Astoria (Rawtenstall)

The Astoria Ballroom was in St. Mary's Way, Rawtenstall, Lancashire and opened on Friday, December 16, 1932. It closed on Monday, February 7, 1966 with a final gig of The Clayton Squares, Mike Hurst with the Trekkers and The Firing Squad.

Known gigs

  • Saturday, June 8, 1963: The Outlaws
  • Saturday, June 15, 1963: The Jetblacks
  • Saturday, June 22, 1963: Ketty Lister and the Mike Digby Trio
  • Saturday, June 29, 1963: Terry Lightfoot and his Jazzmen
  • Saturday, July 6, 1963: The Hollies
  • Saturday, July 13, 1963: Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
  • Saturday, July 20, 1963: Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents
  • Saturday, July 27 - Saturday, August 3, 1963: Closed for the holidays
  • Saturday, August 10, 1963: Mike Preston, Keith Powell and the Velvets, The Lionel Morton Four
  • Saturday, August 17, 1963: Johnny Leyton and the Hi-Fi's
  • Saturday, August 24, 1963: Shane Fenton and the Fentones
  • Saturday, August 31, 1963: The Big Three
  • Saturday, September 7, 1963: Faron's Flamingo
  • Saturday, September 14, 1963: The Marauders
  • Saturday, September 21, 1963: Mike Berry with the Innocents
  • Saturday, September 28, 1963: The Redcaps
  • Saturday, October 5, 1963: Eden Kane and the Downbeats
  • Saturday, October 12, 1963: Craig Douglas, Brian Diamond and the Cutters
  • Saturday, October 19, 1963: Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers
  • Saturday, October 26, 1963: The Original Checkmates, The Lionel Morton Four (later became The Four Pennies)

 Advertised in The Lancashire Evening Telegraph as Astoria : Rawtenstall - This Saturday, October 26 The Original Checkmates plus Phillips Recording Group - The Lionel Morton Four 7.30 - 11.30 : Licensed Bar Advance 5/6 At Door 6/6.  

  • Sunday, November 3, 1963: The Fourmost
  • Saturday, November 9, 1963: Shane Fenton and the Fentones, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tonight Saturday, November 9th Parlophone Recording Stars Shane Fenton and The Fentones Plus the Eric Newton Band 7-30 to 11-00 - Licensed Bar Advance 6/- - At Door 7/-.

  • Saturday, November 16, 1963: The Rockin Berries

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Next Saturday, November 16th The Rockin' Berries.

  • Saturday, November 23, 1963: Duffy Power and the Prowlers, Clay Ellis and the Landsliders
  • Friday, November 29 - Saturday, November 30, 1963: The Annual Ball with Eric Newton and his Band, Lee Burns and the Vampires Rhythm Group, 8pm - 1am

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as David Whitehead & Sons, Ltd. Social Society Annuel Ball Friday, 29th November, 1963 at the Astoria Ballroom ;; Dancing from 8.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. to Eric Newton And His Band Interval Music by Lee Burns & The Vampires Rhythm Group Licensed Bat Spot Prizes Tickets 5/6 (6/6 at the door) Tickets on sale at: T. Carthy, 21 Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. Tel. Ross 69; Astoria, Bank Street, Rawtenstall. Tel. Ross 723; D. Whitehead and Sons, Ltd., Lower Mill, Rawtenstall. Ross 20. Late Transport To - Waterfoot, Bacup, Hasltingden, Accrington, Loveclough and Burnley. Bus tickets on sale at the Astoria Lounage, 9.15 a.m. to 10.45 p.m.

Advertised in The Lancashire Evening News as Astoria, Rawtenstall This Friday, Nov. 29 David Whitehead & Sons Social Society Ball 8.0-1.0Late Bar Advance 5/6. At Door 6/6.  

  • Saturday, November 30, 1963: The Tony Meehan Combo, Eddie G. Marten and the Sabres, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Lancashire Evening News as Astoria, Rawtenstall This Saturday, Nov. 30 Britain's Top-Pop Drummer Tony Meehan Combo plus the sensational Eddie G. Marten And The Sabres 7.30-11.30 Licensed Bar Advance 6/6. At Door 7/6. 

