The Astoria
Union Street, Oldham

Saw numerous groups here, such as The Big Three, Freddie Starr and the Delmonts. My biggest thrill was seeing Trevor Morais who if I'm not mistaken had been voted the worlds top dummer, at the time, do a half hour drum Solo.

Dave Hancock

I was DJ there on Thursday & Sunday nights (Thursday was non-alcohol) in 1966 & 1967 after Gary Laine left for the Talk Of The Town

This makes me lucky enough to have seen and met some big names there such as:

Dave Dee & Co. - Small Faces - Robb Storme Group - Manfred Mann (with Paul Jones) - Paul & Barry Ryan - The Creation - Paddy Klaus & Gibson - The Equals - Foundations - Procol Harum - Spencer Davis Group - The Kinks - Sandie Shaw - Walker Bros. - Alan Price Set - Crispian St. Peters - Zoot Money - The Fortunes - The Yardbirds - Wayne Fontana - St. Louis Union - Gene PItney - Cryin' Shames - Chris Andrews - The Searchers - Billy J Kramer - Lou Christie - David Garrick - Georgie Fame - Edwin Starr

Philip Hart

18 December 1964|
18 December 1964

Tony Prince was at the Astoria in Oldham on Tuesday 12th Feb he told the story of how he was there on the same night 50 years ago when The Beatles played. It was a good night with a local group called The THREETLES who did a good Beatles set.

Hope to have another look at your site, not been on for a while. My computer is a bit up the wall sometimes, like now, it will be up the wall one of these days!

Phil Hindley

Its just over fifty years ago The Beatles appeared at the Astoria.  Tony Prince, a contributor to Manchesterbeat introduced them.

The Astoria went through a few changes  - also known as Baileys, Romeo and Juliets, Frogies and the last I heard it was a pool hall.

Jim Whatmough



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Tony Gardner
I played at the Oldham Astoria with the Missing Links. It was a Saturday afternoon matinee session.
The girls were wild. I remember we wore ties for the gig. The girls took scissors to them and all we had left was the knots!
10th February 2017 3:20am
Ray Swindlehurst
ShockedCarol do you remember me?
25th November 2016 7:14pm
Ray, not sure if I do, I'm rubbish at names, I only remembered Buck because his was an unusual name. Jog my memory Grin
7th December 2016 8:36pm
Remember all the same bands as Buck but add the Brian Auger Trinity which consisted of Julie Driscoll, Long John Baldrey etc. even remember Buck and Arnold and the Bank Top. Good times
21st November 2016 5:33pm
Hi Carol, nice one,yeah I remember Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll at the Astoria,was there that night also.Remember the Bank Top landlord at 'Chucking out time' ,coming round with the vac saying "come on you film stars, let's be having you home now"!
What's your surname then? I remember a couple of Carols from then.Regards Buck.
22nd November 2016 11:56pm
Carol Campbell
Hi Buck, I used to go around with a girl called Eileen, we were from Fitton hill. I live in Cornwall now and moved here in 1968. Very different way of life hereGrin. Am on faceache as carol molloy.
27th November 2016 5:35pm
Rod Buckley
Hi Carol, Thanks for that, I know who you are now.Sounds like you made a good move down to Cornwall, love it down there, so laid back.We lived in Shaw for 34 yrs, now retired to North Yorkshire 10 miles from Scarborough near to daughter and family.Not seen Arnold for about 15yrs. Always reminiscing on Manchester Beat Site, loads of great memories on there.Good to hear from people of the same era, just a bunch of golden oldies from the 60's.
Cheers for now.
29th November 2016 7:37am
Glad you're well. Yes Cornwall is laid back but getting busier. I'll tell Eileen I've spoken to you. Was also looking at the Twisted Wheel site in Manchester. Wow that brought back some good memories, I cannot believe what we got up to then. How our parents didn't find out I'll never know.Shocked
7th December 2016 8:32pm
Remember it well,was a regular with the Oldham mod scene, Thursdays and Sunday evenings.Saw the Beatles,Kinks,Small Faces,Spencer Davies,Rod Stewart with Long John Baldry & The Steam Packet,Bo Diddley,loads more.Also saw Jimmy
Hendrix and was stood at the front of stage.We had a great crowd of Mods,and use to meet up in The Roebuck Inn across the road, then round to the Bank Top later.Fantastic times, Oldham was a great place on the Mod Scene ahead of its time.1962-1967.Human Jungle was another great club then.
10th July 2016 9:42am
Ted Johnston
The first group I was in (The Pages), played there the week after the Beatles did
Apparently Brian Epstein tried everything to get them out of the booking as he'd agreed the price a long time before and they had become really famous by the time they were due to appear
He (according to the manager of the Astoria), offered Cilla Black, the Fourmost and Billy J Kramer in their place, all for the same price
4th April 2016 4:33pm
Please can you confirm that Tom Jones sang live in Oldham with his group The Squires between 1964 and 1967. I was there but nobody believes me. Thank you. Ivan.
5th December 2015 9:00pm
Jennifer McFie Curiel
Yes I was there when Tom Jones sang live 'Its not unusual':
14th December 2015 4:07am
If I am not mistaken the Hollies should have been on but had been double booked. Tom Jones was a last minute replacement.
4th April 2016 1:58am
Yes he did - my Mum went to that gig
26th November 2016 3:03pm
Bob Pitcher
Wow Yeah... played the Astoria in 1965. One of the most memorable gigs in the North. Played with a 60's Polydor R&B band 'The Betterdays'.

We stayed at a pub on the cross roads of the main Manchester Road in Oldham. Great Gig. Screaming girls etc. Only downside was ... when we left our van had been totally stripped of door handles, mirrors, aerial, and covered in various types of messages in lipstick, etc.

Felt like we'd arrived.
Bob Pitcher (retired Vicar!)
2nd May 2014 9:56pm
Michael Jerzynek
My mum Elsie worked at the Astoria when Tom Jones appeared,I was lucky enough to have a drink after his gig with staff and him, I was only 13 at the time, and used to get in free with my friend John.
9th February 2017 11:02am

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