Our annual Halloween party
in south London!
We'll be playing our usual mixture of northern soul, Motown, 60s girl
groups and rock'n'roll, with some graveyard smashes thrown in for good
measure. If you'd like to dress up, you're more than welcome. If you'd
rather come in your usual stylish attire, that's fine too. Come one,
Great Big Kiss
Saturday October 27th 2018
The Windmill, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, London SW2 1XN
£4 members, £6 non members, £6 advance ticket, 8pm-2am.
Advance tickets are
Membership is free from firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
of 2014's Halloween night are here
Photos of 2015's Halloween night are here
Photos of 2016's Halloween night are here
Photos of 2017's Halloween night are here
held our very first soul night on Halloween at the Windmill in 2009.
This night would grow and turn into Great Big Kiss in 2010. Photos of
that night are here
Reviews of Great Big Kiss:
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
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 (http://www.howdoesitfeel.co.uk/gbkjan112013a.html)
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
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
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)
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
"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)