Previously unseen photos of The Modettes, OMD, Delta 5, Aupairs and more. Gig Photos 1980 – 1984 Rob Bamford ch. 2

RobAs mentioned two old school mates had got into Punk in late ’77 (we left school that year). I hadn’t taken much interest in it but has kept in touch with them and started to listen to some of singles  they had bought, heard the first Clash album, Ian Dury and The Lurkers  and was blown away.

The first gig I went to was Ian Dury at Portsmouth Civic Hall in the spring of 1978.

Then The Lurkers at a Punk venue in Reading. A mate who was at Basingstoke Tech organised them to play there too in early 1979.

Guildford Civic Hall and University also had many gigs. I also started to go to the London venues, The Lyceum, The Music Machine, Hammersmith Odeon, The Electric Ballroom, The Greyhound in Fulham Palace Road, The Clarendon Hotel.  Around 1979/1980 The Tumbledown Dick held a number gigs. I saw The Chords (maybe) there, The Nips with Shane McGowan – still love their single Gabrielle. The Angelic Upstarts played  there but I didn’t go to that.’

Classix Nouveaux Guildford University Oct. 1980
Classix Nouveaux Guildford University Oct. 1980
Delta 5 Guildford University John Peel Road Show 1980
Delta 5 Guildford University John Peel Road Show 1980
OMD Guildford Civic Hall 6th November 1980
Split Endz London Apollo 5th December 1980
Split Endz London Apollo 5th December 1980
The Aupairs Guildford University 1980 John Peel Road Show
The Aupairs Guildford University 1980 John Peel Road Show
The Modettes !980 not sure of venue
Wasted Youth The Bridge House Canning Town 1980
Wasted Youth The Bridge House Canning Town 1980
Wasted Youth The Bridge House Canning Town 1980
Wasted Youth The Bridge House Canning Town 1980

Rob ‘The Wasted Youth thing was great – A mate and I went to see them somewhere near Reading in early 1980 having read about them in the NME.

 It was a tiny venue with about 15 people there but we thought they were good and I think talked to them after the gig. Somehow we blagged our way to being put on the guest list for future gigs. 

When asked for our names we said Rob, Martin and a third mate called Chris who didn’t go to the Reading gig.

 When we turned up at the next venue and promptly said we’re on the guest list it’s – Rob, Martin and Chris we got the reply, nothing like that but we’ve got Chris plus 2. So the mate who wasn’t even at the first gig got the main credit on the guest list  Typical. We  went to see them a number of times that year and for the next couple of years.’

Thanks Rob!

1981 to follow soon

Introduction to Rob here

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