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Mods and Rockers revival

The mod movement favoured Italian scooters and fashion.
The mod movement favoured Italian scooters and fashion. / SUR
  • The event has been organised by the Sun Coast Rocking Club and the FTW Scooter Club

The local mods and rockers will be polishing their Vespas and tuning their Triumphs in preparation for the forthcoming ‘folk devils’ soirée in Torremolinos this weekend.

Under the banner of ‘Mods v Rockers’, a night of music and dance, harking back to one of the most emblematic musical eras, will take place in the municipal pavilion on the fairground in Torremolinos.

The event, which has been organised by the Sun Coast Rocking Club and the FTW Scooter Club, will begin at 9pm on Saturday 22 April.

Two live bands will perform a mixture of classic rhythm and blues and rock and roll, while six specialist disc jockeys will alternate the mood with ska, beat and soul music.

The rocker movement was centred around motorbikes, but the mods subculture focused on clean-cut Italian fashion and music. This festival will mix the two in order to recreate that wonderful ambient of 1960s England.

The town is expected to be overrun with customised Lambrettas and vintage motorcycles, a reminder of the thriving mods and rockers scene that existed in Torremolinos during the 1980s.

Unlike in Britain, where clashes between the two were a traditional part of a Bank Holiday weekend, the mods and rockers in Torremolinos were relatively tolerant towards each other.

The only battle taking place next Saturday night will be on the dance floor, when the mods’ dance-till-you-drop routines will come up against the rockers’ jitterbug jives.

Entrance to the Mods and Rockers festival is free, but organisers are predicting a full house, so early arrival is advised.