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At a time when central London nightlife is being dealt hefty blows, one Soho lynchpin stands – or rather skanks – stronger than ever. Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues is celebrating 35 years of providing Londoners with the finest ska, punk, reggae and rhythm ’n’ blues every Thursday.
Run by Gaz Mayall, son of legendary blues musician John Mayall, the night began in 1980 at Gossips on Dean Street, moving to nearby St Moritz where it continues today, with live bands and DJs.
As well as helping musical scenes like ska and psychobilly (a punky version of rockabilly) to spread around the UK, Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues has attracted countless famous faces from music and the arts, who passed through its doors as performers, punters and even staff. How many club nights can count Tracey Emin as a former cloakroom attendant? Ahead of the thirty-fifth anniversary party at west London club Mode, we dug into the legacy and asked Gaz to talk us through rare archive pictures from the club's history.