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March Pork & Beans Club Night

The boys have had a bit of a break since the last PnB merger with Boom Shacka Lacka, but they are now refreshed and ready to go with their March edition of this fabulous club night!
This month joining the residents Tomas & Jamie will be the infamous Clanger with his usual storming up-tempo Soul and R&B – so get ready for a party!

Also as ususal Ethan and guests be spinning sweet Soul, Funk & Crossover upstairs under the guise of “Brothers & Sisters”!

Where: Positively 4th Street (four minutes from Warren Street, Euston Square or Mornington Crescent Tube stations),
119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

When? The night starts at 8pm and runs till 1am

And it is of course free, as always!!!

Ronnie London’s Groove Lounge Club Night (Nottingham)

Nottingham’s premier and original Mod night is on the last Saturday of every month for your dancing pleasure.

With fabulous DJs, friendly atmosphere and a great venue, i can personally recommend Ronnie’s as THE place to be on a night out in Robin Hood’s hometown.

Get yourself down there, you wont be disappointed!

Where: Upstairs at The Grosvenor,  Mansfield Road

How much: £3 before 11pm.

Me and my Vintage

Vintage has always been an interesting concept to me. I don’t think its ever dominated my life but it is certainly interwoven. Having parents like mine always meant that I would end up being of  the Rock n Roll persuasion. Growing up on a diet of The Who, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie meant inevitably I would choose a similar path. With my teenage years being firmly in the 90s I was exposed to, what we would call now I guess, a Mod Revival. With Ocean Colour Scene, Pulp and Suede dominating the charts it was difficult to escape the Parkas, ill fitting suits and desert boots. Coupled with a few local indie discos I was a smitten kitten. Quadrophenia became my favourite film, I got excited whenever that Lucozade ad came on the telly (coincidentally my now future husband is in it!), I wore my boyfriends parka during the hot summer days, I started a scooter fund and sold anything I could at car boot sales, my favourite T-Shirt had a picture of a Lambretta SX 200 on it, I cut out and collected ANYthing Mod related from newspapers and magazines and put them in my “Mod Folder”. I still have that and I’m convinced it will be my retirement fund. I would gaze longingly at all the scooters coming through on their way to the IOW Scooter Rally.  Aged 14 I would hang out of my best boy friend’s window watching the house opposite because the guy who lived there always had loads of scooters coming and going, we nicknamed him, ironically, Scooter Man. I met Scooter Man later in my 20s where he worked as a delivery guy, I was very excited but also let down that he wasn’t exactly Jimmy, he was more Jimmy’s nerdier uncle, I would have been mortified if anyone knew what a hero he was to me…but I digress…

In the 90s it was very difficult to find clothes that suited how I wanted to look. My parents rarely indulged in any shopping trips so I had to make do with what I already had – which wasn’t easy since I rebelled at 13 and decided to be a raver, but that’s another story -  and of course the obligatory charity shops. My Grandma is the charity shop queen, and would quite happily spend money on me in these smelly, stuffy rooms with old people. I didn’t hate it but I certainly didn’t love it either. But it taught me a valuable lesson when buying clothes, especially Vintage. The only shop in my home town that sold Vintage was very expensive. I remember getting my GCSE results and running down there with £50 in my hot little hand, only to emerge with a pair of beige corduroy flares and a brown Vintage shirt with square buttons (I’m pretty sure it was a boys one too), and that was all I could afford, baring in mind this was 1996 and £50 could buy you a whole new wardrobe in Pilot. And that always stayed with me throughout my formative years. Vintage was always ridiculously expensive so charity shops were the only choice. However I never really put the two together. Vintage doesn’t come from charity shops, that was just second hand, if you wanted Vintage you had to pay through the nose for it. So I guess I started to stray away from it. I still loved everything about the 60s but it was difficult and expensive to source.  But then as I got into my mid 20s I got back into it again. I found an amazing League of Friends in the hospital where I was working, which was totally untouched by outsiders. The old dears who worked on it loved me as I always left with piles of great stuff, all for around a fiver, which they thought was overpriced. I still have a Vintage Jaeger Camel Hair coat from there that I paid three pounds for. I would take select people and swore them to secrecy, I never wanted the local Vintage shop scavengers to find my treasure trove of precious things. Its not there anymore, but I used to return frequently after I moved on and quite often think if I knew then what I know now, I would have bought everything, not just the obvious stuff.

