The early life of one of Sheffield’s most colourful entrepreneurs is celebrated at a special event next week.
Peter Stringfellow could never have guessed he’d created an event that would enter the annals of rock’n’roll history when he booked up-and-coming act the Beatles to perform at St Aiden’s Hall on City Road, Sheffield, in 1963.
The sell out show – which ended up being moved to the bigger Azena Ballroom in Gleadless – caused near riots as hundreds of young people turned up without tickets to see the band that hit the No 1 spot for the first time in the days prior to the show.
The careers of Peter and his brother Geoff Stringfellow never looked back after that night and they went on to MC countless Beatles shows and opened their King Mojo venue which became one of Sheffield’s most iconic clubs of the 1960s.
History is set to repeat itself on Friday, November 8th, when the legendary Beatles show is re-staged to mark the launch of a new book that celebrates the King Mojo venue and also chronicles the various Beatles shows in Sheffield.
The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield – The King Mojo Edition’ is set to be unveiled at the special event headlined by renowned local Beatles tribute, the Beatleg Bootles.
Their performance will be based on the set list from the Beatles’ Azena show. Dave Manvell, a close friend of Peter Stringfellow who helped write the book with author Neil Anderson, is working with the band to help put the show together.
Neil Anderson says the title will be a fitting tribute to Peter and Geoff Stringfellow.
He said: “The contribution the brothers made to popular culture in the era was quite incredible. They were central to the Beatles story and the Azena gig became the stuff of legend. They went on to launch the King Mojo club which created lifelong friendships amongst its teenage audience and attracted acts that went on to conquer the world.”
Barry Northall, a lifelong friend of Peter Stringfellow who attended the legendary Beatles gig, will be the MC at the event.
The book’s launch night will also be re-creating the vibe of the King Mojo via the dancefloor sounds of DJ Stevlor & The Spinning Orphans.
There will also be an exhibition of posters by celebrated King Mojo artist Colin Duffield.
The event takes place in the nightclub of Genting Casino Sheffield, next Friday, November 8th, from 9pm.
The event will be raising money for Cruse Bereavement Care.