Oxford Disco
The Moon

Foundry Street and Sandy Lane

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.

Dave Jones

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!

John Harvey

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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Topic: The Moon, Dukinfield
David Grainger says...
I was a DJ at The Moon, Pennine ApreSki Lodge, Barbarellas in the late 60's. Final appearance at The Moon was in March 1970, got married the following day and sold all 500, 45rpm 7 inch discs filed in "coffin" boxes in Manchester for a pittance! I ... Read More
12th March 2014 7:41pm
Vernon Smith says...
Thanks for that write up David, I'm having fantastic flashbacks about Saturdays, at the Moon, and Mondays I seem to recall. A few records that immediately come to mind are, Bunny Sigler - Let The Good Times Roll,Bobby Hebb - Love Love Love, ... Read More
3rd October 2014 7:52pm
Roxy (Clitheroe) says...
I came to see you at The Moon with your brother Peter when I was 16. The first proper nightclub I had ever gone to. Just remember the LOUD music and trying nt to get lost! Pete was my brother's friend at school. They all lost touch. How is he?
21st October 2017 1:34am
Don Fish says...
For a little while in 1970/71 I DJ'd on a Tuesday night "Rock Night" The pay wasn't great but was boosted by free booze (Newcastle Brown) and burger and chips. Although it was busy, we stopped due to my college commitments but ... Read More
15th March 2014 6:23am
veronica green says...
Great times. I went to them all  - good days xxGrin
23rd April 2014 2:34am
Davec Connor says...
We used to go down on our lambretta scooters Dave Connor Frank Chambers Manny and Goody, had some brilliant nights there on Saturday's and then birdcage on a Sunday.
29th August 2014 6:25am
Sanny says...
Are you the dave Conner who moved to Wales ,but originally from Stockport ,can't remember your mates name ,but between us we could do the dancing bit I lived in Hyde at the time
20th September 2014 5:38am
David connor says...
Bloody hell Sanny, yes it is, you'll never guess, I was in Hyde a few weeks ago and I tried to find you, knocked on a few doors and then went down to see if I could find Frank chambers but no luck, if you want to bell me 07974079961 I'll ... Read More
13th October 2014 6:19am
David Connor says...
Hi Sanny, yes it is, contact me on 07974079961.
13th October 2014 6:26am
Jacki says...
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. !!
16th October 2015 11:44pm
Norah Mears says...
I loved going to the Moon
7th August 2016 10:13pm
Janice McCann says...
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 :) :)
28th January 2017 8:32am
Barry Wood says...
It was called ' The Oxford ' disco after ' The Oxford ' cinema before ' The Moon ' disco with the last name being ' Hiccups '
21st October 2017 9:54pm
John Allcock (Hyde) says...
Rolly you and I both know what sort of fun we had. Wink wink.
24th November 2017 12:36am

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