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Great Big Kiss
Friday December 8th
The Great North Wood, 3 Knights Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0HS, £5 members, £6 non members, £6 advance ticket, 7pm-midnight. Advance tickets are here -

This is our final night in West Norwood. From January onwards, we return to The Phoenix in central London.

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Membership is free and registration closes at 5pm on the night. Membership is not available on the night itself. All members receive a laminated membership card and are added to our mailing list. If you're applying for more than one membership, please include an email address per person. These are strictly for the Great Big Kiss mailing list.

If you miss the 5pm deadline, you can apply for temporary membership. You won't get a card but you'll be added to the membership list for the night. Applications for the temporary list close at 9pm.


We play:

Sugar Pie DeSanto * The Shangri-Las * Jackie Wilson * Dusty Springfield * Chuck Berry * Gloria Jones * Ike And Tina Turner * The Supremes * Pat Powdrill * Mamie Galore * LaVern Baker * Big Mama Thornton * Stevie Wonder Aretha Franklin * Richard Berry And The Pharoahs * The Del-Vikings * The Silhouettes * Little Richard * Nancy Sinatra * Del Shannon * Ray Charles * Melba Moore * The Shirelles * Edwin Starr * Little Anthony And The Imperials Ruth Brown * Bo Diddley * The Orlons * Wanda Jackson * Otis Redding * Fats Domino and loads more...!

The big beat keeps you rockin' in your seat!


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Reviews of Great Big Kiss:

"Predominantly Northern Soul, Motown and 60s girl groups, Great Big Kiss, a spin off night from the wonderful How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, is a true gem amongst London’s nightlife. Running on the second Friday of every month at the Buffalo Bar (just outside Highbury and Islington tube station), this clubnight has a great vibe from the offset with their handmade membership cards and friendly cloak room/ticket sales staff waiting to welcome you in.

"Guest DJ Launette, took the first half of this month’s installment (9th September), churning out swinging 60s delights before handing over to regular DJ Ian Watson (owner and master of the night!) for the second half. As the bedroom dancing kicks in so does the exaggerated swinging 60s moves which makes this clubnight such a treat among the generic indie-plaid-shirt-wearing-kasbian-alternative club nights littering the center these days.

"The Buffalo Bar, perfect it seems to encase just the right amount of people, gets a bit sweaty at times while offering an array of homemade vodka shots to cool you down or liven you up! – Blueberry and butterscotch recommended! The last song is celebrated by all, soaking up the last bit of 60s escapism and clapping ceremoniously when over. You just know you’ll see the same faces again.." - Dawdlings blog (15/9/11)

"One of the best dancing nights we've been to, Great Big Kiss, has now entered the realm of London's top list of clubs for us and you simply cannot miss their next rendezvous. Northern soul, Motown, R&B, Rock 'n' Roll with the likes of the The Shangri-Las, Tina Turner, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr to some of the lesser known but still irresistible tunes for all the souls fans and a guest DJ every night to make the experience a little different. We went on the night Debbie Smith of the Nitty Gritty DJ-ed our pants off and will definitely head back for the next one – without a camera!

Hosted by the Buffalo Bar, their club nights are definitely worth a check - Great Big Kiss is the place to be every second friday of the month if you want to forget about all your troubles and feel the good buzz till at least the Monday after. Here is some photos ( for you of some very happy people on the night that the man of the night – Ian Watson, creator of the kissing – took of the happy punters. Count the smiles.

One surely feels loved and blessed at this club night and whether you are a great dancer or not, we bet you will not be able to stay still or care about eccentric stage histrionics you might surprise yourself with!" - Can Lifestyle/ Guen Murroni, Hit Or Miss Radio (March 2013)

"This monthly club night celebrates the sounds of the Sixties, playing a variety of music genres including soul, Motown and pop, all on vinyl. Some dress in vintage to match the theme, but everyone is there for the music. The homely basement of Buffalo Bar makes this event feel like an authentic 60s night out. You have to be serious about your Sixties and register as a member to get in." - High Life magazine (Sept 2013)

