Mousetrap 25 Years

01. When did the Mousetrap first emerge?

I had been looking all over London during 1991 for an allnighter venue and had almost given up when I stumbled on Fabio’s which is what it was called back then.

02. Why the name Mousetrap?

The venue had two entrances and the one to the basement had a sign above the door called Mousetrap in a great font. The club started in the basement only, so we would use the Mousetrap entrance. I also really liked the name and the connotations it threw up like ‘Get Caught in the Mousetrap’ as the strap line on our early promotional artwork.

03. Tell us a little about finding the Venue and why you stayed?

After looking around a few venues in Finsbury Park, I drove past Fabio’s, parked the car and went inside. The first thing I noticed as I entered was that I was pretty much the only white person in the venue. I was only nineteen and a little apprehensive as I enquired about the venue over the bar. This was where I met Anthony who was managing the place at the time. I explained what I wanted to do which raised a few eyebrows and asked to take a look around. The ground floor had a bar, DJ booth, dancefloor with a raised seating all around. Over in the corner was a metal spiral staircase which went down to the basement. As soon as I got down there I knew it was perfect. The basement had a very low ceiling with a black and white checked dancefloor, DJ booth in one corner and bar in the other with lots of nooks and crannies and small seating booths. It was just how I had imagined those original sixties venues like the Scene or Flamingo. It also had a killer sound system that was used for the Dub Club and other Reggae based nights at the venue.

04. What were the early Mousetrap nights like, what was the format?

We started on one floor only in the basement the first night which was a success despite sharing the toilets with the venue regulars who had never quite seen anything like it before. The owner liked it and more importantly – us, which are comments I get wherever we go and have a party. The music at the time was right across the board sixties, before Popcorn or Psychedelic sounds became popular. British beat and soul would be played alongside the American sounds.

05. What were the big sounds in the early days?

Early records that were popular were mainly the established Mod scene classics and current club sounds it took a little while for the club and DJ’s to develop the Mousetrap sound.

06. Can you name some of the DJs that were part of the first decade of the Mousetrap?

Obviously the NUT’s team past and present including; Pid, Chris Dale, Speed, Lee Miller, Gav Evans, Mark Ellis and Nick Hudson. Early guests included Paul Hallam (Sneakers), Roger Banks, Jon Paul Harper, Scott Copeland, Nigel Lees, Tony Castle, Putney Sean, Paul Newman, Ian Jackson, Karl Flavell, Dave Ingle and Shinzo Shnijo.

07. What were the highlights and low points of the early years?

The club went well from the start and in 1995 Loaded magazine did a great article on the night which you can read elsewhere in the NUTsMAG, Timeout also covered us early on. By the mid nineties Brit-Pop was in full swing and a new younger clientele started mixing with the regulars. Round this time the club moved into its best era on two floors with the beat basement and soul loft and sometimes a third floor the jazz lounge. The atmosphere was incredible and the scene was very exciting. We should have finished at 6am but often went well beyond that most nights.

08. Moving on with the New Untouchables era how did things evolve?

The club was a separate entity throughout the Untouchables era and then became part of the NUTs portfolio in 1998.

09. Did the music policy change to reflect the times as it were?

By the mid to late nineties the resident DJ’s had started developing the Mousetrap sound. Records were broke at the club every month and became hits all over the European club and weekender scene. Some off the early tracks to break included Hopscotch, Larry Trider, Mike Proctor, Randy & the Radiants, King Size Taylor, Jigsaw, Dusty Wilson and Callum Bryce.

10. How did you manage to keep the various passionate musical tribes in the Scene happy?

The club continued on two floors for the best part of a decade with black music on one floor and white sounds in the basement until the owner sold the ground floor in the mid naughties. During this time an incredible amount of records went onto to become big sounds.

11. You eventually split the allnighter into 2 separate nights?

The downside of having two floors for a long period was that both crowds were used to hearing their favourite sounds all night and those like me who enjoyed both would move between the two floors. So when the ground floor was sold going back to mixing all the music together just didn’t work so I started the separate dances each week.

12. How did that change things, did some folks happily attend both?

Yes, some regulars like Niamh and Innes, Mark Raison and the twins who enjoy all the sounds attended both but the majority went one week or the other.

13. Twenty five years is a massive achievement, you must be proud?

I’m very proud, there is something magical about the venue even on a quieter night we still have a great atmosphere and on a busy one there is nowhere better. It’s my second home and I get to enjoy the night as it’s a relatively easy production. I love Djing there as well as you can always slip some new sounds in which I’m passionate about.

14. What would be your all time top 10 Mousetrap spins from all styles in one list?

So many Mousetrap anthems over the last 25 years and many ended up on the free anniversary single. Mike Leslie – ‘Right or Wrong’ is one I always use to play at the end of the allnighter. Gene Latter – ‘Holding a Dream’ is a great funky blue-eyed soul dancer with fuzz. The Latin Dimension – ‘Mr Mod’ was an LP only track and available for the first time on the Mousetrap 45.

I found the Jack Hammer 45 down in the subway at a record fair in Sweden when I was Djing out there for a couple of quid. I later realised that it was only released as a 45 in Sweden and would start to fetch big bucks as its popularity grew. It went on to become one of the most popular releases on the label.

The first European track to be released for the Mousetrap 14th anniversary 45 was Erick Saint Laurent – ‘Le Temps d’y Penser’ which is a killer groovy garage dancer. Speeds discovery ‘Lovemaker’ by Callum Bryce also went on to become a massive Mousetrap record.

Although no doubt played on the Soul scene Chris Dale introduced tracks like ‘Fine, Fine, Fine’ by Judy Hughes and Dusty Wilson – ‘Can’t Do Without You’ to the Mod scene at the club. The list is endless and I have not even mentioned The Paragons, Bit a Sweet, Tam White, Chris Britton, Phil Wainman, Don Fardon version of  ‘I’m alive’ (which eventually ended up on a TV advert featuring Don), Louisa Jane White, Heidi Bruhl, Jimmy Thomas, Paul Nicholas and The Tops that all ended up on the Le Beat Bespoke album series. You can view all the Mousetrap releases here or even buy them via the NUTSTORE.

15. You have even managed to fit a few film crews into the Mousetrap over the years too?

MTV came down to film in the mid nineties as part of their series on club land culture and made a great snap shot of the club which features interviews and footage from many of the regulars and is a great testament to that era of the Mousetrap. You can view it on our NewUntouchables TV youtube channel here.

We did a fun shoot a decade later in 2005 this time with no interviews just footage from the club which turned out a bit like a scene from a movie and was beautifully shot by Simon Smith who did a videos for The Cure and the Wonderstuff amongst others. Take a look here.

There is also a really nice interview with Rhys Webb of the Horrors a club regular who recalls his first visit as a sixteen year old from Southend and the whole new World he discovered. Rhys is quite often seen behind the decks spinning his vinyl treasures or grooving away on the dancefloor. Watch it here.

16. What has the past few years been like for one of London’s great institutions?

We have had our ups and downs like any club over a period of twenty-five years and are now on our third or fourth generation of regulars. I’m very humbled and happy when I get comments from the new faces experiencing the club maybe for the first time, about it being their favourite night out in London and without doubt it’s still mine after all these years.

17. How do the venue owners feel about having a club night running for so long?

Anthony the boss, has always been supportive and has seen the bigger picture when things are not going so well, which is rare in the fickle World of London club land and the pressures of running a venue. Ade the security chap and Alex at the cloakroom, have been with us a long time and I want to thank them all too for the fantastic ride we had together so far.

