We report elsewhere how plans to revive The Boardwalk have fallen through.
The Snig Hill venue has a long musical pedigree, first as The Black Swan, and is perhaps most famously associated with Joe Cocker who not only performed in his early days in the Sixties but was a regular drinker. Here he is seen making a triumphant return celebrating With A Little Help From My Friends reaching number one in the charts.
The Black Swan hosted live music since the 1930s when it was a renowned jazz club and was where The Clash played their first gig in 1976 supporting The Sex Pistols. Other bands from that era included Mud, Sweet, Brinsley Schwartz, Argent, Wishbone Ash, Average White Band and Kilburn and the High Roads. As the Boardwalk it welcomed many more as well as offering regular slots for local bands. An early demo by the Arctic Monkeys is known as Beneath The Boardwalk.