Sheffield’s legendary Beatles performance tops the book launch bill

History is set to repeat itself in a couple of week’s time when one of Sheffield’s most legendary gigs is re-staged to celebrate the launch of a new book – and half the tickets are already sold!

Peter Stringfellow could never have guessed he’d created an event that would enter the annals of rock’n’roll history when he booked the Beatles to perform at St Aiden’s Hall on City Road, Sheffield.

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 had just hit the big time.

The careers of Peter and Geoff Stringfellow never looked back after that night and they went on to be compares at countless Beatles shows and opened their King Mojo venue which became one of Sheffield’s most iconic clubs of the 1960s.

In a few day’s time a new book is officially launched that celebrates his all-conquering King Mojo venue and also chronicles the story of the Beatles show at the Azena.


The ‘Dirty Stop Out’s Guide to 1960s Sheffield – The King Mojo Edition’ is set to be unveiled at a 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 from February, 1963. Dave Manvell, a close friend of Peter Stringfellow helped write the book with Neil Anderson, is working with the band to help put the show together.

Sheffield author Neil Anderson says the ‘King Mojo edition’ of his best selling Dirty Stop Out series will be a fitting tribute to Peter and Geoff Stringfellow.

He said: “The contribution Peter and Geoff 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.”

The book’s launch night will also be re-creating the vibe of this incredible club 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, on Friday, November 8th, from 9pm.

The event will be raising money for Cruse Bereavement Care.

Tickets are just £8 and available from www.dirtystopouts.com or in person from Genting Casino Sheffield. More details from 0114 228 8980.

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