18. Any names that you wish to check for their help over the years? What’s the tiny Mouse called in the logo?

Many heroes behind the scene for me who I would like to thank including those who run the door Maz Weller, Paul Owers, Ellie Tracey and Kolorz. The great artwork created by Dom Strickland, Jason Ringgold, Mary Boogaloo and Bazden at Pip! Pip!

The resident DJ’s past and present who have helped me create the Mousetrap soundtrack Chris Dale, Speed, Lee Miller, Jack White, Gav Evans, Pid, Steve Bowstead, Mark Ellis and Nick Hudson. The hundred or more guest DJ’s who have often travelled far to spin I thank you all.

Most importantly the regulars both past and present that have supported the night and created some of the best times of my life.

Marvin and I hope to see you all get caught in the Mousetrap once again on either 20th Feb 2016 for the Psychedelic allnighter or 27 Feb 2016 for the R&B allnighter to celebrate an amazing twenty-five years of Mousetrap!

Best Wishes Rob Bailey

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December 1, 2015 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music News Tags:,

Bill Kealy – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ

Promoter/Resident at ‘For Dancers Only’ club in Wexford and semi-regular resident at ‘Sleepless nights Soulclub’ Dublin.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

Got into music big time in the early eighties through the Mod Revival and then bands like The Prisoners came along with a much more sixties sound. Northern Soul was quite big in Dublin at the time but to be honest that whole scene passed me by.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

When I was in College in Carlow in 85/86 I used to play a local pub playing mainly mod revival / sixties.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

It’s hard to pick one; stand outs have been The Boiler in Barcelona, Klubb Magnus in Oslo. Always the Hideaway, plus and Basics and Friday Street in Scotland, and of course the Mousetrap and R’n’B 123 earlier this year were a bit special.

4. What has been your worst DJ experience?

I remember one night at a ‘Northern Soul’ club in Ireland they only had CD decks and couldn’t understand why I had only brought records.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Alan Handscombe, Chris Dale, Steve Hiscock, Soulful Jules, Niamh Lynch, Neil Henderson, Davie Hudson, Jimmy and Luis Soulful, Andy Pollard; they’ve all introduced me to new tunes and have such a great passion. Jamie Parr and Alfredo Maddaloni came to Dublin recently and they rocked the place.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I love the sound of records from the mid to late fifties/ early sixties, before the sound was sanitised for white America. The records were produced for the dancefloor and that’s why they still sound so good.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I can’t lay claim to discovering any record but my best find was Harry Starr at a record fair in Wexford for a tenner.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

My favourite singer ever is Little Willie John, his voice is unique. I also love Ike & Tina, Howlin’ Wolf, Lavern Baker, Ray Charles.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I don’t collect any specific labels, I’d never be able to afford it for a start. I don’t ever buy a record unless I really like it no matter how popular it is.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Currently working on a new night in Dublin, I’ll be at Sleepless Nights in Dublin and of course For Dancers Only, check the club page for details.

Next Club Spots for 2015:

Bill will be playing at The Nutty New Year Event in London, see all the details HERE!

11. Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Harry Starr – Another Time, Another Place
2. Danny Owens – You’re a Little Too Late
3. Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving
4. Gay Poppers – I Want to Know
5. Ernie Washington – Lonesome Shack
6. Little Willie John – I’m Shakin’
7. Sity & James – You Needn’t Tell Me
8. Mary Ann Fisher – Put on your Shoes
9. Sammy Ambrose – Monkey See, Monkey Do
10. The Ascots – She Did

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. Ercel Jones – That’s My Man
2. Roy Brown – Mr Hound Dog’s In Town
3. Otis Blackwell – Let the Daddy Hold You
4. Katherine Hughes – How Can I Go
5. Ruby & the Wonders – Don’t Cha Do It

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: for rare vintage vinyl.

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Callum Simpson – Hey! Mr DJ

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Hey! Mr DJ

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into the mod/scooter scene at 15 years old. I bought my first scooter, a Vespa 50cc Special and joined a scooter club called High Moderation. I had an older brother and cousins who were into the Mod scene so I started to hang around with some Mods who were a year above me at school. Once into the fashion it was only a matter of time before I started to get into the music. I started listening to bands such as Paul Weller, The Jam, Small Faces and The Who. My brother had a big part to play in my musical taste progressing, as he was listening to bands like The Specials, Madness and was listening to lots of soul and Motown compilations, which exposed me to artists like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and Martha Reeves.

At 16, looking slightly older than my age (not the case now), I was able to start going to clubs like Brighton Beach, local soul nights and the occasional scooter rally. This is where I was exposed to lots of new sounds. I was hearing records like Mel Torme – Coming Home, Sandi Sheldon – Gonna make me love you and Sam Dees – Lonely for my baby. As you can imagine I was blown away by these sounds and the exposure made me delve a little deeper into the music and vinyl records. I bought my first record from Boogaloo Records in Leicester when I was 17 for 6UKP and it was Ray Charles – Go on home.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My First DJ set was in Birmingham; by this time I lived for the weekends and was travelling up and down the country regularly attending mod/soul nights. Through attending nights on a regular basis Pid asked me to DJ along with a couple of mates Soggy and Gibbo. Dudley Steve was also on at the same night. I remember playing records like Joe Tex – You better believe it baby, JJ Jackson – Oh Ma Liddi and The Artistics – hope we have. I also remember playing a reissue, but this was before I was aware of the OVO policy! A couple of people looked amazed that they saw a young 17 year old lad behind the decks playing Bobby Adams & Betty Lou – Dr True Love…quite funny thinking about it now!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

My most memorable DJ set has to be in Barcelona at the Boiler club. The city is amazing enough but the Boiler Club is how clubs should be, exciting, vibrant and a full on party from start to finish. I was deliberating weeks before about what I should play and selecting records for my play-box! I was pleased with my sets and judging by the dance floor so were the dancers, it was packed from start to finish… I even played a B-side by mistake and the dancers liked it, thankfully it was a very good B-side!

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

If ever you get asked to DJ at a wedding DON’T DO IT! I was asked off the back of running a club called ‘Shoutin the Blues’. One of the bar men liked the music and asked me to play at his wedding. At the time I was about 18 or 19 and thought that I could make a few quid. I made it clear that I only had Soul, Mod, R&B, Latin records and that he wouldn’t be getting the usual type wedding DJ playing music like ABBA, The Village People etc. He was adamant that he wanted something a bit different and that his guests would enjoy the music. I agreed to do it and for a price of £150, which I thought wasn’t bad for a few hours work! How wrong could I have been!

I was conscious not to play rare stuff, so I took more mainstream (to me) records which consisted of lots of Motown and dance floor friendly classics. Anyway to cut a long story short only 1 person danced throughout the whole night and that was towards the end of the night… funnily enough it was probably the rarest record I played all night ‘Billy Hawkes – Oh Baby’. Towards the end there were a group of lads who were sat at the back of the room, one of them came to ask me if I would play ‘You’ll never walk alone’, me being a Man United fan replied “I don’t play that stuff”, every record I played then was drowned out by a chant of “Who the f hell are you”. Shortly after that I decided to call it a night. I got my wages and left. Looking back now it’s pretty funny but at the time it was a nightmare!

