The Current Northern Soul scene: Is it just nostalgia or a vibrant world?

The underground music and dance youth movement known as Northern Soul has survived well over fifty years since its emergence in the nineteen sixties, but are the 21’st century “all-nighters” just men trying to relive their youth or are the kids generally interested in it?

Northern Soul was born out of the British mod scene and is an obscure style of black American soul music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the Tamla Motown sound. Many of these recordings where by lesser known artists but were often the most sought-after records. In the unlikely settings of Wigan and Blackpool the movement was fuelled by dancers with a love for amphetamines and a combined passion for soul music.

By the early nineteen seventies, northern soul dancing became more athletic, somewhat resembling the later dance styles of disco and break dancing. It is rumoured that the dancing was done to mimic Jackie Chan inspired karate moves featuring spins, flips, kicks and backdrops. Club dancing styles were often inspired by the stage performances of touring American soul acts such as Little Anthony & The Imperials and Jackie Wilson.

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