"Ghoulz, ... My memories of the Kinema are of great importance to me. It's where we supported the Clash. It was also the place we most looked forward to playing in the early days and dreamed of headlining, which we did on many occasions. The first time we played was an amazing experience, sold out, buses coming from all over Fife - a truly incredible night for me, a 17 year old local boy and I'm sure for the rest of the band. These were the happiest times for us, before we changed and slowly pulled apart. Congratulations on the site".
Richard Jobson (Vocalist 'The Skids' & Movie Director)
"Not only did Fife appear to have been the epicentre of Scottish rock 'n' roll activity throughout the 60s and 70s, but there were some extraordinary memories of incongruous band/venue matches". "But it was Brian Petrie who pointed me in the direction of the extraordinary KinemaGigz website, a detailed history of the Kinema venue in Dunfermline (still functioning as 'Velocity') and the 10,000 odd gigs that have taken place there". "What on earth was it about Fife"?
Tom Morton (Melody Maker Journalist / BBC Radio Broadcaster & Author
"In Brazil with Nazareth doing the first shows of World Tour 2011 - This site is fantastic. We are on a day off in Curitiba and for me to be reading all these memories is an emotional roller-coaster as it takes you back to your youth and say hey the Ballroom was and is A Really Cool Place.
We were really lucky in Central Scotland to have such a gift!" "Keep up the great work Ghoulz."
Tam Sinclair (Road/Production Manager for 'Nazareth')
So then ... What is KinemaGigz?
Launched on 14th September 2006 after 11 months graft and still a live 'work in progress', KinemaGigz aspires to help give The Kinema Ballroom in the historic City of Dunfermline the recognition it deserves as one of the more important venues in the history of live music performance in Scotland. At their most popular there were more than 600 such Dance Halls / Ballrooms all over Scotland and Dunfermline is proud to still have hers intact and still performing the same function.
"Important?" I hear you say - Just take a look at some comparative statistics for Glasgow's Green's Playhouse/Apollo for instance, against The Kinema Ballroom.
No of acts: Green's Playhouse/Apollo - 686 Vs The Kinema - 1,170+ (1.7 times more and counting) No of gigs: Green's Playhouse/Apollo - 1,439 Vs The Kinema - 12,000+ (8 times more and counting) No gig years: Green's Playhouse/Apollo - 19 Vs The Kinema - 65+ (3.4 times more and counting)
The Kinema Ballroom was never even in the same league as the Apollo, however I reckon it's relative importance has been overlooked.
The following pages contain the only known record of every live music performance in the ballroom from its opening night in 1938 to the present day, together with artist biographies, photographs and recollections from the people that were there. Were you?
I believe I've nailed almost all of the 10,000+ dates and 1,170+ acts spread over 75+ years! (and counting). I've written around half of more than 1020 biographies that I've listed so far, and reproduced the rest with permission. There's still about 150 to find & with your help I believe many will be found. Additions and improvements are appearing frequently, so check out my 'Wot's New' page from time to time. (I recommend you bookmark this page for future reference).
Pop, Jazz, Big Band, Rock, Gospel, Soul, Punk, Folk, Dance, Swing, New Wave, Heavy Metal, Mod, Ska, Electronic, Reggae, Blues, Country, Rock 'n' Roll, Progressive, Funk, New Romantic, Disco, it's all here.
Matt Monro, Elton John, Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Cream, Billy Connolly, Acker Bilk, N-Trance, The Damned, Atomic Kitten, Thin Lizzy, Boney M, Bucks Fizz, The Dubliners, The Who, Rolf Harris, The Skids of course and hundreds of others some of which neither you nor I have even heard of! They've all played the ballroom!
If you're interested in who built this site and why, there's a piece about me and why / how I built the site here.
A chronological list of significant site changes All the current technical stuff you could ever need to know The stuff I need to improve the site. Can you help? All the performers (over 1100 of them!) Biographies of most performers All the performance dates (over 10,000 of them!) A chronological list of all the building's significant events Reminiscences & recollections of the punters Images, photographs & videos of anything ballroom related Thanks & Further reading Be a contributor or just tell me how great it all is! Who built this site & why? What do my visitors have to say? Live links to some web sites you might enjoy My history of the cinemas and theatres of Dunfermline & Rosyth Reproduced Press articles on any interesting ballroom related subject
How you can help:
In publishing this web site, I'm sharing my research and knowledge with you. I hope you enjoy it and that you'll come back soon to check for additions, changes and improvements.
Do you know something that'll make it better? Read on ...
Information: If you can add any information to the list or think any of the data presented here is inaccurate, please contact me using the Feedback page and share it. I'll then try to include it, especially if you have some 'hard evidence' such as ticket stubs etc that you could scan and send to me.
Images: I'd love to include any photographs of the ballroom (inside or out but especially bands on stage) and scans of ticket stubs or newspaper articles etc. so please consider offering them to me for publication here.
Memories: If you have particular memories of the ballroom and would like to share them, contact me using my Feedback page. Be sure to indicate if you wish them to be published here and whether you wish to remain anonymous!
Thanks for your interest, ... I sincerely hope you enjoy the site as much as I am still enjoying researching and improving it.
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Over Two Million Verifiable Hits since launch in Sept 2006 = Average rate of more than Twenty Thousand Hits/Month