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Downliners Sect at The Night Owl


The Night Owl, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4AG


18 June 2022

| Doors open: 20:00


Please note: this event has now been cancelled, more detail may be contained in the event text below. If you have purchased tickets for this event, then please contact us on 0121 472 6688 or email


Saturday 5th March 2022

Downliners Sect + Steve Ajao Blues Giants LIVE at The Night Owl

Downliners Sect

"We were quite influenced by the Downliners Sect" 

David Bowie

"The first British R&B I heard was the Downliners Sect. I heard the Pretty Things later but the Downliners Sect were IT" 

Van Morrison

Contemporaries of The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds, the Downliners Sect was formed by deerstalker-hatted rhythm guitarist Don Craine in the spring of 1963. Their brash and exciting brand of R&B soon gained them a residency at London's Studio 51 club where they recorded their first E.P. At Nite in Great Newport Street, now a rare collectors' item. A version of Jimmy Reed's Baby What's Wrong became the unit's first single for EMI Records and entered the charts in its first week of release. This was followed by Little Egypt which brought international interest and took the band into the Swedish top 10.

The group went on to record many classic R&B singles as well as three albums, The Sect, The Country Sect and The Rock Sects In which is notable for the inclusion of Why Don't You Smile Now which was part-composed by Lou Reed and John Cale prior to their founding of The Velvet Underground. A ghoulish E.P. The Sect Sing Sick Songs also gained them much notoriety and a blanket radio ban. After the release of the Graham Gouldman penned Cost of Living, a final one-off Pye single I Can't Get Away From You was released before the group disbanded.


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