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Blue plaque unveiled on site of Bamboo Club

By jack wilkinson, Monday Jun 19, 2017

A blue plaque has been unveiled at the former site of Bristol’s legendary Bamboo Club to commemorate its influence on Bristol’s musical landscape and the city as a whole.

The plaque was unveiled in St Paul’s at the site where the famous club once stood as part of BBC Music Day.

Although it was only open for 11 years, the club at 7 St Paul’s Street, became a major venue for Bristol’s West Indian community, playing host to acts such as Ben E King and Bob Marley.

After opening in 1966, the club swiftly became one of the most important reggae and ska clubs in the UK. However, it wasn’t to last: on the morning of Sunday, December 18 1977, the Bamboo and everything inside – including 15,000 records – were¬†tragically destroyed in a devastating fire.

The Sex Pistols were due to play 10 days later, but, despite its popularity, the club never reopened.

 

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