Sheffield’s legendary Azena Beatles performance is back to top the bill

Colin Duffield's celebrated Beatles Azena poster

History is set to repeat itself next month when one of Sheffield’s most legendary gigs is re-staged to celebrate the launch of our new book.

Peter Stringfellow could never have guessed he’d created an event that would enter the annals of rock’n’roll history when he booked the Beatles to perform at St Aiden’s Hall on City Road, Sheffield.

The sell out show – which ended up being moved to the bigger Azena Ballroom in Gleadless – caused near riots as hundreds of young people turned up without tickets to see the band that had just hit the big time.

The careers of Peter and Geoff Stringfellow never looked back after that night and they went on to be compares at countless Beatles shows and opened their King Mojo venue which became one of Sheffield’s most iconic clubs of the 1960s.

Peter Stringfellow even took the Beatles to his grave – their songs were played at his funeral last year.

Next month our new book comes out that celebrates his all-conquering King Mojo venue and also chronicles the story of the Beatles show at the Azena.

The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield – The King Mojo Edition’ is set to be launched at a special event which his headlined by renowned local Beatles tribute, the Beatleg Bootles.

The original Azena Ballroom Beatles setlist

The original Azena Ballroom Beatles setlist

Their performance will be based on the set list from the Beatles’ Azena show from February, 1963. Dave Manvell, a close friend of Peter Stringfellow who helped write the book with Neil Anderson, is working with the band to help put the show together.

Sheffield author Neil Anderson says the ‘King Mojo edition’ of his best selling Dirty Stop Out series will be a fitting tribute to Peter and Geoff Stringfellow.

He said: “The contribution Peter and Geoff made to popular culture in the era was quite incredible. They were central to the Beatles story and the Azena gig became the stuff of legend. They went on to launch the King Mojo club which created lifelong friendships amongst its teenage audience and attracted acts that went on to conquer the world.”

The book’s launch night will also be re-creating the vibe of this incredible club via the dancefloor sounds of DJ Stevlor & The Spinning Orphans.

The Beatles performing at the Azena

The Beatles performing at the Azena

There will also be an exhibition of posters by celebrated King Mojo artist Colin Duffield.

The event takes place in the nightclub of Genting Casino Sheffield, on Friday, November 8th, from 9pm until 1am.

The event will be raising money for Cruse Bereavement Care.

Tickets are just £8 and available from here or in person from Genting Casino Sheffield.

Anyone that orders a collector’s edition copy of the ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield – King Mojo Edition’ also gets a complimentary ticket to the launch event! They can be ordered here.

 

Colin Duffield's celebrated Beatles Azena poster

Colin Duffield’s celebrated Beatles Azena poster

Return of King Mojo artwork

The launch night poster – the event now has the added attraction of a renowned Beatles tribute performing a full Azena set

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