About

Club a'Gogo & Downbeat Club

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Welcome to the Club a'Gogo and Downbeat Club website.  We hope you enjoy it but first let us tell you a bit about us and the original Club a'Gogo and the Downbeat Club...

Myself and Paul have a huge passion for promoting the mod culture and musical heritage of 1960s Newcastle.  The original Club a’ Gogo was hugely important in the 60s and many iconic bands and stars first made their name at the club.  The original Club a’ Gogo was located in the now demolished Handyside Buildings. Legendary bands played there such as The Animals (who even wrote a song about the club!), The Who, The Rolling Stones, Geno Washington, The Spencer Davis Group, Wilson Pickett and Jimi Hendrix to name but a few. American blues acts such as Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim also appeared there.  Such was the intimacy of the club that the club goers were able to meet their idols close up, drink and to chat with them.  The club was hot, sweaty and packed to the rafters most weekends.

Prior to the Club a’ Gogo, Mike Jeffery who founded the club along with Ray Grehan, also owned the Downbeat Club.The Club a’ Gogo then followed in 1962 and this club quickly gained popularity with mods across the North East. This part of Newcastle’s history has been largely forgotten and we want to change that.  We are writing a book on the history of the Club a’Gogo and also the North East mod scene.Hopefully this will be published towards the end of 2021.

Much as we would love to step back in time to 1960s Newcastle, we know we can’t do that.  What we can do is bring that authentic Club a’Gogo sound to a new audience and we’d love you to join us! Our club welcomes all ages who want to dance, love the 60s R&B sounds, meet like-minded people and above all have fun! Our only request is that you follow our smart dress code rule. Much love and see you on the dance floor!

Jools & Paul Donnelly