Steamhouse Rock Nights
|Monday||10:00 pm||12:00 am|
|Tuesday||4:00 am||6:00 am|
|Tuesday||4:00 pm||6:00 pm|
Tagged as: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
The Steamhouse night was started in 1988 at a pub in Southborne, Boscombe on a Sunday night called The Malt & Hops/SteamHouse Café. The pub was split into 2 sides with Live music in the Malt and DJ’s in the Steam. It ran from 1988 until it moved to another unit in 1995.
The night at the Steamhouse Pub really established itself in 1990 attracting people from over 30-40 miles away every Sunday night which prompted the decision by Management to have another night on the Monday night, this one being slightly more subdued, which was an instant hit, being full up from the very first night and again playing rock music but of a more subtle vain.
Sunday Night Bank holiday nights were fast becoming legendary over the future years with people having to join the queue to be allowed in at 5pm and sometimes earlier, word had spread so much that people were coming from over 150 miles for the one night. This night was so busy and full of fun somehow no-one minded being squashed and having beer thrown over them, just as long as they had a hell of a time, most were grateful that they’d got in. We charged on the door on bank holidays and gave the monies to a charity of the customer’s choice, sometimes raising more than £3000, not bad for pub that officially held 180 people.
Over these years we had grown so large and had become noticed by the music industry and were lucky enough to have a guest appearance from the rock band Magnum who were riding high on success at that time and I was then asked to DJ at a Little Angels concert in Southampton which we knew would also attract a large number of the regulars.
By this time the night had surpassed any expectations and had outgrown its current location when an offer came in for me to move the night to a much larger place and to become the Entertainments manager of a nightclub called the Academy just up the road. This club lent itself to the whole idea of the Steamhouse in their smaller club upstairs which held 650 people. On the opening night over 1000 people clocked through the door. This move also meant the launch of the biggest Rock night in the south in the main nightclub, capacity 2000, on a Friday night, again the opening night was sold out with in excess of 200 people turning up to watch AB/CD perform and me play music with that legendary style that I was known for. Because the club was known for live music in the past, it meant that I could book artists such as Magnum, FM, Brand New Heavies, Jools Holland and a number of other artists, building on my link to the larger music business on each occasion. The club was sold after a year and the new owners wanted to take the club in a different direction. This ended a run of just less than 10 years of having the most enjoyable time of my career, and I decided to finally put to bed the Steamhouse for ever.
Steamhouse – The Reunion
From early 2011 I was contacted several times to see if I would be interested in coming back to do a Dj set if a reunion was sorted, The Anvil, which was a rock bar in the middle of Bournemouth, I refused on every occasion, finally agreeing to do an hour in June 2012 on the bank holiday. I arrived at the venue and saw that there was not only a queue but so many faces from years gone by. I started the DJ set and finished it 4 hours later. As soon as I had got home Facebook and my phone was continually busy with comments and requests to do another one. So again, August bank holiday was arranged at the same venue and again was a massive success. So much so that the venue asked me to do a regular Sunday night once a month, of which we did, starting in the September up until December 2012. I then had to stop the nights as it was logistically not possible to continue the night into the New Year.
As we turned into 2013, the demand was still there to hold some more Steamhouse Reunion nights and I agreed to do the bank holiday nights again.
Fast forward to September 2013 and we were offered the first Friday of the month night at a venue called The Inferno and have held court there ever since. We have taken their numbers from basically nothing to a queue forming outside before 9pm