Dungeon Daze

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Sample sounds and snaps from the debut gig of ‘Dungeon Daze’, a band set up by a group of original Mods who went to the Dungeon Club in Nottingham in the 1960s, playing mostly music they listened to in that club.

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  • Matthew Norrish – vocals, keyboard, harmonica
  • Maurice Moore – vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion
  • Mel Munks – vocals, guitar
  • Mick Holland – vocals, bass
  • Ray Hopkinson – vocals, guitar
  • Alan – vocals, drums


Set Part 1


Set Part 2



  • Music played by the band
  • ‘Dungeon Daze’ logo & advertisement design & artwork courtesy of Maurice & Micky Moore
  • Photographs: Micky Moore (with some help from Maurice Moore)



February 2018

Here are some pictures from the Meet-ups of ex-Dungeoneers which take place every month somewhere in Nottingham. February 18th 2018 was the 50th Anniversary of the last known event advertised at the Club – on Sunday February 18th 1968 an all-day session was held featuring The Mint. This Meet-up was a celebration of that event and a band was quickly formed from ex-Dungeon members to perform. This band was known as ‘Dungeon Daze’ who played a lively set to a very enthusiastic and very large audience (the place was heaving!)

February 2018

The Band – ‘Dungeon Daze’

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Getting Around

Nottingham was one of the in-places: a must to visit. There were allegedly two girls to every boy. People came from afar to sample the nightlife and entertainment, to dance in the clubs. Of course this was all after they had finished shopping in the multitude of trendy shops.

These are some comments received from people who visited the Dungeon Club back in the 60s and wish to share some of their memories. These are the Peterborough Mods.

Steve Allen

Hi there

I was pointed in the direction of the Dungeon Mods site by a friend who is on the Northern Soul scene.

Got to say what a memory jerker!

Well done to all of those who put in the work.  Must have been a Labour of love!

Many of the Dungeon regulars will I hope recall the Peterborough Mods making the journey to Nott’s on a regular basis.

I did 3 or 4 initial trips on my Vespa Sportique  – got to say it was a long journey home – particularly the time it rained all the way!

Thankfully a car replaced the scoot in 66 which helped with the travel. We also went to the Boat Clubs, Britannia etc and The Beachcomber as well as Leicester’s Burlesque and Nite Owl plus of course Sheffield Mojo.

When you live in what was then a pretty quiet City you had to ‘Get Around’.

In September 66 I got into running Clubs and DJ-ing myself somewhat curtailing my visits, and business then subsequently kind of took over.

The Dungeon stays in my memory as the best club of the day.  Cellars always have the perfect atmosphere; but the real essence of The Dungeon is that it was the Ace MOD venue.

To me it was an inspiration for the discotheques and clubs I that I subsequently ran, and my lifelong love of the music we heard there and the other scenes of that very special era. (Love the playlist on the site BTW perfectly captures the soundtrack).

Over the years Nottingham has always been a destination – getting the gear from Birdcage, Paul Smith etc, and when there always I think back to my early teen explorations.

Can I say Hi to all the FACES – please do remember The Peterborough Mods when you have your next hook up!




Peterborough Mods Circa 64
Peterborough Mods Circa 64

Mick Bull

 Anyone know of ‘Ginger’??

Wow Steve what a find and the memories came flooding back of all of those artists we saw back then and I’ve only just started looking at your post.

In 1964 /65 I worked in Essex during the week and came back to Peterborough on the Friday afternoon usually then to go to Stamford in the evening. On Saturday we caught the train to Nottingham Victoria via Grantham and first stop on arrival was Woolworth’s Cafe to get something to eat and drink. It was then on to The Trip to Jerusalem for a beer or two and finally to The Dungeon Club.

Later on I bought a Lambretta and drove to Nottingham and subsequently either borrowed Dad’s car to go in and then many old motors after that.

Nottingham always had the reputation of having 6 girls to every boy as you know so it was always a popular destination for us Peterborough lads and over the years I met many but not all from Nottingham. Some from Leicester, Melton Mowbray and Grantham who all flocked to The Dungeon back then. I dated one young lady whose Dad was the Station Master at Trent Station.

We also got very friendly with the guys from Nottingham and one guy in particular by the name of John Smith who was known as “Ginger”. His Mum owned a B & B and we stayed there and watched the first half of the World Cup Final in ’66 on a black and white pay TV that only took 6d’s. We then had to depart for the Mojo in Sheffield and listened to the rest of the match on the car radio going up the M1.

