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The Blackpool Mecca was a large entertainment venue on Central Drive in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire in the North West of England, first opened in 1965. In the 1970s, it was particularly known for 'The Highland Room', which was a major Northern Soul music venue. The building was closed down in 1980s and was finally demolished in January 2009 to make way for a new education facility.


The Northern soul music of the Highland Room has been commemorated by several compilation LPs and CDs, including:

  • Mecca Magic: the Soulful Sounds of Blackpool's Mecca 1973-1979 (LP, Kent Records 1990)
  • The Blackpool Mecca Story (CD, Goldmine 1999)
  • Spirit of the Mecca (CD, Goldmine 2000)
  • Reachin’ For The Best: The Northern Soul of the Blackpool Mecca (CD, Sanctuary Records 2004)
  • The Northern Soul Story Vol 3: Blackpool Mecca (CD, Sony BMG 2007)
  • Highland Room - The Golden Era: 24 Highlights From Blackpool Mecca (CD, Soulworld 2009)
  • Blackpool Mecca "Legends" (MP3 compilation, Soul Food 2009)

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