We have featured the movie in the past, but we missed it on the big screen – because it didn't happen to make it to the big screen in our particular area. But now Soulboy is on DVD – and we have a review online.
If you missed our earlier features, Soulboy revolves around legendary northern soul haunt The Wigan Casino, but is also a wider story of one boy's teenage years in the early 70s – in Stoke to be precise – throwing a couple of love stories, some petty crime and of course, plenty of music and dancing.
Any good? The review is up now on our Cinedelica site. Check there for the lowdown.
Soulboy DVD reviewed at Cinedelica
You may remember the maiden outing of the SS Atlantica last Autumn. For those looking for a spot of 1930s glamour in a night out, the cruise liner inspired club night is docking again in London, on Saturday 11 September.
Brought to you by the people behind Prohibition and the Blitz Party, two of London's most famous retro-themed nights, this stylish night features live bands, floor shows, casino tables and most importantly cocktails. For the dress code, women are told to look towards the golden age of the silver screen for inspiration, while the men are told to 'emulate the starched collar and immaculate dinner suit of an Agatha Christie villain'. Better start looking for an outfit now!
The night is based at the Savoy Pier and tickets cost £15.
Find out more online
The thought of the London Olympics sends us to sleep, but The Chap Olympiad on the other hand – well, we'll be all over that when it takes place on Saturday 17th July in Bedford Square, London WC1.
Yes, the gentleman's occasional magazine of choice, The Chap, is creating its own Olympics, described as a 'celebration of athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases' for 'the elegant and unathletic' and offering a day of themed sporting events, live music, side shows and refreshments.
There has been talk of a northern soul film for years, but 2010 could see at least two on the big screen. Alongside the 'in production' Northern Soul (indeed, ahead of it to be honest) comes Soulboy, which is heading your way very soon.
So, the plot as told to us thus far: 1974. Power cuts, strikes and boot-boy aggro on the terraces. Flares, Chopper bikes and beer at fourteen pence a pint. Joe McCain, 17 and restless, is bored with the flatline tedium of a life that seems like it's going nowhere. Enter Jane, moving to the beat of a music that Joe's never heard, a vision of loveliness who opens the door to a whole world of sound, movement and all-nighter dancing at The Wigan Casino – the home of Northern Soul! Swept along on this tide of pulsating dance and lust, Joe finally finds somewhere he belongs and the acceptance and true love he yearns for.
You can check out the trailer over the page. It's due to hit various cinemas over the summer, look out for preview screenings in your area before the general release. More at the website.
Update: The two-CD soundtrack is now available to buy. You can see the full tracklisting and more details at the Amazon website.
Further update: A review of the DVD is now online, you can read it here.
Ok, it's a bit late for the 20th anniversary of the second summer of love, but if you love dancing in the open air and the sound of a Roland 303, the I Love Acid t-shirt by Electric Sun could be for you.
It's a heavyweight T-shirt (185 gsm) made from 100 per cent pre-shrunk ring-spun cotton, screenprinted in black and red with the logo and old school synth design, the Electric Sun logo also in the back between the shoulder blades.
The shirt is also limited to just 50, each one individually numbered and available exclusively online. Medium to extra large available, all selling for £17.99. You can also check out some classic acid house tunes at the very same website.
Find out more at the Electric Sun website
Fancy something a little different (and a little more retro) than your usual Saturday night? You need to check out the forthcoming Blitz Party in London.
The next available date is Saturday 5th June 2010 (May has already sold out), the location the Village Underground in Shoreditch, where you'll find 40s-style music and dancing, live swing bands, cocktails, Kentish ale plus original newsreels and wartime movies.
The venue will be transformed into a wartime east end air raid shelter complete with sandbags, searchlights and blackout curtains, with rations books replacing bar menus on the night. Dress code, as you would expect, is 40s glam, utility clothing and allied uniform. It kicks off from 8pm, tickets in advance are £15.
Blitz Party website