On Friday 24 May I trundled down to Marton Institute, that well know Blackpool drinking hole, to experience Cowbell Radio’s very own Beat Generation DJs.
What a lovely evening to check out some old tunes and get down with some of the ‘Mod Heads’ in Blackpool. Marton Institute is a traditional setting with a cool dance floor, good sound system and a, very well received, cheap bar. There were a number of people in attendance and a good atmosphere throughout.
As the night pushed on, as with any good event, the attendees took to the dance floor with Northern Soul gusto, ripping up the dance floor to many old favourites from The Who and Booker T to The MGs and with favourites like those playing, who could blame them?
If you are not aware of The Beat Generation show on Cowbell Radio, you should tune in to hear modern Mod faves as well as old Blues, Ska and Soul classics. I am a fan of this kind of music, probably due to my dad’s influence as he tells me he was one of the ‘faces’ from back in his home town of Gloucester and was a regular at the infamous Mod club, The Flamingo, in the 60s. But bear in mind, this sort of event and radio show is not exclusive and interest from other music fans is received in a really friendly way.
More events are lined up for the future and you should keep your ear to the ground through Beat Generation’s Facebook page.
The night was so good that I did say I was leaving around 11pm, but actually ended up staying until the end when the shutters were pulled down at the bar and people were beginning to be chucked out.
Mod Culture has got to be one of the coolest counter cultures with strict attention paid to dress, clothes, dance style and music. Compared to other youth cultures, lets say rave, of which I was fan, I have to say Mods win. I hope the next time attendees will arrive on their scooters and pack the place out to make their events all the more memorable and fabulous.
I”m looking forward to next time and ‘keep the faith’.
The next event is at The Wainwright Club Blackpool – watch their page for further info.
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