The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Long After Tonight is All Over

The Northern Soul Scene - Sarah Raine

Stuart Cosgrove [+-]
Journalist and Broadcaster
Stuart Cosgrove is a journalist, broadcaster and media executive, formerly working at NME and The Face, and Channel 4 where he was Controller of Arts and Entertainment and as Head of Programmes (Nations and Regions). He presented BBC Radio Scotland’s Northern Soul show Floorfillers in the 2000s.


Published five months after the closing of the Wigan Casino, this article (first published in Collusion in 1982) represents one of the first journalistic analytical studies of the scene. The writer, Stuart Cosgrove, begins with a summary of the mythologized role of the Casino and its enduring legacy for the Northern Soul scene. The writer discusses dancing, record collection, drug use and the venues itself in one of the most contemporaneous articles. He describes the scene as including not only the British dancers, DJs and record collectors, but also the African American record companies, artists and producers, representing Cosgrove’s ‘Black America’, the ‘single most important feature of Northern Soul’. This article represents a knowledgeable insight into the scene as it was at the beginning of the 1980s and the ways in which Northern Soul ‘aficionados’ conceptualized the scene.

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Cosgrove, Stuart. Long After Tonight is All Over. The Northern Soul Scene. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 11-19 Feb 2019. ISBN 9781781795583. Date accessed: 03 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31272. Feb 2019

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