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

Mik Parry – Forward thinking and so ahead of the game it’s unreal. It’s only now other DJ’s have been able to acquire records he was playing years ago. A) because the records are pure quality and B) they have seen his playlists. Check out his You tube channel ‘POW WOW MIK’

Karl Heard – Is what I call a proper DJ! This man has the ability to create an atmosphere like no other. Karl had a record collection to die for, but has now sold most of them off…not that I’m complaining! You think of all the big tunes – Volumes, Charles Johnson, Judy Stokes, Notations, Magicians, Harvey Averne, Johnny McCall AND Karl had or has these and loads more of this calibre.

Gav Arno – I always say it but it’s true, he’s a dark horse! Every time I hear him behind the decks and also when I have a look through his playbox he surprises me with what he has. Gav has a passion for unearthing quality unknown records, he finds tomorrow’s big records today!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The three DJ’s I have mentioned in question 5 have helped me shape my taste, especially Karl Heard, over the last few years. Another is by regularly attending club nights and hearing DJ’s spinning new (to me) interesting records. The thing I love about Mod nights is you get such a varied taste of music from Soul right through to Jazz.

The internet is also a great way to hear new records and other DJ’s from around the world. Shows such as Jester Wild and YouTube channels are a great way to hear new stuff. Over the years I have collected all sorts but now I am much more selective about what records I buy.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Tough question…my best discoveries are records I have recently posted on YouTube, Lil Archie & The Majestics, Leave my Girl Alone & Victor Lane, There’s Something About You. I have had them for about 4/5 years now and have been searching hard since but have never come across other copies. That is the reason why I have put them on YouTube to give them more exposure but also to see if other DJ’s/collectors can unearth copies…good luck!

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

I honestly don’t have a favourite artist, I really like Marvin Gaye but not sure I could call him my favourite. I would relate this back again to question 5 and say that in my time as a resident at The Pow Wow Club, Mik and Gav were massive influences over me musically. The stuff these guys were playing was unreal! Imagine being 19/20 and hearing The Jokers, Jonathan Capree, The Fads, Young Jessie etc. Both well ahead of their time and two great DJ’s.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Not in the slightest, if it’s good and I like it I’ll have bid/buy it. I don’t just buy records for DJ-ing with though. If I hear a record that I like but is not right for playing out, depending on cost, I will still by it for Sunday afternoons relaxing at home, listening to a few records.

Although I do like the Soul Brother Records label. It can be found here.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I am not currently a resident or running any club nights but I get asked to guest DJ quite a bit, so if you keep your eyes peeled I’m sure you will my see my name on one or two flyers. In terms of running my own night… watch this space! Callum will be playing at The Nutty New Year Event in London, see all the details HERE!

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Another tough one, it would have to be either Eddie Parker, I’m Gone on Awake or The Hopkins Bros, Shake Cherri on Magnetik. I can remember when I first heard both of these records for the first time and thinking Holy smoke!

I first heard Eddie Parker in Sweden at the Soulastic All-nighter when Ginger Taylor was playing. When the first few notes came in the atmosphere was something I had not experienced before at a soul all-nighter and something I will never forget. That night we all went onto an after party and one of my friends had what I thought was a copy of ‘I’m Gone’ and the only difference between his copy and Ginger’s was that my mate’s was a boot (the look-a-like boot). I wasn’t aware of the value of the record at this point and I thought he had a copy, he then explained it was worth in the region of between 5-7K, needless to say, it was hammered that night and played probably about 30 times at the after party… oh what good times!

I first heard Andy Dyson play The Hopkins Bros at Lifeline a few years back and again the place went crazy. Only a handful of DJ’s had it at the time, all the big boys such as Dyson, Butch, Ian Wright… I’m not even sure if Mick H had one at that time!? Shame that it has been booted now! It’s still record of the night every time I hear it out, but I hate that I can now go online and buy a boot of it for £10, it has to be OVO!

12.  Please give us a top 10 all time favourite’s and a current top 5 spins?

Top Ten Favourites:

1. Eddie Parker – I’m gone

2. Hopkins Bros – Shake Cherri

3. Jonathan Capree – I’m gonna build me a mountain

4. Carol Anderson – Taking my mind off love

5. Ray Agee – I’m losing again

6. Billy Hawkes – Oh baby

7. Volumes – I ain’t gonna give you up

8. Otis Lee – Hard Row to Hoe

9. Parisians – Twinkle little star

10. Tobi Lark – Sweep it out in the shed

Top Five Spins:

1. The Sacred Four – Somebody watching you

2. Ray Agee – I’m Losing again

3. J T Parker – If you want to hold on

4. Judy Stokes – Real Man

5. Charles Simmons – Save the World

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: for rare vintage vinyl.

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November 30, 2015 By : Category : Articles Clubs DJs Events Front Page Interviews Music Scene UK Tags:, ,
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NUTs – Brighton Weekend 2015

The New Untouchables – Brighton 2015

As my cab pulled into North Street, the spectacle that is Grit’s & Groove corner came into view. Every year the sight sends shivers and raises hairs – the sight of sharply dressed and sussed Mods spanning the width of the junction of North Street and Gardner Street, home to the Komedia, where the next three nights the New Untouchables events would be presented. As my cab passed, I could see the faces of friends from all over the UK & Europe. Just proving that the Brighton weekender, was the place to be.

As I entered the building, the queue was already 75 strong and it was only 10:45. Sound checks done, in both rooms, the clock struck 23:00 – doors opened – the weekend starts here!

The Main Room, started to fill, quickly, with smartly dressed Mods, ready to dance, and after that first taste of Dutch courage, or was it the sound of Billy Larkin’s version of “I’ve Got A Woman”? – the dance-floor was full – and there, the precedence was set for the rest of the evening, through until three am. The plethora of Mod sounds, all played from original vinyl kept the hand’s clappin’, feet tappin’ and the refreshments flowin’!

Meanwhile, upstairs in the Studio Bar, The Ham Yard DJ’s Guy, Ryan, Lucas, Rachelle & Stacey were turning up the heat on the dancefloor, playing some of the best in Soul, Jazz & Rhythm & Blues.

3 am came around too quickly and it was time to say the “See you tomorrows!” but there were just as many “Hello’s!” from  a flock of new faces I hadn’t seen during Fridays proceedings.

If there was a view to be had of Madera Drive it’s from the top of the wheel, or the access ramps above The Volks. It’s 13:15 and I’ve just arrived to the afternoon session, official kick off at 13:00, but as the story goes, they were arriving from 11am… So back to my view… rows of scooters adorned the roadside outside the Volks, also opposite to both sides of the pathway, with more and more pulling up throughout the afternoon. Inside the venue, there were many dealers with quality items, from original clothing, shoes, records, accessories to mobile tailoring, and no roundel embossed tat in sight. The rest of afternoon was spent playing catch up with various friends from around the globe who I see more than the blue mooners. The standard of dress was impeccable, and great to see the New Breed showing some, how it should be done!

Throughout the afternoon guest DJ’s gave us an insight into their own personal record collections as well as live set’s from The Turning & Gemma & The Travellers both introduced by the Baron and both received very well!

For me Saturday night had started at 21:00 at venue 2 – The Volks. From the ‘git-go’ the dance floor was moving and grooving – again the atmosphere was electric and the clientele very smart. Deck duties were handed over to Gary Wall from Nottingham and Paul Molloy from Glasgow, and I made my way over to The Komedia, for round two.

