soul underground

Adelaide's Rare Soul Scene


Our History


There has been a vibrant Rare Soul Scene in South Australia for a number of years.  But all good things need to start somewhere – this is our story. 


At the request of soul stalwarts Pete Fowler (wa), Vince Peach (vic), the Sydney Soul Sisters and others it was decided to host the inaugural National Soul Weekender in, October 1998.  Adelaide, being the central capital city was chosen as the host city.  Mark Howlett, a local dj and scooter club identity was promptly contacted as the organiser and man on the ground.  After a successful meet and greet bbq in Norwood where the locals met the interstate guests (for the first time in many cases), the Allnighter was held at Boltz Nite Club with the Sunday session at the Crown & Anchor Hotel following.  Local & Interstate djs entertained a modest (by today’s standards) but enthusiastic crowd.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Many of the original crew who attended that weekend are still heavily involved in the scene both, Nationally, and in their home states.


In Adelaide the scene grew on the back of the National with Pete and Miriam Feven taking the initiative and starting up local bi-monthly soul nites at the Duke of York Hotel.  These were indeed humble beginnings with borrowed equipment and lots of hope.  The scene went from strength to strength at “The Duke” for a number of years until cost and equipment pressures forced a move.  After hosting our second National a relationship was formed with the Enigma Bar.  This is one of the premier live music clubs in South Australia and they have supported our scene by providing a venue for a number of years now.  Importantly being a nite club it has its own sound system! 


The Adelaide scene has supplied representative DJs at every National Weekender in every capital city ever since.  We pride ourselves on our “across the board” music policy, always trying to play the very best from all the genres in the rare soul spectrum.  Importantly all our djs give of their time and hence we have never had to charge an admittance fee to any of our nites (though donations were sought to cover equipment early on!!)


After running the scene since its inception Pete Feven decided to take a break in 2005 and Todd C took over the stewardship. The soul underground collective was born.  We have been promoting and djing at venues all over Australia ever since.


Cheers & KTF


Todd C















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