Enjoy reliving town’s Winter Garden scene

Rufus Goodlove will play at a Winter Gardens Revival event at the Mill Arts Centre on Saturday NNL-150119-124619001
Rufus Goodlove will play at a Winter Gardens Revival event at the Mill Arts Centre on Saturday NNL-150119-124619001

Tickets are selling out fast for a Winter Gardens revival event at the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury on Saturday.

The event will relive the iconic sounds from the popular town venue which proved so popular during the 1960s and 1970s, attracting up and coming bands such as the Rolling Stones and the Hollies.

The Duckworths, Big Baloosh, Mississippi Disco and Rufus Goodlove will play a selection of hits on the night, which has sold 200 out of 250 tickets already.

Bob Dainty, one of the organisers, has said the event is a perfect opportunity for those wanting a good night out listening to four of the best bands in the area.

He said: “A few of the band members’ dads used to go to the Winter Gardens in the 60s and while the building is no longer there anymore, we want to recreate a night like it.

“The music scene in Banbury is great and the four bands have got a great following. This night is for anyone wanting to come along and see what amazing groups we have in the town.”

The music gets under way at 7.30pm and will feature a wide range of music genres. The Duckworths are best known for their punk and ska tunes, while Mississippi Disco put on a high adrenalin set of hard rock similar to iconic band Led Zeppelin.

The Big Baloosh offer lots of versality in their set while Rufus Goodlove play a lot of their own music, with similarities to Fairport Convention.

A Winter Gardens revival event proved a popular hit last year, and raised more than £1,000 for the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Mr Dainty added a similar event is looking to be held at Banbury’s GF Club later this year,

He said: “It was a really popular event last year, we want to get everything right and have gone to lengths to sort out those little problems we experienced at last year’s event.It is trying to revive the town’s music scene as there are a lot of great bands out there who write their own songs but do not get the crowds.

“Some of the great bands of the 60s and 70s cut their teeth at the Winter Gardens. It really was a great venue.”

Tickets are £10 plus a £1 booking free and the bar is open until 1am. For details call 01295 279002.