  • Saturday, December 7, 1963: The Swinging Blue Jeans, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tonight Saturday, December 7th Liverpool Recording Group The Swinging Blue Jeans plus The Eric Newton Band 7-30 to 11-30 - Licensed Bar Advance 6/6 - At Door 7/6.

  • Saturday, December 14, 1963: The Marauders

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Dec. 14th - The Marauders (Advance Tickets 5/6).

  • Saturday, December 21, 1963: The Hollies

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Dec. 21 - The Hollies (Advance Tickets 7/6).

  • Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, 1963: The Four Pennies, Eric Newton Band, 7.30pm - 11.45pm

Advertised in The Lancashire Evening Telegraph as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Christmas Eve Philips Recording Group The Four Pennies Plus Eric Newton Band 7.30 to 11.45 * Licensed Bar Advanced 10/-. At The Door 11/-.

  • Boxing Day, Thursday, December 26 - Thursday, December 27, 1963: The Dennisons, 8pm - 1am

Advertised in The Lancashire Evening Telegraph as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall. Boxing Day The Fabulous Merseyside Group- The Dennisons Plus Eric Newton Band 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.. Licensed Bar Advance 7/6. At the door 8/6.

  • Saturday, December 28, 1963: Freddie Starr and the Midnighters, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Lancashire Evening Telegraph as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall This Saturday, Dec. 28 Decca Recording Group from Liverpool Freddie Starr & The Midnights (It's Shaking Time)- 7.30 - 11.30 Licensed Bar. Advanced 5/-. At the door 6/-.

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tonight Saturday, December 28th Liverpool Recording Group Freddie Starr and The Midnights 7-30 to 11-30 - Licensed Bar Advance 5/- - At Door 6/-. 

  • New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31, 1963 - Wednesday, January 1, 1964: The Mersey Sounds, The Four Just Men, Eddie Marten and the Sabres, Eric Newton Band, 8pm - 1am

Advertised in The Lancashire Evening Telegraph as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall New Year's Eve with The Mersey Sounds from The Four Just Men featuring Demetrius Christopholus plus Eddie G. Marten and The Sabres and the Eric Newton Band 8.0 to 1.0 - Late Bar Advanced Tickets . . . . 10/- Tickets are still available for this Carnival Dance Usual Late Transport at 1 a.m.

Advertised in The Lancashire Evening Telegraph as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall A few tickets available for New Year's Eve with The Mersey Sounds from The Four Just Men plus Eddie G. Marten and The Sabres 8.0 to 1.0 - Late Bar Advance 10/-.

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Next Tuesday, December 31 New Year's Eve with the Mersey Sound from The Four Just Men featuring Demetrius Christopholos Plus Eddie G. Marten and The Sabres 8-0 to 1-0 - Late Bar Advance 10/- - At Door 11/-.

  • Saturday, January 4, 1964: The Karl Denver Trio supported by The Phantoms, The Eric Newton Band

Advertised In The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Plus the Fabulous Phantoms and the Eric Newton Band 7-30 to 11-30. Licensed Bar Advance 6/6; at door 7/6.

Advertised in The Accrington Observer and Times as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Next Saturday, January 4th Karl Denver Trio.

  • Saturday, January 11, 1964: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders

Advertised In The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Next Saturday, January 11th Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders.

  • Saturday, January 25, 1964: Dave Berry and the Cruisers, The Eric Newton Band, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised In The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Telephone Rossendale 723 To-Night Saturday Decca Recorders of '' Memphis Tennessee '' and '' My Baby Left Me '' Dave Berry & The Cruisers Eric Newton Band Top Discs 7-30 to 11-30 Licensed Bar Advance 6/-; At Door 7/-.

  • Saturday, February 1, 1964: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders

Advertised In The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Telephone Rossendale 723 Next Saturday February 1st Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders.

  • Saturday, February 8, 1964: The Four Pennies supported by Eddie G. Marten and the Sabres
  • Saturday, February 15, 1964: The Big Three
  • Saturday, February 22, 1964: Mike Sheridan and the Midnighters
  • Saturday, February 29, 1964: The Merseybeats
  • Saturday, March 7, 1964: The Downlands supported by The Nomads
  • Saturday, March 14, 1964: The Redcaps supported by The Dominators
  • Saturday, March 21, 1964: The Tornados supported by Denny Seyton and Sabres
  • Saturday, March 28, 1964: The Dennisons supported by The Excheckers

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Telephone Rawtenstall 723 Next Sat., March 28th The Dennisons The Excheckers.

