The forthcoming Manchester Ritz Easter Sunday Mini All-Nighter will be the first Heart Of England Soul Club event at the iconic venue since the day the SAS saved the hostages in the Iranian Embassy siege!
The rescue took place on May 5, 1980 - and at the same time the 5th Anniversary HESC All-Dayer was taking place with Ronnie Laws live on stage.
"We had people breaking into the Ritz through the roof that day so later seeing the SAS abseiling down the side of embassy was surreal. Mecca owned the Ritz and they pulled the plug on the All-Dayers after having people breaking in," said HESC promoter Neil Rushton. " The Mini All-Nighter will be the 38th Anniversary of the All-Dayers, the first one was on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1975."
Music policy in the original iconic ballroom will be 100% Northern Soul, with original Ritz All-Dayer DJ's Ian Levine, Pat Brady, Ian Dewhirst, Neil Rushton and Dave Evison joined by Mick H, Nige Brown and Bob Hinsley. The downstairs club will be devoted to Ritz/Blackpool Meca/Cleethorpes 70's anthems.
Advance tickets are £10 (plus booking fee) each online from http://www.soulvation.biz/ or to callers at Beatin' Rhythm Records, Manchester. Pay on the door is £15.Info - 01543 670116.