The Beatles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie and even Bob Marley have played gigs in Doncaster - and now we’ve unearthed even more musical favourites to have played here down the years.
Taking another trip down memory lane, here’s ten more top pop acts who’ve graced our town down the decades.
1. BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS
Bespectacled Fifties rock’n’ roll legend Buddy Holly and his band The Crickets camed to Doncaster on March 17, 1958. Playing at The Gaumont, the band performed two shows and at the time of the concert, had already racked up huge international hits with That’ll Be The Day and Peggy Sue. Tragically, on February 3, 1959 Holly and fellow singers Ritchie Valens The Big Bopper lost their lives in a plane crash, dubbed The Day The Music Died.
2. BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS
The rock ‘n’ roll boom also brought one of the era’s other defining acts to Doncaster. Quiffed rocker Bill Haley, who enjoyed massive global success with Rock Around The Clock played at The Gaumont, now demolished, on March 7, 1957. He also enjoyed hits such as Shake, Rattle and Roll and See You Later Alligator and performed up until his death in 1981.
The synth-pop pioneers led by Midge Ure were regular visitors to Doncaster during their rise to fame - although all their concerts came ahead of their biggest success with the haunting number two single Vienna which was a huge hit in 1981. They performed at the now demolished Outlook club twice in 1977 and again in 1978 and made their final appearance in Doncaster at Rotters in 1980.
4. THE HUMAN LEAGUE
It was a short hop over from Sheffield for fellow synthesizer stars The Human League who appeared at Rotters in Silver Street on November 12, 1980. Again, their visit was ahead of their biggest hit Don’t You Want Me but the set included early hit Empire State Human, still a feature of the band’s catalogue today, with the trio still very much in demand and appearing at Doncaster Racecourse earlier this year.
5. ADAM AND THE ANTS
As punk took over the world in the late 70s, the biggest bands of the time were in demand across the country - and no more so than the self-styled Dandy Highwayman who came to Doncaster for a date at the Outlook on April 3, 1978. Yet again, the concert was before global smashes such as Prince Charming, Goody Two Shoes, Antmusic and Stand And Deliver, which made the band one of the hottest acts of the 80s.
The poodle-permed rockers became huge global stars in the mid 1980s thanks to songs such as Here I Go Again and Is This Love, but they started with much more humbler beginnings, including a date in Doncaster in the year they were formed by lead singer David Coverdale. March 23, 1978 was the date - and of course, The Outlook was the venue.
7. THE RAMONES
The pioneering US punk rockers only made one appearance in Doncaster - and that was on May 23, 1977 when they appeared at yes, you’ve guessed it, The Outlook. Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy made up the band at that time, and they’d already released two albums as well as classic songs Sheena Is A Punk Rocker and Blitzkrieg Bop by the time they rolled into Doncaster.
8. ELVIS COSTELLO
The Top Rank Suite in Silver Street was another venue that used to attract the big acts of the day and wobbly-legged, spec-wearing star Elvis Costello appeared there on October 19, 1977. It was the same year he released the singles Alison and Watching The Detectives, but before later successes including Pump It Up and Oliver’s Army.
9. THE KINKS
The dedicated followers of fashion made three visits to Doncaster during their 1960s heyday, appearing at the Gaumont on April 21, 1964. Follow-up dates came at The Top Rank on January 24, 1966 with their third and final date on December 22, 1967. Hits played included You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, Tired Of Waiting For You, Waterloo Sunset and Sunny Afternoon.
10. ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Jeff Lynne’s baroque-pop outfit, best loved for songs such as Mr Blue Sky, Hold On Tight and The Diary of Horace Wimp, made an appearance at the Top Rank just ahead of Christmas 1972, appearing there on December 4. The band had only released one single at the time of the concert - 10538 Overture - and it would be the rest of the decade that saw the band enjoy their biggest successes.