A MANCHESTER journalist has made a short film about the last soul sessions at the old Twisted Wheel building in Manchester before it was demolished to make way for a hotel.
There's such passion amongst the Northern Soul crowd and the Twisted Wheel night was very special.
In the 1960s the venue hosted soul nights and performances by artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, Edwin Starr and Ben E King, and it is considered to be the birth place of Northern Soul.
The club closed in 1971 and went on to become Placemate 7, and more recently Legends, but DJ Pete Roberts resurrected soul sessions in 2000 using the Twisted Wheel name.
Motel One - computer projection
James Graham's film, Long After Tonight - The Last Days of the Twisted Wheel, captures the final nights in December 2012, and the subsequent demolition.
He said: "I work nearby and wanted to capture the building and everyone who went to the soul nights before it vanished. So many significant buildings are swept away and forgotten.
"There's such passion amongst the Northern Soul crowd and the Twisted Wheel night is continuing at another club, but for them this venue was very special. I hope I captured that and also the way people and their passions tend to get swept away in the name of regeneration."
Twisted Wheel - back in the day
The buildings were owned by Targetfollow and sold off when part of that business went into administration. They were picked up by London-based Olympian Homes which struck a development agreement with German hotel chain Motel One. Construction on the hotel is now underway.
The lease was held by Julian Lyons who employed around 60 staff at the Hotel International, a pub called The Outpost and Legends.
The video is below.
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