Peterborough pub keeps vinyl night alive - and thousands dance the night away at home

Pub landlord and DJ Stuart “Jonno” Johnson will be back behind the turntables on Friday - after thousands of music lovers watched his last lockdown vinyl night from their own homes.

Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 12:17 pm
Stuart and Kirstene Johnson at the Golden Pheasant. EMN-180103-211756009

Stuart, whose DJing career goes back four decades, has been running the Golden Pheasant, at Etton, near Peterborough, with wife Kirstene for the past two years - and his monthly vinyl Fridays have always proved popular with punters.

On April 3 he marked two weeks of lockdown with a Northern Soul and Ska music night from the pub and over the course of the show - broadcast live on the pub’s facebook page - several thousand tuned in and hundreds posted comments, from as far afield as Australia.

So he will be dipping into his record collection again on Friday to mark four weeks of lockdown with another vinyl night featuring all genres from 8pm.

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“We wanted to cheer our customers up and lift their spirts,” said Stuart. “The vinyl lockdown has gained us new followers which hopefully, when open, they will join us on our regular night.”

“Four weeks to the day (since lockdown began) is April 17,” he added. “So by popular demand, people keep asking and asking, we will be doing it again, but not just Northern Soul and Ska, it will be music I have played during my 40-year DJing career. So please tune in for that, hopefully it will put a smile on your face.

“But this time let’s make it a little bit different, let’s get dressed up for it. We are not allowed out, let’s pretend we are going out.

“Guys, have a shave, put your best top on; girls, do your hair, do your make-up, pretend you are going out, really enjoy the night.

“Let’s hopefully make you dance in your houses.”

You can join in the fun at https://www.facebook.com/alwayspleasantatthepheasant/