The History of SoulTrain
Where it all began for Soultrain
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 for a one off reunion at The Chasers, in Kingswood. Quoted by massive attack as early influencers on ‘The Bristol Sound‘ the origins of Soultrain can be traced back to the early 1970’s when BBC Radio 6 aired a report about a Soultrain DJ importing Funk 45's from the USA creating an underground Funk scene when just about everybody else was into Pop, Punk or Heavy Rock. Local author Chris Brown penned a book "Suited and Booted " acknowledging brothers Steve & Adrian Ashby and Paul Alexander as movers and shakers back in the day
Launching Soultrain was a milestone that created 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? 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 have regularly hosted 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.
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.
Soutrain on the radio
Having been involved in pirate radio with Kute FM winning a license as Eagle Radio and then as it was 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 week with ‘LIVE‘ presenters.
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