Sheffielders asked to vote on their favourite city venue of the swinging sixties

The 1960s was an era of mods, rockers and flower power and Sheffield had venues to accommodate every taste; and members of the public are now being asked to share their memories of the decade.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 1:15 pm

They will also be asked to vote for their favourite venue of the decade.

Maybe it was a teenage club like the King Mojo or the Esquire; or perhaps you preferred the glitz of the Cavendish cabaret club or the dancefloor of the Locarno or maybe liked to settle down to watch a movie in the sumptuous Gaumont Cinema or have a coffee in the air-conditioned Sidewalk Café on Chapel Walk?

Work has started on the 10th anniversary copy of the city’s ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield’ and the author wants to know what readers would like to see included.

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What are your favourite Sheffield venues of the swinging sixties?
What are your favourite Sheffield venues of the swinging sixties?

The book is set to be re-launched with new chapters, pictures, memories and more; and Neil Anderson, who penned the original book with Dave Manvell, is keen to include contributions from people that remember the era.

Neil Anderson said: “The sixties were an incredibly exciting time to grow up in Sheffield and I’m keen to hear which venues people think deserve to be featured. I want this book to truly capture the excitement of the time and represent the major cultural shifts that were happening in society.”

The sixties nightscene underwent massive cultural change in Sheffield as the post-war austerity paled into insignificance and teenage pop and fashion came to the fore.

The fox-trot, tango and waltz of the fifties dancehalls went head to head with the rise of blues, jazz, pop and more.

Locarno with Jean Pilkington

It was an era that saw the ‘Made in Sheffield’ brand take on a whole new significance as the city’s influence began to be felt around the world with the rise of cultural icons like Joe Cocker, Peter Stringfellow, Dave Berry and others.

In 1964, Peter Stringfellow and his brothers opened a new venture, following on from the success of the Black Cat, the King Mojo Club, in a converted house on Pitsmoor Road to the north of the city centre.

The club hosted up and coming live acts, including Pink Floyd and The Who. The Small Faces played their first gig outside London at the Mojo and The Kinks worked out the arrangement of "All Day and All of the Night" while at the club.

Meanwhile, the Esquire stood in the upper floors of the former flour mill that now houses The Leadmill nightclub on Leadmill Road.

Peter Stringfellow with Mojo sign

The Johnny Dankworth Quintet opened the Esquire on Sunday, October 7, 1962 and it hit the ground running from day one.

The Regent Theatre opened on Barker’s Pool in Sheffield city centre in 1927, and was re-named the Gaumont Theatre in 1946 after being taken over by Gaumont British Theatres in the late 1920s.

In the 1960s the stage was being used for one night concerts by artists such as: Cliff Richard, Eddie Cochran, Bobby Darin, Victor Borg, Nina & Frederick, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and the Count Basie Orchestra.

People can vote for their favourite venue of the sixties at: www.dirtystopouts.com

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