The vinyl countdown as Riley-Smith Hall plays hosts to Northern Soul dance night

The poster for next weekend’s Tadcaster soul night

SOUL At The Riley-Smith Hall, Tadcaster, returns by popular demand on January 18 with the promise of floor-filling Northern Soul and Motown in the main room.

“We’ve started to hold these nights every four months and they’re proving quite popular,” says Ian Smith, from Harrogate and Ilkley Soul Clubs, who will be among those spinning the discs next weekend.

“All the music is played on the original vinyl releases and the resident DJs are well known on the county’s soul scene.”

Joining Smith will be Diane Layton, of Moortown and Haworth Soul Clubs, Andy Carling, of Wetherby Engine Shed and Moortown Soul Club, and Keith Hudson, Smith’s fellow DJ from Harrogate and Ilkley Soul Clubs.

“All four DJs have extensive record collections and will be playing tunes specifically to get dancers on to the floor,” says Smith. “The Riley-Smith Hall has an excellent sprung wooden floor and is perceived to be one of the north’s top soul venues for dancers.”

Next weekend’s special guest will be radio presenter John Kane, who hosts the Saturday evening Northern Soul show on BBC Radio Leeds and Radio York. “John is very popular and is sure to attract a number of his local listeners,” says Smith.

The Riley-Smith Hall has a choice of two dance rooms, the second room upstairs catering for fans of soul tunes post 1980 with sets by Mally Meah, Diane Layton and guests.

Admission is £7 on the door from 7.30pm and the dancing rolls on until 12.30am.