I then moved to London and everything changed again. I got back into it and nowadays its much easier to buy repros to get the look. My fave Peter Pan dress is from Primark. And with the advent of eBay and Etsy, Vintage has never been so accessible. I went through a phase of buying anything, whether it fitted me or not and then making the pilgrimage to the dressmakers to have it all altered to my own Vintage bespoke. I had also discovered an unseen before love for dresses, I had never been girly, but now I loved it. My cousin Naomi, of the infamous Vintage Secret can be thanked for that, she scoffed at my jeans and shelltops wearing and forced me into frocks. I have never looked back. I have achieved everything that the 14 year old me would have died for, I own a Vespa 150 Super called Stanley, I have a future husband who is a Mod, owns more shoes than I do and has a faster scooter. I’m an extra in Brighton Rock(defining moment was when wardrobe asked if my clothes belonged to them, I said no!) I have fallen in love with the Vintage scene once again. Now I’m older and wiser I can appreciate the cut of a dress and the feel of the fabric, but its taken me a while to get there. I have also calmed down the spending, I have a few beautiful pieces that have been far more carefully selected, mostly all the great East Londoner Frank Russell for Mansfield. And I also wear more and more Vintage things during the day too, something unheard of a few years ago, I would always save them for best, and of course they would never get worn, which is an absolute travesty for something that has survived for so long.  And its always a case of being your turn to wear something for a few years before someone else snaps it up as their fave piece. You never really own Vintage clothes do you, you just borrow them for a time.

Ham Yardies Springtime Special Club Night

Ham Yard, W1 was the location of the original Scene club, considered to be THE Mod club from the early 1960s.

Now that Spring is starting to show its face there is no excuse for hibernation anymore. Dust off your dancing shoes and get yourself down to the Ham Yardies Spring Special.

Your DJ hosts for the evening are:

Paul Newman, Alan H, Val Palmer, Jules, Mary Boogaloo, Thierry Steuve and Steve Piper

Where: The Britannia, Monument Street, EC3R 8AJ

How much: £6 with membership card and £8 without (please see their FB page for membership info)

Smart mod dress preferred please!

Click on the flyer to take you to their FB page.

Mojo To Go Go Club Night (Brighton)

Mojo To Go Go return for their second installment of 2011. Remember this is a Vinyl only club (a rarity these days!) so get yourself down there!!

Mojo started off life in 2005 in a pub in Brighton attracting a mixed crowd of young and old mods/60s aficionados and the curious as they endeavour to spin a good mix of tunes.  They have had residencies at Sussex Arts Club and The Hanbury Ballroom,and fresh for 2011 the boys have a brand spanking new venue opposite the iconic Brighton Pier – the Mod Mecca indeed. Two floors of 60s RnB , Garage, Psyche, Soul and Mod Groovers what more could you ask for?!!

The Mojo team comprises of Sir Andy R, Diablo and Si Bridger. They have an impressive club resume behind them with 20 years DJing experience both home and away and can include New Untouchable events and Soul Alldayers as well as guest spots at numerous clubs.

Special guests this month are Matt Wright and Southern Sam. 

They are continually buying new tunes and seeking out new grooves to keep the dancefloor busy. The only rule is to have fun!

The event runs every 2nd Saturday bi-monthly, so do check back  here for the next one!

Where: The Volks Club, 3 The Colonade, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1PS

How Much: £7 on the door

Click on the flyer for the Facebook page or check out their MySpace: myspace.com/mojotogogo

Ready Steady Go! Presented by Hipshaker and Right Track Scooter Club (Portsmouth)

It brings me great pleasure to introduce to Vintage Secret my favourite club night on the South Coast.  Not just because its where i cut my dancing teeth as a young modette, but it is a fabulous club night.

Join us on the 22nd (yes i will be there as i celebrate the anniversary of my 18th birthday) where Dave, Jo & Nelly (RTSC) will be playing the Grooviest 60s Soul, Rock, Ska, Pop & Scooter Rally Classics, with Time Bomb live on stage.

Born in 1998 at the legendary Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms they have expanded over the years and have hosted events all over Hampshire, including Basingstoke, Southampton, Bognor Regis, the Isle of Wight and London. They are also the staple diet of the IOW Scooter Rally, spinning their great tunes over the whole 3 nights in the Ryde Castle as well as hosting the Hipshaker Lounge at the IOW Festival earlier in the year.

Where: Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO4 0JW

How much: £5 adv / £6 B4 11 / £7 after.  You can call the box office on 023 9286 3911 or book online here.

Click on the poster to take you to their Facebook Page.

Mojo To Go Go Club Night (Brighton)

Mojo started off life in 2005 in a pub in Brighton attracting a mixed crowd of young and old mods/60s aficionados and the curious as they endeavour to spin a good mix of tunes.  They have had residencies at Sussex Arts Club and The Hanbury Ballroom,and fresh for 2011 the boys have a brand spanking new venue opposite the iconic Brighton Pier – the Mod Mecca indeed. Two floors of 60s RnB , Garage, Psyche, Soul and Mod Groovers what more could you ask for?!!

The Mojo team comprises of Sir Andy R, Diablo and Si Bridger, and on the 8th of January they have DJ Mary Boogaloo as their guest. They have an impressive club resume behind them with 20 years DJing experience both home and away and can include New Untouchable events and Soul Alldayers as well as guest spots at numerous clubs.

