The History of SoulTrain...
SoulTrain... Where it all began...
Quoted by massive attack as early influencers on the ‘ Bristol sound ‘ the origins of Soultrain can be traced
back to the early 1970’s which a BBC radio 6 documentary reported Soultrain DJ importing funk 45's and creating
an underground scene whilst everybody else was into pop or punk / heavy rock. Local author Chris Brown has penned
a book " suited and booted " acknowledging brothers Steve & Adrian Ashby & Paul Alexander as movers and shakers
back in the day! It all started in December 1992 when Paul (Alexander) got together with DJ friends, Jason (Lumbar),
Johnny (Stallard), Steve & Adrian (Ashby) and Steve (Phillips) all original 70's soul & funk DJ's together for a
one off re-union, the rest they say is history: we haven't stopped since.
Launching Soultrain was a milestone and landmark that has resulted in Bristol's favourite Soul Institution
and probably the longest running club night in the country. Let's face it how many club nights have been running
for 24 years and are still going strong? With roots and origins tracing back to the early 70’s. In 2001 Soultrain
brought US funksters the Fatback Band to Bristol for the first time in 25 years, playing all their hits live at Soultrain.
Hits like I found Loving, Wicky Wacky, Bus Stop, Backstroking and Spanish Hustle. This night lives long in the memory.
We are still in direct contact with the Fatback band leader Bill Curtis, with whom we have become very friendly and
once acted as tour managers to the band having appeared with the Fatbacks 4 times, as recent as Feb 2016 in Bournemouth.
In the summer of 2004 Soultrain were invited to host the Dance Tent at the Glastonbury festival. In front of 10,000
funksters Soultrain held it down with the Fatback Band, Sister Sledge, Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce) and Jazzy B's Soul to Soul.
Soultrain regularly hosts stages at Glastonbury (5 times) and Love Saves The Day Festival (twice) as well as Soultrain
DJ’s appearing at London’s Funky Nation / Ronnie Scott’s. Having been involved in pirate radio with Kute FM winning a
license as Eagle Radio then to be taken over by Star Radio Soultrain hosted a 5 Hour show every Sunday evening on Star
Radio before moving to BCFM. In 2013 Soultrain decided to set up our own Internet based radio station playing 100%
soul 24/7 to become Bristol’s only dedicated soul radio station. We are now broadcasting 7 nights a weekwith ‘ live ‘ presenters.
From early beginnings of Soultrain at various Bristol clubs Chasers, Soultrain has stopped off at The Parkside,
McCluskys, Panache; Evolution then in 2011 Motion became the new home of Soultrain. Consequently Soultrain were awarded
by The Soul Survivor Magazine The Top Soul Night outside of London past & present and runners up in 2014.
Also voted by The Guardian as the Top Club night out Soultrain is hurtling towards our 25-year anniversary.
We have recently moved to SWX and our Xmas event attracted over 1200 funksters from all of the country.
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Love the SoulTrain Family....