Do you have any memories of Midnight Court?
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Middle 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 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 Caravan, Blossom Toes, Glass Menagerie, The Nice, Andromeda, Pretty Things and Steppenwolf.
These events fizzled out but with none of the sense of loss felt for UFO and Middle Earth.
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 at Woodstock
Thanks Good luck
I attended John Peels Midnight Court at The Strand Ballroom fairly regularily (after the demise of UFO / Middle Earth ).
I saw a whole load of prominent bands there inc. Steppenwolf, John Mayall's Blues Band, Tyranosaurus Rex, Taste, Colosseum and many others.
Richard Smith - October 2020
Pooterland Note regarding the above memory:
Androide Lightshow although visiting London several times did not do any shows in the UK. The Light Show mentioned was almost certainly Crab Nebula who were the in house Light Show.