s advertised as an oldies night but when I enquired of my friends they told me that it wasn’t the same old same old Northern Soul top 100, not that they’re bad records, it’s more a case of them being overplayed especially as DJs know that they’ll fill the dance floor at some clubs, so they’re a safe bet.

I checked out the DJ roster and was impressed: Irish Greg (Capitol Soul Club), Nick and Dawn Brown (Scenesville), Val Palmer, the first lady DJ at the 100 Club nighters, and Jim Watson (Soul On The Square) plus of course Ady Croasdell. There are also two other rooms, Boogaloo and Psych beat to cater for the Mods.

Attending turned out to be a good move, some excellent records played, many bringing back happy memories, and a nice mix of tempos. I like fast tunes but struggle these days to dance to many of them.

Among the records played were: Speed Up (Betty Moerer); Feminine Ingenuity (Ruby); It Really Hurts Me Girl (Carstairs); Same Old Thing (Olympics); Voodoo Mademoiselle (September Jones); Crying Time (Brenda Holloway); The Reason Why (The Dolls); both sides of Carol & Gerri; and so many others. As I say above a real mix of styles.


The only times I’ve attended this venue, 229 Great Portland Street, has been the New Year’s Allnighters over the last few years. The venue has always impressed me, spacious and the dance floor is really good. I danced more than I usually do, had a great time. No doubt will suffer later.

The left hand side of the room near to the stage was a mini 100 Club with many of the usual faces, so good to see you all. And a good mix of ages too. It was great to see Andy and Tracy from the Midlands there, don’t see them that often in London.

As is so often the case nowadays it began to clear out at about 3pm leaving the hard core nighter people. Ady did the last set and kept the floor moving, in fact it had been busy most of the time. The last record was Charlie Rich’s Don’t Tear Me Down, then it was all over and time to leave.

Hopefully I’ll be returning to Crossfire next year, thanks to Ady, the DJs and the staff of the Venue, very pleasant I thought.

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