Disco inferno as Groovy Train returns to Belfast

GET out your flares as the Groovy Train departs the station and returns to Belfast for just one night over the bank holiday weekend.

J Jackson, aka Ibe Sesay of Q Radio, will comb his afro and dust off his famous white disco suit to take people back to some of their best nights with hits from the 70s and 80s on August 28 at the Europa Hotel.

Ibe told Sunday Life: “The Groovy Train has always been in the M Club, but it ended after 2008 because after the recession it dwindled. We decided to move it from the M Club, which was such a great club, on the top floor of Robinsons.It went on for a few years before I said to myself, “Enough is enough”.

A random wedding invitation caused Ibe to resurrect the night.

He explained: “I had a request as [Groovy Train dancer] JJ Jackson for a wedding and I reluctantly agreed. I didn’t want to dress up for a little party, but I did and then a few videos went around. Next thing, people wanted a Groovy Train reunion, so we’re doing it.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dust off your dancing shoes and see JJ, Rocky Rodriguez and the other Groovy Train dancers. The playlist will include Barry White, the Jacksons and Abba.

Ibe said: “I am delighted to bring the Groovy Train back to Hotel Europa. It’s definitely a part of Belfast disco history and a part that people still love to tell me about all these years later.

“It promises to be an evening of memories and one you won’t forget. There will be all the Groovy Train favourites, including the Rocky’s Routine dance competition, not to mention the limbo competition.

“We absolutely want afros and flares or even bright retro colors. Everything adds up to the night.

“We’re bringing back all the old features with the dancing competition when everyone goes there for three minutes and then we pick the top three and the crowd shouts the loudest for their favorites and they can win a bottle of champagne. Of course, we will also have Rock the Boat to fill the dance floor.

Groovy Train has particularly happy memories for Ibe as he met his wife, Coleen, there.

The couple now have four children, two boys and two girls.

He said: ‘I met Colleen there in 2004. We got married in 2008. She was with her friends having a drink. They’ve been there several times, but one night in particular someone introduced us and it all went from there.

Tickets for Groovy Train Reunion cost £21.50 pp (includes booking fee and a free Schweppes ‘groovy cocktail’. For more information or to buy a ticket, visit www.thegroovytrain.co.uk

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