Soul II Soul at the Preston Guild Hall Review

25 November 2018


Reviewed by Jan Mellor

Soul II Soul were one of those soul bands in the 80’s who I loved and who turned my attention away from my real love, rock music. The amazing voices of Caren Wheeler and Jazzie B and their hypnotic beat of the music with the hits – ‘Keep on movin’ and ‘Who’s that man?’ had me playing their music night after night.

Coming to see the band celebrate their 30 years in the business was a real treat for me. It was amazing that the two original leads Caron and Jazzie B were here tonight to celebrate this awesome milestone. Although the band only got onstage at 9.30pm (making the audience restless) as soon as they were on – with their ‘Funky Dred’ Logo backdrop – they were ‘on fire’.

The band: 3 backing singers with amazing voices, 2 violinists, 2 drummers, 2 keyboard players and 2 guitarists and singer Charlotte Kelly had a fantastic sound.

The hits came one after another ‘Missing you’’, I care’, ‘Lovin’ is like my baby’, ‘I can see right through you’, ‘Holdin’ on’, ‘Sunshine,’ ‘Get a life’, ‘Wish’ and ‘Who’s that man?’ – with the phenomenal lead of Jazzie B (the sexiest voice in the world!) and the spectacular lighting and visuals to accompany such raw, ‘in your face’ talent. A brilliant performance from the Grammy Award winners – the hall was ‘buzzing’ from the energy their performance, passion and intense ability to ‘join us all as one’.

The support band, The Winachi Tribe, were a talented and apt support band for the evening, they had a funky melodic sound and were joined on stage by the singer Rowetta – a great starting block for Soul II Soul. The main band were superb and if, like me, you loved the old Soul II Soul from 30 years ago – you will not be disappointed. Their talent is as sharp, powerful and enigmatic as it has always been. A sheer joy to listen, to dance to and watch – fantastic!

Superb performance, full of life and SOUL!

Rating: 5/5

Soul II Soul are currently touring the UK, for more information and tour dates visit

For other shows at the Preston Guild Hall visit or call the box office on 01772 804444.

The Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT | 01772 80444

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