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The Blackpool Mecca was a large entertainment venue on Central Drive in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire in the North West of England, first opened in 1965. In the 1970s, it was particularly known for The Highland Room, which was a major Northern Soul music venue. The building was closed down in 1980s and was finally demolished in January 2009 to make way for a new education facility.

Northern soul at The Highland Room

The Highland Room was used as a rare soul venue from 1971 to 1979 and it became one of the most popular venues on the Northern soul sceneBill Brewster and Frank Broughton. Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Chapter four, page 98, Soul wars: Wigan Casino vs Blackpool Mecca. Unlike similar clubs such as the Wigan Casino and the Golden Torch, these events were not all-nighters and ran from 8pm until 2pm on Saturday evenings.

The two main DJs for the Highland Room soul nights were Ian Levine and Colin Curtis. Several classic 1960s Northern soul records were discovered and broken by the aforementioned DJs at the venue, including Tony Clarke's LandslideSleeve notes written by Ian Levine accompanying the CD Reachin’ For The Best: The Northern Soul of the Blackpool Mecca, Morris Chesnut's Too Darn SoulfulSleeve notes written by Ian Dewhirst accompanying the CD The Northern Soul Story Vol 3: Blackpool Mecca, Frankie Beverly & the Butlers's If That's What You Wanted...
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