A night out in Reading
April 13, 2007
The Arches Club
With too many Easter eggs in my belly, it was a bit of a mission squeezing on my leggings, but it had to be done. Soul Revival has gone mobile and as they were landing at The Arches last Sunday night, I was going to make the most of it.
I was out what I consider to be early at just after 11pm, although once I arrived I wished I had gone earlier.
After a warm greeting by the friendly door staff, we found the club bubbling away nicely with Mike Soul Boy, Timmy John, Spee and Dodger X at the decks. If anyone knows how to throw a smooth party it’s these guys. Until recently they were packing Mango on a Friday night and have since gone on the road.
The vibes of yesteryear filled every corner and those chillin’ by the two bars found themselves reminiscing about days gone by. Mark and Jason found themselves talking about all kinds of nonsense they used to get up to at Battle primary and caught up with old school pals they hadn’t seen in years.
Jane Herbert and Maria Ball thought the night was fantastic and felt Sunday, May 27 was too long to wait until Soul Revival’s next night at The Arches. Debbie looked radiant with a mass of beautiful curls thanks to her daughter, and although she doesn’t usually make an effort to go out in Reading, said that she loves the vibe Soul Revival brings.
I caught up with Elizabeth and Wayeta who were taking a welcome night off, although Wayeta had performed earlier in the evening at The Rhu Bar at Basingstoke. Wayeta regularly entrances the audience with her strong vocals at The Arches on Friday and Saturday nights, and if you haven’t heard her yet, it is something you need to do.
There were a lot of faces not usually seen out and about, and although there was plenty of drink flowing most were old enough to handle it. People were there for the soul, funk and the boogie more than anything else and it showed. The women composed themselves with more dignity than perhaps they had at 18, and the men were so adept with their chat up lines you didn’t even see them coming.
Songs like I Found Loving, Outstanding, All The Love That I’m Giving, and The Best Of My Love all enhanced the feel good, relaxed atmosphere, that found you dancing way past the pain threshold that high heels inflict.
On Sunday, May 13, Wayeta will be performing with Groove Junction and friends at Bar38,
Soul Revival will return to The Arches on Sunday, May 27, to spread more love and good vibes. Free entry before 10.30pm, £5 before 11pm and £7 thereafter.