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Boy George returns to perform on Saturday 3rd June 2000 following an alleged sighting at the first ever Pose World Party in September the previous year.

The Real Thing were the ballroom's last live performers of the 20th century when they played on Wednesday 27th December 2000, while the first live performers of the 21st century were The Honeyz on Friday 30th March 2001.

Though he hardly qualifies as a live music performer, you may be interested to know that Bernard Manning 'performed' on Wednesday 7th March 2001.

A fourteen-week £2 million refurbishment was completed and £5 ticket holders filled 'The Ballroom' once more at 21:00 on Friday 15th July 2005.

'The Ballroom' and 'Sinky's (or 'The Sinclair Arms' / 'Bailey's' / 'The Castleton') was bought by the Stirling-based Castle Leisure Group on Monday 2nd July 2007 and closed its doors for an extensive refurbishment (inside & out) on Monday 23rd July.

The venue's new name is 'Velocity' while live events were originally branded as 'Kinema Live' for a short time.

Gigs will mostly be for age 14+ although under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. 18-21s will need to show ID at the bar to purchase alcohol.

The bar known formerly as 'The Castleton' / Bailey's / 'The Sinclair Arms' or 'Sinky's' has been renamed 'The Corner Music Bar' and re-opened on November 30th 2007 with an 'absolutely no football' policy! Unfortunately it subsequently closed again early in 2010.

Highlights included:

Atomic Kitten
The Bluetones
Boney M
Boy George
Bucks Fizz
The Draymin
From the Jam
The Drifters
The Honeyz
Hue & Cry
George McCrae
The Music
N-Trance
The Real Thing
The Rezillos
Right Said Fred
Leo Sayer
Jimmy Somerville
Edwin Starr & The Team
The Three Degrees
Womack & Womack

 

2000 - 2009

DateDayHeadline ActSupport ActRemarks
01/03/2000WednesdayBoney M
 

 
17/03/2000FridayRight Said Fred
 

 
22/03/2000WednesdayThe Stars From The Commitments
 

 
29/03/2000WednesdayWomack & Womack
 

 
12/04/2000WednesdayGwen Dickey
 
Ex Rose Royce
10/05/2000WednesdayAbbalike
 

 
31/05/2000WednesdayLeo Sayer
 

 
03/06/2000SaturdayBoy George
 
Tix £7.00
07/07/2000FridayRMN Project
 

 
12/07/2000WednesdayThe Ultimate Drifters
 

 
02/08/2000WednesdayBucks Fizz
 

 
30/08/2000WednesdayNew Londonbeat
 

 
20/09/2000WednesdayGreased Lightning
 
 
11/10/2000WednesdayMel Taylor
 
Shania Twain Tribute
01/11/2000WednesdayEdwin Starr & The Team
 
12 Piece Band
29/11/2000WednesdayThe Ultimate Drifters
 

 
20/12/2000WednesdayBoney M
 

 
27/12/2000WednesdayThe Real Thing
 
The last live performance of the 20th century.
30/03/2001FridayHoneyz
 
The first live performance of the 21st century.
04/04/2001WednesdayJimmy Somerville
 

