Search

Iconic Forest Gate gig anniversary recreated at The Wanstead Tap

PUBLISHED: 11:48 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 14 March 2017

Jimi Hendrix, pictured on stage, is said to have written Purple Haze at the Upper Cut Club in Forest Gate. Picture: PA images

Jimi Hendrix, pictured on stage, is said to have written Purple Haze at the Upper Cut Club in Forest Gate. Picture: PA images

PA Archive/PA Images

A legendary Forest Gate music gig at a club where Jimi Hendrix played is being recreated for fans on its 50th anniversary this Saturday.

Stax: It Was 50 Years Ago Today takes place at The Wanstead Tap on March 18. Picture courtesy of Dan Clapton.Stax: It Was 50 Years Ago Today takes place at The Wanstead Tap on March 18. Picture courtesy of Dan Clapton.

The Wanstead Tap will mark the night US record label Stax brought a host of its stars to the iconic Upper Cut Club in Woodgrange Road on March 18, 1967.

Stax: It Was 50 Years Ago Today will see an 11-piece band playing a “hot and loud” sold-out gig, following the exact set list originally performed by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, The Mar-Keys, and Booker T and the MG’s

“It was the biggest thing in Forest Gate folklore even from a current age - everyone knows someone there,” said Dan Clapton, owner of the Wanstead Tap.

“We have found some people that were there that night. They are coming from all over the country,”

His “mad idea over a beer”, which has taken four months in the planning, will be a celebration of “one of the greatest musical events to happen in the UK” with a mix of soul, blues and jazz sounds being played.

The Wanstead Tap in Winchelsea Road is approximately 10-minute walk away from where the Upper Cut Club once stood.

The iconic music venue was open from 1966 to 67. It featured major stars such as Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, The Who and Eric Clapton and legend even has it that Jimi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze there in December 1966.

Sadly, it eventually closed following noise and vandalism complaints, later going through several reincarnations including a bingo club.

However Dan said he was “excited” to be bringing an iconic bit of the area’s history back to life.

“Every song is recognisable,” he said. “They have become absolute classics.”

Visit thewansteadtap.com

Latest Newham Stories

Yesterday, 20:04

Ravi Bopara scored his second Specsavers County Championship century of the season as Essex edged Worcestershire closer to relegation on Wednesday.

Jamie Porter
Yesterday, 15:00

Newham district coach and Tunmarsh school teacher Terry Bobie Agyekum has started a new football club called Levels FC.

Rokeby School
Yesterday, 19:00

Two of the UK’s most exciting modern artists showcase specially-commissioned work in a new exhibition in Canning Town.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 13:30

The centre back hailed the current strength in depth at Orient

Josh Coulson
Yesterday, 17:27

A suspected air gun injury in Canning Town has landed a man in hospital.

Scotland Yard
Yesterday, 16:00

A Facebook group for dog owners from Plaistow is celebrating reaching more than 150 members.

Newham Council
Yesterday, 15:57

Rail users face misery with c2c trains delayed due to a tree getting caught on overhead wires at Limehouse.

Yesterday, 15:34

A police investigation has been launched after a teenager was raped in West Ham Park yesterday afternoon.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now