15 September 2016

Rewind for retro school disco

Harpenden mum-of-three, Caroline Jones, is bringing her popular Rewind event to itsRewind biggest venue yet this autumn. On Saturday October 15, her pop-up school disco style party is coming to Harpenden Public Halls, raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Caroline explained: “I used to enjoy going to clubs, staying out late, dancing the night away. I wanted to recreate that experience, but in a more practical, family-friendly way. So I set up Rewind, which is a celebration of music from our youth, on our doorstep.”

Featuring resident DJs Vinyl Ritchie and Disco Dave, and this year guest DJs Mr P and DJ White Smoke, all of whom are giving their time and talents free of charge for Caroline’s charity event, Rewind’s play list celebrates all genres: pop, Indie music, hits of the 80s, 90s and house anthems.

“All the focus is on the music,” said Caroline, “so I don’t decorate the venue and there’s no dress code. It’s just a relaxed night where you can have fun with friends.”

Social media has seen Caroline’s event, which she first set up around four years ago, gather momentum. Around 120 people enjoyed her inaugural Rewind and this year the capacity at the Pubic Halls is 600 - with two bars, a chill-out area and copious dancing space. “I started the marketing at the school gate,” she recalled, “dishing out flyers to parents at school drop-off. I’m really proud of how it’s grown and how well-received it’s been. I’ve also organised a few parties for friends’ 40ths on request, using the Rewind model.” That model continues to attract people of all ages, some coming in big groups to celebrate a friend’s birthday, others attending as couples. Some of the five star reviews on Rewind’s Facebook page reflect the local love felt for good music on the doorstep: “We loved our first time at Rewind. Fab hearing and dancing to so many songs I've not heard in years, really great atmosphere too. We'll definitely be back! Hubby loved the fact it wasn't too "girly" - his words as was up and dancing to Stone Roses and The Cure!”

Last year, Caroline raised funds for Cancer Research UK, after her mum, Mary, died from cancer in 2014. It was always her intention to fundraise for Rennie Grove too, because the charity’s hospice at home nurses cared for Mary. “The care was truly wonderful,” said Caroline, “they made a very, very difficult and painful situation more bearable.”

If you’d like to Rewind and reminisce with some old school classics, call 01582 767525 or visit www.harpendenpublichalls.co.uk for tickets (priced £14) and get ready to hit the dance floor from 8pm till 12:30am on October 15.