They are continually buying new tunes and seeking out new grooves to keep the dancefloor busy. The only rule is to have fun!

The event runs every 2nd Saturday bi-monthly, so do check back  here for the next one!

Where: The Volks Club, 3 The Colonade, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1PS

How Much: £7 on the door

Click on the flyer for the Facebook page or check out their MySpace: myspace.com/mojotogogo

The Fabulous Hoochie Club Night Feat. The Caezars (Nottingham) **Updated**

Keep the Royal Wedding celebrations going with the The Fabulous Hoochie Coochie Club on April 30th. Promising to be fit for a Queen (to be!) complete with daytime event (check back on the VS listing page for further information) you would be silly a Prince Billy to miss it. 

So, on offer for your delights are:

Live on stage, one of the hottest acts on the scene today THE CAEZARS. Since winning last years Rockabilly Rave Battle of the Bands  this 4 piece have torn-up the rockin scene with their wild stage shows & boppin’ rhythms. The first ever UK act to record an album at the Los Angeles based Wild Records. Check out their band promo here.  Boys will be want to be them and girls will want to meet them… 

DJ LITTLE CARL will be behind the wheels of steel. No stranger to spinning the wax he is one of the best rocking  jocks on the planet having played major festivals like Hemsby as well as countless clubs & weekender events every year. He even runs his own Record shop THE HORN OF PLENTY in St. Albans. Expect wild wax from start to finish!

DJ BIG JON (SKA ‘N’ B / ALLEY CLUB -Cambridge) brings his heavy weight Rhythm & Blues blasters and up-tempo Mod movers to please the suited and (basketweave) booted boys and delectable ladies.  Jon’s choice 45′s never fail to get the feet moving and the dance floor buzzing.

And, to crown off this most noble of offerings there will be:

KEV “Count” CONNELLAN (No More Doggin / Shoutin’ The Blues)
TOM “Lord” LAWRIE (The Rubber Room)
“Cardinal” CRAIG SIMPSON (Bert’s Apple Crumble)

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Ronnie Londons Groove Lounge Club Night NYE Party (Nottingham)

***TICKETS ONLY***

Ronnie Londons Groove Lounge New Years Eve Party

Nottingham’s only MOD night playing you the best of Northern Soul, Beat, Tamla, Hammond and RnB on NYE.   Top Nottingham DJs and a room decked out to take you back to the 60s.

Come down to make it one to remember, out with 2010 and in with 2011!!

Where:  The Grosvenor, Mansfield Rd, Nottingham. 8pm to 1am

How much: Tickets Only (please see below to contact Ronnie for details)

Contact: Via Facebook (click on picture) or contact Ronnie London himself on 07778002589

Hoochie Coochie Club Night (Nottingham)

A 45rpm RECORD RIOT at the Hoochie Coochie Club Night! Coming together for your listening pleasure are some of the countries hippest vinyl vultures to spin you the cream of bop.

Wax spinners for the evening are:

THE POW WOW CLUB – The HCC are extremely excited to get both Gav Arno & Callum Simpson behind the decks. The Sheffield based Pow Wow Club quickly became known as one of the UK’s leading Mod and Rare Rhythm & Blues Revues due to the choice selections of this vinyl hungry duo.

TOM LAWRIE -  Tom has been tearing up the Midlands rockin’ scene with his club night The Rubber Rooms which spins a mix of Uptempo Rockabilly and Gritty Frat Garage 45s.

KEV CONNELLAN – As co-founder of the No More Doggin’ R&B Club, and part of the Shoutin’ The Blues and Sureshot R&B Club crews, and a résumé of countless DJ guest appearances across the UK & Europe. Kev is certainly no stranger to steppin’ behind the dj decks. Boasting an enviable collection of rare soul, raucous R&B and Bluebeat sounds that never fails to pack the dancefloors whenever he plays – you’re in for a treat.

CRAIG SIMPSON – Probably best known for his Berts Apple Crumble collaboration. Craig has spanned many music genres, playing Mod, Rockabilly, Skinhead Reggae, Soul and even Funk clubs scenes throughout the years due to his appetite for tracking down rare 50′s & 60′s vinyl that’s guaranteed to make you wanna dance. Expect the un-expected, whether its wild rockabilly, jump blues, R&B, Mambo shakers or even Ska, the groove will move!

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets, tell your friends, and press your pants …….. this is gonna be an unforgettable night of non-stop bop and you are invited !!
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Where:

THE CENTRAL VENUE, 310 HUNTINGDON ST, NOTTINGHAM, NG1 3LH

Situated in the heart of Nottingham, being a short walk from the Victoria Shopping Centre, located behind the Oceana nightclub, opposite Antibo’s restaurant and at the Edge of the Hockley Shopping vicinity.

When:
Saturday 20th November 2010
How Much:
£5 before 10pm and £6 after.
Dress Code:
Dress to kill!
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