EVENING SOUL CRUISE – SATURDAY MAY 25th -SOME TICKETS AVAILABLE
With the weather forecast for Saturday evening looking good, time to remind you that some tickets are still available for our annual evening soul cruise from 6.30 to 11.30pm on Saturday May 25th aboard m.v Golden Jubilee - two floors of music with Solar Radio DJs. Please note new times to assist in travel. Buy your tickets HERE
SOUL ON THE SOLENT – SUNDAY JUNE 23rd -WITH LIVE P.A.
Join us on Sunday June 23rd from 1 - 6pm for a midsummer Soul Cruise from Southampton aboard the OCEAN SCENE with two floors of Soul, Funk, Jazz & Soulful house from Solar Djs TONY MAC, STEVE HOBBS, SIMON VAN OS, DUG CHANT, IAIN BOX & TONY MONSON - plus live P.A. by OLIVIA STEVENS of RUBY & the REVELATORS - charting with "Fire Up the Funk".
Sailing from the Town Quay Marina, Town Quay, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AQ.
Tickets at £18 HERE
AUGUST SOUL CRUISE -TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE!
Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the August Soul Cruise- price £20.00 each- HERE
SOLAR RADIO BROADCASTING PLATFORMS
This is to advise listeners that after May 31, 2019, Solar Radio will no longer be broadcasting on Sky channel 0129. Solar Radio joined the Sky platform in September 2000 at a time when internet streaming was in its infancy. However the station is now available to listeners on a range of streaming platforms that have developed and become readily available to the popular market.
Listeners have readily adopted alternative platforms through which to listen to the station, including our free branded apps for iPhone and Android mobile devices, and similarly with smart speakers such as Echo Dot and Google now available from web dealers and electrical retailers, plus Internet Radios. Solar Radio is also readily available via other apps including TuneIn Radio and RadioplayerUK, and directly from our website at www.solarradio.com.
Solar Radio has also been involved in the path-finding small-scale DAB experiment, and is currently available on DAB+ in the Inner London area (within the North and South Circular Roads), Birmingham, Brighton and Norwich.
JULY SOUL CRUISE – ALL TICKETS SOLD!
All tickets are now SOLD for the Solar Radio JULY SOUL CRUISE, this aboard a new vessel for us, the m.v. DUTCH MASTER. We will sail from the TOWER MILLENNIUM PIER, Lower Thames Street, London EC3N 4DT , nearest tube station Tower, at 1.00pm, returning at 6.00pm, with FIVE HOURS of music from Solar Radio DJs and food available to purchase. Tickets are sold on a FIRM SALE basis (i.e. NO automatic refunds) but if you would like to go on the waiting list for possible 'spare tickets', please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will advise if any become available.
HAPPY DAYS FESTIVAL 2019 BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND MAY 25th & 26th
Join MIKE GEE ON A MISSION FROM 1 -3pm with HAPPY DAYS FESTIVAL 2019
With a combination of legendary artists from the 70s, 80s and 90s, that will recreate the feel good factor. Come and reminisce the party vibe across the BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND MAY 25th & 26th at 'Imber Court', East Molesey, Surrey KT10 8EG, an amazing 40 acre site in the heart of Surrey
The Festival will blend 3 decades of amazing music with other entertainments including a themed retro bar, pyrotechnics, games area, family fun activities. Festival goers will also be able to try the delicious Gastro Grub, which will include a selection of World Fusion food and Vegetarian options.
SOUL SURVIVORS – AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Nominations are now OPEN for the SOUL SURVIVORS 2018 AWARDS. If you would like to cast YOUR vote for SOLAR RADIO as your favourite soul music station, or for any of the DJs or SHOWS on our schedule, or any EVENT in a suitable category, please vote now at thesoulsurvivorsmagazine - nominations. We thank you for your support. Closing date for nominations is May 18 2019.
SOLAR SOUL CD – AVAILABLE NOW!!
