Lost Destination: Wigan Casino | Wigan, Casino, Music venue

At Last (apologies to Etta), the Wigan Casino plaque is to be unveiled by Paul Mason on the site of The Casino on 6th September at 11:00 a.m. Thanks to all those who contributed. All Northern Soul fans are welcome. Nov 8, 2015 - With its infamous all-nighters and huge sprung dance floor, Wigan Casino was the epicentre of Britain's Northern Soul music scene from 1973 - 1981, beating New York's Studio 5 to be named Best Disco in the World by Billboard Magazine in 1978. In 1981 the local council refused to extend the club's lease and it was force GEOFFREY SHRYHANE: Remembering Wigan Casino Years ago, I delighted in travelling to some great places on the world map. One year I got as far as Bickershaw. Oh the dizzy heights of holiday adventures! Northern Soul DJ Russ Winstanley stands in an empty Wigan Casino just prior to demolition in 1982. Buy photo . 11. Pop star Engelbert Humperdinck poses with fans before his show at the Casino Club Keeping The Faith: Wigan Casino (1973-1981) 2020-11-22 admin Leave a comment] With the closure of Stoke’s Golden Torch Club in 1973, Wigan Casino became the natural center & spiritual home of Northern Soul. What it lacked in club-kudos it more than compensated for with sheer capacity; at its’ height the club could play host to 2000 people with two operative dance-floors. Its’ nearest Wigan’s Chosen Few weren’t a real group and “Footsee” was actually the b-side of an obscure Canadian surf record (apparently such a thing as “Canadian surf” exists too) that was remixed by a DJ at the Wigan Casino who added the football crowd noises and put it out under a made-up name. This isn’t exactly a soul record at all but at the Casino they often played eclectic tunes like

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