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Interview with Pete Roberts
updated 20/08/03
Pete Roberts Promoter Pete Roberts has been running this particular incarnation of the Twisted Wheel since 1999 and says that if the chance ever came to buy the venue he would.
Pete Roberts on the decks at the Twisted Wheel
Pete Roberts
Pete checks his playlist

The Twisted Wheel first opened its doors in 1963 and a 14 year old master Roberts entered its hallowed halls already a veteran of the 'naughty' Manchester club scene.

"There was something naughty about going out in Manchester in them days - the clubs were seedy and of course your mum and dad didn't know you went...I was going to places like Tackies, Sloopies and the Top of the Town but the Wheel became my favourite."

Pete left the soul scene for a while but on his return discovered that his beloved club had undergone several changes.

"It had moved twice and although it was now back in its original home on Brazenose Street it had had several owners and people hadn't looked after it very well.It was now in the part of town known as the gay village and actually operated as a gay club most of the time.

I took it over in 1999 with a music policy of playing 100% original Twisted Wheel records.It's been a big success and although the club is only half the size of the original it gets packed and I'm pleased to say that when we have the 40th anniversary next month the downstairs part of the club will be open and we'll be able to use it."

Pete says that the Twisted Wheel embodies everything he loves about the sixties soul scene.He wishes more young people would get into the music and encourages them not to be put off by the older age group.

"This music is brilliant and the atmosphere is fantastic and friendly.People are always smart and in all these years I've never seen a fight - not one!

I think if teenagers knew about how it used to be at the Wheel when the DJs were only allowed to play from the house records and had to collect the glasses in between sets they would appreciate how far its come...this is a great musical scene and I really want it to survive."

The Twisted Wheel celebrates its 40th birthday next month and Clubbing will be doing an exclusive feature!

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