Archive for March, 2009

Awaydays the movie

by Modculture 31 March, 2009

Not particularly 'mod' (although there were some '79-era mods in the book), Kevin Sampson's superb late-70s set novel, Awaydays has become a movie, hitting cinemas on 22nd May. And we have the trailer and some images right here.

Set during the dawn of the 'football casual' era, Awaydays is in one way a tale of Tranmere Rovers' hooligan following and its meetings with other firms in the third division. But just as much (if not more), it's also a tale of the era – unemployment, drugs, fashion, clubs and the music scene of the day. If it's done well, it should be a gem.

See over the page for a couple of large stills from the movie, as well as the official trailer for it.

Awaydays official movie website

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Mod Crop the musical

by Modculture 31 March, 2009

As we first reported last summer, Mod Crop the musical is now finalised and shortly to open.

Written by Steve Wallis and Quadrophenia novelist Alan Fletcher, the story is based on Brummel's Last Riff, the latter writers' first novel in his Mod Crop Trilogy. The musical is set in 1965 and stars Mark Joseph as the 'new mod on the block' alongside a cast that includes 1960s singer Dave Berry, who will perform amongst others his classic 'The Crying Game', backed by a five-piece band. It is to be directed by Martin Berry.

The show is on for seven consecutive performances at the Nottingham Theatre Royal from June 9th, with a nationwide tour hopefully to follow. To book tickets (costing £22 or £13 concessions) for the run in Nottingham contact the theatre box office here.

The official Mod Crop website is here.

Raf Simons x Fred Perry v-neck sweater

by Modculture 31 March, 2009

Raf Simons has once again been at the Fred Perry, this time adding an overkill of colour with the Raf Simons x Fred Perry v-neck sweater.

If you like a bold orange or blue, it could be for you, especially if you liek the idea of a high v-neck, slim fit and 60s-style Laurel logo.

Not cheap though, you'll have to pay around £129. See over the page for the orange version.

Find out more at the End Clothing website

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Shake Your Hips! club returns

by Modculture 31 March, 2009

Hertfordshire mod club Shake Your Hips! is back on again this month, and has a line-up to get everyone excited.

Now run in conjunction with Groovesville Soul Club, the Hitchin club is now located at the Remix venue and it all kicks off again on Saturday April 18th.

Resident DJ Leon is joined by three quality guests – Lee Miller (The Mousetrap), Mark Raison, and Big Jon (Ska'n'B) – to bring you the best in rare R&B and those all-important mod'n'soul club classics.

Shake Your Hips!
@ Remix, 20 Hermitage Road, Hitchin, SG5 1BT
8pm-2am, £6 in advance or £8 on the door

To buy advance tickets visit this website. The Shake Your Hips! Myspace page is here.

Coming soon: London DVD boxset

by Modculture 30 March, 2009

We've just got a list of DVD releases and reissues for the next months – and the London boxset has certainly caught out eye.

Apparently coinciding with the GLA festival celebrating The Story of London, the box will feature movies that offer 'diverse post-War London locations from the 50s and 60s and which explore quintessentially London themes' – think the London docks, Soho and the Underground.

So what's on it? Well, two films we've seen and review before (The London Nobody knows/Les Bicyclettes de Belsize) and three gems from the 50s and 60s never before released on DVD – The Yellow Balloon, Pool of London and the much-anticipated The Small World of Sammy Lee (pictured above and which you can read about here). Release date is 1st June 2009 – we'll be reviewing well before then.

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