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An art project that was originally conceived as a way to help people get through the monotony of lockdown has gone on public display for the first time. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Gail Smith, officially unveiled ‘Sheffield’s iconic venues – re-imagined in lockdown’ at the Moor Market this week. She was joined by artist Alan Pennington and Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson. Scores of punters that frequented local venues stretching right back to the mid-1960s were invited to share their memories as part of the project. Dirty Stop Outs’ Neil Anderson said: “I put the call out for...
They were like chalk and cheese in the 1960s but these days they’re renowned as two of Sheffield’s most decade-defining venues.
King Mojo and the Esquire – two hugely popular teenage clubs that brought acts to the city spanning the Kinks to Jimi Hendrix - are being brought back to life later this week as part of the online ‘Talking About Our Generation’ festival.
It was sixty years ago this year that a venue opened that truly caused a seismic shift in terms of what was on offer for the Sheffield’s youth.
But Club 60 – which opened on Shalesmoor in 1960 and provided a launchpad for future stars like Dave Berry, Jimmy Crawford and Frank White – was a mere test run for what was to follow in the shape of the Esquire and its resident band, Vance Arnold and the Avengers (Vance Arnold will go on to find worldwide fame as Joe Cocker)
It was exactly one year ago today that we were showing off the amazing pictures we'd uncovered for our forthcoming King Mojo book and planning a reunion to launch it.
We were originally planning a reunion for Christmas 2020 but that sadly won't be happening in the current climate. In the meantime please enjoy these pics and the story of the Mojo!