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I am the Charlie mentioned in Phil’s account, one factual error, my Hillman Imp was bronze coloured! A great gig and one of the loudest I ever saw, my chest vibrated from the shock waves! I wish I’d held on to my signed stuff!
My first ever gig. Loud, loud, loud especially Dumpys Rusty Nuts. A few arrests made outside afterwards. Place was filled with smoke, not just cigs.
The all female band he mentioned was the Strumpets . Wendy went on to join the Photos
The Escalation were sooo good nobody gave a shit. Jon Cleary was a star but didn’t act it. I was with him through 71/72 and only played one gig as ‘Pussy’. Then, along with Spike from Worcester, we formed a Crosby Stills & Nash trio which was bloody good but only played two gigs. Jon in the end didn’t see any point in being in a band cos it meant replicating and not improving.
A friend told me that after the gig her boyfriend and Ian Curtis walked or hitched back to Worcester then Ian Curtis hitched the rest of the way back to Manchester on his own.
I was at this Strawbs concert and still have the ticket stub. It was very good as ai recall, and the crowd really enjoyed the music. Ticket prices were very affordable in those days too!
Still the best gig I have ever seen!
Remember it well, my 17 year old self and friend . Going by coach from Tewkesbury and back. It cost the princely sum of ten shillings!
I have this poster signed by all 4 members of status quo and the sidewinders.
Can anyone put a value on it ?
I have the exact same ticket and was at that concert. So long ago I don’t recall much about it!!
Yes, Phil, the Joy Division track that was featured in the Rock Around the Hills exhibition was indeed “Atmosphere”. It was as you say a bootleg recording, made at Malvern Winter Gardens. We don’t know who recorded it, and as far as I know it was never published commercially, probably because the quality is quite poor. But various people seem to have shared it on You Tube. Just search for Joy Division, Malvern Winter Gardens.
Does anyone know the name of the Joy Division bootleg track installed on the exhibition Jukebox? I seem to remember it was Atmosphere. Is it available anywhere else?
Great times! I also remember a couple of the Be-Bop Deluxe gigs too; oh, and also Camel, who played a great set. Also, Budgie.
Jon Cleary Escalation was also on the ticket, played for hours!!! Audience had a free night. I was the roadie.
ELO cancelled, and Cherry Red threatened to sue them!
Nelson Keene also played this gig.
I was the DJ (MoC) on this night. Great night until we got raided by the police!
Support bands included Malvern’s own Virgin Star, who were active in Malvern around 1978 – 1983. We played lots of local gigs – The Nag’s Head was a regular one, and various West Midland venues. We had just signed with Hughes Brothers Entertainment in (I think) 1982 which was why we were supporting Diamond Head.
The line-up at the time was: Paul ‘Tates’ Taylor – vocals Russell Simon – guitar Mark Simon – drums Guy Tittley – bass
My first gig! I was 15. Remember pogoing in the mosh pit and a guy turned round, lamped me, splitting my nose and giving me two black eyes. That was it. I was hooked!! Great gig! Parents not too impressed! A coach load of us came from Hereford. I remember a fantastic looking punk from Brum. A BAME guy with a blue Mohican. Halcyon days!
Malvern WG archive…What a find! It’s brought back so many memories. We used to organise a coach from Hereford. All still at school!! I remember the Spizz gig. My mate’s brother is Jim Solar. We were hanging around outside and met Eddie Tenpole. Fell for the old trick “I’ll put you on the guest list. Tell them you know me”. Great gig though. Saw Spizz at the Garage, Islington last year. Put on some timber, but haven’t we all!
This was the first gig I went to at MWG. Went with my older bro, who was more used to folk clubs (him & his mate Len used to help run the club at the Lamb). He was a bit surprised at the volume! Re British Lions. Had been looking forward to seeing them, as they were what was left of Mott The Hoople. Who had become Mott, then BL.
I remember seeing the Small Faces. Unfortunately the sound wasn’t good and the organ couldn’t be heard during “Sha La La Lee”. If I remember correctly they played their first two singles, plus “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me”. Great band!
While researching some 1970s Stackridge newsletters so as to find out who was in the line up for the Malvern dates, I learned that the April date on each of the tickets is incorrect. In a dialogue with the moderator and founder of the group which shares the newsletters I had confirmation that the Malvern date was rescheduled from 4th April to 4th May, which replaced a scheduled gig at Sheffield University which was cancelled.
While researching some 1970s Stackridge newsletters so as to find out who was in the line up for the Malvern dates, I learned that the 4 April date on each the tickets and flyer is incorrect. In a dialogue with the moderator and founder of the group which shares the newsletters I had confirmation that the Malvern April date replaced a scheduled gig at Sheffield University on the same day, which was cancelled. The Malvern date was then rescheduled for 4 May 1974.