Wigan Casino 1977 - (picture courtesy of The Sunday Times)

Amphetasoul was another term coined by Dave Godin, and it would refer to the use of illegal drugs at many of these venues, especially amphetamines.

It was inevitable that the all-nighter scene would attract the use of 'speed'. The dancing culture of the Northern Soul Scene would also make it 'necessary' for many people to use drugs to keep up the pace for 9 hours or so.

However, drugs would soon become The Twisted Wheel's downfall and in January 1971 it  closed as a result of pressure from police and magistrates.

The scene would then move to places like the Torch in Tunstall; but the scourge would follow. Blues and Soul magazine, in particular, would plead with their readers to stay clear of drugs in a bid to keep venues open.

Towards the end at The Torch, the local police force felt the need to report that 'people were coming to the all-nighters from all over England, some from Scotland......' 

There is no doubt that the Northern Soul scene is the forerunner of today's rave culture.

Notes thanks to David Meikle.



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