This scene and the associated dances and fashions quickly spread to other UK dancehalls
and nightclubs like the Chateau Impney (Droitwich), Catacombs (Wolverhampton), the
Highland Rooms at Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch (Stoke-on-Trent) and Wigan Casino.
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Northern soul is a music and dance movement that emerged independently in Northern
England, the Midlands, Scotland and Wales in the late 1960s from the British mod
scene. Northern soul mainly consists of a particular style of black American soul
music based on the heavy beat and fast tempo of the 1960s Tamla Motown sound.
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The phrase northern soul emanated from the record shop Soul City in Covent Garden,
London, which was run by journalist Dave Godin. It was first publicly used in Godin's
weekly column in Blues & Soul magazine in June 1970