Premiere: The Revenge Live At The Sub Club

A New Year’s Eve extravaganza…

The Revenge

Glasgow’s Sub Club is legendary for a host of reasons: the open-minded booking policy, the expertly controlled sound and, of course, the crowd.

On a good night – a great night, even – these factors will coalesce into something special. For New Year’s Eve, staple Sub Club night crew Subculture decided to toast their 20th anniversary.

Chaired by Harri and Dominic, Subculture has been bringing cutting edge house vibes to Glaswegian dancefloors across two decades.

Dedicated to the cause, the pair opted to invite a handful of friends along with them. Cult disco-house guru The Revenge was among them.

Playing a lengthy, sweaty and at times inspiring live set, the producer rose to the occasion and emphasised just why he is so sought after.

Clash is lucky enough to be able to bring you the full recording of that live set. Listen carefully and you can almost hear sweat drip down the walls…

Source: ClashMusic

History’s First Rock Concert

Moondog Coronation Ball

Breathless promotion on the local radio station. Tickets selling out in a single day. Thousands of teenagers, hours before show time, lining up outside the biggest venue in town. The scene outside the Cleveland Arena on a chilly Friday night in March more than 50 years ago would look quite familiar to anyone who has ever attended a major rock concert.

But no one on this particular night had ever even heard of a “rock concert.” This, after all, was the night of an event now recognized as history’s first major rock-and-roll show: the Moondog Coronation Ball, held in Cleveland on March 21, 1952.

The “Moondog” in question was the legendary disk jockey Alan Freed, the self-styled “father of rock and roll” who was then the host of the enormously popular “Moondog Show” on Cleveland AM radio station WJW. Freed had joined WJW in 1951 as the host of a classical music program, but he took up a different kind of music at the suggestion of Cleveland record store owner Leo Mintz, who had noted with great interest the growing popularity, among young customers of all races, of rhythm-and-blues records by black musicians.

Mintz decided to sponsor three hours of late night programming on WJW to showcase rhythm-and-blues music, and Alan Freed was installed as host. Freed quickly took to the task, adopting a new, hip persona and vocabulary that included liberal use of the phrase “rock and roll” to describe the music he was now promoting. As the program grew in popularity, Mintz and Freed decided to do something that had never been done: hold a live dance event featuring some of the artists whose records were appearing on Freed’s show.

Dubbed “The Moondog Coronation Ball,” the event was to feature headliners Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers and Tiny Grimes and the Rocking Highlanders (a black instrumental group that performed in Scottish kilts). In the end, however, the incredible popular demand for tickets proved to be the event’s undoing. Helped along by massive ticket counterfeiting and possibly by overbooking on the part of the event’s sponsors, an estimated 20,000-25,000 fans turned out for an event being held in an arena with a capacity of only 10,000.

Less than an hour into the show, the massive overflow crowd broke through the gates that were keeping them outside, and police quickly moved in to stop the show almost as soon as it began. On the radio the very next evening, Alan Freed offered an apology to listeners who had tried to attend the canceled event. By way of explanation, Freed said: “If anyone…had told us that some 20 or 25,000 people would try to get into a dance—I suppose you would have been just like me. You would have laughed and said they were crazy.”

Sound Minds, Sound Hearts : People’s Choice Showcase

Mile High Scenesters was formed in 2012 & partnered with Optimus Youth to begin operating as a 501c 3 non-profit organization in 2013. Programs include: Sound Minds.Sound Hearts Quarterly Music Series, Singer/Songwriters Series, & Musical Instrument Drive

The mission of MHS is to provide a community-based platform for youth music programs in the Mile High area by fostering an environment of creativity and mentorship.

Mile High Scenesters was formed in 2012 after a group of music loving acquaintances came together through a very successful benefit held for long standing family members of the Denver music community after they had suffered a personal tragedy. This group found they had an undeniable chemistry along with their mutually shared love and passion and involvement in the local music community and decided they wanted to do so much more!