Hatchetts Playground

Hatchetts Playground, located at 67a Piccadilly, was one of the happening clubs in the late 1960s and played host to rock bands every night, including Edwin Starr, The New Formula, Amen Corner, Status Quo, Timebox and The Greatest Show on Earth, to name just a few.

I’ve started a gig below and would welcome any additions as well as memories of the venue

25 December 1967 – The Penny Peep Show

1-6 January 1968 – Family

12 January 1968 – Ray King Soul Band
13 January 1968 – The Quotations
15-16 January 1968 – The New Formula
17 January 1968 – Timebox
18 January 1968 – The New Formula
19 January 1968 – The Three Sounds
20 January 1968 – Timebox
22 January 1968 – The New Formula
23 January 1968 – The Web
24 January 1968 – The New Formula
25 January 1968 – The Web
26-27 January 1968 – The Three Sounds
29-30 January 1968 – The New Formula
31 January 1968 – Timebox

15 February 1968 – Timebox
16 February 1968 – Copycats
17 February 1968 – Pussyfoot
19 February 1968 – Timebox
20 February 1968 – Jo Jo Cooke & The Racket
21 February 1968 – Little John & The Shadocks
22 February 1968 – Timebox
23-24 February 1968 – Jo Jo Cooke & The Racket
26 February 1968 – The New Formula
29 February 1968 – Rainy Day Women (Swedish)

14 April 1968 – Ray King’s Soul Band
19 April 1968 – Ray King’s Soul Band
25 April 1968 – The Penny Peep Show

12 May 1968 – Flowerpot Men
19 May 1968 – Status Quo
22-23 May 1968 – Lemon Tree
26 May 1968 – Unit 4 Plus 2
29 May 1968 – Edwin Starr & The State Express

14 July 1968 – Cherry Smash
17 July 1968 – Two of Each
23 July 1968 – Moon’s Train
24 July 1968 – The Group (Australian band)
25 July 1968 – The Penny Peep Show
30 July 1968 – Unit 4 Plus 2
31 July 1968 – Moon’s Train

1 August 1968 – Greatest Show on Earth
5 August 1968 – Greatest Show on Earth and Bruce Channel
6-7 August 1968 – Simon K & The Meantimers
10 August 1968 – Circus (NME lists Stacks)
19 August 1968 – Skip Bifferty
26-29 August 1968 – Greatest Show on Earth
30 August 1968 – Mud

1-2 September 1968 – Cherry Smash
4 September 1968 – Orange Seaweed
6 September 1968 – Wild Uncertainty
8 September 1968 – Pepper
10-11 September 1968 – Flirtations
13 September 1968 – Horace Faith
16 September 1968 – Circus
21 September 1968 – Tuesday’s Children
23 September 1968 – Katch 22
24 September 1968 – Tony Rivers & The Castaways
25-26 September 1968 – The Mooche

1 October 1968 – Flirtations
2 October 1968 – Jo Jo Gunne
5 October 1968 – Renaissance Fayre
6 October 1968 – Moving Finger
9 October 1968 – Toast
11-12 October 1968 – Horace Faith and Wild Uncertainty
13 October 1968 – Cherry Smash
14-15 October 1968 – Mint Tulip (NME lists O’Hara’s Playboys on 14 October and Mint Tulip on 15 October)

15 October 1968 – Timebox
16 October 1968 – The Sweet
17 October 1968 – Pussyfoot and The Sweet
18-19 October 1968 – Rainbow Folly
19 October 1968 – Timebox
20 October 1968 – Cherry Smash
22 October 1968 – Timebox and Katch 22
26 October 1968 – The New Formula (NME lists Memphis Express)
27 October 1968 – Cherry Smash
27-28 October 1968 – Toast
29 October 1968 – The Sweet

1-2 November 1968 – Vamp
3 November 1968 – Lions of Judea (Israeli band)
7-12 November 1968 – Lions of Judea
15-17 November 1968 – Lions of Judea and Gilded Cage (only on 15-16 November)

19-20 November 1968 – Lions of Judea
24 November 1968 – Lions of Judea
27 November 1968 – Iveys
27-28 November 1968 – Greatest Show on Earth
28 November 1968 – The Mojos

1 December 1968 – Toast
4 December 1968 – Flirtations
16 December 1968 – Jo Jo Gunne
18 December 1968 – Toast and Peddlers

Sources:

The gigs listed above were largely sourced from Melody Maker and also the Marmalade Skies website.