  • Saturday, April 4, 1964: The Four Pennies supported by The Mustangs with Ricky Day, The Eric Newton Band, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Telephone Rawtenstall 723 To-Night, Saturday Sensational Recorders of 'Juliet' The Four Pennies - Plus - The Mustangs with Ricky Day Eric Newton Band Top Discs 7-30 to 11.30. Licensed Bar. Advance 6/-, At Door 7/-.

  • Saturday, April 11, 1964: Chris Sanford and the Coronets

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Telephone Rawtenstall 723 Next Saturday, April 11th, Chris Sanford.

  • Saturday, April 18, 1964: The Fourmost supported by The Dalesmen
  • Saturday, April 22, 1964: The Four Pennies supported by The Cyclones
  • Saturday, April 25, 1964: The Sheffields supported by The Mutineers, The Chapters
  • Saturday, May 2, 1964: Johnny Kidd and the Pirates supported by Mr Smith and Sum People, Ian Dean and the Brystals
  • Saturday, May 9, 1964: Brian Poole and the Tremeloes supported by The Dappers, The Cyclones
  • Wednesday, May 13, 1964: The Escorts supported by The Warriors, 7.30pm - 11.45pm 

Advertised in The Burnley Express And News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Telephone Rawtenstall 723 Next Wednesday, May 13th Liverpool Recording Group The Escorts Plus The Warriors 7-30 to 10-45 Advance 4/- : At Door 5/-.

  • Saturday, May 16, 1964: The Undertakers, The Phantoms, Ian Curtis and the Dominators. Advertised as The Phabulous Phantoms.
  • Saturday, May 23, 1964: The Brumbeats supported by The Mighty Avengers
  • Saturday, May 30, 1964: The Merseybeats supported by The Pilgrims, The Chapters
  • Saturday, June 6, 1964: Mr Smith and Sum People supported by The Silhouettes
  • Saturday, June 13, 1964: The Hollies supported by The Deltas, The Mutineers
  • Saturday, June 20, 1964: The Kinks supported by The Warriors, The Electrons

Advertised in The Burnley Express And News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Next Saturday, June 20th The Kinks The Warriors.

  • Saturday, June 27, 1964: The Four Pennies supported by The Pilgrims, The Dawnbreakers
  • Saturday, July 11, 1964: The Warriors supported by Mr Smith and Sum People, The Dappers
  • Saturday, July 18, 1964: The Mojos supported by The Beatmakers, Ian Dean and the Brystals

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Tonight, Saturday, July 18th Decca Recordings of '' Everything's Alright '' and '' Why Not Tonight '' The Mojos Plus Manchester's Beatmakers and Ian Dean and the Brystals 7-30 - 11-30. Licensed Bar Advance 6/6. At Door 7/6.

  • Saturday, July 25 - Saturday, August 1, 1964: Closed for the holidays
  • Saturday, August 8, 1964: The Animals supported by The Stirlings, Steve and the Suspects
  • Saturday, August 15, 1964: The Escorts supported by The Silhouettes, The Mutineers
  • Saturday, August 22, 1964: The Zombies supported by Kris Ryan and the Questions, The Mustangs
  • Saturday, August 29, 1964: The Paramounts supported by The Pilgrims, Ian Dean and the Brystals
  • Saturday, September 5, 1964: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, The Elders, The Fourways
  • Saturday, September 12, 1964: The Honeycombs, The Electrons, The Dawnbreakers
  • Saturday, September 19, 1964: David John and the Mood supported by The Beat Boys, The Vincents

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Tel.: Ross. 4528 Rawtenstall Tel.: Ross. 4528 To-Night, Saturday, April 17th Parlophone Recorders of ''Bring It To Jerome'' Plus Manchester's  Beatmakers And the Fantastic Challangers 7-30 p.m . - 11-30 p.m. Licensed Bar Advance 5/6 At Door 6/6. 

