Raven – Saturdays Discotheque Hastings February 1977

Shaun Pont… Second right, Paul Ray

Len Smith… Believe line-up is ?, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray & Alan Davies.

John Kitcher… Paul Ray I played with many times.

Chris Coleman… Second from left Dave Acker

Mark Little… Paul Ray, Dave acker

Alan Davies… L to r Aus Tony, Dave Hacker, Paul Ray and me

Who did you see at Aquarius in 1972?


Martin Richter‚Ķ¬†never heard of any of `em ūüôā

Jim Breeds‚Ķ¬†Quite a list wan’t it! I mostly saw my friends there, lol. And Steve Maxted. It’s about time he got another mention in this group ūüôā

Chris Meachen… Edison Lake & Palmer eh?

Alan Esdaile… I thought that was a bit bizarre Chris. Perhaps they meant Edison Lighthouse instead!

Kevin Burchett… i saw quite a few off them great days and of course steve maxted.

Chris Meachen‚Ķ¬†Certainly don’t recall ELP ever playing here:- that would’ve been a really big deal…

Alan Pepper… Wow great reminder of a golden age of my youth !
Out of that list I can recall…. Hot chocolate , elgins, bay city rollers (when keep on dancing came out ) Edwin Starr (fantastic ! ) Geno Washington Donny Elbert (singing a little piece of leather another great night !) And Gary sadly !! And 1973 shortly looming ….

Colin Bell… Most of them, compered some, got pissed with Geno Washington, Sally Carr from Middle Of The Road tried to nick my trousers! But best of all i love all the misspelling of the artistes names!
The best has to be Edison Lake and Palmer..Wasn’t there for that one but would have loved to hear their medley of Love Grows..where my Tarkus goes..Lol!

Lucy Pappas… I  loved the Aquarius though I never appreciated how big or notorious some of those bands would become in time!

Nigel Ford… BUDGIE on a midweek day (Thurs) I think, I travelled back from my residence at Plumpton Ag College specially with fellow student Pete Kingshott of KINGSHOTT Transport (local). Was definitely over that winter 72/73.

Alan Esdaile… They played on a Wednesday Nigel 14th Feb 1973.


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Yvonne Cleland… Would that be the same Factory who just happen to be playing the Carlisle on Oct 16th, per chance?

Tony Davis… Did a short stint as the house DJ here in the seventies and can remember standing at the side of the stage talking to Errol Brown from Hot Chocolate. He was pretty cool! Don’t ever remember Roxy Music being there though.

Peter Thomson‚Ķ¬†I was still only 15 for most of ’72, which meant I missed almost all of this list, as I would have been stopped on the door. Shame, because it is an astonishing array of talent. I filled out a bit(!) and managed to get in to see Blackfoot Sue. Also remember a sell-out Sweet gig about the same time. Must surely have been in ’73 I recall Kiki Dee and The Marmalade?

Jan Warren… Fusion Orchestra, saw them quite a few times at The Aquarius in the early 70s!!

Mick O’Dowd… Quite a few of these. Donnie Elbert. Ben E King, Elgins, Johnny Johnson, Hot Chocolate, Percy Sledge and i‚Äôm sure a few others not mentioned. The coming soon list I think was a bit optomistic. Don‚Äôt remember many of those actuaally coming as I would have definately gone to see them.

Leigh Wieland-Boys… I remember seeing The Sweet, Mungo Jerry, Hot Chocolate amongst others…and a stripper (error on my part as didn‚Äôt realise it was gentlemen‚Äôs night!)

Vivienne Gibbs… My Dad worked as a doorman there for a good few years – he often bought home signed photographs for me – including Kiki Dee. Sadly all lost through various moves.

David Kent… I didn’t know Thomas Edison played with Lake and Palmer. Or that Black Foot and Sue were separate artists.

Sheila Maile… Didn’t get to go there but saw Gary Glitter in the park 1973/4.missed last bus to see the finale. Walked as far as Battle to get home to Netherfield & got picked up by police with my 11yr old brother. But they wouldn’t give us a lift. Went to Saturdays back in 80s.no live bands I don’t think.


The Onyx plus The Triffik Organization – Hastings Pier 14th Dec 1968




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Sarah Harvey… The Onyx – Mainly based around Cornwall – This is the 4th line up that appeared at The Pier on December 14th, 1968. There are loads of photos and a history of the band here¬†http://the-onyx.co.uk/index.html

Alan Esdaile…¬†Seeing the name of the support band makes me think of comedian Mike Reid!

Modes-Mode plus St John’s Wood – Hastings Pier 2nd November 1968

Modes Mode


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Sarah Harvey…¬†November 2nd, 1968. No information regarding this group….anyone else?

Mick O’Dowd…¬†New one on me perhaps St Johns Wood members might remember.

Ray Harper…¬† Saw Modes Mode at The Continental more than once and Eastbourne Town Hall. They played blues and soul music in particular Curtis Mayfield. I thought they were from Brighton but they are not listed on Brightonbeat .com site. Great band though.

Amanda Hawkings…¬†The drummer in Modes Mode was my cousin Clifford Grensted. The manager was my uncle Brian Grensted. ¬†They were based ¬†in the London area.¬†The photo was taken in Stanmore, I believe.

Mike Mitchell…¬†That’s a fabulous suit on the right there.

