KajaGooGoo Live at The Brixton Ace 1982
Kajagoogoo Live – The Brixton Ace 1982
Originally known as the Palladium Cinema, this large Brixton Hill venue has entertained Brixtonians since 1914.
Rebuilt in the 1950’s and rebranded The Regal, the venue subsequently became The ABC before becoming the Brixton Ace in 1977. As the ABC in the 1970s, the theme was movies and the venue was heavy on late night kung-fu flicks!
By ’77, Bruce Lee had become Bruce Foxton, as the venue hosted major gigs such as The Smiths, The Jam, New Order and A Flock of Seagulls. A regular haunt for Record Company execs, many an act played the venue with a hopeful heart. The club was frequented by influential movers and shakers and music industry heavyweights such as Peter Powell and Paul Gambaccini.
Kajagoogoo played a crucial promotional gig there on Friday 17th December 1982. Billed as ‘A pre-Christmas Funk Out with Kajagoogoo’ and supported by the Watussi Brothers, the show was filmed for Broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK. The gig and subsequent TV exposure must have played a major part in the events that were to unfold in early 1983.
KajaFax would be incredibly interested to hear from any readers that have any VHS or Betamax footage of that gig!
The Ace closed its doors in the early 1980’s but re-opened in 1985 as The Fridge.