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Banbury bands join forces for Winter Gardens revival

From left to right: Sean D'Oyley of The Duckworths, Tom Beckinsale of The Big Baloosh, Matty Keefe of Rufus Goodlove and Leigh Chambers of Mississippi Disco

From left to right: Sean D'Oyley of The Duckworths, Tom Beckinsale of The Big Baloosh, Matty Keefe of Rufus Goodlove and Leigh Chambers of Mississippi Disco

Four Banbury bands hope to bring back memories of the popular 1960s Winter Gardens dance hall with a music night at the Mill Arts Centre.

The Big Baloosh, Rufus Goodlove, The Duckworths and Mississippi Disco will perform at a Winter Gardens revival event on March 15, where they hope to attract people young and old to enjoy sounds from the 1960s and 70s.

Bob Dainty, one of the organisers, said: “Banbury had a phenomenal music scene during the Winter Gardens era and we want to bring that back. All of these bands have different styles of music so we hope it will be another great night for everyone to enjoy.

“This is the first time we have got these four bands together on the same night.”

The Winter Gardens became a popular venue for music fans in and around Banbury during the 1960s and hosted gigs by artists including Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones at the start of their careers.

All proceeds from next month’s event will go to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Matty Keefe, vocalist for Rufus Goodlove, said: “Most of us in the bands have got friends or family that have been treated at the hospital, so it is a very worthy cause. I have spoken to musicians who played at the Winter Gardens and had so many good memories.”

Tickets cost £10 plus a £1 booking fee and can be booked on 01295 279002. The evening starts at 7pm.

 

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