Earth died and a new club had opened in the West End.
This was Midnight Court held at The Lyceum Ballroom in the Strand.
It was an all night event and distinctly commercial. Our first encounter
was in April 1969 and it didn't bode well to see bouncers in dj's
on the doors.
It did have a large dance floor where the great favourite was Credence
Clearwater’s " Keep on Chooglin", but gone was
that feeling of a secretive underground meeting place. The gilt
and red plush were all incongruous and tripping just exaggerated
it's plastic atmosphere, together with the fact that the lightshows
had been dropped.
The old UFO
crowd didn't go there and acid was taken less. Many people now wore
fringed buckskin and snakeskin and the colourful clothes were almost
gone. People took speed and barbiturates to watch bands which included
Blossom Toes, Glass
Menagerie, The Nice,
Pretty Things and Steppenwolf.
These events fizzled out but with none of the sense of loss felt
Submitted by Rusty Cat Sneazin - March 2002
Just a short
hello remembering the amazing enlightening aspects of the Midnight
Court, the culture the vibes and not least the sounds and clothes.
It changed my life, meeting or should I say being magnetised by the
Kensington Market set, with philosophy of these middle class pioneers
of the mind, learning about Leary, Ginsburg etc was very exciting
for a lost Tottenham speed freak.
Thank you "Angel" long golden flowing hair (a he), spots
from ripping up the stars. John the Bog of Hawkwind
fame (credits on one of their albums).
Many more, nearly a year of mostly heaven, never forget what I can
remember!. What are these people doing now? ,probably best not to
know am still a dreamer.
It was a great dream, a positive creative time and as the famous farmer
said, God Bless you all,I love you for it.
Thanks Good luck
Dave. (52) ouch!. - August 2002
Had a drink in the pub and scored some speed.
Queued up as per normal feeling quite normal. Watched the straights
depart (all these old people in their 50's!!) and in we went. I went
to see Curved Air but by the time I got in the speed had kicked in.
I spent the whole night in the corridor talking to anyone and everyone.
One poor soul who suffered was one Pete Watts from Mott The Hoople.
I think I must have talked to him for rather a long time. I have a
distinct memory of hearing the opening bars of Curved Air's set and
telling him that they were the reason I had come. Same for him, in
fact he was on their guest list. We didn't see them. I talked all
the way through. He humoured me while I told him about just about
every Mott gig I'd seen plus stories from friends who
had seen them.
He was a perfect gentleman.
Submitted by Oldgit - June 2003
you have any recollections of this club?
We want to hear from you if you do!!