  • Saturday, September 26, 1964: The Long and the Short, The Mustangs, The Mutineers

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Tonight, Saturday, Sept. 26th Decca Recorders of '' The Letter '' The Long & The Short Plus the Rocking Mustangs and the Swashbuckling Mutineers 7-30-11-30. Licensed Bar Advance 6/6, at door 7/6.

  • Saturday, October 3, 1964: The Kinks supported by Ian Dean and the Brystals, Curts Creatures
  • Saturday, October 10, 1964: Kris Ryan and the Questions supported by Vickie and the Kordettes, Footsteps
  • Saturday, October 17, 1964: John Lee Hooker and the Groundhogs supported by The Dappers, The Stirlings
  • Saturday, October 24, 1964: The Wackers supported by The Pilgrims, The Flames
  • Saturday, October 31, 1964: The Poets supported by The Deltas, Blues By Four
  • Saturday, November 7, 1964: The Takers (name shortened from The Undertakers) supported by The Peddlers, The Mustangs
  • Friday, November 13, 1964: The Walker Brothers
  • Saturday, November 14, 1964: The Rocking Berries supported by The Dawnbreakers, The Fourways
  • Saturday, November 21, 1964: Sounds Incorporated supported by The Mutineers, The Electrons
  • Saturday, November 28, 1964: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders supported by The Beatmakers, Dean Antony and the Meteors
  • Saturday, December 5, 1964: The Soul Agents supported by The Mustangs, Curts Creatures
  • Saturday, December 12, 1964: The Rockin Berries supported by Ian Dean and the Brystals, The Pagans
  • Saturday, December 19, 1964: Dave Berry and the Cruisers supported by The Dappers, The Atoms
  • Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 1964: The Four Pennies supported by The Mustangs, The Fourways, 7.30pm - 11.45pm

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as The Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Christmas Eve The Four Pennies The Fourways The Mustangs 7-30-11-45 Licensed Bat Tickets 15/-.

  • Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 1964: The Warriors supported by The Mutineers, The Vincents, 7.30pm - 11.45pm

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Boxing Day The Warriors The Mutineers The Vincents 7-30-11.45 Advance 6/6 at Door 7/6.

  • New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 1964 - New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 1965: The Moody Blues supported by The Deltas, The Footsteps, The Flames, 8pm - 1am

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall New Year's Eve The Moody Blues Deltas Flames Footsteps 8-0-1-0 Licensed Bar Advanced Tickets 10/6.

  • New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 1964 - New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 1965: Tony Jackson and the Vibrations, Tom's Rigg, The Electrons, The Kualas,  8pm - 1am

Advertised in The Evening News as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall-Tel. Rossendale 4528 New Year's Eve Pye Recording Group Tony Jackson and the Vibrations Tom's Rigg, The Electrons, The Kualas 8-0-1-0 Late Transport Tickets 12/6 (or at Door).

  • Saturday, January 1, 1965: The Toggery Five, The Outer Limit (Leeds), The Baskerville Hounds, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Evening News as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall-Tel. Rossendale 4528 Saturday, Jan. 1st Toggery Five Outer Limit Baskervill Hounds 7.30-11.30 Licensed Bar Advance 5/6, At Door 6/6. 

  • Saturday, January 2, 1965: The Downliners Sect, The Beatmakers, The Stirlings, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Columbia Recorders of ''Find out what's Happening'' Downliner's Sect Plus Manchester's Beatmakers And the Sensational Stirlings Licensed Bar. Advance 6/6. At Door 7/6.

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Tonight, Sat. Jan. 2nd. Columbia Recorders of ''Find Out What's Happening'' The Downliners Sect Plus Manchester's Beatmakers and the Sensational Stirlings 7-30-11-30 Licensed Bar Advance 6/6 at Door 7/6.

  • Saturday, January 8, 1965: The Naturals, The Pagens, The Saracens, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Parlophone Recorders of ''Look at me Now'' Plus The Poll-topping Pagans And the sensational Saracens Licensed Bar. Advance 6/6. At Door 7/6.

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Next Sat. - The Naturals.

