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WAKEFIELD UNITY HALL RE-UNION ALL DAYER...............................................................

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HELD AT THE ORIGINAL UNITY HALL. NOW RE-FURBISHED

GETTING THE ORIGINAL UNITY DJ`S BACK TOGETHER!!!

FROM THOSE ICONIC ALL NIGHTERS OF 1976 /77

FULL DJ LINE UP, INCLUDES ORIGINAL UNITY ALLNIGHTER DJ`S

PAT BRADY, JOHN VINCENT, PAUL ROWAN, MALC BURTON, DEREK GREENHOUGH, JOHN PARKER, JEZ JONES & HARRY CROSBY. + OTHERS TO BE CONFIRMED!!!

2PM-2AM. NOVEMBER 29TH

TICKETS £10

FOR ALL INFO AND TICKETS CONTACT MALC BURTON, E-MAIL burtonmalc@gmail.com

ALSO AT http://www.unityworks.co.uk/ FOLLOW THE WHATS ON OPTION FOR TICKETS AND INFO.

OR PAYMENT ON THE DOOR £12.00

PLEASE NOTE, ADVANCED TICKET, GAURANTEE`S ENTRANCE TO THIS EVENT!!!! TICKETS ARE FLYING OUT SO GET YOURS NOW, TO AVOID DISSAPOINTMENT!!!

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Well done Malc!!  My first all nighter and still remember it, as if it was yesterday, I remember I hitch hikeded with a friend from Grimsby and can still remember talking on the steps to the scunthorpe crew, happy days! Sean Chapman.

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pissed off that this is the same night as the Harold,to me unity was the best allnighters I ever went to hope you all have a great time.

lawrence

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Would love to attend this event, but unable to due to work . In my opinion this was the best allnighter of it`s time, only went twice but glad I made the effort and what an effort three trains and over four hours from my home town of Wolverhampton. Good luck with it hope it goes well, hope to make a future date if possible, the venue looks great from the pictures.

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Not long to go now.............really looking forward to this and meeting up with old friends.  

 

Have very fond memories, and the place looks great!!!!!     :thumbup:

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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!!!!!. CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED, THERE IS NO ON THE DOOR ADMISSION WITHOUT A TICKET!!!!!

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Left it late for this as didnt know if we could make it for sure.Now i deffo know i could make it the bloody tickets have all sold out.Is there any chance of on the door admission.If not then if anyone cant go please give me a shout to buy your tickets i need two.

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Managed to secure a couple of tickets thankfully.Can anyone recommend a good car park close by

 

Thanks

Patto

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I am in Leeds for the weekend!!!!!!!!!! Wish I had checked could have come along venue is apparently great. Have a great time all!!!

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Oh how excited was I, After 35 odd years re-visiting a venue that holds so good and brilliant memories... We entered the premises at about 7.30 music sounded good some great stuff being played bump into a few friends of old...Now I m a giddy kipper !!! standing at the bar 25 mins (Oh well) then making our way to a spot near the dance floor, to dance the night away. Anyway after 3 pints !!!Yes 3 pints being poured all over the dance floor it was the beginning of things to come. The zombies had arrived it was like a mental institution shock, horror, it was carnage at one stage 8 - 10 hand bags placed in the centre of the floor with Madge, Alice, Mable and the rest of the motley crew all strutting their stuff I honestly could not believe what you have done to my beloved Wakefield Unity Hall. I for one shall NOT be returning I paid 10 quid of my hard earned money and saw people (Zombies) in without arm bands it was a utter disgrace Welcome to reality and "The new era of Northern Soul"

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Yes this has been aired on social media. Malc Burton was approached by the unity to put a re-union on, on there behalf, and was given 150 tickets the rest were sold by the unity themselves. Its a tough one to work out, how do you police who buys tickets or indeed who pays on the door at a paying event? It`s all down to the current media coverage of the northern soul scene. I personally I think., at the end of the day our £10 is the same as joe publics £10 from a business point of view. Having spoken to Malc this morning I know he is extremely upset by comments made on other social media sites. Malc being the original promoter of the venue, was over the moon, when it sold out. And believed he had done the right thing, for this iconic venue, this is an unfortunate state of affairs that will be affecting many venues I feel over the next year or so. But as we all know it`s happened in the past and levelled out. I personally had a great day catching up with old friends, many who ive not seen for many years. Malc has told me he is organising a meeting with the unity regarding further dates and ticket distribution.

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:thumbsup:  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  

 

Totally agree, it was 'the Handbaggers Reunion' rather than Unity Hall reunion, in spite of the many pleas for 'no drinks on the floor, please' the Richard Craniums in the audience still persisted, I personally deliberately stood on one hand bag on the floor, which had the desired effect.

