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Leeds Queens Hall Festival All-Nighter 1974

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Visited a friends house this week to view his records to sell and we were mulling over the old times, as you do and I mentioned the All-nighter we attended in Leeds in 1974. Said he also went and even had an old poster he had acquired from outside.

He mentioned his experiences of the the night and likewise myself and just wondered if any "older" members of this site had any fond memories?

Also he may even sell the poster, although it is not the best of condition if anyone is interested? 

  

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First person to use the venue for a similar show was Pete Stringfellow a few years earlier (Whit Monday 68) ...  

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One of the Soul Artists missing from the poster were The Exciters as "Blowing Up My Mind" was a big play at that time.

Would also be interested to know who the D.J's were?

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I can't really add much as I don't remember a lot about the night other than having a great time,my main memory is setting off for home in the morning on two borrowed scooters and mine breaking down after about three miles. We got talking to Tony Cummings the journalist who took a shine to one of the girls we knew who ended up living with him in London for a time.  I lost touch with the two mates I went with after a couple of years and have not seen a hide nor hair of either since, I've always wondered if they continued their love affair with the music or are the two piles of records lying in a dusty attic somewhere. 

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9 hours ago, ik001 said:

One of the Soul Artists missing from the poster were The Exciters as "Blowing Up My Mind" was a big play at that time.

Would also be interested to know who the D.J's were?

Willie Henderson and the Funky Sisters were not there, but  shit group called Hearts Of Soul were. 

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20 minutes ago, SKEGSOUL said:

Was the two worst niters I've ever been to, the dirt and dust was everywhere. Wasn't it a old tram shed or something ? 

It was a tram shed, with old slabs on the floor not a place to dance. The sound system was awful. But on the positive side I did hear for the first time, Saxie Russel, The Slow Fizz, Landslide and the Joker. Also remember the instrumental take of River Deep, Mountain High (not Les Mckann version) but have posted this on the forum before with no input. 

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I went there on a coach with the North Wales Soul Club, what a dump of a place. Sound system was dreadful my ears were ringing for days after. I do remember the Joker being played a few times that night, can't remember the DJs though. I think we had a better time going around some rough pubs in the city centre earlier in the night.

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We gave up a nighter at the Casino for that frigging dump!

4 am, the sun came up through the shed roof and brought everyone down, a real dustbowl of a place where most of the acts didn`t show up, makeshift plywood sheets as dancefloors and most people crashed out on the concrete floor.

What more could you want?😬

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On 14/07/2018 at 07:56, ik001 said:

One of the Soul Artists missing from the poster were The Exciters as "Blowing Up My Mind" was a big play at that time.

Would also be interested to know who the D.J's were?

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This is the last ad in B&S for the Leeds Soul Festival. As you can see I'm listed as a "Super-Soul-Spinner" which is new to me but ,yes, I was one of the guilty party to the debacle. The first choice for the DJ line up would have been Richard,Russ, Ian, Collin, Kev and Keith. However the first four would have been busy that night and I don't think The Casino or The Mecca would have been very happy if they had appeared at Leeds. Kev and Keith would have been less tied down and worked for Chris Burton many times. Andy Hanley was DJing throughout the north so was a good choice and as I was living in Leeds I got added at the bottom of the bill. Hunter Smith, the owner of Jumbo Records and a really nice guy was an unusual choice as he wasn't considered "northern" and I'm not sure if he was there.

My recollections of the night are much the same as most people. Bad sound , dirty floor, rubbish dance area and whilst the acts were OK, setting up the sound systems meant the records were stopped and nothing happened apart from "testing testing 1 2 3" and howls of feedback. It's easy to criticise but at least Chris Burton tried to put something special on , it was probably too ambitious and the venue was not suitable.

I don't think I stuck it out till the end, especially as according to another advert in the same B&S I was DJing with Richard Searling at an all dayer in Barnsley the next day.

Rick

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On 15/07/2018 at 22:33, PeteDillon said:

You had hair then Arthur?  We had our stolen Mark II Cortina stolen!! Terrible venue for any kind of music show.

 

Yeh, So did Nobby Clark one sat night while visiting the "Central " his Ford Capri.  Let's face it car security back then was a joke. My locking petrol filler cap keys fit my car door and yes when you turned the key hey presto the door unlocked. Regards FRED 

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 think this dire event has been mentioned on here before ..........i went on a gloucester and cheltenham coach with some real good soulies ,lots of wheel and torch vets ............the whole thing was shit from start to finish...i seem to remember a concrete floor most of all ??? .......it was the start of me  finally walking away from the scene around 76 for 20 odd years.....complete rip off ......ez

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3 hours ago, ezzie brown said:

 think this dire event has been mentioned on here before ..........i went on a gloucester and cheltenham coach with some real good soulies ,lots of wheel and torch vets ............the whole thing was shit from start to finish...i seem to remember a concrete floor most of all ??? .......it was the start of me  finally walking away from the scene around 76 for 20 odd years.....complete rip off ......ez

Yes it was rubbish Ezzie, but I seem to remember there were some dance podiums scattered around the flood willy nilly, not that that made it any better like LOL 🙂, I was a dancer back then and don't think I even bothered.

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