Does anyone remember "EXPLOSION", a night club down town Manchester. 1971-1972?

I remember the disc-jocky was a afro-american.. great guy, great accent, he also had a radio program. I remember some good looking guys. Ozzy was one, a great dancer.

Susan Osman

Explosion was a great club on High Street. It was one of Manchester's first Discoteque style venues, different from the likes of Rowntrees and Top of the Town which had gone before.

I can still remember my girlfriend, Janet (now my wife) and her friend Janice on the small stage area, both in tiny hotpants, dancing away to the music.

The building disappeared years ago with the demolition for the Arndale Centre. 

Martin Carling

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Topic: Explosion Club
Stephanie Stace says...
I used to work at Explosion in 71/72. Mike and Eunice Sullivan part owned it. Kevin was the DJ.
Great times !
7th September 2014 9:23pm
geoff phillips says...
My band "Barnaby Rudge" used to have a Monday night residency there in 1972. As you can imagine, it was pretty quiet in there apart from the odd Coronation Street character and a group of nurses who came to see us. The Supremes were in ... Read More
12th September 2014 5:08am
John McGuinness says...
I remember that night well Geoff, I was also a member of Barnaby Rudge and of the early 70's scene. Great times !!!!
10th December 2015 6:37am
Geoff Phillips says...
Hi John, great to hear from you after all these years. Do you see anything of John Weston? I'm still in touch with Lou on Facebook. He's with the Merseybeats now. Roadie Mike Butler lives in Bermuda. Bernard had moved to Cambridge last I ... Read More
17th December 2015 7:51am
Penny says...
Sunday Nights at the Explosion were the heavy rock "Alternative" Nights. I was one of the promoters and I was usually on the door taking the money. We had many great bands on. A early appearance for Thin Lizzy, and John Cooper Clark doing ... Read More
23rd September 2014 3:15am
Ray Metcalfe says...
Sunday nights at 'Minderbinders' in the Explosion Club in 1971 was great. It was in a really small cellar on High Street - now demolished for the Arndale Centre. I think it cost 5 Shillings membership for a year and 5 Shillings to get in - ... Read More
16th February 2015 12:11am
Elaine says...
I remember The Explosion Club on High Street. I was in a girl group and we used to rehearse there. It was owned by a couple called Sid and Jackie. Jackie was a huge Tom Jones fan and they put a Party on after his show at the Palace Theatre 1972 I ... Read More
13th March 2015 7:34am
netta hymanson says...
Yes remember well Jackie owned it and everyone who really was anyone went there
19th September 2016 6:53am
Raymond Da Silva says...
I also remember the explosion, back in the day great club, great atmosphere. The Afro american DJ by the way was called Greg Edwards, he was a good pal of mine, did'nt see him much when he went down to london to do work for capital radio. He ... Read More
29th October 2015 1:54am
ding says...
I remember the explosion club manchester. Mike and Eunis were the owners when I was around. It was an amazing place. I was very close to Mike and Eunis and we all had a fantastic time; I met and got to know many celebrities in manchester and have ... Read More
1st June 2016 7:57am
Patricia says...
MIke was my Dad and Eunice my stepmom
16th September 2016 5:04am
ding says...
Is this site for real??? I've just added my previous comments at 23:00hrs - for you that dont know the 24 hr clock, that 11 pm and my post has jut shown uo as 7 pm????? what utter *****!!! so much for archive historical facts - I could have ... Read More
1st June 2016 8:11am
Carl Henderson says...
What a rude person. Historical facts? Learn to spell! Wounderful? Certainley?
People who live in glass houses ...
Site is better off without pillocks!
1st June 2016 5:59pm
catherine proctor (manchester) says...
How many of us went from the Explosion to the Reno on a Saturday night, well Sunday morning. They are excurvaiting the Reno at the moment, there has been a lot of interest in this club, anyone on here go?
22nd October 2017 8:49am
phil bowen (Toronto) says...
You obviously did not take into account that the website you are visiting and commenting on is based in australia, whereas you are presumably based in the U.K.
22nd October 2017 10:48am
catherine proctor (manchester) says...
I use to go to the Explosion, I loved the music, Michael Cayton was one of the DJ's
22nd October 2017 8:41am
catherine proctor (manchester) says...
I use to go to the Explosion, great music I loved it Micheal was on of the DJs
22nd October 2017 8:42am

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