KajaGooGoo, Watford and Baileys Nightclub
Back in 1984 following the success of the ‘Islands’ tour, Kajagoogoo took up residency for a series of six gigs at ‘Baileys’ nightclub in Watford, Hertfordshire. The gigs took place between the 15th and 20th of October 1984, and were promoted both locally and also through fan club publication ‘KajaFax’ (the original publication from which this website lends its name). Check out the ticket prices – a far cry from the prices charged today!
Baileys’ was a well established and incredibly popular nightclub, located centrally in Watford town centre. The original building, the ‘Plaza by the Pond’ was built in 1929 and by 1936 had been taken over by the Odeon group. The original building was demolished in the 1960’s at which point it became the ‘Top Rank’ suite. As the ‘Top Rank’ club, the venue later to be known as ‘Baileys’ attracted many first rate performers, with artists such as Genesis, Status Quo, Black Sabbath, Roy Orbison and Slade all playing live there at one time or another. The club’s compare, Joshua ‘JJ’ Jones became somewhat of a local celebrity; such was the fame of the club.
Recalling memories from back in the day, Julie Addison, a Watford local and regular patron of the club during those years writes:
“…you ask if I have any memories of Baileys…I have many! I used to go every Wednesday night without fail. We never had a boring night. I wonder how many people will recall the good times we had…the headline act at Baileys and a prawn cocktail followed by a T-bone steak n’ chips were the height of gastronomic sophistication at Fagin’s Grill…”
The glory days at Baileys were not set to continue however, as the club went into decline, ultimately being re-branded ‘Paradise Lost’, ‘Kudos’, and ‘Destiny’, all to no avail.
To the present day… revamped, rebranded, and renamed ‘Oceana’, the club formerly known as Baileys has been given a new lease of life, now forming part of a national nightclub chain. It boasts six bars, two dance floors, and a capacity crowd of 2,500.
A far cry from ’84, and the days of those long forgotten gigs…..
KajaFax knows that one or two of its readers (you know who you are!) attended those shows.
We look forward to your comments!