DJ Russ (Thursday Fury/The Coven/Dark Night In Luton & The Friday Alternative) returns to The Hat Factory for a trip into the wilds of the best decade of music - The 80s, where we delve more into the alternative side, including tracks from the late new wave, Ska/2Tone, new romantic, and early goth scene amongst all the other pop delights the 80s has to offer.

Professing to be nothing but a good night out. Doors open at 7pm for drink promotions, and the music kicks off at 8pm.

Music from:-

Clan Of Xymox


Jesus & Mary Chain

Grace Jones

Gene Loves Jezebel

The B52s


Gary Numan

Siouxsie & The Banshees

Soft Cell

Talk Talk

Vicious Pink

Killing Joke

A Flock Of Seagulls

The Cult

The Beat

Play Dead


Cocteau Twins

Black Uhuru

The Sisters Of Mercy

The Fall


Alien Sex Fiend

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Talking Heads


The Specials



The Smiths

Billy Idol

Echo & The Bunnymen

Bad Manners

Eddy Grant

The Go-Go's

The Selecter


Dexy's Midnight Runners


The Ramones

The Jam - Start


  • Saturday, July 13, 2024

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at

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