Funky Winter

Craig's Funk and Soul Club out on tour.

17 October, 2014

As we're sure you're well aware by now, one of the longest-running day (well, day and night!) jobs held by a member of the Red Dwarf cast has been the Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club. Craig's been hosting his radio show since 2002 (it's BBC 6Music's longest-serving show, don't you know) but over the last couple of years has been steadily increasing his presence at live venues up and down the country. And if you've never had the opportunity to catch one of these nights - or if you have, but just fancy doing so again - then the next couple of months offer a particularly good opportunity, with several top-notch dates lined up.

Funky Winter

Starting this very weekend (17th/18th October), Craig can be found in Leicester and Preston, before moving on to his regular haunts of London and Manchester the following week. The month is then rounded off by a Halloween night in Barnstaple, and the following night in Brighton. And that's just the next three weeks!

Looking further ahead, there are a couple of bigger-than-usual events taking place in December, with live bands performing in addition to Craig's usual DJ set. The Funky Eclectic Christmas Party in Bristol on 12th December features the legendary Alabama 3 (who you might recognise from the theme tune to The Sopranos), while the following night there's the Funk & Soul Blackpool Christmas Ball with the possibly-even-more-legendary Soul II Soul.

If you're keen on following Craig around the country - or if you just want to see if he's nearby any time soon - here's an at-a-glance guide to all the dates we know of at the time of writing:

Date Venue
Friday 17th October Leicester (Streetlife)
Saturday 18th October Preston (53 Degrees at UCLAN)
Friday 24th October London (The Jazz Café)
Saturday 25th October Manchester (Band on the Wall)
Friday 31st October Barnstaple (The Factory Petroc)
Saturday 1st November Brighton (Concorde 2, with The Correspondents)
Friday 12th December Bristol (Motion, with Alabama 3 and Cheeba)
Saturday 13th December Blackpool (Winter Gardens, with Soul II Soul)
Friday 19th December Oxford (O2 Academy)
Saturday 20th December Manchester (Band on the Wall, with Haggis Hons)

You might also recall a November date in Reading that we mentioned in a previous article - that night has been rescheduled, and will instead take place next March. For the latest news on Craig's whereabouts, you can check Ents24, which also features links to buy tickets to all the above events. Dancing shoes, however, are sold separately.

Keep up with the Funk & Soul Show on the official Facebook page!

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