5 Decades That Did Big Things For Music

Have you ever experienced one of our popular Sunbridgewells music events? With a genre for everyone in Bradford’s underground tunnels, if you’re someone who appreciates good music then you’ll definitely be in your element. They say ‘’music expresses that which cannot be put into words’’ so whether you’re a diehard De La Soul fan or you’re bias for The Beatles, join us in celebration of yesterday’s World Music Day, as Sunbridgewells explores 5 decades that did incredible things for music.


Marking the birth of rock and roll, the 50’s brought us the likes of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. It was also this same decade that Holly was sadly taken from us, we celebrated the Queens Coronation and when Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra ruled the lounge act. If you’re also partial to a bit of Harry Belafonte we would encourage you to jump in the line at our next throwback event in Bradford’s underground Victorian tunnels.


In the colourful 1960s, we saw the first man in space, an average house price of about £2,530 and it was the year The Rolling Stones first burst onto our scenes with their popular smash hit, "It's All Over Now". Between 1964 and 1965, Bradford was home to the disco and nightclub of the era, The Little Fat Black Pussy Cat Club and even more extraordinary, The Beatles actually played an after-hours gig in the Old Cellar Bar on Ivegate, having performed that evening at the Gaumont. Sunbridgewells’ last revival night of this nostalgic music scene went down an absolute storm with party-goers describing the event as superb and a trip down memory lane.


The 1970s was the decade we saw Bradford born star Kiki Dee rise to fame with her beautiful blue-eyed soul vocals. Originally born in Little Horton as Pauline Matthews, she went on to become the first female UK singer to sign with Motown's Tamla Records and is best known for her tracks, ‘’I've Got the Music in Me’’ and the Elton John duet, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart’’. If you also like tracks from 70’s icons such as Neil Young and the Eagles, Laurel Canyon Union play regularly at Sunbridgewells so keep an eye on our events page for their next anticipated gig.


Do we have any 80’s babies in the house?! In the era Prince Charles married Lady Diana and we finally got hair dryers, toasters and channel 4, the longest-running number 1 of the 1980’s was Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Two Tribes". Why not join us for our next 80's Takeover in Bradford’s underground tunnels as we celebrate original DJ’s, original music and original vibe. With 6 rooms and 13 DJs, we always guarantee to cater for all tastes.


The 1990s saw the rise of Doc Martens, Flannel shirts and plenty of rips in your bleached denim jeans. Back when the likes of Oasis and the Spice Girls ruled the charts and mum and dad were just happy they now had a widescreen TV. One of our most popular Sunbridgewells events has got to be our 90’s Takeover. With an evening of indie, dance and old skool R&B, our 90s events have been well-received by our customers and described as ‘’the best night out in Bradford’’.

 Take a trip down memory lane at one of Sunbridgewells’ nostalgic music revival nights

Take a trip down memory lane at one of Sunbridgewells’ nostalgic music revival nights

What’s happening now at Sunbridgewells

Coming up at Sunbridgewells we have a night dedicated to Thomas Shelby, his ruthless family and plenty of tunes from the roaring 20’s. Get your tickets here to The Ultimate Peaky Blinders Night held in the Rose and Crown at Sunbridgewells.

We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your musical trip down memory lane. The last 5 decades have done some incredible things for music and long may we continue to celebrate them in Bradford’s underground Victorian tunnels.

Written and published by Hannah King

Posted on June 22, 2018 .