1979

Complete

Confirmed events are indicated by a
Events are only confirmed if printed evidence is available, i.e.. Magazine, Advert, Ticket, Poster etc. or if verified by two independent sources. Internet sourced dates are not classed as evidence due to errors being copied from site to site.
All acts are listed exactly as they appeared in the advert.
Items in yellow are from Mick Ilka's bookings diary and require confirmation.
Additional information and corrections to this list are more than welcomed.

All the gigs and events at the California Ballroom during 1979

Date Valid Event Comments
Jan 04 Andy Anderson and his Zodiac Roadshow 1 Didoz
  04 The New Super Experience Roller Disco every Thursday Ballroom
  11 DJ Tony Brennan Didoz
  11 Roller Disco Guest DJ's Ballroom
  18 Mick Rutter's Anniversary Celebration Mick's been here for just one year, now he's giving away bubbly and beer 1 Didoz
  25 Boogie The Night Away 1 Didoz
  27 Ilka Promotions
Crown Heights Affair
3 Ballroom 7.30pm
Feb 01 Thursday Night Special Free bubbly for every girl and free beer for every guy 1 Didoz
  3 Ilka Promotions
Roy Ayers
Admission 3.50 7.30pm
10 First European Appearance of American Roller Disco Starring Vincerelli, Pat The Cat, Iron Man, Amy Sattel and Paul Wershals 1.50 inc Skate Hire Ballroom
15 American Roller Disco Starring Vincerelli, Pat The Cat, Iron Man, Amy Sattel and Paul Wershals 1.50 inc Skate Hire Ballroom
17 Ilka Promotions
Herbie Hancock
Piano tuner came in on the 6th Feb at 12am
Tickets 3.50 Ballroom
Herbie came on at 10pm and played a 2 hour set. The longest ever played at the California.
  22 American Roller Disco Starring Vincerelli, Pat The Cat, Iron Man, Amy Sattel and Paul Wershals 1.50 inc Skate Hire Ballroom
27 Amateur Boxing 26 senior, junior and schoolboy rounds
Mar 2 Roller Disco  
3 Roller Marathon
8 Man Man
  08 Every Thursday! Come to Didoz, still the Top Club in the Area for Atmosphere and sound Disco and Bistro 1
10   GG Watson
15 Roller Disco
  17 Saturday Night skating Ballroom
  29 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights Didoz
  31 Saturday Night skating Ballroom  
Apr 3 Outlaw Promotions
The Tom Robinson Band
Support band may have been Straits. (Info sent in by Phil. Tks.) 2 Ballroom
4 Dunstable College Rag Ball TCOJ Band and Disco in Didoz
5   Manu Dibango
  5 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights Didoz
  12 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights. DJ Clive Mason Didoz
  20 Roller Disco Every Friday for Adults Only 1.50 Ballroom
  21 Ilka Promotions The Players Association plus DJ's Brother Louie & Kev Steed 3 Ballroom
  26 Miracle Records/Penthouse/Radio Luxembourg Tony Prince and the Gorgeous Penthouse Girls plus DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
26 Roller Disco Tony Prince and the Gorgeous Penthouse Girls plus DJ Brother Louie Ballroom
May 3 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
  5 Inner Circle 450 @ 65% gross over 1700
  10 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
  12 Ilka Promotions
Brass Construction
Gonzalez
plus DJ's Brother Louie & Kev Steed 2.50 Ballroom (1750)
  17 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
  18 Weekend Skating 8-11pm 70p Ballroom
  19 Weekend Skating 8-11pm 70p Ballroom
  24 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
  24 Roller Disco Ballroom
  26 California Skate Park now open for summer 50p session Ballroom
  27 California Skate Park now open for summer 50p session Ballroom
  31 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds, Great Atmosphere Free bubbly for hen nights. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