I have never, never seen so many inebriated female Gladys' and Ethels , felt really sorry for the staff behind the bar who where overwhelmed by the demand for drinks.

This was NOT a northern soul reunion, sadly, but an old lags get together and p.....s up, one actual collapsed on to a back seat amongst our group, oblivious to our request to move.

 

Cannot fault the music, but sadly you cannot rekindle the past good times with some of the morons that attended last night.

 

ps Harry, as I said to you after your brilliant spot you are the only DJ who play's Piped Piper Players " That What Love Is" loving fabulous.

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Hi mate yes nice to meet you yesterday, I really can`t comment on the latter stages as I left at 9.30 for the long drive back to county durham. Knowing Malc as I do I`m sure he will address the problem in a professional manner and get things sorted out. It is a fantastic venue and always was, hopefully we`ll get it back to what it was in the halcyon days, and give the venue what it deserves. :thumbsup:

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Was sat right at the back so didn't particularly see what was going on on the dance floor throughout the night.  Did notice a few handbaggers here and there when I was dancing though but can't say it was particularly worse than anywhere else............to be expected these days I suppose.

 

Just thought that there were far too many people in the place.  Had a word with Malc about the sound system as where I was sat right at the back all we got was the bass coming through and little else.  Malc must have sorted it as it did improve shortly after I spoke to him.

 

Best spots for me were 8-9 pm and 12-1 am.  Apart from that music not to my taste, but as expected.  All in all glad I went.....................the dance floor was fantastic!!!

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There were handbaggers there - no worse than any other well attended event, I think its a sign of the times - you either get a handful of 'proper' soulies or this new mix of attendees.

Unfortunately the Unity has an illustrious past to live up to and may be judged harshly - a reputation enjoyed by few other events.

The night all in all was very good - a few teething problems which I feel sure Malc will address. I look forward to another night here and meeting up with lots of like minded people (of which there were large numbers)

Well done all :)

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Bit more than teething problems Derek,it was more like bad toothache.The problem is if things dont change then most of the Like Minded people you refere to will give it a wide birth and you will be left playing to the handbag mountain and beer monsters.

I hope it gets sorted 

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My take on the night.

Good to see my mate Harry, sorry i missed your spot.

Having never really left the scene but rarely venturing out i thought this was the perfect venue to go to,i went a couple of times in the 70's including the last nighter.

Well done to the promoter for putting this on.

The first thing i noticed that had changed- years ago when dancing you might occasionally bump into someone or vice versa you then quickly apologize and carry on,etiquette. Now i don't dance a lot these days but when i did decide to take to the floor i must have been bumped into by about 5 different people in a 3 minute record no apology nothing and i don't move much from the same spot,maybe not a major issue but annoying non the less.

As with other people i saw beer etc on the dance floor and yes the handbags?? I suppose this is the legacy of the film, the bar ques were also horrendous but non of this can be blamed on the promoter and as pointed out on other posts- teething problems that im sure will be addressed.

On the plus side, still a great venue, great music but for me most of all i met up with some great friends i had not seen for 30+ years and really that's what its all about. 7 out of 10 but looking forward to the next one.

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Positives - good venue, great music and sound system, great to meet friends not seen for a while.  Negatives - lengthy bar queues, uncleared tables covered with empty glasses and too many divvies / handbaggers / pi$$heads.

 

IMHO the negatives are not down to the promoter but to the venue owner's (Wakefield Council) desire to make as much money as possible from the event - having as few bar staff as they could get away with and selling as many tickets as possible to anyone who wanted them.  Council's are strapped for cash these days so the prospect of a sold out Northern Soul event would have been a gift to them.  Why should they care whether they are selling tickets to soulies or not, so long as they sell them.  Ironically, this is the same Council that closed the all-nighters 1978!

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WOW !!..What a venue.......As someone who never attended here in the 70's...its easy to see how it became such a loved an iconic venue from the past.....great set up !!

 

 

As having had to leave around 7.30ish...I cant comment on the issues previously mentioned...BUT...during the time I was there, it all seemed to be going swimmingly......plenty of great 'dancing music'.....a healthy attendance of shiny happy people..and for old farts like me a good ole chinwag with Pat Brady over records!!

 

I know Malcolm has had a strong historical and emotional link with this venue....and this 'launch' meant so much to him because of it.

 

..and knowing Malc i'm sure he'll have the desire to sit down with 'the powers that be' and rectify any shortcomings that appeared on saturday...to ensure they wont happen again

 

Probably a 'steep learning curve' for the venue owners...with regards staging a northern soul event

 

..Certainly an event to build on....

 

Well done Malc ..for giving it a go!!

