First, we brought you the smash hit event, The Little Fat Black Pussy Cat Club and now at Sunbridgewells, you can enjoy its Sister Club and the other well-loved music scene of the 1960s, The Plebeians Jazz Club of Halifax. Join us on Sunday the 6th of May, 2.30 pm - 9 pm, as we dedicate a day in Bradford’s underground tunnels to this dearly remembered and truly immortal 60s Halifax mod club.
With over six hours of 60s R&B, Club Soul, Mod, Tamla Motown and Ska, stick on your grooviest finery and get ready to Do The Mod!
The History of The Plebeians (Plebs) Jazz Club
Between the years 1961 and 1968, the Plebeians Jazz Club of Halifax was the place to be. Affectionately known as The Plebs, this popular mod club was the starting point of Halifax’s music scene after first opening its doors on the third floor of Martins Mill, Pellon Lane. The club proved to be a huge success with founders Paul Mountain, David Higgins, Robert Moore and Tony Hurlin later changing its location to the Upper George Yard in Halifax town centre. In a modish setting, this famous Yorkshire club has hosted artists ranging from Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Graham Bond Organisation, through to Jimmy Cliff & Shakedown Story.
As Halifax’s answer to Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, the iconic Plebs Jazz Club was one of the earliest Soul-Mod scenes in the North of England during the golden ‘In-Crowd’ era. This all-night dance scene of the Sixties is also the backdrop to Yorkshire author John Knight’s new book, ‘Jimmy Mack’.
The Plebs Club Revival!
Relive those early, heady nights with a nod to everything mod at Bradford’s only underground music venue. From its humble beginnings at Martins Mill, Halifax to now, a modern relaunch in our atmospheric tunnels, our celebration of The Plebeians Jazz Club will be held in the Sunbridgewells basement, with access on the day found via the Ivegate entrance. We’re expecting a big crowd for the relaunch of this nostalgic mod club so make sure you get down early. We’d also like to thank you in advance for adhering to the smart dress code as per the 1960s period and in respect of the club and its members.
In the run-up to this hip revival gathering, here’s some early video footage to enjoy from a typical night at the original Plebeians Jazz Club, Halifax. With likeable DJ’s Fran O’Brien and Ollie providing the throwback tunes, grab yourself a Babycham or pale ale and keep the good times rolling at Sunbridgewells’ resurgence of The Plebs Club, Sunday the 6th of May, 2:30 pm - 9 pm.
Written and published by Hannah King