Organisers: Shirley & John Bird
Running on the second Saturday of the month, we are proud to be the home of the D.O.N.S (Drapes of Northampton Society).
How it all began:
The regular Rock & Roll gigs in town were started by John Regan back in August 1992 with the first 'Teddy Boy Re-Union' at the Cathedral Club and due to popular demand, a further re-union was then held in December the same year. As a great time was had by all, the annual re-unions have since then, become a regular event.
John went on to start Sunday afternoon gigs at Northampton WMC, and was then joined by John Bird. Together they formed the Northampton Rock & Roll Club. The afternoon gigs were then given up in order to concentrate on the Northampton Rock & Roll Club which started at the Spencer WMC in 1999. It ran from there until October 2005 when this club lost its live music licence. For a short time we moved to Semilong WMC.
However, since January 2006, we have been permanently based in the Far Cotton WMC. This is a lovely club with nice facilities and plenty of parking. Although the two Johns run the club and book all the bands (and make sure they get paid), we also get help in running the club from Larry, who welcomes everyone on the door and Bish, who basically makes sure everything else is OK.
We put on 12 gigs a year on the second Saturday of the month, and another one on New Years Eve. We do our best to book top class bands; and in the past have had Dynamite, Skyrockers, Kingcats & Firebirds, to name but a few. If you fancy a browse, Janet's Bop Shop is on site and if you'd like something special or made to order, Janet will be happy to help.
Our resident DJ is A J the Rockin DJ. He plays great music and if you have a special request, he'll do his best to play it for you. As the home of the DONS, we regularly welcome visitors from other clubs but of course the club is open to everyone and all are welcome. Children under 16 are free with an adult on most occasions, but we always give prior notice when a charge will be made, e.g; New Years Eve.
Look forward to seeing you . . .
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