We’re all familiar with the household names of Motown – Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes. But in the 1960s, American Motown/soul artists who had achieved little (or no) success in their home country found themselves gaining an unexpected fan base in the Midlands and The North of England.
Their music became a staple of unlikely venues like The Twisted Wheel, The Catacombs, Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca. The Northern Soul movement had begun – more a lifestyle than a genre, with baggy-trousered fans spending their free time obsessively hunting down original release records, travelling far and wide for the best under-the-radar events and inventing their own dance style complete with spins, kicks and karate kicks – even dusting the dance floor with talcum powder for better friction.
Recently in Birmingham one little back street soul & retro club, The Night Owl has rejuvenated the local soul scene and introduced the music and lifestyle to a brand new younger audience. Their monthly club night ‘Floorshakers!’ comes to Shamabla bringing the best in Northern Soul and Motown classics and rarities. So, grab your talcum powder, pull up those kegs and let’s kick off Shambala with some serious soul!