31 Roller Disco Ballroom
Jun 2 Ilka Promotions Steel Pulse 2.50p Ballroom
4 Ilka Promotions Doctor Feelgood 2.50/2.25 Ballroom
  5 Ladies, satisfy your curiosity! Martin Russell, Black and White, Rhinestone Cowboy, Solitaire and Danny O'Dell DJ Al Burnett 3.25inc Chicken Supper Didoz
7 Roller Disco Ballroom
  7 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
  8 Weekend Skating 8-11pm 70p Ballroom
  9 Weekend Skating 8-11pm 70p Ballroom
  14 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
  15 Hunks of Funk McFadden and Whitehead with Robbie Vincent and Froggy and his Roadshow Plus DJ Brother Louie 1.50/2 Didoz
20 Heatwave in Didoz
21 Roller Disco
Spiro Gyra
Ballroom
  21 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
23 Brass Construction Admission 2.50
  28 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason 1 Didoz
30 Ilka Promotions Third World Ballroom 2,250 60% over 1500 people
Jul 12 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason 1.00 Didoz
  17 International Erotica Exclusively for Gentlemen! Top Line Acts 4 Didoz
  19 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason 1.00 Didoz
  26 Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason 1.00 Didoz
  28 Grover Washington Jr We understand that this was the last act booked into the California by Ilka Promotions. IT WAS NOT.... the last night of the California despite what it says on the T-Shirt.
Aug Mondays Roller Skating 8-11 Over 20's Night Ballroom
  Wednesdays Roller Skating 8-11 Skate owners only Ballroom
  Thursdays Roller Disco With Guest DJs 1 Ballroom
  Thursday Night Special Super Sounds Great Atmosphere & Free bubbly for hen parties. DJ Clive Mason Didoz
  Fridays Roller Skating 8-11 General skating Ballroom
  Satisfying Soul With DJ Gerry Bates Didoz
  Saturdays Dance The Night Away With Guest DJ's Didoz
  Sundays Roller Skating 3-5.30 Family skating
7-9.30 General skating Ballroom
  24 Six Hours Of Satisfying Soul With DJ Tony Paul Didoz
Sep Fridays Satisfying Soul Didoz
  Saturdays Dance The Night Away With Guest DJ's Didoz
  4 Erotica Night For Gentlemen!!!! Ten International Acts 4 Didoz
  5 Ladies Party Night The Scarlet Pimernel & Lord Gordon(male strippers), Olga James(comedienne), Alan Wallis(vocalist), Mark Christian(drag) 3.50/4inl chicken supper Didoz
  28 Friday Funk Fortress DJ Chris Brown from 'Frenchies' with Brother Louie and Robble Burns 1.50/2 Didoz
Oct Thursdays Great Star Prizes to be won 1 Didoz
  Fridays The Funky Friday Fortress DJ's Brother Louie and Robbie Burns 1.50 Didoz
  Saturdays The Liveliest Disco In Town Resident DJ and Guests 1.50 Didoz
  12 DJ Steve Walsh from Purley All-Dayer and Invicta Radio with Robbie Burns 1.50 Didoz
  15 Swingles Every Monday in Didoz 60p Didoz
Nov 8 Thursday Night Is Party Night Free bubbly for hen parties 1 Didoz
  9 Robbie Vincent 2 Didoz
  24 Adrian Juste from Radio One 2 Didoz
Dec 3 National Disco Dancing Championships  
  7 DJ Tom Holland from 'Lacey Lady' with Brother Louie & Robbie Burns 1.50/2 Didoz
  13 Great Christmas Warm-Up Disco Didoz
  14 DJ Chris Brown from 'Frenchies' Didoz
  15 Christmas Special Half price Pernod all night Didoz
  20 Festive Farewell Programme Simon Bates from Radio One 2 Didoz
21 Santa's Soul Night Admission 1.50
22 Christmas Celebration Disco Admission 2
24 Christmas Eve Party Admission 1.50
27 Hangover Road Show Admission Free
28 Final Funky Friday Admission 50p
29 Superdisco Admission 1.50p
30 Simon Bates Admission 2
31 Grand Finale
Farewell disco with Robbie Vincent plus
Brother Louie, Robby Burns, Tony Paul, Gerry Bates
Admission 3.00 8.00pm 'till 2.00am
ticket gives access to the ballroom and Didoz