Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged from the British mod scene in northern England in the late 1960s. The Twisted Wheel in Manchester and King Mojo Club known as the Mojo in Sheffield operated through the 1960’s
‘Peter Stringfellow and his brothers had been running the Black Cat Club in the city, which proved a success. In 1964, they opened a new venture, the King Mojo Club, in a converted house on Pitsmoor Road to the north of the city centre. The club never received a drinks license, but did have a coffee bar.
The club quickly became a centre of the northern soul scene, with popular American acts such as Wilson Pickett (backed by Reg Dwight’s Bluesology), Stevie Wonder, Ike and Tina Turner, and Geno Washington playing.’ source and references wikipedia
Northern Soul marked the birth of late-night dance culture in Britain. Paul Mason, economics journalist and once a regular at the famous ‘all-nighters’ at Wigan Casino, discovers the origin of this underground music scene and why it continues to inspire such devotion.
Many of the songs that eventually became Northern Soul classics were once rejected or unreleased. Recorded in the 1960s by African-American artists attempting to replicate the successful Motown sound, these discarded tracks would later be rediscovered and revered by white working-class dancers and music fans in the north of England. BBC Culture programme Oct 2013