Mirroring the previous night’s views, I entered the Komedia to the sound of the un-credited version of The What Four’s – ‘Destroy That Boy’ and Rita & The Tiara’s’ version of ‘Gone With The Wind Is My Love’. Thirty minutes into the evening and Rob Bailey is dropping these tracks to an appreciative audience. Just time, for a couple of ‘hello’s’ and to get a pint or two, of liquid refreshment, just to keep me going during my set. Many dancing feet and clapping hands show their appreciation for Rob’s early doors, soul selections. Topping it off with, Joey Heatherton’s – ‘When You Call Me Baby’. Tonight’s DJ team, Rob, Gary, Paul, Chris Dale & myself played to a very appreciative crowd, keeping the floor filled until the last note.

Tonight upstairs in the Studio bar, the guest club hosting, is R&B 1, 2, 3. with avid vinyl selectors Alan Handscombe, Chris Dale & Mary Boogaloo at the decks. Every time I popped in to this room, the true Mod Club atmosphere was inescapable, sussed, smart and sweaty.

Sunday started again down at The Volks, with the dealers looking like they were doing a roaring trade, with many more scooters adorning the roadside. Many daytrippers, for the impressive ride out, and scooter competition. Again more faces from all over the globe were in attendance, chatting, drinking, looking sharp & listening to the music being played by the afternoons guest DJ’s Tim Fuller & Samantha Stevens to name a couple. Bringing you some great sounds from their own personal collections, and not that god forsaken 7T’s Wigan crap that some one thought was good being played out of their scooter stereo, ruining the vibe, just not Mod or cool man!

Scott Fraser Simpson and Martin Coolcat joined out host Rob for the in enviable task of judging the scooter competition. The standard of both models was incredible but the sheer amount of amazing Lambretta s meant that after over an hour and much deliberation the results were as follows. The trophies were presented in front of the big wheel with Brighton Pier as the backdrop for photos, congratulations to:

Best LambrettaJaymo Kid – TV175
Best VespaJohn Paterson – SS180
Best ModDarryl Bunker – TV175.

Many thanks to judges and Ade & Claire, Neil & Mel and Andy McCovy for help with marshalling the ride-out a superb job folks.

Early doors at The Volks for me again, and then back to the Komedia for the last time this year.

In the Main room, Brighton Got Soul was in full flow. I only caught part of Ginger Taylor & Chris Dale’s sets. And again the dancefloor was packed, Mods & Soulies enjoying the best Soul and the atmosphere was buzzin’. All the reviews from this room were good. Well done, Yann, Craig & Simon the other DJ’s in this room.

The Mousetrap was the guest club in the Studio bar tonight, with Chris Dale, Rob Bailey, myself and guest Scott Fraser-Simpson supplying the Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ 45’s, where I spent most of my night. Again, the appreciation for the soundtrack was shown at the end of every tune and the voting was done with the feet… The Mousetrap baton was passed over to the Fuzz For Freaks DJ team at 3am who kept the party going thru until dawn.

It’s at this point I realised that I’m not in my early years anymore, and the 5 hour drive does not seem as easy as it sounds after spending 3 days with the most sussed, smart fantastic friends & acquaintances, laughing, drinking and peacocking around… Bring on Brighton 2016!

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Lee Miller

I've called myself a Mod since around 1980. I first discovered the scene through 2-Tone & The Jam et al. Throughout my 35 years, I have been on a musical journey through the world of "Mod Music" - discovering something new at every RPM. Started attending Mod Clubs & Rallies in 1985, and have never looked back. DJ spots at local events escalated to London and beyond. As well as guest slots, being part of the NUT's DJ team and residencies at The Mousetrap (20 years) I’ve been involved with the hosting of events - From, The Maidstone Brandy & Blues Club, The Sidewinder & Gettin' To The Point (Leeds) and The Dreamsville Mod Weekender (Lowestoft), to name just a few!

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September 22, 2015 By : Category : Articles Events Front Page UK Tags:, ,

Euroyeyé 21st Anniversary

Easier said than done!

Once again, from July 31 to August 2 Gijon became the world’s capital of the 60’s underground and European mod scene. After our twentieth anniversary last year our home at the Oasis discotheque was turned into a McDonald’s drive through so how would this year’s weekender go?

We started this year on Friday 31st July with the presentation of two great books. “Mods: a guide for an elegant life” by Dani Llabrés (Lenoir editions) a must-buy if you enjoy our scene (and understand Spanish), and the Lambretta Club of Spain book about the Lambretta factory in Eibar.

After that, a first alldayer with DJs in the Patio de la Favorita and another parallel scooterist meeting with craft beers to taste, DJs and scooterist stalls. And right after, at 22h, the first concert in the Plaza Mayor de Gijon with over 5.000 people enjoying it. The Excitements firstly on their own and then with Julián Maeso and Miguel Herrero backing soul diva Betty Harris (with her three backing singers) was a wonderful show and great way to start the weekend.
 After that our first allnighter at the amazing Dragon Discotheque and with almost no time to sleep, Saturday’s ride out started with the roar of a 200 scooters at Blow Up Club’s terrace, facing the beach of San Lorenzo in a strangely sunny day for our asturian climate. Many people said that the ride out was the most beautiful in the recent years but this, my friends, you have to be here to experience it by yourselves.

Vermouth and food in a restaurant in Castiello de Bernueces with lovely views over the entire council of Gijón, sweepstakes, prizes (this time the furthest travellers were a couple of classic Vespa riders from Cadiz over 1000kms x 2 to get here!) And then rushing to the “Battle of the Bands” at Discoteca Acapuclo. The Pow Pow Pows won it this year, congrats!
 Two hours after, Acapulco was ready to receive the Extended Plays and American’s Powder for the first time in Europe. Both concerts striped high but “the American Who” aroused great enthusiasm among the public, undoubtedly one of the highlights of this edition. After that, two simultaneous allnighters in both venues (100mts one from the other) were accessible with a wristband. Soul Music with special guest DJ Ginger Taylor in the Dragon and 60s rock music, garage and freakbeat in Acapulco.
On Sunday we still had the alldayer in the Patio de la Favorita and concerts by young European bands The Carnations (UK) and Les Grys Grys (Fr) who, incidentally, tore down the nightclub with their rave 60’s r&b covers. I don’t know if they will be the same when they have their own songs but their strength on stage is indisputable, currently the most powerful combo in the world in their style.

Thank you very much to collaborators, sponsors and all who have participated and attended another year of Euro YeYe and especially the sponsors of the Scootercruzada, Scootering Mag, Ancoralba, Scooterist Factory, Lambretta locomociones, Only Scooters, ASM Scooters, Scooterup, Scooter Classic Oils, Gijón, Vespa and Lambretta Club of Spain (not sure if I leave one out, forgive me). Till the next time Felix.

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Felix EuroYeYe

Organizador de weekends mods y 60's como el Euroyeyé y el Beat Goes On. In Gijon, Spain.

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September 23, 2015 By : Category : Bands DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , ,

Margate Scooter Run Fun

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Scooter Scene

There are scooter ride outs planned over the Whitsun weekend for The Margate Event with details below.

Blackheath Tea Hut is synonymous with all night revelry, fizzy drinks full of sugar and greasy food. Perfect for a Mod hotspot then! This listed institution has been serving the likes of original Mod Tony Foley (pictured) and the SE London lot who regularly used the tea hut as a point of congregation through the years. As with many traditions, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it so why not meet here to start a bank holiday ride out to Margate! That’s right, the New Untouchables team have revived the Margate fun and Bar Italia Scooter Club is leading the charge down to the coast for a long weekend rave up.

We leave at 10am SHARP on Sat 23 May (after consuming plenty of food and fizzy drink) and make our way along the country roads, via Medway scooters in Strood (at around midday) to collect more friends from the area, then on to the coast for a late lunch! Expect the usual high calibre of daytime events on arrival that will continue throughout the weekend.