  • Saturday, January 8, 1965: The Measles

Advertised in The Evening News as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall-Tel. Rossendale 4528 Saturday, January 8th The Measles.

  • Saturday, January 16, 1965: The Primitives, The Challengers, The Hangmen, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised on the poster as The wild Pye R. and B. recorders of ''Help'' The Primitives Plus Bolton's Sensational Challengers and the Swinging Hangmen Licensed Bar. Advance 5/6. At Door 6/6.

  • Saturday, January 23, 1965: The Yardbirds, Ian Dena and the Brystals, The Thunderbeats, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Sensational R. and B. Recording Group The Yardbirds Plus Ian Dean and The Brystals and The Thunderbeats. Licensed Bar. Advance 6/6. At Door 7/6.

  • Saturday, January 30, 1965: The Spencer Davis Group, The Mustangs, The Flames, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised on the poster as Spencer Davis Group Plus the Rocking Mustangs and the Dynamic Flames Licensed Bar. Advance 6/6. At Door 7/6.

  • Saturday, February 6, 1965: Them, The Silhouettes, Lee Barry and the MG's, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised on the poster asAstoria Rawtenstall Saturday, February 6. Decca Hit Recorders Of ''Baby Please Don't Go''. Them And The Sensational Silhouettes. Plus Lee Barry & The MG's 7-30 - 11-30 Licensed Bar Advance 7/6 At Door 8/6. 

  • Friday, February 12 - Saturday February 13, 1965: The Annual Farmers' Ball with The Warriors, Ken Ashcroft's Band, 8pm - 1am

Advertised as Heat of the National Dairy Queen Contest Late Bar Tickets 7/6.

  • Saturday February 13, 1965: The Pretty Things, The Gobbledegooks, The Pagans, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Fontana Recorders Of ''Don't Bring Me Down'' , The Pretty Things Plus Decca Recorders Of Where Have You Been The Gobbledegooks and The Pole Topping Pagans Licensed Bar. Advance 7/6. At Door 8/6.

  • Saturday, February 20, 1965: The Rhythm and Blues Incorporated supported by Mr Smith and Sum People, The Tremmers
  • Saturday, February 27, 1965: The Beat Merchants, The Electrons, Curt's Creatures, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Columbia Recorders of ''Pretty Face'' and ''So Fine'' The Beat Merchants Plus the Electrifying Electrons and Controversial Curt's Creatures Licensed Bar. Advance 5/6. At Door 6/6.

  • Saturday, March 6, 1965: The Nashville Teens, The Mustangs, The Oban Bogies

Advertised as Hit Recorders of ''Tobacco Road'' , ''Google Eye'' , and now ''Find My Way Back Home'' Nashville Teens Plus the Mustangs and the Oban Bogies Licensed Bar. Advance 7/6. At Door 8/6.

  • Saturday, March 13, 1965: The Four Pennies, The Dappers, The Exiles 3

Advertised as Introducing their new Disc ''The Way of Love'' The Four Pennies Plus the Dappers and the Exiles 3 Licensed Bar. Advance 7/6. At Door 8/6.

  • Saturday, March 20, 1965: The Zombies, Johnny Rich with the Ray Jones Four, The Beat-Routes

Advertised as Sensational Decca Records of ''Tell Her No'' The Zombies Plus Mercury Disco Star Johnny Rich Backed by the Ray Jones Four And the Dynamic Beat-Routes Licensed Bar. Advance 7/6. At Door 8/6. 

  • Saturday, March 27, 1965: The Spencer Davis Group, The Dawnbreakers, The Vincents
  • Saturday, April 3, 1965: The Hollies, The Mutineers, The Sensational Saracens, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall. Tel. Rosendale 4528 Tonight, Sat. April 3rd Hit Recorders of ''Yes I Will'' The Hollies Plus Swashbuckling Mutineers and sensational Saracens 7-30-11-30. Licensed Bar Advance 8/6. At Door 9/6.

  • Saturday, April 10, 1965: The Rockin' Berries, The Warriors, The Flames, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Tel : Ross. 4528 Rawtenstall Ross. 4528 To-Night (Saturday) April 10th 1965 Sensational Piccadilly Recording Stars The Rockin' Berries Plus Accrington's Fab Warriors And the Dynamic Flames 7- 30 - 11-30 Licensed Bar Advance 7/6 At Door 8/6.

