Dukinfield had a great disco called Hiccup's the former Moon. and before that it was the Oxford Cinema, its now the site of Morrison's supermarkets petrol station,... Hiccups opened its doors in 1974 as a disco pub, then later about 1976, it was late night licensed till 2am, opening mon,thurs,fri,& sat, it has a Facebook page now with over 200 members, log in at.... Hiccup's disco Dukinfield.
I was a very lucky person to have worked at Hiccup's as a resident D.J. for over 4 years, with other D.J.s including Les Shaw, Johnny Simms Dave Parker, Steve (Goodie) Gooderson and many others.
I had many a great night there, with the staff and the manager, Mr Gordon Chadwick. pictures now on Facebook. Thanks for taking the time to read my slot, hope the memories flood back to you all.
Roland "Roly" Hough
I use to go to Hiccups - they were great times. DJs Pip and Dave Parker - what a good time.
The Moon opened in 1969 in a building that was the former Oxford Cinema. It was situated on the corner of Foundry Street and Sandy Lane, Dukinfield.
I can clearly remember queuing up outside on opening night, not knowing what to expect. But once inside, it was unlike anything I'd been in before. The "Moon" theme was acheived by using lots of metal sheeting and decorated to give a lunar effect and I was really impressed with the lighting, which used motor driven coloured spot lights as well as the usual Ultra Violet and Flashing lights, popular in the 60s. The DJ booth was situated right on the smallish dance floor and the sound was terrific with a deep base that reverberated through the floor.
The music was mainly Northern Soul with Bob and Earl's "Harlem Shuffle" and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Break Out" and "Devil in a blue dress" being the stand out records on opening night. But Blue Beat and Ska was also popular with the likes of Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker and the Aces and the unforgettable and banned Max Romeo with "Wet Dream"
Everyone had a good time at the Moon with great audience participation.
I can clearly remember everyone on the dance floor singing "I can't get no sex in Ashton" to the Rolling Stones hit " Satisfaction" and also singing "F... Off, F...Off" in the chorus of Kasenetz Katz hit "Quick Joey Small"
Sad day when it closed, but it later reopened as "Hiccups" and then "Drifters" and after lying empty for five years, it was finally demolished in Feb 1989 to make way for Morrison's Petrol Station.
As a final anecdote, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red fame, once siad that as a boy living in Denton, he was able to sneak into the Moon in Dukinfield, which fuelled his life-long liking for soul music.
I went there once, Boxing Day night...
Couldn't get home, no bus, no taxi, nowt... me and my lovely girlfriend Christine "slept" in a shop doorway bloody brrr (with good bits) ;-)
Great club though, that night is obviously still in my memories, we drank warm and flat Watneys Red Barrel disco beer in a F*cking crater... fantastic!
I worked there in the 70s as a dj (ferdy). Remember playing Candi Staton for my then girl friend erina, and parts of the Moon still were there up stairs while Hiccups was on full swing, also ran the djs at the Caven a/u/l.
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Tonight I'm thinking about my times at the Moon, as my best friends daughter is celebrating her 18th birthday to night at the Moon in Frankfurt. Hope she has a fab night as we had in our Moon in Dukinfield, happy days :) :)
Loved the moon in the early seventies, northern soul sounds like "spooky s day off, the Fife piper and the opening track was always touch of velvet, sting of brass....check them out just as good today as then....long live mods. !!