For more information on the outer make sure you check back here or via the Facebook group Bar Italia Scooter Club London.

Full tanks please!

We at Thanet Area Scooter Services or T.A.S.S. as we are known were delighted to be asked to help and get involved in the Margate mod weekend, especially with the scooter ride out and custom show, and one of us being an old Nuts regular too. Obviously having a shop in Margate, selling, restoring and servicing everything Lambretta and Vespa, and a chance to show off our island (for once it was an island); we are very much looking forward to it.

So for those wanting to take part, here’s the plan. Meet up at the Piazza opposite Margate harbour, which is just near The Westcoast and Black Cat Club shortly before midday on the Sunday, when we’ll set off, with Roger and me from TASS and other locals leading the way, with help from members of The South Coast Pirates Scooter Club. We’ll lead you up out of Margate past The Turner Centre, following the coast road along the cliff tops to Palm Bay, before a short detour inland around Northdown Park, rejoining the small twisty cliff top road, then along the lane that runs through the middle of the golf course, round the bays and beaches of North Foreland and past the wonderful Light house and into the flint walled small streets of Broadstairs, Charles Dickens former home, and much still looking as if it was still the Victorian era. Then it’s back onto the cliff top road round to Dumpton, where we have to make another detour, before arriving into historic Ramsgate, with its magnificent royal harbour and Marina, the ride down into the centre is superb, past the waterfalls and sweeping along to the front, where we’ll park up for a time.

Once refreshed we’ll head up out to the Westcliff and lead you down past the Viking ship at Pegwell bay, before we head inland, across the island and through the middle of the Battle of Britain airport of Manston. From there it’s just a short ride back to the outskirts of Margate, where we’ll come in from the other end of town and parade along the seafront, arriving where we started… We hope.

Then hang out, enjoy the afternoon entertainment with The Faithkeepers and Turning live, DJ’s, market and food and refreshments, whilst our judges will wander through the scooters and deliberate on the result of Best Lambretta, Best Vespa, Lambretta and Mod scooters sponsored by TASS and Bar Italia. The trophy ceremony will be taking place at 3pm in front of the main stage. Don’t forget your cameras!

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Nicky Bubbles

Nicky Bubbles was bitten by the bug as a young lad in Australia. With the sounds of Otis, Diana and Marvin in the background of his youth, it was a deep seeded passion for Tamla that helped propel him towards the Mod scene in his mid twenties. The love of scooters was also apparent from a relative obsessed with Vespas. This led to Nicky joining and subsequently taking over the reigns at Central London’s only dedicated geared scooter club as ‘El Presidente’- Bar Italia SC. Based in Soho, the spiritual home of the Mod/ern/ist, the club meet on sundays at the iconic all night coffee bar, drink some of London’s best ground blend, and plan/ride through Central London throughout the year, as well as collaborate with fellow clubs in the South East region. The club, now approaching it’s tenth year anniversary as an official club, has a heavy influence by the scene and represents the more sussed part of the scootering fraternity. All other clubs are welcome, as well as any solo riders, Mod or otherwise.

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April 28, 2015 By : Category : Articles Cars and Scooters Events Front Page Style Tags:, , ,
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Le Beat Bespoké 10 – Review

This entry is part 3 of 18 in the series Live!


Thursday: WOLF PEOPLE/PURSON  by Dave Johnson

I was very curious about the opening night of LBB10 having never seen both bands before. I had heard great things from friends and both bands were on my must see live acts list.

Would they live up to my expectations?

Purson certainly look the part and as soon as lead singer Rosalie launched into the first number I could see what all the fuss is about. She sings like an angel but looks like a devil and sure plays a mean guitar and had the audience transfixed. Purson romp through numbers from the album ‘The Circle And The Blue Door’ and the EP ‘In The Meantime’ with style and panache and won many new fans with tonight’s performance. Expect big things from this band in 2015.

A short interlude and some more great sounds from Wolf People tour DJ Richard Gibbons before the aforementioned band hit the stage. They apologise before starting by announcing they are a bit rusty having not played live together for a while. They shouldn’t have bothered, it was a masterful set peppered with numbers from the impressive back catalogue together with a couple of numbers I was not familiar that sounded like potential numbers for the forthcoming album which they are currently working on. Needless to say Wolf People reaffirmed everything I had been told by fellow music fans as a band not to be missed. Another fan converted and looking forward to hearing that new album.

After the live acts I headed into venue 2 for the DJ after show party where quality records one after the other kept the fun seekers happy until tomorrow night.


Mike Stax, the expatriate Brit with the full trans-atlantic twang, is in his element tonight: not content with simply fronting his own fine garage-powerpop combo The Loons alongside his cool and talented bass-playing wife Anja, he also gets to be in the headline band! Nice work all around… The Loons with their juxtaposition of ebullient originals (referencing influences from the Pretty Things to the Strawberry Alarm Clock) and classic covers, set the tone perfectly for a very special LBB indeed.

That said, the Toytown popsike of Peter Daltrey’s Kaleidoscope still resides worlds away from the fuzzed-up San Diego frat-house: in fact, despite the lineup’s heavy reliance (original percussionist Danny Bridgman notwithstanding) on a latterday Glaswegian infusion from alt-folkies Trembling Bells, “Dive Into Yesterday” “Flight From Ashiya” and “The Sky Children” remain as quintessentially English as a blustry day on Turnham Green, which is possibly where half of them were conceived to begin with. And, whilst undoubtedly a slightly less overtly ‘religious’ experience than last year’s Islington show, tonight’s vibrant performance surely reinforces Daltrey and Co’s vital upper place in the psychedelic tapestry: it might have been, at times, ever-so-slightly inaudible above certain segments of the audience, but this is also a club event too, and if Dave and Lisa from Penge want to catch up with Enrico and Xavier from Toledo and discuss their plans for this year’s Euro YeYe during the quieter passages of “The Murder Of Lewis Tollani”, then they have every right to. After all, the social aspect of NUTs has always been every bit as important as the music.

A few eyebrows raise when the Misunderstood kick off with their two best-known songs (“I Can Take You To The Sun” and “Children Of The Sun”), but with Glenn Ross Campbell’s squealing steel-slide-guitar-contraption-thingy exploding centre-stage, and Mr & Mrs Stax again vibing the freak angle to the max, quality is thankfully retained. Sadly, they DO have to resort, like Kenney Jones last year, to repeating two already-aired tunes, including the oft-trodden “Who Do You Love”, as an encore, but considering that said number features surprise appearances from original ‘Stoodster’ Tony Hill (also of The Answers and High Tide) and Ray Owen (co-founder, with Campbell, of Juicy Lucy) the issue is soon rendered irrelevant, and the band’s legend reaffirmed. Despite perhaps slight befuddlement as to why recognition has taken so long, Campbell looks like the happiest man in W1, and right now, he probably is. Magical!

Saturday Daytime and Night: NUTSMAG, VINTAGE MARKET, RECORD FAIR –  by Graham Lentz

After the euphoria that followed The Loons, Kaleidoscope and The Misunderstood, Saturday afternoon was a very nice tonic. The Vintage Market was set up and the stall holders had some quality wares on offer. From clothes to handbags, records to memorabilia, there was something for everyone.

By mid afternoon, the first of the two bands took to the stage. Magnetic Mind played to a packed Beat Basement who really enjoyed their brand of psych sounds.

