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Saturday December 12th
The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London W1. 9pm-3am. Admission is £4 for members and £6 for non-members on the door. Advance tickets here -

Our Christmas Party with guest DJ Gary Day.

Welcome return for Gary Day, who'll be playing his usual floor-filling mixture of northern soul 50s r&b and rock'n'roll. Gary's a superb DJ and has guested at GBK several times now. He's also a renowned musician, who has played with Morrissey and the New York Dolls amongst others.

As this is our Christmas party, we'll be playing songs from Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You album. Come and dance to Darlene Love, The Crystals, The Ronettes and many more.

Membership is free from

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!


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)





Saturday December 12th - Our Christmas party, with guest DJ Gary Day




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