Mods on song for May Day

Mod Night Mayhem organiser Kevan 'Taffy' Turner (centre) with DJ Micky Corr (left) and Kev McGuire, from the band The Style Selektors, who will be playing at the event
Mod Night Mayhem organiser Kevan 'Taffy' Turner (centre) with DJ Micky Corr (left) and Kev McGuire, from the band The Style Selektors, who will be playing at the event
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MORE than 100 Mods will descend on Hartlepool for a bank holiday music night.

There was a time when the sight of 150 Mods arriving in a seaside town would have struck panic into the locals for fear of beach battles breaking out with rival Rockers.

But the Mods rolling into Hartlepool over the May Day bank holiday weekend will not be in town for trouble.

Instead, they will all be piling into the Grand Hotel on the Sunday evening for Mod Night Mayhem, a Mod night with a live band, DJ and curry and rice supper being organised by Kevan “Taffy” Turner, who is the promoter behind the hugely successful Night of Soul held at the Grand each February.

Kevan, who describes himself as a second wave Mod who got into the scene during the Mod revival of the late 1970s and early 1980s, says the scene is now into its third wave, with a second revival attracting a new generation of Mods who love the clothes, music and scooters of their 1960s predecessors.

So when he was asked by the Grand to promote an event over the bank holiday, the idea of a Mod night quickly sprang to mind.

Kevan said: “A lot of people from the Mod scene come along to the Night of Soul events, which are Northern Soul and Motown-based.

“But I’m running a summer Night of Soul in June this year for the first time so I thought I’d put a twist on it and turn the bank holiday event into a full-blown Mod night.

“I regularly DJ at the Grand, including pre-match sessions in Pearl Bar when Hartlepool United are playing a home game, and the Mod-type music I play at those sessions is very popular, and so to make a night of it seemed the logical thing to do.”

Mod Night Mayhem, to be held on Sunday, May 5, between 7pm and 1am, will feature the band The Style Selektors, which will play two sets and will be supported by Mod DJ, Micky Corr, who will be playing everything from original 1960s R&B, which was popular with the original Mods, to Ska, Tamla Motown, 2Tone and Northern Soul.

Kevan says he is restricting numbers for the night to around 150 to ensure that everyone can get a seat when the curry and rice supper is served.

But, says Kevan, if the event proves a success he will throw open the doors to a follow-up night and fill the Grand to capacity.

Tickets for Mod Night Mayhem are £5 and can be bought in person or by credit card from the reception of the Grand Hotel. Parking for scooters is available in the hotel car park.