The harmonized vocals of Ellie Foden and Paul Milne have great impact and with their Jefferson Airplane and Peanut Butter Conspiracy influences in evidence.

The set included their current single, ‘(Like You) Never Kept Me Waiting’, which for my money, is one of THE outstanding psych singles of the year so far and sounded even better live. They finished their set to much deserved rapturous applause.

Before long, the Spanish psych outfit Fogbound were eagerly anticipated and steam rolled through record releases ‘Whispering Corridors’, ‘Purple Wax’ and ‘Come And See’ and a brilliant version of ‘Strange house’ by The Attack. The audience loved and the lads came back for an encore and made quite an impression on their London debut. It would not be too long before another total musical contrast for the Saturday Evening session, would be underway.

Saturday Night – by Graham Lentz

One of the real pleasures of Le Beat Bespoke is the way it opens its self up to something a bit different, and Saturday night traditionally tends to focus on rockabilly/rock & roll culture. It is great to see people with differing music and style all mingling together and no-one bats an eyelid. There in the packed main room were rock & rollers, mods, northern soul fans, psych and garage fans all there to enjoy the live music and everyone looked fantastic.

First on stage for the Wild Records Review was the extraordinary Gizzelle. Singing tracks from her two albums to date; ‘Devil Or Angel’ and ‘Rhythm And Soul’, what makes her extraordinary is how such a powerful voice can come such a petite frame?

Highlights included her rousing version of ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘I’m A Good Woman’ and such was the applause, she returned for a much deserved encore.

Next up was the equally formidable voice of Marlena Perez who fronts The Rhythm Shakers. Again, the contrast in delivery and style were evident. Gizzelle, giving everything, but with controlled assurance. The Rhythm Shakers, all power and passion. They really are one of the best rock and roll bands around right now. Their album of a few years ago, ‘Flipsville’, got a decent representation, but the focus was on the newer material on their current LP ‘Voodoo’. Both albums are as good as each other, which says a lot about the high quality of their writing. They too, were called back for an encore and both acts were virtually mobbed at their merchandise stand afterwards.

Cosmic Keith, Dr Rockin’ Blues and Julliette (the latter both from Paris) kept the rockin’ crowd royally entertained through the entire night.

Meanwhile, Alan Handscombe and Tim Ott-Jones presented their RnB123 Club in the R&B room, while Holly Calder joined Dr Robert and European guests DJ’s in the Beat Room until the early hours.

Sunday night: CROSSFIRE – by Graham Lentz

The grand finale of Le Beat Bespoke 10. The Crossfire Allnighter is a huge event on the calendar and this night was no exception. The queue outside was constant as the doors opened at 10pm. With Northern Soul in the main room, Mousetrap in the R&B Room and Paddy and Sarge and Rhys joining Dr Robert, Lolo and Traxel in the Beat Basement, this was a night primed to close the weekender with a bang.

Without doubt, the tone of the night was set by Les Grys Grys from Southern France, who repeated their explosive performance at the August Bank Holiday in Brighton last year. To say the atmosphere was electric was an understatement. The last time I saw the Beat Basement that packed was when The Strypes were on stage. Les Grys Grys ask no quarter and none is given. Theirs is a full-on assault on the senses and they really deliver.

As I said, they set the tone for the whole night in all three rooms and it was a fitting end to another wonderful Le Beat Bespoke weekender. Only another twelve months and we can do it all again !

Sundy night: LES GRYS GRYS by ‘Dashing’ Drewe Shimon


With short sharp bursts of frenzied drumming, plonking bass and off-the cuff maraca-shaking from their resident loonhouse blues harp wielder, French upstarts Les Grys Grys set out their stall immediately, purveying classic white R’n’B in the style of the Yardbirds, Outsiders (Neth), Pretty Things, Blues Incorporated, Them, Downliners Sect and (of course) the Stones: there’s also a hint of the howling acid blues of the Groundhogs, TYA and Savoy Brown, but that’s more in the crunching tone and hair-shaking antics of the lead guitarist than the construction of the numbers. As with the Strypes and 45s (although they’re considerably older and longer-haired than both) their material predominantly consists, at this moment, of covers – yet these Montpelier Mods have taken things one step further by showing as much deference to their blue-eyed heroes as the genre’s black American originators. Thus, “Neighbour Neighbour” rubs shoulders with “Mystic Eyes” and the Masters Apprentices’ “Hot Gully Wind” without batting an eyelid: of course, not everybody is an expert on the derivation of rock’n’roll, but this Le Beat crowd sure knows its blues from its snooze.

A frantic blur of fringe, deerstalker, tambourine and axe-fire, these eminent Grys (see what I did there?) are one of several currently emergent bands capable of reminding you exactly why you first loved these three things called blues, soul and rock’n’roll. The question remains as to what will happen when they start writing their own material, but it will happen, and the development will be, just as it was with those lads from Dartford and Erith 50 years ago, fascinating to observe: even if they never put pen to paper, they’ll still be unmissable live.

A win-win proposition, then, and a suitably butt-kicking prelude to the finale of LBB 10: despite nipping out after the Grys’ set for 3 hours, the party is still at full tilt in the Beat Basement upon my return, propelled this time by an equal mixture of faces and tunes old and new. All DJs were exemplary, but special mention must go to Rhys’ bold inclusion of “Is It Love” by Jon, a tune which I had hitherto believed myself to be the London scene’s sole fan of: indeed, whereas certain elements last year left me knackered, this was just one of many ways in which tonight found my muse rejuvenated. Roll on 2016.

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Darius Drewe

Darius Drewe was born in East London in 1974. As a small child, both parents inflicted their musical tastes, from The Beatles and The Moody Blues to Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, on him, and he was never the same again. Despite being born and bred a 'Cockney tosser', Drewe actually spent his teenage years in and around Birmingham, attending his first 60s/50s-themed nights there at The Ship Ashore, before "coming home" in 1993 to the South, where, with the exception of three years spent in Glasgow between 2007-2010, he has remianed ever since. In the almost two decades that have passed he has trod a strange meandering path from a shy 60s/70s-obsessed teen with no 'scene' to speak of to a Metalhead, sleaze-glammie, Goth, indie kid, glam-punker, garage-rocker, eventual Mod and psych freak (first attending Mousetrap in 2000) In that time he's also written for Shindig! Britmovie, DarkSide, Black Velvet and Get Ready To Rock, promoted various vintage and veteran acts at Camden Underworld, Glasgow Ivory Blacks and several other venues, DJed everything from psych, garage and soul to Metal at practically every well-known club in central London. Drewe is trying to build a time machine that will enable him to visit any period between 1960 and 1980 but still be able to use a mobile and Facebook. His ambition, aside from directing films and building said machine, is to morph into a cross between Jason King, Timmy Lea, Jerry Cornelius and Richard Hannay, and drift about the ether having adventures in a kipper tie, pinstriped flares and camel hair coat.

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April 27, 2015 By : Category : Bands DJs Events Front Page Fuzz Garage Psych Reviews RnB UK Tags:, , , , ,
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Rob Bailey on Margate Mod and Sixties Festival

I recently met up with Rob bailey, AKA DJ Dr Robert to chat about his joint new venture ‘Great British Music Culture’ (go to: and their first Event ‘The Margate Mod and Sixties Festival’ (full info here). Here is what he had to say!

01. What was growing up in the Kent area like and what are your first musical related memories?

Music was all around me from an early age especially at school with the ever so cool sixth formers and our home economics teacher Miss Potts (who was every young Mods dream) riding her Vespa to school. Quite a few of us signed up for her classes she was a bit like Fay Hallam of Makin Time but before her time this was 1982/83. The music followed on from the style at first.

