The Lodestar was one of the best loved and most talked about clubs of its time. Situated on a country lane a few miles from town, its isolation gave it an independence and with it an appeal, that stretched far beyond its geographical area.
Raw and unpretentious; it hosted everything from male strippers with names like Batman and Zulu, to legendary bands including The Sex Pistols and The Boomtown Rats. Anything went; though they did have to cancel the Sunday morning clay pigeon shoots in the carpark, after the residents of the nudist colony in the woods across the field complained of being peppered with falling debris.

Away from the mainstream yet very much on the pulse; the Lodestar and similar clubs such as Manchester’s Hacienda, were an attractive alternative for those seeking somewhere less formal and a bit more primal.  At a time when you had to physically go out to find new music, which often involved a journey, the sense of anticipation simply heightened the atmosphere in the clubs themselves. Sexually charged with an element of danger they became a rite of passage for a generation that were socially mobile, politically aware and sexually liberated.
We’d like to reunite our Lodestar community. Bringing together your stories and memories, a number of which we may ask to record for the exhibition, to form a permanent archive.

 Everyone is welcome whether you’re a veteran or a curious newcomer.

Post up your stories and comments and meet up with former Lodestar devotees.

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Kate Davis

Kate Davis, London based artist and Scottish artist David Moore work independently but often come together to work collaboratively on public and community based projects. Kate is senior tutor in Sculpture at The Royal College of Art in London and David is a lecturer in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.

David Moore

David and Kate also come together to work on large scale permanent public sculpture. Working with architects and landscape architects mostly on major urban developments – such as Langdon Park, Dockland Light Railway Station in East London and the St James’, Riverlight development, near Battersea power station on the banks of the Thames, where they have produced integrated and narrative artworks that are embedded into the publicly accessible spaces of the city.

Mark Ward

Mark Ward was born in Blackburn. He has published a number of books and pamphlets including two poetry collections: Thunder Alley, Aussteiger Publications, 2008, reissued, Penniless Press Publications 2014 and The Visitors Book, Penniless Press Publications 2014. Artistic collaborations include, Five Rivers, with Rebecca Chesney 2008, St Oswald’s Church, with the Lake Arts Collective, 2013, and From the Peninsular, with William Wood and Signal Film, 2016

Michael Webster

Michael Webster an artist and designer working and living in the English Lake District. He works on a wide range of disciplines, singularly, occasionally collaboratively, has a multi disciplinary approach to both art and design and has spent many years creating innovative work for clients large and small. Michael works in many different kinds of media, on many types of projects, and has collaborated with Russell Mills for over twenty years on projects for Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian and Michael Nyman to name only a few. 



We’re partially crowd-funding this project, but we also want to give something back. Donate over four pounds and receive one of our retro Lodestar button badges, P & P included.
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An Exhibition • A Publication • An Event

The Bureau Centre For The Arts

Victoria Street

3rd September – 29th September 2017

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Exhibition • Booklet • Event - The Lodestar