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Having read the comments on here and on social media about the Unity Hall reunion and subsequent 'events'  my thoughts on the way forward, with due respect to Malc Burton and the 'organisers' would be the following:

 

Avoid another all dayer, certain local hostelries were cashing in on the event with cheap beer £1:50 a pint plus playing 'soul' music to draw in the Unity punters thus eliminating the possibility p....d up handbaggers and divvies.

Time the event 8:00pm to 01:00am licensing time plus say finishing 01:30/02:00

 

More seating and tables, chairs in place around the front of tables on the perimeter of the dance floor this could prevent the divvies from encroaching with drinks onto the floor

 

Seriously consider the numbers in attendance, taking the financial consequences into account and the public reaction, there was far too may people in the hall. I appreciate that cost have to be recovered and that someone (WMDC) would like to make a profit, but this CANNOT be at the expense to joe publics perception and enjoyment of the event. It was stated that 600 was the figure on Saturday, which if that is break even or profit quota then there is little that can be done 

 

Consider having a 'second room R &B/Rare/U'played/modern this would reduce the volume of people in the main room, could the upstairs bar which opened later, be used for this purpose

 

Indicate at the main room bar where the queue for drinks should start, this would avoid serious confrontations of divvies just walking to the front of the queue, ensure there is adequate/additional staff available to help during the peak time in the evening.

 

Valuable space was taking up in the main room selling records, could this function be accommodated somewhere else in the hall

 

Lastly to Malc Burton, irrespective of the comments made on social don't let the b..........ds beat you or get you down, after 38 years waiting and finally achieving your goal, its only a few 'tweeks'  and fine tuning to this event which is required.

 

p.s hope you enjoyed the 'vino' :thumbup:

 

Dave

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I have been on a 2 year break from events and returned with this one...

 

Whilst it would be difficult to argue with any of the comments posted around the 'beer monsters' and handbaggers we must also accept that not everyone who professes a liking for a bit of Northern have been around for 30+ years. Big one off events like this will always attract the tourist soulie..or just those who once heard a motown record at the youth club and kinda liked it!

 

I did not plan it but I found myself speaking to the 'young 'uns who crashed the bar, they were amazed that a queue had formed and as they said today when they go to 'their' clubs if you find a space at the bar you fill it. I have no reason to doubt them and I feel the ones I spoke did not intend to P anyone off..pretty sure they wont do it again!

 

Interestingly the girls in the group wanted to dance but felt intimidated by the 'pros' on the floor!

 

I agree fully with leedsPal comments/ suggestions, in particular the second room/bar. I noticed that when they opened the bar upstairs it was made for another set of decks.(anyone who suggests a R n B room will always get my vote!)

 

Overall I had a great night made better by catching up with some old friends who I have missed..you know who you are X

 

Lets have another one

 

Cheers

S

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have only just seen this ! , went to the 1st and every unity from then on , was part of what was then a large Halifax crowd , sadly

i seem to be the last one standing . i will no doubt try and get to the next , with my hand bag of course . don't remember a bar

just coffee,s  :g: 

 

PS am loving the  mention of  " R & B room upstairs " just a thought 

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Have left it this long, so that other comments took the stage. Firstly let me say that all feedback is good feedback and all the comments have been taken on board by Malc, and the problems are to be addressed in a meeting with the unity management with a view for further events. Personally for me it was a fantastic day, and great to be back in what was and is now a fantastic venue. I was there about 12.30am helping Malc and the lads set up the venue, and once again walking through the door into the main hall, brought back so many memories from years gone by. By 2.30pm people started arriving and old friends were re-united. By 3.30pm the superb dancefloor was full. Throughout the day all the dj`s played fantatic sets keeping the dancefloor busy. I left at 9.30pm for my long journey home, but I left with a smile on my face having met so many old friends. It is a great venue, a steep learning curve has to be made by the venue owners, but I`m sure that will be done as I know Malc and the promotion team are determined to get this great venue back on the soul map where it deserves. All in all for me it was a fantastic re-union of old friends and as I said some top music played from all the dj`s. Heres to the next one.

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We loved it got there for 2 and with the exception of a food break was there till  the very end. Yes some issues to resolve but all being considered with the Unity management which we are confident will be sorted.

 

On the positive side it was in the Unity - iconic memories for us both, music was quality all day, met up with old mates, made new ones - just like those old days was in excellent company all day. also took time to speak to a young couple who have just found Northern in last year - they were absorbing it all, the music the atmosphere and couldn't believe the way us old uns just kept going on the floor - they loved it just as much as we did.

