Wigan Casino – where allnighters went to die…

Wigan Casino ~ Keep The Faith

The venue that brought back Soul music all-nighters after the closure of other locations (primarily The Twisted Wheel in Manchester) was the Wigan Casino. It became the 1970’s epicentre for Northern Soul all night dance sessions.

Wigan Casino

Richard Searling  And Russ Winstanley were the most famous DJ’s at the venue and Russ was the guy who started it all off.

After the closure of Manchester clubs  like The Twisted Wheel (and The Blue Note), the soul all Nighter scene moved to Wigan after a few months at the Torch. Here  the search for ever more obscure recordings became more the fashion rather than the original wider known recordings.

Today Northern Soul is experiencing another revival. In the past the Northern Soul musical appeal has focused mainly upon up tempo sounds.

I suspect that as these aging fans slow down (like us older original Wheel survivors) they will ‘discover’ some of the slower richer soul in many an overlooked soul ballad. Slow soulful numbers were always popular in the 1960’s, many of which are listed in this database.

What an Amazon reviewer said about this CD: ‘I love these northern soul compilations. Apart from the “beats per minute” requirement, then pretty much anything can end up on them. In the seventies these records certainly widened my taste in music and made me sweat in a wild blaze of euphoria on the dance floor’.

Let’s face it – some of the vocalists are bad! You can hear them straining to get their 2 1/2 minutes of fame – bless’em – and many of the tracks are derivative to say the least . But then again all the effort can produce something really uplifting and there is the odd gem among them.

A lot of these sounds were produced by small labels on a shoestring budget. The instrumentation, playing and production is often dire but on nearly every track there is something to love – a bass line, an organ sound, some groovy guitar lick, great horns etc…

Wigan Casino Story CD
Wigan Casino Story – CD

O.K. so you could buy a Motown compilation instead but you won’t have so much FUN.
The sound quality doesn’t seem too bad either. Dance on – if you’re still able! Keep The Faith.

Wigan Casino – Martins box

Wigan Casino – Wikipedia