02. Margate, Kent, the Medway area have all been a vibrant historical ‘musical delta’ over the years?

Being close proximity to London helps of course but growing up near Medway in the early eighties was exciting. Along with my short spell at Gillingham football club my other passion was music. We had that in abundance and attitude from local heroes the Prisoners and JTQ followed when the Prisoners split. We also had a great DJ’s like Graham Sage and Keith Rylatt who run Bogart’s Soul club, Jo Wallace at Churchill’s and the King Charles Mod nights. In 1985 the Cool Running Scooter Club started organizing its own nights in Maidstone where both Lee Miller and I started our DJ journeys. This was going on all over Kent we met the Canterbury lads Jake, Paul, Nick and Chris also the Llewellyn brothers and Matt, Tony and Simon from Thanet. All these areas had their own Mod related nights and scenes. Allan Crockford used to work in my local Our Price record shop during the day and be a Prisoner or member of JTQ by night!

03. Margate itself was quite a Modernist Weekender Mecca in the golden era and the New Untouchables used to stage events there, why did this stop?

Margate like Brighton is close proximity to London and hit the headlines back in 1964 and will always be synonymous with the Mod scene. It’s has a great beach and the first ever fun fair Dreamland which reopens its doors this summer.

In 2002 New Untouchables revived it for a couple of years with great success but the problem was the town was detioriating around us.

04. So tell us what changes have been afoot in that Margate for those not from the local area?

Fast forward a decade and the new Turner Arts centre has transformed the town. Our venue the Westcoast and Black Cat Club in the heart of the old town is surrounded by vintage shops, boutique hotels, family run cafes, restaurants, tea rooms and even an old sweet shop. The UK’s first ever fun fair, Dreamland will reopen its doors for the first time in over a decade this summer. Margate also offers one of the best Beaches in Britain and one of the few places you can watch the sun rise and set.

05. So you have a new event called Margate Mod and Sixties Festival what is the new venue like?

The venue is fantastic space opposite the harbour in the heart of the old town and is a similar size and space to the Komedia in Brighton with two rooms and offers a great live music space. The smaller venue Black Cat is already hosting some great club nights that are Mod and Sixties friendly with Profumo, Wahoo, Face Up and the Soul Cellar. It will also be serving the best Caribbean food in town during the day all weekend.

06. What live bands have you got lined up for this Event?

We start as we mean to go on with a stellar line-up of live bands. Kicking things off Friday is closest you will ever get to hearing the Small Faces live. The Small Fakers have built a superb reputation as a must see live band for all things Small Faces. Saturday daytime is out Battle of the bands (go to: to enter). I can’t wait for Sat night and a chance to see Graham, Allan and Wolf in action playing all those songs I love from the Prisoners, Solarflares and Prime Movers. Sunday daytime we have two explosive young bands, the first from Spain the Faith Keepers are best described soulful dynamite and already blew the roof of in Brighton two years ago.  They will be joined by young London band The Turning who play 21st century Mod pop and recently supported mates The Strypes on tour. Sunday night James Taylor takes centre stage with those groovy Hammond vibes before our Northern Soul allnighter gets underway.

07. What about DJ Talent to fill those dancefloors?

We have a great mix playing of DJ’s playing across the board Mod and sixties sounds including the New Untouchables regulars along with local guys from the clubs mentioned above and special guests from the London area.

08. Anything else going on for Scooterists? Is there a meet up for those riding down from the London area?

There are two ride outs over the weekend. Our first ride out is organized by Bar Italia Scooter Club on Sat 23 May and leaves Blackheath Tea Hut on the A2 at 10am stopping at Medway Scooters in Strood and continuing down the A2 arriving at the Piazza opposite the Westcoast on Margate seafront early afternoon. Our second ride out is by the THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES to Ramsgate via Broadstairs, meeting at 12 noon on Sunday 24th at the Piazza. We have arranged parking in the Piazza with road closures on those days for scooters. The scooter Competition is sponsored by THANET AREA SCOOTER SERVICES, BAR ITALIA and THE PIRATES S.C and will take place at 3pm in the Piazza on Sunday 24 May 2015.

09. So there is a great outdoor area at the venue, tell us about that and how you will use it?

Our daytime events are on the Piazza opposite the Westcoast in the heart of the old Town right opposite the beach. We will have a stage with live music both days including battle of the bands on Saturday afternoon, open decks DJ sessions, scooter comp, market and record fair, food and drinks available at special prices for wristband holders.

10. How can folks buy a ticket and find out more?

The full program and tickets are online at:

If you want to enter battle of the bands or a trade stall or a spot at the Open decks session please contact us here!

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April 29, 2015 By : Category : Bands DJs Events Front Page Interviews Music News Picks Scene UK Tags:,
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Fuzz for Freaks – August Bank Holiday in Brighton 2014

August bank holiday is synonym with the mod pilgrimage to Brighton, a massive migration of hyper accessorized and pimped up scooters, but this year something was lurking beneath the green tide of parkas and amongst the hip suited gents crowding the sunny little town: the fuzz sect was in for a blitzkrieg!

And I, was called, along with fellow high priests (introducing – George Martin  “Theme One”) Alexander Cozzi Lepri of Embrooks fame , Andy Roseaman and Our Lady Holly Calder of the Glaswegian Church of Lysergic, to celebrate the heretic ritual.

First act took place at the Volks, under the arcade on Brighton seafront. There was the usual buzz of mods gathering, some veterans of the night before, some others just arrived and keen to open up the weekend and start the prelude drinking antics in the warm afternoon sun.

To shake this nearly pantheistic idyll here they came, from south France, Les GriGris. Glowering under their fringes, a riotous gang of five took over the stage. Thrilling the air with their mendacious raw rhythm and blues, the way it was, the way it should be, these chaps made their sweaty set of classic covers and standards and, believe me, the word that first arose in mind was “Authentic”!

Singer was sporting a deerstalker hat, Don Craine style, and it was pretty obvious what they were going to deliver… harmonica fuelled stormers from the likes of “Baby what you want me to do” and “Maybelline”, the sort of trembling guitars and raucous vocals renditions that would make the Strypes cringe, and make the Pretty Things, the Primitives and  Wally Tax’s Outsiders proud parents; and with lead guitarist Romeo Kizmiaz casting  pure hendrixian virtuosity and staging raving stunts definitely the best R&B act since the Jaybirds ruled the 90s. Mods around gave their nodding and finger tipping appreciation.

So the first night of Fuzz For Freaks was due to start and, before getting changed I managed, with Ale to have our own initiation passage rite and see the deepness of the obscure knowledge that comes before or in other words a pizza dinner with our very own god of hellfire Berto ‘d Sera.

The Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, the venue chosen for the night, had a massive cellar complete with stage and a nice bar. At 9 the music was already on, with Lady Holly setting the pace and putting the beautiful people in the right vibe for what had to follow.

They say they hailed from Birmingham but they seemed more like being catapulted straight from the Middle Earth club circa 1968, ladies and gentlemen: The Exploding Sound Machine!

Organ propelled, these folks, who I already have seen at the Blues Kitchen in Camden, were just outstanding as both in the outfits and sound. You instantly got tripped up in a music journey, an all round whirlpool of psychedelic colours and kaleidoscopic noyze. Impressive in the use of all studio trickery, phasing and reverberation they built up the acid frame to inlay the rest of the night.

