One of East Yorkshire’s most legendary nights out is making a comeback this week.
Bus Stop delighted a generation of clubbers at the much-loved Lexington Avenue (LA’s) venue in Hull.
The disco extravaganza – which began in 1995 and ran for seven years – was famed for its authentic 70s costumes, fun stage set and fantastic floor-filling tunes.
Now, it will return to Beverley Racecourse on Friday for the track’s hugely popular 70s Race Night.
DJ Tony Loveshaft and his larger-than-life cast of 70s throwbacks will be getting the party started at the Westwood course after an exciting evening of racing.
How well do you remember LA’s and Bus Stop? We’ve been taking a trip down memory lane.
1. The floor fillers
At the heart of one of Hull’s biggest and best party nights was a killer set list of 70s classics, played by DJ Tony Loveshaft, that was guaranteed to get people on to the dancefloor.
Tony said: “We had 30 or 40 huge, big disco numbers that got everybody going. I couldn’t narrow it down to a single favourite floor-filler but the tracks that stand out in my mind are Dancing Queen by Abba, The Jacksons’ Blame It On The Boogie, and Disco Inferno by The Trammps.”
2. The costumes
LAs became a Tuesday night-time machine as clubbers donned platform shoes, flares and Afro wigs. Whether you fancied yourself as John Travolta or a Vegas-era Elvis, Bus Stop was your opportunity to relive the decade that fashion forgot.
“We actually had a 70s shop inside LA’s at one point where you could buy all your bits and bobs,” said Tony.
3. The name
The night was originally called Car Wash, until a copyright issue prompted a change of name.
Tony said: “At one of our original nights in Sheffield we had a full front of a bus on stage, so when we had to change the name from Car Wash, it seemed like a great idea.”
The new name also referenced the Disco classic (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop.
4. The set
The first thing you would notice on a Tuesday night at LA’s was the fantastic 70s set, complete with a car in the centre of the stage.
“When we did Car Wash we had a hot rod on stage and when we moved to Bus Stop, we used a VW Beach Buggy,” said Tony.
“We still have it and we’ll be using the same one at the Beverley Races show. We also bring along other classic 70s props such as a Rally Chopper and old iconic stereos.”
5. The cast
What set Bus Stop apart from other retro nights was its brilliant cast of “heart-throbbing seventies rejects” with such glamorous names as Tricity Bendrix and Crystal Maze.
“All but two of the original cast are still in the show,” said Tony. “As well as Tricity and Crystal, Gordon Gold and Lino Davis, who used to come on as a postman, are also still doing it.”
6. The Dance Competitions
One of the highlights was the weekly dance competitions.
Tony said: “We’d get the girls up first and then the lads and we’d have a final dance-off. It was freestyle and we’d choose different songs from night to night.”
7. Dancing on the podiums
LA’s may have been infamous for people dancing around their handbags, but you couldn’t say you’d truly arrived unless you’d danced on one of the much-loved podiums.
“There was even a dance podium on the upstairs balcony which we would utilise as part of the show,” said Tony.
8. The crowds (and queues)
At the height of its residency at LA’s, Bus Stop performed to over 2,000 revellers, making it arguably Hull’s best ever Tuesday night out.
“We had hundreds of people queueing outside,” said Tony.
9. The last dance
“We often played Bohemian Rhapsody to finish the night,” said Tony. “It’s six minutes long and has everything to it including a singalong part so it always goes down very well. We played it to round off the Beverley night last year.”
10. The venue
Bus Stop and LA’s went together like Elton John and Kiki Dee, and Tony believes the venue was a big part of the night’s long-running success.
“It was a proper nightclub with an unmistakable decor, with the neon lighting and the whole grand frontage,” said Tony.
“It was an old-school venue of the kind that you don’t really see any more. Everybody was in it together and dancing to the same songs.”
You can get down to Beverley Racecourse on Friday to relive those glorious 90s nights and stomping 70s tunes.
Doors open at 4pm with the first race at 6pm and last race at 8.55pm.
Visit http://beverley-racecourse.co.uk/racing/season-calendar or call 01482 867488 for tickets.
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