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Sheffield’s ‘60s ‘superclubs’ relaunched for festival

They were like chalk and cheese in the 1960s but these days they’re renowned as two of Sheffield’s most decade-defining ‘superclubs’.

King Mojo and the Esquire, two hugely popular clubs that brought acts such as The Kinks and Jimi Hendrix to the city, are being brought back to life later this week as part of the online ‘Talking About Our Generation’ festival.

The two club nights are being curated by Sheffield’s Dirty Stop Outs. Neil Anderson, who wrote ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield’ which tells the stories of both venues, said: “The sixties was the era that Sheffield’s cultural influence really began to be felt both nationally and internationally.

Sheffield superclubs: Esquire goers line up to do The Star Walk

Esquire clubgoers line up to do The Star Walk

“The King Mojo and the Esquire were a huge force and their influence continues to be felt over 50 years since they both shut. This festival is a chance to find out what all the fuss was about or a chance to re-live it if you were there in the first place. It has been a privilege to be involved.”

This Thursday, 13 May, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, it will be a chance to attend a virtual King Mojo night where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the iconic club opened by Geoff and Peter Stringfellow in 1964.

The venue, which used to be sited at 555 Pitsmoor Road, attracted early performances from acts spanning Stevie Wonder to Ike & Tina Turner.

Sheffield superclubs: King Mojo dancers next to a bus set off to London to appear on iconic Ready, Steady, Go! TV show

King Mojo dancers set off to London to appear on iconic Ready, Steady, Go! TV show

The following night, Friday, 14 May, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, it will be the turn of the Esquire.

The venue, which used to be sited in the building now occupied by the Leadmill nightclub on Leadmill Road, was a launchpad for many future Sheffield stars – Vance Arnold and the Avengers (Vance Arnold would soon be better known as Joe Cocker and achieve global success) were the resident band. Local boy Dave Berry – who achieved massive success in the era – was also a popular performer.

Tickets for both club nights are free. They are available from www.dirtystopouts.com




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