The venue was packed and the crowd we keen to sweat to the deceiving sound of the swinging sixties and shake their hair to garage punk stompers which the DJ crew was shooting at 1000mph.

At 3am we had to put the word end to the show, but the fun was yet to finish and we moved to the main venue, the Komedia and joined the rest of hardcore dancers till I dunno, but the sun was already up and the seagulls screaming…

No rest for the wicked, so after just a handful of hours I got back to the Volks, which if possible was even more crowded than the day before. The glare of the chrome on the hundreds of scooters in the sunset was epic. So it was the dinner later…one of those memories you always recall with affection, relaxed atmosphere and top, top people were sharing it with me (you know who you were). Back to the B&B to refresh before heading to Sticky Mike’s again.

Two bands were scheduled for the big final. Local band The Dials played an eclectic mix of genres from more gentle pop with a hint of 60s to stronger rock material. The atmosphere was a bit quieter compared to the night before, no matter the second band, The Hypnotic Eye, thought well to shake it up a bit, their way.

Keeping faith to their name, all the audience was indeed staring like they were hypnotized by the seductive vocals of their lead singer. Despite the frantic guitar riffs of Lindsay Murray, another devoted follower of the holy church of the Sixties Underground, I wouldn’t define them as a garage band they don’t fit the role of a revival band, but make their own sound which mixes well their ancestral heritage to the new millennium age.

Hipswinging tunes restarted just after the gig and despite the wreckage of the energies exhumed the night before, people seemed to be tireless so much that once again, captained by psychedelic Rambo Berto, strolled back to Komedia once again at 3 am…

Dr Rob was smoothly conducting the night upstairs and was relieved to see all of us back, and not lost through the Brighton alleys which given our state and the hour could have been a possibility…

If we ever needed to tone ourselves a bit more help was on hand from Mr Royston, who in his kindness, turned up at 5.30 am with a last serving of jagerbombs! We definitely wanted to make the final rush of the weekend at a cavalry charge pace and danced till death!

That was awesome and will be repeated next year. I personally wanted to thank all the night creatures that turned up, the New Untouchables DJ team and all those who managed to chat and put a wide grin on my face. May the fuzz be with you!

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Carlo Sesto is a witty and cheeky character and a mod scene darling from many years standing. He runs the Casbah Candy Records, a mail order shop specialised in mod sounds and beyond. He is the face behind the Italian “Impossibles” mod list and events like “A Hazy Shade of Winter”. An avid collector and an international DJ, his contributions are due on books and compilations.

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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Clubs DJs Events Front Page Music Reviews Tags:, , , , , ,
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Euroyeye 20th Anniversary

Gijon, Spain- 31 July 4 August 2014

Hundreds of Mods and 60’s lovers from around the World have gathered in Gijon every summer for the last twenty years for this unique festival in the northern Spanish province of Asturias. This means a great deal to us so we put probably the best line-up in our history together to celebrate this milestone.

Thursday kicked off in style with a free live gig in the main square of the city with local Spanish Soul band Attica Revolution warming up the 4000+ people with a great mix of originals and covers before Motown legend Brenda Holloway hit the stage for the first time in Spain and blitzed the audience with a magnificent performance. Brenda played almost the same set as Modstock covering big hits ‘When I’m Gone’, ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ and ‘You Made Me So Very Happy’ and underground hits ‘Reconsider’, ‘Starting The Hurt’ and ‘Crying Time’. Two encores brought the show to close eventually leaving many happy smiling faces waiting for more action.

In truth the festival already begun a couple of weeks before with various art exhibitions and 60’s cult films which are free to visit for a whole month visit the website to view the full program. The first of four allnighters was a short walk away from the main square and after some tapas washed down with local sidra I was ready for one of the hottest bands around right now The Night Beats from Texas. A loud hypnotic beat pinned by the bass and drums with psychedelic guitars and a great front man whipped the crowd into a frenzy and all too soon for me it was over. The night continued with DJ’s doing a sterling job playing sounds from cross the 60’s spectrum.

Friday morning came around far too soon, the first Scooter cruise was a big buzz as usual. The scooters gathered at the open day at Laboral with Lambrettas and Vespas from all Spain (and a few from abroad including Marco & Steve Groves & Friends from Scooter Emporium) at midday to enjoy the live shows, djs, stalls and exhibitions. After the acoustic gig of Nolan Porter and Neil Jones the exhausts of more than 120 scoots begun to burn west towards what some said was the best sights they had ever had on two wheels. A couple of hours everyone came back to the LAB for the exper-i-mental  Rubayat live 8:2 set, something that has never been done before in our scene.

Doors opened at 10pm for the second allnighter with UK band Stone Foundation which many readers here are familiar with making their Spanish debut. Needless to say they won the crowd over with songs from the fantastic new album ‘To Find the Spirit’ before another US Soul legend Nolan Porter also making his Spanish debut joined them on stage playing his scene faves and choice covers. After the live music the allnighter was wild with two dancefloors and the best mod and 60’s music played by over a dozen DJ’s from around Europe.

Saturday morning at 11am we decided to meet at a fantastic new place, all the vintage scooters gathered in what we call “El Rompeloas” (“wave-breaking wall”), in the sports port with the luxury yachts and fishing boats making a great background for nice pictures. After lots of shots and beers the long love (and loud) caravan headed East towards a “walk & ride” called the Claretian Route, almost coming to a stop at very old pathways in the hills near Luanco. The ride finished at the posh Golf Club of Castiello for a vermouth and great Asturian lunch, price giving, raffle and yet more beers, wine and sidra. Lambretta Club of Spain annual meeting also took place with interesting news for members, some of them I know you will love and enjoy very soon (agree, Andy?).

Then it was off to The Battle of the Bands as Sala Acapulco. After watching 4 great bands the winners were Gamonides, they will record a single at Circo Perrotti studios for free as well as getting the support slot at the allnighter on Saturday night. The heavens opened with torrential rain from early evening into the early hours of Sunday morning making an interesting evening on the terrace at the Oasis. Our headline band from La Coruna Fogbound with Fernando from the Elephant band on Hammond gave a great performance with strong originals and great covers like the Artwoods ‘In the Deep End’ which was appropriate for the Oasis swimming baths. The allnighter afterwards was frantic and really crazy ending gone past 8am with lots of people asking for more… not me.

My brains showed me white flag on the Sunday so no scooter action for me. Any fragile souls will have had their bones and brain shocked to the core when Graham Day & the Forefathers hit the stage ripping through over thirty years of Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solarflares and Gaolers material. The Catalan support Los Retrovisores played a mix of US and Spanish Soul and Pop with clever covers and great arrangements of the scene classics. The last allnighter was a blast again with a short break for Mr & Miss YeYe which are always chosen for their party antics over the last four days. Worthy winners were Raul from Andalucía and Amanda from Brazil. Champagne popped and crowns and banners fixed and it was time to party like it was the last one ever at the Oasis. Dr Robert was scheduled to finish at 6am and after about 5 encores with Esther Phillips ‘Just Say Goodbye’ and The Animals ‘It’s My Life’ the songs I can remember, the party was over for another year.

A fantastic restaurant was booked for everyone Monday to enjoy the local dishes and Sideria before their journey home.

Join us next year from 31 July to 3 August 2015 for EURO YEYE 21.

Pictures by: Eva Lussina Lopez Guisaraga
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Many thanks to all sponsors and all the artists, bands, djs and everybody involved in the organisation or simply everybody that made it to the yeye in these difficult times to create this unique atmosphere.

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Clubs DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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