The Concorde Soul Motown Show – A venue steeped in musical history
Concorde Soul Motown Show! We’re proud to be part of this venue’s rich musical heritage. We very much look forward to taking our Soul & Motown Show to The Concorde on Saturday 20th October and following in the footsteps of such a star studded cast of names!
Its beginnings, however, are a world away from the leading venue it is today; The Concorde’s rich and colourful history starts in the backroom of a Southampton pub.
In 1957, Cole Mathieson, a keen drummer with an unrivalled knowledge and passion for jazz, launched a new members club in the annexe of the Basset pub in Southampton. Named the Concorde Club, it attracted over 1,000 members in just six months and quickly became the place to be, with queues stretching around the corner to get a glimpse of the first-class musicians that Cole had booked.
The club flourished throughout the 1960s, featuring bands and musicians who would soon become household names, such as Manfred Mann, Cream (featuring Eric Clapton), Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Elton John. It became so popular that bands came to play every night of the week and attracted the top names of the time such as: John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Graham Bond Organisation, Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, Mott the Hoople, Atomic Rooster and Rory Gallagher’s Taste.
The Basset remained the home of The Concorde until 1970, when the pub was bought for redevelopment, and the future of the club came under threat. Unwilling to let The Concorde fade away, Cole purchased the Old School in Stoneham Lane and turned a derelict Victorian schoolhouse into a world-class venue.
Tickets are selling fast, get yours today! Prices for our Soul & Motown Show: Members £6, £34 with dinner. Non-members £10, £38 with dinner. Booking and information: 023 8061 3989 Book online here
The Concorde, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Southampton SO50 9HQ
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