Available NOW- our SOLAR SOUL CD, a collection of 15 tracks by singers and groups who have featured on SOLAR RADIO in the past couple of years, and including some exclusive mixes. The CD is in digi-pack format with 4-page gatefold sleeve and full colour 8-page booklet. Full track listing is above. The price for mail-order is £12.50 including postage and packing, and orders can be placed now HERE
RUBY & REVELATORS – out now!!
New single "Fire Up the Funk" ....coming soon...download via Solar Radio!
SOUL ON THE TYNE
Solar Radio Presents: Soul on the Tyne 2019
Bank Holiday Weekend - Saturday August 24th aboard The Fortuna
With Soul, Funk & Jazz from Solar DJ Andrea Robertson + Guest Dj’s Wayne C McDonald & James Anthony
Plus after-party 7.00pm - 2am at : Tiger Hornsby 8-10 Close, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3RE - ‘Reviving the spirit of the iconic Julie’s Nightclub’
Departs fron East Quayside Pontoon, Newcastle Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX at 2.00pm and returns at 5.00pm. Tickets just £14.00 HERE
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – EVENTS IN 2019
Here are the dates for Solar Radio events for the remainder of 2019. Please note that our boat events during this year have usually sold out within a couple of weeks of going on sale, so do look out on our website and on social media for news stories advising of tickets going on sale - and book early to avoid disappointment!
DATES FOR 2019:
SUNDAY May 5 (Early May) - Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, 2pm - 7pm
SATURDAY May 25 (Evening) -Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, 6.30pm -11.30pm (NOT 7 - 12 as previous)
SUNDAY June 23 (Soul on the Solent)- Ocean Scene, Southampton, 1pm - 6pm
SUNDAY June 30 (Mid Summer) - Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, 2pm - 7pm
SUNDAY July 28 (Summer Soul) - Dutch Master, Tower Millennium Pier, 1pm - 6pm
SUNDAY August 18 (August Cruise)- Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, 2pm - 7pm
SATURDAY August 24 (Soul on the Tyne) - Fortuna, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2pm - 5pm
SUNDAY September 22 (Late Summer)- Golden Flame, Temple Pier, 2pm - 7pm.
SUNDAY October 27 (Autumn) - Golden Jubilee, Temple Pier, 2pm - 7pm
The year will end once again with our showcase DECEMBER SOUL CRUISE on Sunday December 15 aboard the DIXIE QUEEN, and look out for news of our NEW YEARS EVE PARTY at the Park Inn, Radisson Hotel, SOUTHEND ON SEA!!
SOLAR RADIO EXCLUSIVE from DSG
Solar Radio is very proud to have the completely new vibed up version of SouLutions "Philly Line" as mixed by by Nigel Lowis as an Exclusive until release. Nigel last year produced one of the best selling compilations albums Disco, Soul, Gold vol 1, spending 5 weeks at the #1 spot on the Sweet Rhythms chart. A year and a half in the making, the follow up 19 track CD Disco Soul Gold Vol 2 is finally ready to be released as a CD at the end of April including among its 19 new tracks "Philly Line 2019" by SouLutions.
LAILANI & MAVERICK LIFE FUND
On New Years Day 2019 the daughter of Solar Radio DJ Ash Selector, Ashley Grundy, sadly passed away, aged just 28 years, leaving her two beautiful children Lailani & Maverick behind.
Nobody can replace the unconditional love of a Mother, the most important person in a child's life.
A page has been set up to raise funds for their future care and give them some much needed stability.
Please donate if you can: LAILANI & MAVERICK LIFE FUND
London DAB has changed to DAB+
As of Wednesday November 21st Solar Radio's London DAB service has upgraded to DAB+
Listeners will need a DAB+ compatible radio - most receivers purchased over recent years will be. A retune or rescan may be necessary. Typically this can be done by either pressing a re-tune or auto-tune button or by going in to the menu and selecting scan, full scan or auto-tune.
