Rose Royce star to headline Royston Soul Club bonanza

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Gwen Dickey – the voice of American soul and R&B group Rose Royce which first hit the top of the charts in the 1970s – is the star attraction to perform at Royston Soul Club’s big bonanza next month.

The history of the soul club reaches back as far as the band which Gwen first fronted – it has also been pumping out the hits for nearly five decades and now holds five shows a year at Royston Town FC’s Garden Walk ground.

Each May a big-name artist appears in the marquee and, after last year’s success with Odyssey topping the bill, the 2016 headliner is Gwen – pictured right.

Supporting her on the night will be Mr Soul and Bernita playing live saxophone, as well as the club’s resident DJ – Simon Robertson of Rising High Discos.

The Rose Royce canon is crammed with classics from the golden days of disco, with compilation-friendly chart-toppers like Car Wash, I’m Going Down, Wishing on a Star, and Love Don’t Live Here Any More all on the playlist.

Soul club founder Andy Geraghty said: “I always put on a big name act in May to make it a fun weekend.

“It’s nice to see people enjoy themselves. I see some here who I have seen regularly since the 1970s.”

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Royston Soul events are for over 30s only and tickets for May’s bash on the Saturday of the Whitsun bank holiday weekend, from 7.30pm to midnight, are £25. They’re available now from the football club.

The following day – Sunday, May 29 – there will be a beer festival at the club, with gates open at 12 noon. There will be at least 24 real ales and six ciders on offer, as well as bouncy castles, a photo booth, and a barbecue. Music will be on the menu here, too, with Melissa, Wolfpack, Sofasonic, Folding Stars, and Starfish all on the bill.

Admission is £2 per adult, children go free, and the first 100 adults through the gate will receive a free souvenir glass.