A Four Aces Revival In Dalston – NYE Party & More

A brief history

In 1966 Dalston resident Newton Dunbar, founded what was to become the iconic Four Aces Club on Dalston Lane.  Known as a venue for Reggae, Ska, Soul and Dub music, it hosted musicians such as Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff, Count Shelly, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King and Billy Ocean.

The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Bob Marley, The Slits, Sex Pistols, Marc Bolan and Bob Dylan were also drawn to The Four Aces.

A mecca to London’s West Indian community, it came under the scrutiny of the local police in the early 1980’s,  who raided it on a regular basis,  claiming it harboured criminals and contributed to crime in the area.  This  led to tension between the club regulars and the local black community.

Over shadowed by a constant menacing police presence and Hackney council eyeing the location as part of the Olympics urban regeneration bid to build a new tube line for Dalston in 2012, it was the beginning of the end.

In 1999 Hackney council exercised its right to a compulsory re-possession, and The Four Aces bit the dust. It was the end of an era of a music venue, borne of a Windrush immigrant.

The building was demolished in 2007 to make way for three residential tower blocks, in the Dalston Square development.

Two Exciting Events

New Years Eve Party:

31st December 2010 9pm – 6am

Four Aces Promotions presents “Rise Again/ New Years Eve Party @ Open The Gate”

with DJ Green Papi, DJ Mr K and DJ Javier and more

Caribbean * Cuban * African Music


The Four Aces Roadshow

1st Show of the Year & of the Roadshow!

Saturday 8th January 2010 – 9pm to 2am


• Dave West  (DJ SET – Blues RADIO)

•  SIDDY RANKS, known for the album ‘True Love’

• Cess, with the album ‘Journey’

• Joy Mack, 70s HIT ‘You Have Had Your Chance’

TICKETS: £7 – £5 for members

Venue: Open the Gate – The Black Culture Cafe
33-35 Stoke Newington Road,
London N16 8BJ


About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned to London, happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. It sometimes feels like she’s still at war with herself. This often leads her into a whole lot of trouble, although it’s fair to blame it on some of her best qualities: intelligence, original thinking, willingness to take risks, skepticism, rebelliousness, independence, and creativity. But you know what, much of the trouble she gets into is because she can’t help pointing out that the emperor is naked. Remi still lives by her own rules, nobody else’s. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell ) Darcy (a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix now deceased but can’t remove their names) and two Short Hair British Domestic Black cats she adopted December 2021, Desmond and Tutu and Dixie, a Tabby she rescued last summer who had been a stray kitten. She is proprietor of London’s finest and long established pet sitting service. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.


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