A core underpinning of AMP Kingston’s research was our body of oral history interviews, conducted with a wide range of people who could speak to Kingston’s rich arts and music heritage.
Our 24 oral histories cover a wide range of stories, including David Bowie launching Ziggy Stardust at the Toby Jug, activity at Kingston Polytechnic’s Students’ Union as they organised concerts from The Smiths to U2, and the challenges or running venues that are still going today, whether The Grey Horse, The Fighting Cocks, or Bacchus night bar.
They tap into a broad variety of perspectives: from venue owners and promoters, to artists on famous vinyl artwork and musicians who gigged in the area, through to Kingston’s network of local residents and gig goers.
We thank all of our oral history interviewees for helping to bring these stories to life.
Listen to audio clips from a small selection of the interviews conducted for the AMP Kingston project with local venue owners, gig goers and people involved with Creative Youth.
Hear clips from interviews about the role of Kingston Polytechnic as a gig venue and the cultural role of the School of Art in Kingston's thriving creative heritage.
A legendary former venue that hosted huge acts in their early years including David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo and Thin Lizzy.
A former venue, popular with jazz aficionados and closely associated with The Impalas.
One of only two remaining nightclubs in Kingston town centre with a colourful history, which was home to a regular series of nights hosted by rock band Dodgy in the 90s.
A thriving local music venue from the 60s to the 90s, hosting the Surbiton and Kingston Folk Club as well as alternative acts like Cardiacs and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
Hear all the AMP Kingston oral history interviews in full.