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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Today's Gig

On June 23 1967, The Pink Floyd played the Rolls Royce Ball at the Locarno Ballroom in Derby.

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"Whether it was for the dancing, beauty contests, or music gigs, the Locarno Ballroom, on Derby's Babington Lane, was one of the places to spend your night out in the Sixties. From the Saturday morning disco to gigs featuring top bands of the day like the Dave Clark Five, Freddie and the Dreamers, Herman's Hermits and the Honeycombs, the Locarno had plenty to offer a variety of people. It had a revolving silver globe, which hung from the centre of the ceiling, and even a revolving stage which would turn round to reveal bands and orchestras. The venue provided live broadcasts for Ray Moore's Saturday Night Live programme and played host to a variety of events including many beauty contests. Older readers will remember the Locarno in its former life as the Grand Theatre, which opened in 1886. The theatre closed down in 1950 due to competition from the increasingly popular cinemas. It re-opened as the Locarno in 1959 after a re-fit and, more recently, has become McClusky's."

Have a look at the stage:\

"I don't think I'm easy to talk about. I've got a very irregular head. And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway." Syd Barrett


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