SOLAR RADIO EVENTS – TICKETING PROCEDURE
With the ever-increasing number of people tuning to Solar Radio, we are happy to welcome new customers to our events including the ever-popular Soul Cruises, and it may be timely to advise new folk (and remind valued 'regulars'!) of our ticketing procedures. TICKETS ARE SOLD ON A 'FIRM SALE' BASIS. There is no automatic refund for cancellations unless we have published a 'Buy Back' message - any returns will be offered to any Waiting List customers for re-sale. We do not send out tickets for our river events, either by post or as e-tickets, but we do hold all tickets for collection on the day, just before the event. After the initial acknowledgement, the buyer will later be sent another email, advising of collection time and boarding information. We hope this helps!
DIXIE QUEEN – SOLAR RADIO PARTY ROCKS THE BOAT!
CHRISTMAS CRUISE – SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 - every picture tells a story..
SOLAR RADIO ON ECHO DOT
SOLAR RADIO now has a dedicated SKILL app on the ECHO DOT device to enable easy access.
Listening to Solar Radio on an Amazon Dot or Echo and Google Home device:
AMAZON DOT / ECHO: If you have an Amazon Dot or Echo (or any other Amazon smart speaker device) you can listen to Solar Radio by enabling the Solar Radio Alexa Skill. All you have to do is say “Alexa, Launch Solar Radio”. You may need to repeat the sentence a couple of times before it responds but once enabled you can simply say “Alexa, Play Solar Radio” to play the station. You can also enable the Skill via the Amazon store HERE.
GOOGLE HOME: For Google Home simply say “Okay Google, Play Solar Radio”. You may need to add “… on TuneIn” at the end if it fails to respond
ANDROID APP for SOLAR RADIO and upgraded i-PHONE APP
A reminder that the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app for Android devices is available NOW to download and install FOR FREE from the Google Play Store, featuring choice of 64k or 128k streams, schedule information, contact and social media links, available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SolarRadioAndroid Also available from the Apple Store, is an UPGRADE to the SOLAR RADIO app for i-PHONE.
Solar Radio DJ Gathering…
Beer & Banter - Check out the Video:
SOLAR RADIO ON DAB
Solar Radio can be heard on DAB in Birmingham, Brighton, in the London area, with the boundary of the North and South Circular Roads, and Norwich, all part of the Small Scale DAB trial as promoted by OfCom. If you are new to DAB radio receivers, it is worth noting that the most complete range of available stations will be found by doing a full scan near to a window and in the highest available location in your property.
SOUL CITIZEN – Autobiography of Clive ‘R’
Our Sunday morning 'In Orbit' man, CLIVE R, has written his autobiography - entitled SOUL CITIZEN- relating his memories and experiences over his fifty years as a soul fan, record-collector, music journalist, club and concert-goer, oh, and soul radio DJ!
Following the excellent response to his set on the April Soul Cruise, Clive is now making the book available direct to Solar Radio listeners. Purchase the book HERE
LISTEN TO SOLAR RADIO ON THE MOVE
There are several ways to access SOLAR RADIO on the move, via your Android, IPhone, Tablet or similar device and DAB, the latter to Birmingham, Brighton, London & Norwich.
From the Android Play Store, free downloads are available of apps for either Radioplayer UK, TuneIn Radio or Nobex Radio, which you can install on your device in seconds and a quick search will soon reveal SOLAR RADIO, which can then be saved as a 'favourite' or can be 'followed'.
The Nobex Radio app is also suitable for use on an I-Phone, while the dedicated SOLAR RADIO app is also available from the Apple Store.
Your device can usually be linked to a car audio system via Bluetooth for in-car entertainment. Please ensure you have an adequate data package with your provider.
SOLAR RADIO is part new Ofcom initiative of experimental Small-Scale DAB radio for London, within the area bounded by the North and South circular roads and for the city of Norwich.
Please re-scan your DAB receiver.