 
02/05/2001WednesdayThe Stars From The Commitments
 

 
09/05/2001WednesdayThe GB Big Band
 
Swing Big Band
21/07/2001SaturdayAtomic Kitten
 
Two 'Kingdom FM' shows - Under 18s
01/09/2001SaturdayJeremy Healy
 

 
05/09/2001WednesdayOdyssey
 

 
28/09/2001FridayThe Time Frequency
 

 
03/10/2001WednesdayGeorge McCraeHeatwave
 
07/11/2001WednesdayHue & Cry
 

 
19/12/2001WednesdayBoney M
 

 
26/12/2001WednesdayThe Flying Pickets
 

 
28/12/2001FridayDream Frequency
 

 
27/02/2002WednesdayThe Three Degrees
 

 
01/05/2002WednesdayThe Sounds Of The Blues Brothers
 

 
05/06/2002WednesdayEdwin Starr & The Team
 

 
03/07/2002WednesdayAbbalike
 

 
17/08/2002Saturday*
 
* Under 16s Dance Competition
06/09/2002FridayQFX
 
Scottish dance band from Hawick.
18/09/2002WednesdayThe Drifters
 

 
18/10/2002FridayAlice Deejay
 

 
23/11/2002Saturday3SL
 

 
29/11/2002FridayDario G
 

 
06/12/2002FridayMary Kiani
 

 
31/10/2003FridayQFX
 

 
03/12/2003Wednesday*
 
* Cameron - Big Brother Winner 2003 appears
12/12/2003FridayN-Trance
 

 
20/02/2004FridayUltra-Sonic
 

 
28/05/2004FridayDJ Aligator Project
 

 
19/06/2004SaturdayN-Trance
 

 
29/10/2004FridayUltra-SonicQFXOld Skool Ball
08/12/2004WednesdayChesney Hawkes
 

 
25/02/2005FridayN-TranceThe Rythmic StateOld Skool Ball 2
26/02/2005SaturdayN-Trance
 

 
25/03/2005FridayQFX
 

 
27/03/2005Sunday*
 
The Ballroom closes tonight for its £2 million refit!
15/07/2005Friday*
 
The Ballroom reopens tonight after its £2 million refit!
20/07/2005WednesdayUrban Cookie Collective
 

 
10/03/2006FridayIan Van DahlLasgoTix £6.00
01/09/2006FridayCascada  
03/11/2006FridayVengaboys  
01/01/2007MondayUltra-SonicQFX / The Rhythmic State  
23/07/2007Monday*
 
The Ballroom closes tonight for a major refurb & another name!
13/12/2007Wednesday*
 
The ballroom re-opens tonight as 'Velocity'
31/12/2007MondayLeon Jackson (Cancelled) The X-Factor 2007 winner cancelled on the morning of the gig due to tonsillitis.
19/01/2008SundayThe BluetonesThe Draymin / The WyndTix £13.00
(Gig Review)
09/02/2008SaturdayBooty Luv  
08/08/2008FridayThe DrayminVal Verde / The RutlandsDraymin EP Launch
Tix £5 (Press Article)
16/10/2008ThursdayThe ViewBeatnic Prestige / The BroguesTix £12.50
22/10/2008WednesdayThe MusicThe ChemistsTix £13.00
31/10/2008FridayThe Complete Stone RosesThe SkinflintsTix £12.00
21/11/2008FridayAttic LightsVal Verde / Black Arrows / Modern FacesTix £6.00
(Gig Review)
14/12/2008SundayOcean Colour Scene sold-out and moved to the Alhambra but Steve Craddock did a DJ Set at Kinema Live after the gig Two Events - Two Venues - One Ticket!
18/12/2008ThursdayThe RezillosIsa and the Filthy Tongues Bruce & Jamie WatsonTix £12.00
(Gig Review)
19/02/2009ThursdayHue & CryHoney RyderTix £21.54
(Gig Review)
21/03/2009SaturdaySergeantBeatnic Prestige
The Leads
Tix £7.00 + BF
19/04/2009SundayTommy ReillyLuva AnnaTix £9.00 + BF
12/05/2009TuesdayThe Sunshine UndergroundBoy Crisis / Exit CalmTix £10.00 + BF
22/05/2009FridayBeatnic PrestigeHi 5 AliveSound CityCrayonsTix £5 + BF or £6 at door
08/08/2009SaturdayFrom The JamVal Verde / Beatnic PrestigeTix £20 + BF
15/08/2009SaturdayThe LawThe Shermans / Tango in the AtticTix £7 + BF
22/08/2009SaturdaySergeantThe Ray Summers / Beatnic Prestige / Modern Faces / CrayonsTix £7 + BF
(Gig Review)
01/11/2009SundayTwisted WheelVal Verde / CrayonsTix £7.50 + BF
07/11/2009SaturdayThe Complete Stone RosesModern Faces / Dead Sea SoulsTix £10 + BF
05/12/2009SaturdayThe Draymin
(career relaunch)
Fusion Project (DJ)Tix £6 / £7 on door


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