"Every second Friday of the month, the present gives way for the legends of the past as Great Big Kiss hits Buffalo Bar in Islington. It becomes the Motown club London should see more of, with music from the 60s girl groups, Motown, Northern Soul etc." - Design My Night (April 2014)

"When the Buffalo Bar, beside to Highbury and Islington station, sadly closed at the end of last year there were fears it might mark the end of the monthly Great Big Kiss club night but the night quickly found a new home at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square where it continues to be held on the second Saturday of each month from 9pm-3am. The night promises the best in northern soul, Motown, girl groups and rock'n'roll and rarely dissapoints anyone with any taste at all, with loyal members and newcomers all dancing together, this month in the company of guest DJs The Actionettes." - Tired Of London Tired Of Life (January 2015)

"After the sad closure of north London indie hangout the Buffalo Bar late last year, soul night Great Big Kiss – which ran for four years at the Buffalo – has relocated to central London boozer The Phoenix. But don't worry, loyal GBK fans, as it's still packed full of the same hip-shaking dance party vibes, with resident DJs and guests spinning northern soul, Motown, '60s girl groups and rock 'n' roll." - Time Out (January 2015)

"The 1960s music scene never really died in London. Fill your boots with hits by the Shangri-Las at Great Big Kiss, held regularly at The Phoenix on Cavendish Square." - Londonist guide to 60s London (November 2015)

"Great Big Kiss is a night celebrating the very best of Northern Soul and Motown, with a focus on 60s girl groups, taking place on the second Saturday of the month. Entry is £6 for non-members and £4 for members; membership is free so well worth joining to get your monthly soul fix." - London Calling, Top 5 Soul and Motown Nights in London feature (January 2016)

"We heard it through the grapevine that you're looking for something with a little more soul this Valentine's? Great Big Kiss at The Phoenix is full to the brim of it. Got your dancing shoes on? Good! Prepare for a night of non-stop partying to a toe-tapping soundtrack of Northern Soul, Motown and 60s rock and roll. With surprisingly low-price tickets and a great atmosphere for couples, singles and groups, this is the perfect place to spend your Valentine's whatever age you are. With special guest DJs The Actionettes, this is one Valentine's you're guaranteed a Great Big Kiss no matter your marital status. Now get dancing!" - Londontown (February 2016)

"Are you ready to lip sync to Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield until the early hours of the morning? If you are, get down to this stylish South London party for a night of Motown, northern soul, rock ’n’ roll and some Halloween smashes for a perfect balance of 60s glamour and ghoulish ditties. Time to bust out your favourite flares." - Dojo App (October 2016)

"Bringing a classic hip-shaking 50s rock ‘n’ roll vibe to a great venue in Brixton, Great Big Kiss are providing their usual mix of “northern soul, Motown, 60s girl groups and rock'n'roll, with some graveyard smashes thrown in for good measure.” If you like dressing up, you're more than welcome to. If you'd rather come in your usual stylish attire, that's fine too. This is a no nonsense knees-up for those that love to dance, so make sure your Halloween gear is mobile enough to cut it out there on the floor." - South London Club (October 2016)

"A spooky special of the hip-shaking, soul-soundtracked party, with guest DJs The Actionettes, who will also be showing off spooky dance moves. Music will be monstrous Motown and ghoulish '60s girl groups." - Time Out (October 2016)

"Spinning a real horror-show mixture of northern soul, Motown, 60s girl groups and rock’n’roll, with some graveyard smashes thrown in for good measure, the Great Big Kiss soul club returns to Brixton for Halloween. If you’d like to dress up, you’re more than welcome, but if you’d rather come in your usual stylish attire, that’s fine too. The dead cool dance troupe, The Actionettes will be joining the party to dance and DJ through to the wee small hours too." - Brixton Buzz (October 2016)

"Great Big Kiss is a northern soul, Motown, girl groups and rock'n'roll club held at a great venue, bang in the middle of London Town - The Phoenix, Cavendish Square! With guest Dj's spinning tunes each month, and check out their Mixcloud playlists too." - Suit Yourself Modernists (April 2017)





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