Lil Fuller…¬†Brian Grenstead ( “Mr.G”) was our neighbour in Stanmore ..we lost touch when we left for Australia in 1970.¬†He lived around the corner but our back garden ¬†in Tintagel Drive backed ¬†onto his… think He was Manager of ¬†Modes Mode then ..in the late 60’s ??? He was always wonderful to our late Mum Sheila and Us Kids and we have ¬†many Happy Memories.¬†Fond Regards to His Family from Old Neighbours ¬†The Fuller’s ¬†… now in Adelaide …Down Under ¬†xx

Mick Gilfrin… Yep went to the E/B Town Hall gig.¬†Does anybody remember the free fest @ Cow Gap Beachy Head 1967 ish.¬†Skin Alley were top of the bill

Colin O’Donoghue… They were looking for a new singer and I went to about 3 gigs with them in Brian‚Äôs van and did a few numbers. They were from Stanmore ‚Äď soul band ‚Äď Otis Redding, Sam & Dave etc. I particularly liked The Action and these guys were similar.

The Sabres – Early 60’s Eastbourne Seafront.


supplied by Len Smith Eastbourne Bands From 1960 on.

Here’s when they played the pier in 1964.


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Roy Penfold‚Ķ¬†These teenagers and their raves…..I just don’t know what the world will come to!

Alan Esdaile… Lots of the gigs were called raves in those days. I wonder when it first appeared.

Glynn Brown… I have a feeling they were the support band when the Honeycombs performed on Hastings Pier in the early 1960’s.

Andre Martin‚Ķ You are right Glynn when they changed their name to Shelly‚Ķ.¬†this week we have The HoneyCombs and the support from Brighton – Shelly ‚Äď formerly known as The Sabres, who were about to embark on a future playing in Europe, and would become top names in both Denmark and Scandinavia within the next few years. This was to be one of the last appearance from the band in Hastings.


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Keith Flanigan… Anyone know the names of the guys in the Eastbourne band the Sabres, back in the early 60s.

Alan Esdaile… you were asking about The Sabres line up. Pretty sure its the same line up as Shelley????

Ken Copsey… Love the Wem Watkins Dominator, matching Copicat and Burns Sonic guitar.

Keith Flanigan… 1963?

The Mojos – Hastings Pier Sat 22nd August 1964. by Andre Martin


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Well here we are almost at the end of August ‚Äď a month that has seen so much happening in the town and no less than on Hastings Pier, in the Happy Ballroom andBar, Saturday 22 August 1964. Topping the bill tonight ‚Äď ‚ÄúThe Merseybeat‚ÄĚ sound of The Mojos and in support The Orbits, making a return to the town.¬†Originally called The Nomads, they recorded a track for the ‚ÄėThis Is Mersey Beat‚Äô LP then discovered a London group had registered the name so changed it to The Mojos. In october 1963 Adrian Wilkinson left the group and was replaced by Nick Crouch, former Farons Flamingos lead guitarist. While they were appearing at the Star Club, Hamburg,[ Many people have asked – “what did it look like – so I have found a picture and added to the images ” they recorded what is now considered one of the classics of the ‚ÄėMersey Sound‚Äô, ‚ÄėEverythings Alright‚Äô which entered the UK top 10 charts. The next two releases were less distinguished and prompted Stu James to say ‚ÄúWe made our name in Liverpool as Blues specialists but were persuaded to do all sorts of lightweight pop stuff. After our initial success, we just stumbled on in a fairly aimless way, the acclaim we got was for our live performances which remained loud and raucous‚ÄĚ .¬†In December 1964, Stu James and Nick Crouch split from the others and formed Stu James & the Mojos bringing in Lewis Collins on bass and Aynsley Dunbar on Drums, this line-up continued till 1966 when Nick left the music business and Lewis Collins entered into a successful acting career appearing in the hit TV series ‚ÄėThe Professionals‚Äô

Friday night good times would have been started off with ‚ÄúReady Steady Go ‚Äď The Weekend Starts Here‚ÄĚ from Kingway Studios London ‚Äď with Cathy and Keith introducing amongst others ‚Äď The Cherokees – “Seven Daffodils” Brenda Lee – “Is It True” P.J. Proby – “Hold Me” ,other guests included Helen Shapiro, Brenda Lee – “Is It True” ,Wayne Gibson and the Dynamic Sounds & Duffy Power.¬†For the adventurous amongst us, we would have a mile further west and stopped at Marine Court the home of The Witch Doctor, where the line up over the next few days would have included :-The Habits & Mark 4 [Saturday] The Voodoos [Sunday] Bern Elliott and his Clan [Wednesday] Dave Champion and The Strangers [Friday] and advanced notification for Sunday 30th ‚Äď Alexis Korner. It is not difficult to see that the battle lines were drawn between the Happy Ballroom & The Witch Doctor.¬†Until next week‚Äôs edition of the History of The Happy Ballroom, enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend ‚Äď as moved to the end of August from the following year 1965. And don‚Äôt forget to catch Matthew Banisters‚Äô Production of the Mods & Rockers Re-booted on BBC 1 South/South East ‚Äď 7.30pm ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†by Andre Martin

Glynis Phillips…¬†Went to see Mojos on pier 1st band I ever saw.

Robert Searle…¬†Don’t forget that’s the original Mojos on that record.


Canterbury Tales plus The Suspect – Hastings Pier 4th January 1969



source & info: Kent MusicBiz

Mark Dean Ellen, Bernie Hagley, Nigel Gilchrist and John Wheels. Trevor Horn(Buggles/Yes) joined Canterbury Tales later when Bernie left. 

John Warner… I¬†see my old mate Dave Sutch up there at number 3. We became friendly in the late 60’s when he lived at Pinner. Sad loss when he died.

Sarah Russell… My dad is John Wheels (Wheals) and i am so pleased to see this. Thank you