John McCoy

John McCoy is something of a legend on the music scene in the North East. As a promoter and musician he brought the likes of Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Geno Washington and Jimi Hendrix to legendary venue, The Kirk, near Yarm. This year marks 50 years since The Kirk first opened, and boy, does John have some memories

LUXE PEOPLE >>

My wife, Jojo, kids Bruno, Freddie and Louis, Joanne, Josie, Emily (the lovely WAGS). Grandkids Ella, Lily, Olivia, Noah, Elwood and the one in the oven.

The indigenous people of the North East and Dublin, where I spent my formative years. Jackeen, Smoggy, Geordie, Mackem, what a cocktail.

Luxe places >>

For a weekend > South beach Miami, New York on the beach: Art Deco hotels, live blues ‘n’ jazz, great, bars and bistros.

A long holiday > La Mola Club, Puerto de Andraitx, Mallorca the iconic “Kirk and “Julies“ on the sea but gone now. Or hotel Agua Blava near Cadaques, Costa Brava.

A treat > Chris Blackwell’s Stawberry Hill, Jamaica or the Chateau Marmont on Sunset, West Hollywood, my home from home in the 70’s.

luxe relax >>

Best food > Roger Verge’s Moulin de Mougin, Cannes or Raymond Blanc’s Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxfordshire.

Perfect weekend > Chelsea Arts Club for a meet up with old London friends for an 8-hour Sunday lunch.

Luxe sounds > Joni Mitchell, Dylan, Hendrix, Little Feat, Ry Cooder. I love all jazz /blues/folk.

Book > The Ginger Man, JP Donleavy, an hilarious transcript of Dublin as I knew it in the 50’s.

luxe shop >>

Shopping city > New York.

Shop > Dean & Deluca, 500 Broadway for when you need a left-handed parmesan grater.

Best buy > a pair of unworn secondhand Loake handmade ‘50’s brogues, £18 on ebay.

LUXE Party >>

Lulu’s bash, circa 1965: Beatles, Lionel Bart, Oliver Reed, Moody Blues, Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Cathy McGowan, Julie Christie, Jean Shrimpton, Jagger, Richards, David Bailey, etc.

Best dress > The one I swapped with Grayson Perry at the Chelsea Arts Club summer ball.

Memorable night out > Dinner at Elaine’s then James Taylor at the Beacon Theatre, Broadway, then an after show party and a good time had by all.

Luxe things in Life >>

At 75? Waking up, fair good health, enjoying the last rose of summer and hoping to see the Christmas one.

Related Stories

  • Tyne Bank Brewery

    LUXE LIFE: JULIA AUSTIN

    LUXE PEOPLE >> My husband John, daughter Josie and son Alex. LUXE PLACES >> For a weekend > London – I love the vibe.  It’s non-stop, totally busy and only...
  • Larah Hunt

    LUXE LIFE: LARAH HUNT

    LUXE PEOPLE >> My friends, family and little Yorkshire Terrier, Teddy. LUXE PLACES >> For a weekend > San Francisco. I first visited here a few years ago and...
  • Kate

    LUXE LIFE: KATE FEARNLEY

    In 2009 she was awarded the Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year award by Cosmopolitan magazine. Her designs have been worn by many celebrities, including Girls Aloud, The Saturdays, Alexandra...
  • Kate Wickham

    LUXE LIFE: KATE WICKHAM

    As MD, Kate, who has been with the company since 2005, heads up a team of 44, supplying decals and vehicle livery worldwide to Bobcat, Volvo, Komatsu and JCB....