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall. Tel. Rosendale 4528 Next. Sat.-The Rockin' Berries.

  • Saturday, April 17, 1965: David John and the Mood supported by The Beatmakers, The Challengers, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Tel.: Ross. 4528 Rawtenstall Tel.: Ross. 4528 To-Night, Saturday, April 17th Parlophone Recorders of ''Bring It To Jerome'' Plus Manchester's   Beatmakers And the Fantastic Challangers 7-30 p.m . - 11-30 p.m. Licensed Bar Advance 5/6 At Door 6/6.

  • Saturday, April 24, 1965: The Animals, The Brystals, The Chuckles
  • Saturday, May 1, 1965: The Measles, The Electrons, Lee Barry and the M.G.s
  • Saturday, May 8, 1965: The Just Four Men supported by The Rocking Mustang, Wynder K. Frog, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Tel.: Ross. 4528 Rawtenstall Tel.: Ross. 4528 To-Night (Saturday) May 8th Just Four Men Plus The Rocking Mustangs and the Wynder K. Frog 7-30 p.m . - 11-30 p.m. Licensed Bar Advance 5/6 At Door 6/6.

  • Saturday, May 15, 1965: The Mighty Avengers, The Tremmers, The Vibratones
  • Saturday, May 22, 1965: The Who, The Avalons, The Imps
  • Saturday, May 29, 1965: The Rockin Berries, The Pagans, The Atoms
  • Saturday, June 5, 1965: The Kinks supported by The Deltas, The Scorchers
  • Saturday, June 12, 1965: Peter and Gordon, The Cyclones, Wynder K. Frog, The Challangers, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Tel.: Ross. 4528 Rawtenstall Tel.: Ross. 4528 To-Morrow (Saturday) June 12th Hit Recorders of ''True Love Ways'' Peter & Gordon with The Cyclones Plus Wynder K. Frog and the Challengers 7-30 p.m . - 11-30 p.m. Licensed Bar Advance 7/6 At Door 8/6.

  • Saturday, June 19, 1965: The Walker Brothers, The Solitaires, The Styx
  • Saturday, June 26, 1965: Kris Ryan and the Questions, The Mustangs, The Saracens, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Tel.: Ross. 4528 Rawtenstall Tel.: Ross. 4528 To-Night (Saturday) June 26th Mercury Recorders of ''Marie Marie'' Kris Ryan and the Questions Plus The Mustangs and The Saracens 7-30 p.m . - 11-30 p.m. Licensed Bar Advance 5/6 At Door 6/6.

  • Saturday, July 3, 1965: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders supported by The Electrons, Tom's Riggs
  • Saturday, July 10, 1965: The Birds supported by Mr Smith and Sum People, The Pilgrims
  • Saturday, July 17, 1965: The Birds supported by The Beatmakers, The Invictas
  • Saturday, July 24 - Saturday, July 31, 1965: Closed for the holidays
  • Saturday, August 7, 1965: The Walker Brothers supported by The Avalons, The Gideons
  • Saturday, August 14, 1965: The Animals, The Silhouettes, Curt's Creatures
  • Saturday, August 21, 1965: David John and the Mood, Mondo Kane with Ian Dean, The Mike Taylor Combo, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tel Rossendale 4258 Tomorrow (Sat) 21 Aug Sensational Parlophone Recorders of '' Diggin' For Gold '' David John And The Mood Plus Mondo Kane with Ian Dean and The Mike Taylor Combo 7 30 pm to 11 30 pm Licensed Bar Advance 7/6 - At Door 6/6.

  • Saturday, August 28, 1965: Johnny Carr and the Cadillacs, The Mustangs, Tom's Riggs
  • Saturday, September 4, 1965: Fritz, Mike and Mo, The Tremmers, The Talisman

Advertised as Philips Records of ''Somebody Stole The Sun'' Fritz, Mike & Mo (Led by ex-Four Penny, Fritz Fryer) - Plus - Leed's Top R & B The Tremmers And Preston's Talismen.

