RELEASED – Wednesday 31st July 2013
Legendary Sheffield student night to return for a one-off reunion.
If you were a student in Sheffield, and at Sheffield Hallam University in particular, any time from 1993 to the mid 2000s, you probably spent some of your time partying at The Nelson Mandela Building (NMB) – and in particular at long running Friday retro club night Stardust. Although the night, along with the NMB, disappeared in the mid 2000s, we’re now bringing Stardust back for a one-off 20th Anniversary Reunion.
Previous to 1993 at the NMB there had been a successful monthly 80s night, imaginatively titled – 80s Night! Building on the success of this night and on a wave of nostalgia sweeping through the early 1990s, a new 70s/80s night was launched on Friday’s at the NMB. Taking its name from the 1974 film of the same name, Stardust was born. Starring David Essex as a rock star whose life spirals out of control at the height of his fame, the film’s tag-line was: “Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star, and I’ll show you a liar.”
Launching the night were DJs The Dean Of Disco and Ben Lenoir. Both still DJing in Sheffield to this day, they played a mix of motown, disco, 80s pop and retro classics that were to be the foundation to keep people dancing for the best part of the next 13 years. The DJ line-up developed over the years, with Jim MacLaine anchoring the night for 11 years and other main room DJs Rufus Brutus and Top Cat completing the DJ roster for the 90s.
At the start of 2000 a second room was added to the night. With students who were born in the 1980s now attending university, tunes from the 1990s were considered to be part of the retro mix. The Blue Room at the NMB became home to Mark “Stormin” Norman, Dave “The Hitman” Hunter and Joey Fabini as they put together a party set of 90s dance and pop, that eventually strayed into the early 00s as the years went by.
Such was the demand for tickets to Stardust, that in its heyday the night would regularly attract ticket touts outside the NMB. And it wasn’t just about the music. The event featured a variety of special guests over the years, including musical stars and celebrity presenters, including:
- The Nolans
- Jason Donovan
- David Dickinson
- Keith Chegwin
- Timmy Mallet
- George and Zippy from Rainbow
- Alan Fletcher (Karl Kennedy from Neighbours)
- Not forgetting tribute bands including The Cheeky Monkees, Wham/Duran, Super Troopers and Mike Fab Gere and The Permissive Society.
Now Stardust is back for a one-off special on its 20th Anniversary as a reunion organised by all of the DJ’s. All the DJs who played throughout the years are returning and with the Nelson Mandela Building now demolished (sniff), Stardust has found a new home at the Sheffield City Hall Ballroom. The event will include two rooms of music: Main Ballroom: 60s, 70s and 80s retro classics and North Hall: Hits from 1990 to 2004.
- The Dean of Disco (1993 – 1996, 2000-2006)
- Ben Lenoir (1993 – 1995)
- Rufus Brutus – aka Steve Guest (1994 – 1998)
- Jim MacLaine (1995 – 2006)
- Top Cat – aka Simon Bear (1998 – 2000)
- Mark “Stormin” Norman (2000 – 2003)
- Dave “The Hitman” Hunter (2003 – 2004)
- Joey Fabini (2001 – 2006)
Stardust 20th Anniversary Reunion 1993-2013
Stardust returns for a one-off special on it’s 20th Anniversary. All the DJs are returning and with the Nelson Mandela Building now demolished (sniff), Stardust has found a new home at the Sheffield City Hall Ballroom.
With retro visuals and nostalgic images, the event will include two rooms of music:
Ballroom: 60s, 70s and 80s retro classics
North Hall: Hits from 1990 to 2004
An exact running order for DJs will be published nearer the time.
For more information about the event, including a selection of images for you to use, please contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website http://www.stardust-disco.com
We’re also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Disco.Stardust
And Twitter: https://twitter.com/stardust_disco
Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Friday 6th September
10.30pm – 2.30am
All Sheffield Hallam University Alumni , their friends and guests welcome.
£8 on the door*
Stardust website: http://www.stardust-disco.com
Sheffield City Hall Box Office**
Telephone Booking Line: 0114 2789789 (Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm)
Or in person at Sheffield City Hall box office, (Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm)
300dpi CMYK Artwork can be downloaded here
COLLAGE OF ORIGINAL STARDUST FLYERS 1993-2006: http://www.stardust-disco.com/Old_artwork.jpg
*Subject to tickets remaining, we will operate a one in one out policy in this case.
**A booking fee may be applicable.
***The Stardust Reunion is an event organised by two of the ex-DJs independently.