12 thoughts on “Hatchetts Playground”

  1. NME has a more comprehensive listing of bands that played at this venue.

    I’ve listed below the missing ones from above list covering July-December 1968

    12 July – The Chain Gang
    13 July – Vanity Fair, The Flirtations and Strawberry Jam
    15 July – Impulse
    16 July – The Group (Australian outfit)
    18 July – The Group
    20 July – Tim Rose and Impulse
    26 July – Birds and Fellas and Two of Each
    27 July – Two of Each
    28 July – Fourth Floor
    29 July – Strawberry Jam

    2-3 August – The Sweet Sops
    8 August – Coloured Raisins
    9 August – Jackie Edwards
    11 August – Flirtations
    12 August – Pepper
    13-14 August – Katch 22
    15 August – Soul Package
    16-17 August – Memphis Express
    18 August – Motions
    23 August – Memphis Express
    24 August – Toast
    25 August – Motions
    31 August – Jasper Stubbs Gloryland Band

    3 September – Soul Committee
    5 September – Strawberry Jam and Johnny Nash
    7 September – Strawberry Jam
    9 September – Dr Marigold’s Prescription
    12 September – Dr Marigold’s Prescription
    14 September – Marble Arch Movement
    15 September – Strawberry Jam
    17 September – Fantastics
    18 September – Dr Marigold’s Prescription
    20 September – Horace Faith & The Wild Uncertainty
    22 September – Fourth Floor
    27-28 September – Cherry Smash
    29 September – Fourth Floor
    30 September – Toast

    3 October – The Mint
    4 October – Memphis Express
    7 October – Shuffler Sound
    8 October – Pete Kelly’s Solutions
    10 October – Edwin Starr
    21 October – Keef Hartley
    23 October – Rick ‘N’ Beckers
    24 October – Pete Kelly’s Solutions
    25 October – Horace Faith & The Wild Uncertainty
    30 October – Bruce Channel
    31 October – Julian Kersh

    4-6 November – Freddie Mack
    13 November – Youngblood
    14 November – Charlie & Inez Foxx
    18 November – Shadrocks, Little John, Watson T Brown & The Explosives
    21 November – Garnett Simms
    22 November – Julian’s Conquests and Lions of Judea
    23 November – Julian’s Conquests
    25 November – Sonny Bushe
    26 November – Ray King Soul Band
    29-30 November – Lions of Judea

    2-3 December – Katch 22
    5 December – Mint Tulip
    6 December – Moving Finger
    7-8 December – Mint Tulip
    9-10 December – Moving Finger
    11 December – Circus
    12 December – Drifters
    13-15 December – Boston Crabs
    17 December – Peddlers and Soul Package
    19 December – Electric Gramophone

    20-21 August – Julian Kersh
    22 August – Zion de Gallier & The Unicorns

  2. ive put up a page on imgur on hatchetts..my father owned this club in the 60s and 70s and i hold most of the memorabilia on it.

    1. Hello Jonathan,
      I worked for your Father 1967/1968 as Chef in the Day & Night of Chimera
      Curzon Street and some Nights as a D.J. at Hatchetts .
      I´ve kept contact during the 70th & 80th.
      John was a great friend of mine(born in Berlin as myself) and he loved my good sauces.
      His Partner Vinicombe as well.
      Was a great time I´ll allways remember.
      Today its my 70th Birthday and i´ve found this pages in Internet.
      Wonder if you have more Photos poss.with myself from that time?

      1. hi horst…this selection of memorabilla on hatchetts is what i collected together to post on the web..people were asking me about the club and how there was hardly anything on it..so i changed that! i have a suitcase full of cuttings etc and it took along time to gather it all together! i do have photos of the chimera…
        best wishes to you
        jonathan marks

  3. I played trumpet at the Hatchetts Club with a band named the Village Green, We were Garnett Mimms Backing band whilst he was on his UK tour in 1968. The date we played there was on 211168. You have a record in your list on that date but you have Garnett Mimms surname as Simms. We also Giged at the Wisky a go go, and the Pink flamingo on the same tour.
    At the club that night in the audience was James Brown, The Walker Brothers and Gene Pitney.

    1. thats interesting steve…i knew about the walker brothers as i have a memory of one of them wandering about in the club! never knew about james brown though!

  4. Ray King Soul Band gig may well have taken place on 15 not 14 April 1968 as noted above, according to Melody Maker advert

  5. Hi Jonathan,

    I spent hours and hours at Hatchetts as best mate to the resident DJ Clive Evenden (who died in Miami 4 years ago). Your father was a true gentleman in an industry where a lot of people weren’t. He gave me the job of photographing all aspects of the club over a period of weeks which were then put into a slide projector and shown on the wall above the stairs going down into the club. Good memories of Pascale, Alan and Mr Huntman (Your father’s partner ?) who all worked there. Naturally Clive and I took our latest girlfriends to chat to movers and shakers like John Peel. Clive sometimes had difficulty in clearing the small glass dance floor of the last remaining smooching couples. He came across an album of Wurlitzer music which, at about 4am he would put on. That quickly cleared the dance floor and we could all then go home.

    1. hi andrew
      yeah shame clive passed away ..luckily i got in contact with him about 2
      years before he died which was good.
      best wishes
      jonathan

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