Fusion nightclub occupied what was previously and is again now the grand ballroom in Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel civic centre. In 1979 Stuart Smith who ran independent record shop Some Kinda Mushroom started a Thursday futurist night there and decided to put some bands on and for seven glorious months, Fusion hosted some of the UK’s most important and influential bands just as they were breaking into the big time, including The Cure, Simple Minds and The Specials. These nights have rightly gone down in Chesterfield music history.

Inspired by these legendary gigs and bored with Chesterfield night life in the 80s, Myself, Rat and Pat started a similar alternative night on Tuesdays at the nearby Fascination night club on Stephensons Place and called it Gotham City. Running for just over a year we played host to Pulp, The Membranes, The Bomb Party and other local bands. The unique posters for each night were designed by Androo Wobble.

Chesterfield had other night clubs through the 80s that sporadically put on live acts, The Adam & Eve on Lordsmill Street put on Pulp, Engine and Lawnmower Deth amongst others, the Aquarius on Sheffield Road hosted Def Leppard and The Moulin Rouge under the Vic Veranda played host to Ozric Tentacles and Broken Bones if I remember correctly. Finally Chesterfield’s Noize Ain’t Dead Promotions put on Conflict, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and other punk and oi bands at the Chesterfield Conservative Cub of all places.

David Hayes

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Venue : Fascination (26 entries)
bandsupportdatevenuetown
The Cotswold Quartet11/12/1984FascinationChesterfield
Body Factory08/01/1985FascinationChesterfield
My Pierrot Dolls05/02/1985FascinationChesterfield
Trash That Car19/02/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Sweetie Boys05/03/1985FascinationChesterfield
Nine Men Sitting On A Dead Man's Chest 19/03/1985FascinationChesterfield
Dig Vis Drill02/04/1985FascinationChesterfield
Mr President16/04/1985FascinationChesterfield
Footrot 14/05/1985FascinationChesterfield
Criminal Sex28/05/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Astronautsreplacements for The Membranes 11/06/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Bride Wore Black25/06/1985FascinationChesterfield
PulpPeter Boam10/07/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Wayne Foundation Disco 23/07/1985FascinationChesterfield
Personality Crisis06/08/1985FascinationChesterfield
Leitmotiv20/08/1985FascinationChesterfield
The MembranesThe Bland03/09/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Screaming Trees01/10/1985FascinationChesterfield
William Wazzum Bullum Buzzum14/10/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Enzymes 15/10/1985FascinationChesterfield
Ritzun Ratzun Rotzer29/10/1985FascinationChesterfield
Blyth Power12/11/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Wild Flowers26/11/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Wayne Foundation Disco 10/12/1985FascinationChesterfield
The Bomb Party18/12/1985FascinationChesterfield
Ausgang21/01/1986FascinationChesterfield

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Venue : Fusion (33 entries)
bandsupportdatevenuetown
The Cure05/04/1979FusionChesterfield
Doll by Doll12/04/1979FusionChesterfield
Stray Kat19/04/1979FusionChesterfield
The Negatives26/04/1979FusionChesterfield
Pressure Shocks03/05/1979FusionChesterfield
Witchfynde10/05/1979FusionChesterfield
The Thompson Twins17/05/1979FusionChesterfield
Neon24/05/1979FusionChesterfield
Punilux31/05/1979FusionChesterfield
2.307/06/1979FusionChesterfield
The Cure14/06/1979FusionChesterfield
Voyager21/06/1979FusionChesterfield
Eric Bell28/06/1979FusionChesterfield
The Comsat Angels05/07/1979FusionChesterfield
The Simple Minds12/07/1979FusionChesterfield
The Specials19/07/1979FusionChesterfield
The Pretenders26/07/1979FusionChesterfield
The Zones02/08/1979FusionChesterfield
The Angelic Upstarts09/08/1979FusionChesterfield
Invaders16/08/1979FusionChesterfield
Fixer23/08/1979FusionChesterfield
Def Leppard30/08/1979FusionChesterfield
Spasms06/09/1979FusionChesterfield
The Chords13/09/1979FusionChesterfield
Phil Rambow20/09/1979FusionChesterfield
The Selector27/09/1979FusionChesterfield
The Pirates04/10/1979FusionChesterfield
Punilux11/10/1979FusionChesterfield
The Mekons18/10/1979FusionChesterfield
Lew Lewis 26/10/1979FusionChesterfield
Q-Tips17/06/1980FusionChesterfield
Music For PleasureThe Expelaires26/03/1981FusionChesterfield
Shakin Pyramids23/04/1981FusionChesterfield

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