In the upstairs room at the Dungeon there was large cast-iron radiator that has an air bleed valve that when opened spurted out water. When we all stood around in the room, if anybody got too near the radiator, Graham Raywood opened the valve and water spurted all down your trousers without you knowing it. I recall that one night Roger Froude (RIP) got caught out and didn’t realise until he was up dancing and when the strobe light came on it looked as if he had wet himself much to the amusement of everybody around him including the girls from Melton who we were dancing with.

Great times and a few cold nights on Nottingham Station when we missed the last train.


Peterborough Mods Circa 64
Peterborough Mods Circa 64

Hadrian Woollard

Replying to Mick Bull

Thanks Mick remember it well and married the girl from Melton who went with me to many all-nighters eg Mojo, Twisted Wheel, Clouds, Blue Grotto and many more.


Steve Allen

Replying to Mick Bull

Great memories Mick Bull. I did a few trips on my Vespa but gave up after a home journey when it rained cats and dogs all the way back to Peterborough. Thankfully I got a Car soon after so travel was resumed! I will pass on your memories. Be interesting if Ginger is known to the Notts gang.


Peterborough Mods Circa 64
Peterborough Mods Circa 64

Where did you go in Peterborough? Were there similar clubs?

Steve Allen

Clubs in Peterborough in the early to mid-60’s were in short supply – that’s why traditionally the Peterborough in crowd were great travellers to find the action!

(Nothing changes – just dropped off my step daughter at the station to catch a train to Nottingham to go clubbing with friends!)

Back then it wasn’t just Nottingham but as I mentioned before of course also London for the Marquee, La Discotheque, The Flamingo etc, Leicester Burlesque and The Nite Owl, and Sheffield’s Mojo, and even The  Wheel, in Manchester for the really hardy.

We had the Corn Exchange which staged the usual early 60’s pop acts – Four Pennies, Gene Vincent, Hollies, Eden Kane, Marty Wilde etc etc, but then circa 1964 The Palais was opened and we had a regular supply of great names – Kinks, The Who, Nashville Teens, The Zombies, Small Faces, Yardbirds etc, but mixed with pop of The Applejacks, The Honeycombs and other dross.  Nothing like a club atmo though.

Our affection for The Gliderdrome in Boston was well established and along with Grantham Drill Hall, that was a regular Saturday trip – joining the mods (and other less committed teens) from a number of towns and villages in the area.

In circa mid 65 a little top room disco opened at the Crown Pub which was the start of the soul scene in The Boro, and then in Sept 66 I got into promoting and launched The Souldiscotek above The Falcon Pub. Tracks played at both venues replicating the stuff you are showing as The Dungeon playlist – Harlem Shuffle, Cool Jerk, Midnight Hour, Open The Door to Your Heart, Billy’s Bag, Sock it to em JB Working in a Coal Mine, etc etc, plus of course the Motown favourites – Going to a Go Go, Needle in a Haystack, Four Tops, Isley Brothers, Supremes – you know the rest!

I am short of photos personally but will ask the question from the Facebook group and get back to you.




Used by permission of the Peterborough Mods – Steve Allen, Mick Bull, Hadrian Woollard.

Club Badges

Club Badges have been designed for the Dungeon Club and a limited number are available for purchase on the Facebook group from the vendors, Linda and Derek Willis.

Linda & Derek Willis

The badges are round and approximately 2.4 centimetres in diameter. The design is based on one produced by Mick Hatcher for the Mock Blue Plaque unveiling ceremony.

Jenny Wilson, Linda Hatcher, Mick Hatcher and Peter Wilson
Jenny Wilson, Linda Hatcher, Mick Hatcher (original designer) and Peter Wilson proudly wear their Dungeon Club badges.

The badges were available for sale at the November monthly meet-up and many members rushed to purchase them and wear them with pride, posing for photographs.

The badge

The badges are made of a lightweight metal and cost £3 each plus £1 postage and packing.

Original artwork drawn by Mick Hatcher

After the Raid

The Dungeon Club was raided by the police during an all-nighter on Sunday March 12th 1967 at 1.45 a.m. The club had been losing some of its clientele prior to this and so was redecorated and relaunched as ‘The New Dungeon’. Big Opening Night on the previous Friday was claimed to be ‘full of surprises’ and the all-night session, featuring the Original Drifters, attracted people from all around. The police reckoned there were 710 in there, so it would have been very packed and very friendly. It was certainly ‘full of surprises’.

