one of the most popular club nights in the city during the Britpop boom is back.
It is 23 years since the ‘Brighton Beach’ club night first played at the Cockpit and banged out 60s mod and soul music as well as the music from the legendary decade that was the 1990s.
And for one night to mark that anniversary some of the original club DJs are being brought back to recreate the sounds and atmosphere of a time that changed the country as well as the charts.
There will be more soul and more britpop and three DJs Red Helen, Dan Guest and Mark Ellis will be taking over the decks as Brighton Beach rocks again at The Wardrobe on Saturday, November 11.
Back in the day, Supergrass and Shed Seven hung out at the club and performed frenzied secret gigs while local heroes the Kaiser Chiefs spent many formative nights at the Beach before starting the band.
The night proved so successful that DJs from the vinyl-obsessed underground UK 60s scene were brought in to host a second room at the club, playing pure northern soul, R&B, jazz and freakbeat, introducing fuzzed-up garage and speed-fuelled psych to kids lapping up a music scene arguably not seen since for decades. On the dancefloor, mods from the local scooter clubs were influencing britpop fashion and trend-setters.
Club founder Richard Todd said: “We’re very excited about this anniversary special, particularly as three of the club’s original DJs from 1994 are joining us.
“You can expect the classic Brighton Beach music policy of pounding 60s soul, motown, indie, northern soul and Britpop. It’s going to be one hell of a night.”
Brighton Beach went on to have residencies in Sheffield, Newcastle, Leicester and London.