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Venue Address Railway Hotel
100 West End Lane
West Wickham, Greater London
NW6, United Kingdom

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Klooks Kleek was a club in the Railway Hotel, Hampstead, London. It was a popular venue on the performance circuit because of its blues aware audience.

Klooks was like an old Victorian drawing room, some 20 metres square and unlike other venues had no stage at all. The floor was carpeted, the walls curtained in red velvet and covered in flock wallpaper, all making for very good acoustics. There were no mixing desks, lighting rigs, sound/ lighting engineers or even sound checks, the bands just tuned up and played. It was a bit like a gig in your own front room.

Klooks Kleek club closed down in January 1970 after a nine year run. Owner Dick Jordan said that "The state of the business doesnt warrant keeping it open".

By December 1970 music had moved on and Klooks Kleek ceased to be. However the club was renamed the Moonlight Club and catered for a new music scene spawning such stars as Family, Uriah Heep, The Jam, The Cure and The Who amongst others.

After decades of live music The Railway Tavern, West Hampstead has now become a trendy bar playing todays dance music, musicians have been replaced by DJs, artists in their own right such is the skill required to mix and scratch in time with the music. Ironically many of these DJs expertly mix 60s soul, R&B and 70s funk to a modern beat giving them new life and a new audience.

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