The events of the night and views of some of the people who attended are covered elsewhere. The next all-nighter was held at the club three weeks later on Saturday April 1st and this was advertised as the ‘end of an era’ and ‘the last of our all-nighters’ – it featured Ben E. King and the Senate.

The court case from the raid occurred five months later on Wednesday August 9, 1967. This concerned the use of the club. Although there had been drugs everywhere in the club – the floor was covered with discarded pills – I am not aware if many (or indeed any) people were arrested or charged with possession.

Here are two press cuttings about the case – I have tried to keep them as they appeared in the papers, including the mistakes made.


Evening Post & News, Nottingham, Wednesday, August 9, 1967

Teenagers Fainted in Club ‘Jam’

The dance visited by a double-decker bus load of police officers at Nottingham’s New Dungeon Club was more like a cup-tie, said Mr W.D. Ritchie, prosecuting, at Nottingham Guildhall today.

Teenagers fainted because of “deplorable ventilation,” it was said, and police found there were 710 young people there when they visited the club in the early hours of Sunday, March 12. The club is licensed for 400 added Me Ritchie.

Michael William Parker (28) of Radford-road Nottingham, denied keeping the New Dungeon Club, Stanford-street, open for such purpose other than on the days and between the hours stated in the licence – namely 1.45 a.m. on Sunday March 12.

He also denied using the premises for public music – a breach of the licence – and allowing more than 400 persons in the premises.

He was fined a total of £40 and ordered to pay £10 towards the cost of the prosecution.

No room

The police had gone with a warrant to search for dangerous drugs, and out of 39 people interviewed 12 were not members, said Mr Ritchie.

He went on: “There was certainly no room to dance, and police had difficulty in getting into the hall.

“The 114 police officers set up a mobile police station outside and used a double decker bus.”

He added: “Some of the youngsters appeared to be overcome by the lack of fresh air. The youngsters were listening to music being relayed from loudspeakers.”


Chief Inspector John Meldrum told the court that ventilation there was “deplorable” and a number of the youngsters fainted and had to be taken outside. There were 1,300 to 350 on the ground floor.

Music, relayed over amplifiers, sounded as if it were coming from downstairs in the basement. Youngsters were dancing and standing about. “It was terribly congested and difficult to get through.

“The basement room was worse than the ground floor, with 400 to 450 there, and there was hardly room for the youngsters to dance,” said the chief inspector.

He added that police interviewed 710 people, of whom 79 were under 17.

Defending, Mr Michael Pearse said that Mr Parker had not got a licence. The prosecution had not proved that beyond reasonable doubt, and his client was entitled to the benefit of that doubt.

Mr Pearce said that a witness from the magistrates’ clerks office had said in evidence that there could be a slip-up in the procedure as to renewal. “Mr Parker remembers distinctly that he did not renew it. There could have been a slip-up in the procedure,” he contended.

Bench concerned

Court chairman Mr Eric Gower told Mr Parker: “We are deeply concerned at the completely irresponsible fashion in which these premises appear to have been used. There was a complete disregard for the safety and welfare of the young people who were resorting to your premises.

“It is sheer good luck that you are not charged with very much more serious offences which could easily have arisen as a result of fire and panic, to which young people readily respond.”


Thursday August 10, 1967

A different news report concerning the raid to what we have already.

710 People in a Two-Room Jam Session

The music was pretty hot at the all-night beat club. And so was the atmosphere. For 710 youngsters were packed into two rooms.

“It was more like a cup-tie than a dance,” a court was told yesterday.

The name of the club: The New Dungeon.

Chief Inspector John Meldrum told the court, at Nottingham, that 114 policemen and policewomen raided the club at 1.45 on a Sunday morning, with a warrant to search for drugs.

He added that about 300 to 350 of the youngsters were in a ground-floor room measuring 65ft. by 30ft. The others were in the basement.

“The ventilation was deplorable and a few of the children were fainting,” said the inspector.

The police used a double-decker bus and cars to get them to the club in Stamford-street in Nottingham. “It was like a military operation,” said Mr David Ritchie, prosecuting.

The club owner, 28-year-old Michael Parker, of Radford-road, Nottingham was fined £20 for allowing in more that the permitted number of 400, and another £20 for opening the club out of permitted hours.

He was ordered to pay £10 costs.


The chairman of the magistrates, Mr Earnest Gower, told him: “You have shown a complete disregard for the safety and welfare of these young people.”

Mr Gower calculated that the youngsters at the club had only 2½ft. square each to move in.


Printed with permission from the Nottingham Evening Post and News.

Thanks to Eddy Barry and Lynn Allen for finding the articles.