 

Roll on February 

 

Chris N Mart xx

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fantastic  Day  fantastic venue   Top man Mr Burton    great music from all the Djs..

see you all at the next one      thanks Malc Pat Harry & everyone

 

Unity Hall faithful        

  Cheers   Shaun McPhail    

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The Unity has a lot of fond memories for me, being one of my regular Northern nights out in the 70s, and meeting my first proper girlfriend there. 
I was/am upset to hear the flac that this event has recieved, not only on here, but on other social media sites.

 

Malc is a good friend and I know for a fact that none of the goings on will have been his fault. It is VERY difficult nigh on impossible to judge who buys tickets for an event, and nearly as hard to judge who are the real soulies, and who are not when they pay on the door. You have to put your trust in the door staff/security, and even then it's virtually impossible even if you are stood there watching. OK you can let people in that you know, but you can't judge who is into NS by how people dress these days. Also it's impossible to know if there is going to be any trouble inside the venue until it happens.

 

I really feel sorry for Malc, and have already offered my advice for what it's worth. I think it just needs for Malc and any other promoters of the event, to sit down with the management and get stuff ironed out before the next one, and I am sure the next one will be a stormer.

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What a great event at Unity Hall

 

Thanks to Malc for the effort and asking me to play a few tunes

 

From my perspective I thought it was a banging nighti (and day) and was completely taken aback by not only the negative feedback but the way it was presented.

 

 

In terms of the music ..top notch...really good spread of across the 11 hours

 

 

This is what I played..sound system spot on....everything on ORIGINAL vinyl

 

 

Rita and The Tiaras      Gone with the wind

 

Checkerboard Squares   Double Cookin

 

Jades                              I'm Where Its At

 

Holly St James                Thats Not Love

 

James Fountain                 Seven Day Lover

 

Anderson Brothers                I Can See Him Loving You

 

Jimmy Delphs                      Dancing a Hole In The World

 

 

Salvadors                            Stick By Me Baby

 

Tomangos                            I Really Love You

 

Luther Ingram                      Exus Trek

 

Connie Clark                         My Sugar Baby

 

Marie Knight                          Thats No Way To Treat A  Girl

 

Chubby Checker                     Just Dont Know

 

Larry Clinton                            She's Wanted In Three States

 

Frankie Beverley                      If Thats What You Wanted

 

Popcorn Wylie                            Rosemary What Happened

 

Roy Hamilton                          Cracking Up Over You

 

Adams Apples                          Dont Take It Out On This World

 

The Dell                                    Run For Cover

 

Saxie Russell                         Psychedelic Soul

 

Al Williams                               I Am Nothing

 

Al Scott                                     What Happened To Yesterday

 

Tobi Legend                            Time Will Pass You By

 

JD Bryant                                  I wont be coming Back

 

Gerri Grainger                          I Go To Pieces

 

 

Timi Yuro                                    It'll Never Be Over For Me

 

 

John and The Wierdest               Cant Get over These Memories

 

 

 

The dancefloor was full..great appreciative crowd who were willing to give whatever was played a go.

 

 

For me it was great to see some new faces in...there have been comments about young people in ...I know for a fact a number of these were family members of stalwarts for the scene and wonder how they feel about reading some of the comments posted on social media.

 

I remember taking my daughter and some of her friends to a couple of events as students in Leeds...made more than welcome..and never judge a book by its cover...I suspect she knows as much..if not more about Northern Soul and rare records than most.

 

Again when stood at the record bar saw youngsters looking through the records...and buying!!!

 

 

 

Accepted there are some minor issues to tweek..thats down to the venue owners and Im sure this is in hand for the next one.

 

 

As Derek says ......its a difficult one to balance...half empty and dead or full and banging...but that involves accepting "new blood"..

 

 

Hope to be asked back for the next one ...

 

 

All the Best...have a great Christmas and New Year

 

 

John P

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Thats some play list john, i wont be offended if you play them at Wetherby for us, especially Jon and the wierdest and Al  Williams !

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In my experience, if you don't have control over the ticket distribution,you have no control who comes in through the door. This is paramount when a venue is run by "Soulies" for "Soulies" and not -iss heads and handbaggers. I also think that you need control over the door staff and stewards inside, and that the door staff and stewards are "soulies" so that they know who's a" soulie" and who isn't and who's a -iss head and who isn't.

There should be a strict policy of no beer on the dance floor, you don't get this at most soul nights, and should it happen the stewards should step in straight away and tell them to come off or leave the premises. This sounds a bit harsh,but  is a good formula for a great night, cuts out any possibility of good plans going wrong, and will ensure everyone is happy.

I wish Malc every success for the future at the Unity.

All the best Fred Ward

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I`m posting for Malc, Fred. By the way hope you and yours have had a lovely xmas and best wishes for the new year. After an exstensive meeting with the unity management. All concerns were raised and addressed, please read here. 

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