Review: Stardust memories at club reunion

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Stardust reunion, City Hall

This club night, favoured by city students, was a staple of Fridays at the Hallam University’s old Nelson Mandela Building and there’s a 20-year reunion tomorrow.

The long-running retro club night disappeared in the mid 2000s alongside its venue.

Stardust took its name from the 1974 film of the same name, starring David Essex as a rock star whose life spirals out of control at the height of his fame.

Launching the night were DJs The Dean Of Disco and Ben Lenoir, who are both still DJing in Sheffield now. They played a mix of Motown, disco, 80s pop and retro classics that were to be the foundation to keep people dancing for the best part of the next 13 years. The DJ line-up developed over the years, with Jim MacLaine anchoring the night for 11 years and other main room DJs Rufus Brutus and Top Cat completing the DJ roster for the 90s.

At the start of 2000 a second room was added to the night. With students who were born in the 1980s now attending university, tunes from the 1990s were considered to be part of the retro mix. The Blue Room at the NMB became home to Mark ‘Stormin’ Norman, Dave ‘The Hitman’ Hunter and Joey Fabini as they put together a party set of 90s dance and pop that eventually strayed into the early 00s.

Such was the demand that in its heyday the night would regularly attract ticket touts.

Stardust also featured a variety of special guests over the years including The Nolans, Jason Donovan, David Dickinson, Keith Chegwin, Timmy Mallet and George and Zippy from Rainbow, plus many tribute bands.

All the DJs who played throughout the years are returning for the reunion at the City Hall Balroom. The event will include two rooms of music, one with 60s, 70s and 80s classics and the other playing hits from 1990 to 2004.

Tickets: www.stardust-disco.com, www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or on 0114 2789789.