Saturday, 24 January 2015

6T'S Rhythm & Soul Society’s January 2015 Allnighter! Tonight (24th) at 100 Oxford Street, London.

"Our first Allnighter of the year!  

This month's regular jocks are 


And to kick 2015 off with a start, we've added the help of two of the North's bright young stars.  

Manchester's LIAM QUINN and Leed's ARRON 'AZZA' ADAMS. Between them they've been responsible for some of the most forward thinking nights across the Pennines. Employing their tastes and skills to lassoo eager young crowds in their respective hometowns. 

We're looking forward to this a lot." 

£12 on the door.

‘Rod Stewart joins the The Faces for a reunion to celebrate his 70th birthday’ reports The Mirror

Rod Stewart staged a Faces reunion to celebrate his 70th birthday – for two songs. 

Ronnie Wood, 67, and Kenney Jones, 66, joined him on stage at his Los Angeles home last weekend as a tribute to keyboard player Ian McLagan. He died after a stroke last month. 

Drummer Kenney said on Facebook: “Played with my mates Rod and Woody. Only two songs, but it was fun.” 

Their reunion was seen by 120 guests at a 1940s-themed party featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra. 

The Faces formed from the ashes of the Small Faces in 1969 and split in 1975 after four albums. 

Bassist Ronnie Lane died in 1997 aged 51. 

Fans have hoped for a reunion since Rod and Ronnie talked about song-writing in 2008. 

But any public reunion of Faces will have to wait as Rod Stewart finishes his Las Vegas residency later this month.  

Rod's hits span 50 years and include Sailing, You Wear It Well and Maggie May, and he was made a CBE in 2007 for his services to music.

The Jelly Roll Club's Rhythm and Soul Mini Allnighter in Peterborough on Saturday 14th March

Steppin' Up at Selly Oak, Birmingham, on Saturday 18th March

Beat Generation Alldayer, Blackpool, on Sunday 5th April with guest DJ, Jerry Dammers.

Friday, 23 January 2015

New Year Honours - Damehood for fashion pioneer Mary Quant

Fashion designer Mary Quant, who is widely credited with creating the mini skirt, has spoken of her delight at being made a Dame. 

The 80-year-old, listed on Cabinet Office documents under her full name Barbara Mary Plunket Greene, was given the honour for services to British fashion in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. 

She said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this terrific honour. 

“It is extremely gratifying that my work in the fashion industry has been recognised and acknowledged in such a significant way.” 

Dame Mary, who lives at Farley Green, near Peaslake, was one of the most influential figures in the fashion scene of the 1960s. 

She began experimenting with shorter hemlines in the late 1950s, culminating in the creation of one of the defining fashions of the following decade. 

Earlier this year Dame Mary, who named the skirt after her favourite make of car, recalled its “feeling of freedom and liberation”. 

She said: “It was the girls on [London’s] King’s Road who invented the mini. I was making clothes which would let you run and dance, and we would make them the length the customer wanted. 

“I wore them very short and the customers would say, ‘shorter, shorter’.” 

Born in south-east London, Mary Quant was the daughter of two Welsh school teachers. She gained a diploma in Art Education at Goldsmith’s College, where she met her husband Alexander Plunket Greene, before she was taken on as an apprentice to a milliner. 

She began making her own clothes and in 1955 opened Bazaar, a boutique on the King’s Road in Chelsea. 

Her Damehood comes almost 50 years after she was appointed an OBE in 1966.

Grits & Gravy – Saturday 24th January, Sheffield

8pm to 1am at the Attercliffe Liberal, 792-794 Attercliffe Rd, Sheffield North, Sheffield. S9 3RS