  • Saturday, September 11, 1965: Manfred Mann, The Cymerons, Lee Barry and the MG's
  • Saturday, September 18, 1965: The Alan Price Set, The Electrons, The Pagens
  • Saturday, September 25, 1965: The Measles, Wynder K Frog, The Styx, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised in The Evening News and Chronicle as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Measles Measles Plus 2 Groups. Tomorrow (Saturday).

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tel: Rossendale 4528 Tomorrow (Sat) 25 Sept Manchester's Infectious Group The Measles (Columbia Records of '' Night People '') Plus the Fantastic Wynder K. Frog and The Styx 7 30 to 11 30 pm Licensed Bar Advance 6/6 - At Door 7/6. 

  • Saturday, October 2, 1965: The Four Pennies, Mike Hurst with the Trekkers

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Tomorrow (Sat) 2 October Introducing their great new disc '' Until It's Time For You To Go '' Four Pennies Plus Mike Hurst with Trekkers and the Vibratones 7 30-11 30 - Licensed Bar Advance 6/6 - At The Door 7/6.

  • Saturday, October 9, 1965: The Sorrows, Ian Dean with Mondo Kane
  • Saturday, October 16, 1965: The Pretty Things supported by The  Mustangs, The Saracens
  • Saturday, October 23, 1965: David John and the Moods supported by The Nevadas, The Black Arrow

Advertised in The Burnley Express and News as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Tel. Rossendale 4528 Tomorrow,Sat., Oct 23rd Parlophone Recorders of ''Diggin' For Gold'' David John And The Mood Plus The Nevadas and The Black Arrows 7-30-11.30 Licensed Bar Advance 5/6, At Door, 6/6. 

  • Saturday, October 30, 1965: The Alan Price Set supported by The Pilgrims
  • Saturday, November 6, 1965: Hedgehoppers Anonymous supported by The Electrons, Sounds Five
  • Saturday, November 13, 1965: The Walker Brothers, Johnny B. Great and the Quotations, Tom's Riggs, The Vincents
  • Saturday, November 20, 1965: The Sir Douglas Quintet, The Raging Storms, The Gideons
  • Saturday, November 27, 1965: The Small Faces, Five Man Cargo, Take Five

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tel: Rossendale 4528 Tomorrow (Sat) 27 Nov Hit Recorders of '' Whatcha Gonna Do About It '' Small Faces Plus Five Man Cargo and Take Five 7 30-11 30 - Licensed Bar Advance 7/6 - At Door 8/6.

  • Saturday, December 4, 1965: The Clayton Squares, The Mutineers, The Reflections
  • Saturday, December 11, 1965: Kris Ryan and the Questions, The Pathfinders, The Dingle Berry, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tel: Rossendale 4528 Tomorrow (Sat) 11 Dec Mercury Recorders of '' She Belongs to Me '' Kris Ryan And The Questions Plus Parlophone Recorders of '' Don't You Believe It '' The Pathfinders and Dingle Berry 7 30-11 30 Licensed Bar Advance 6 - At Door 7.

  • Saturday, December 18, 1965: Unit Four Plus Two, The Cymerons, The Troggs, Stag Party, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom Rawtenstall Tel: Rossendale 4528 Tomorrow (Sat) 18 Dec Decca Recorders of '' You've Got to be Cruel to be Kind '' Unit 4 Plus 2 Plus Manchester's Fab Cymerons and The Troggs 7 30-11 30 Licensed Bar Advance 6/6 - At Door 7/6.

  • Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 1965: Wayne Fontana and the Lads supported by Ian Dean with Mondo Kane, The Mustangs

Advertised as Astoria Ballroom, Rawtenstall Christmas Eve Wayne Fontana Ian Dean/Mondo Kane The Mustangs. 

  • Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 1965: Mike Sax and the Idols supported by Sidewalkers
  • Tuesday, December 27, 1965: The Four Pennies supported by Wynder K. Frog, The Habit
  • New Years Eve, Friday, December 31, 1965: Tony Jackson and the Vibrations supported by Tom's Rigg, The Electrons, The Exceptions 
  • New Years Day, Saturday, January 1, 1966: Toggery Five supported by The Outer Limits, The Baskerville Hounds
  • Saturday, January 8, 1966: Measles, This Generation, The In Sect, 7.30pm - 11.30pm
    Advertised as Astoria Rawstenstall Saturday, Jan 8 Manchester most Infectious Group Measles plus This Generation and The Insect  7.30 - 11.30 Licensed Bar Advance 6 At Door '7.
  • Saturday January 15, 1966: Fontella Bass with Just 5 supported by The Rogues, The Seatroots
  • Saturday, January 22, 1966: The Spencer Davis Group supported by The Estelles, The Eddie G. Marton Combo
  • Saturday, January 29, 1966: The Overlanders, The Travellers, The Nevadas, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria Rawtenstall Saturday, January 29. Hit Recorders Of ''Michelle''. The Overlanders Plus The Travellers The Nevadas 7.30 - 11.30 Licensed Bar Advance 7/6 At Door 8/6.

  • Monday, February 5, 1966: The Clayton Squares, Mike Hurst with the Trekkers, The Firing Squad, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

Advertised as Astoria 7.30 - 11.30 Licensed Bar Advance 6/- At Door 7/-.

Final gig of this famous Rawtenstall, Lancashire club.

Our thanks to John H Warburg for this extensive listing


Check out Bryan' Yorke's great Astoria Blog - lots of great pics and info

Just down the road from me was another great venue called the Astoria Ballroom, in Rawtenstall.

This was owned and managed by John Myerscough who then got his header bands from a agent in Southport called Lewis Buckley, and the support bands John booked himself.

Regular top of the billers where The Who & Yardbirds (whom seem to be regular favourites) and there where many others: Sounds Incorporated, Honeycombs, Rockin Berries, Small Faces, Unit 4 plus 2, Brian Auger, Merseybeats, Maurauders, The Moody Blues (31.12.64 for the fee of £85), David John & The Mood, and lots lots more – but he never got the Beatles or the Stones. 

Support bands included: Wynder K Frog (Mick Weaver) – never away from the place- Darwen Nr. Blackburn, Avalons (Colne), Warriors (Accrington and Jon Anderson of Yes fame – and the drummer of this band went on to play with Bob Dylan), The Electones (Blackburn), The Dappers (Accrington), The Swinging Hangmen (Haslingden), The Imps. 

John Myerscough went living in Southport where I believe he bought out Lewis Buckley Entertainments, that very agency that supplied his header names in the earlier days and he carried on that agency.

Occasionally John would let me put the odd support band in. 

The Astoria sadly was knocked down to make way for a close by dual carriageway, although there now a beautiful little park area on that very spot where Clapton and many others got their trade together (the park and plaque is quite close to the new Asda Supermarket store.

Bryan Yorke


Great memories of The Astoria -- 'The Vincents' played the 'Astoria' on several occasions in the mid-'60s.

The venue attracted many of the headline acts of the period (see ads and flyers on the Rawtenstall blog) and 'The Vincents' played supporting major groups such as 'The Spencer Davis Group'(March 27th 1965) and others around this time. Wonderful days and great memories.

Peter Royle - 11/3/10

The Astoria in the 1950's but very similar to how it was in the 1960s.

Bryan Yorke

I remember being in the support band when the Walker Bros performed there. We were told to arrive about four pm to set our equipment up. When we got there the Walker Bros and their band were sat on the edge of the stage eating something that the cleaner had cooked. Scott Walker said to the old lady in his american drawl "Hey maam, that stew was delicious" and she said in her Lancastrian accent "You cheeky sod, thats tata ash". Happy days 

Lou - Toms Rigg - 12/1/13

I was in a band in the sixties called The Fourways and played the Astoria with the Four Pennies and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders 

Richard Ashworth

Have just read Lou from 12/1/13. I was the drummer in the Solitaires - support for the Walker Bros. We were paid £10 for the gig, negotiated by our "manager" George, who ran a fruit and veg stall on Bury Open market.

Patrick Hayward

The Astoria Ballroom was in St. Mary's Way, Rawtenstall, Lancashire and opened on Friday, December 16, 1932. The Astoria Ballroom closed on Monday, February 7, 1966 with a final gig of The Clayton Squares, Mike Hurst with the Trekkers and The Firing Squad.

John Warburg
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