Welcome to Ready Steady Gone!

There’s a saying – “If you remember the sixties then you weren’t really there”. But if you were there and you can’t remember much, then this site will jog your memory, at least about the local north east music scene of the mid to late sixties. A time when venues like the Club a’Gogo, the Mayfair Ballroom, the Majestic and the Cellar at Shields were thriving and bands like the Junco Partners, the Sect, the Elcort, the Chosen Few, Mr Poobah’s Chicago Line and Axtree Junction were doing the rounds.

A few years ago, the discovery of my old diaries, photos and cuttings from the sixties and seventies brought back memories of what it was like to play in local bands throughout that period and share the stage with bands such as the Who, Small Faces, Cream and Free. This site is based on those documents plus additional material from others who have contacted me since this site went live.

You can also listen to various north east bands from the sixties and early seventies on the Music page.

Ready Steady Gone is regularly updated. If the site has helped you recall bits of the north east music scene from four decades ago then come back soon. You may rediscover even more.