Topic: Most Violent Gig you've been to

Gigging in the late seventies and eighties before E almost every gig tended to have random instances of violence. But some were mental. I've woken up at front of the stage of a microdisney gig after being twatted from behind by some big ginger twat, been attacked by some young nazi punk with a chain wrapped round his hand cos I was wearing RAR and ANL badges at an XTC gig, watched McCulloch of the bunnymen knock the shit out of the bouncers with the mike stand at York racecourse, indulged in wilful and random elbowing and punching of strangers while chicken dancing at one of many Sisters gigs. But by far the worst I think I've seen was the Wedding Present at the Astoria on roundhay road. It was just completely mindless and constant and must have involved a hundred or more. Gedge would calm it down and within seconds of starting the next song it would kick off again. Absolutely deranged that one......

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I once smacked someone from behind at a Microdisney gig, you should have seen him go down.


Only joking - i was ginger and i've been to microdisney gigs but it wasn't me.

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Djpekingman wrote:

But by far the worst I think I've seen was the Wedding Present at the Astoria on roundhay road. It was just completely mindless and constant and must have involved a hundred or more. Gedge would calm it down and within seconds of starting the next song it would kick off again. Absolutely deranged that one......

Pat? Gore? Bobby? Cuts?

One of them will fill us in with the details of what and why.

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Went to the Astoria one.  Remember a few young cunts carrying on, but not sure about the numbers.

Also remember a Farm gig at the Warehouse that had to be curtailed when every male from East End Park aged 14-19 was on stage.  One of whom almost succeeded in nicking Hooton's jacket.  That was more over-friendly than violent like.

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Smutty Lips wrote:
Djpekingman wrote:

But by far the worst I think I've seen was the Wedding Present at the Astoria on roundhay road. It was just completely mindless and constant and must have involved a hundred or more. Gedge would calm it down and within seconds of starting the next song it would kick off again. Absolutely deranged that one......

Pat? Gore? Bobby? Cuts?

One of them will fill us in with the details of what and why.

I'd left by then. Only violence at gig I've been at (not really a gig) were the Stones and Madonna Roundhay park events. I wasn't really at the Rejects gig at Branigans in the early 80s, we came in late when it had already kicked off with the ICF roadies and the band.

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I got stared at at a Hue & Cry gig.

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luxury_scruff wrote:

I got stared at at a Hue & Cry gig.

By pat or greg? Was it only you three there? lol

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By a fifth former.

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New Order @ Bradford St Georges Hall. Not so much inside the venue, more a simmering threat of violence. Outside afterwards resembled a cross between Dien Bien Phu and West Ham away (brought to you in conjunction with Benetton and Stanley Tools) ... neutral

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I had tickets for that. Scottie and the rest went. I got told by the BTP that I'd be nicked if I set foot on railway property that night. Due to a slight misunderstanding on the last train to Crossgates the previous week and a case of mistaken identity. I gave my ticket to Scottie then went for the bus. They parked the van up in the bus stops under Jacs and sat there taunting me. I walked down towards the bus stop by The Scotsman, they drove the maria at my pace all the way down. Fuck that. I got the bus and went home.


St Georges Hall is a great venue isn't it? Last band I saw there was World Party.

Most violent gig ever? Kicked off pretty bad in The New Roscoe one Sunday during The Fouhorsemen's set. Not sure it counts as I later learned it was over Pat Cormack not paying his tarmacking crew any wages for 3 or 4 weeks. Prety violent though it has to be said.

Well that was fun.

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At my first ever gig - Stiff Little Fingers at the Civic in Halifax - Jake Burns sarcastically said 'this next one's for the National Front' and some long haired sort cheered, next thing he was drowned as a load of lads jumped him.

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Cutsyke wrote:

St Georges Hall is a great venue isn't it? Last band I saw there was World Party

Best gig I saw at St Georges Hall was probably Big Audio Dynamite in 1988. Another one full of Leeds match heads but trouble-free. Musically tight as fuck and Jones was superb. Patsy Kensit was there stood next to the mixing desk virtually anonymous

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Smutty Lips wrote:

At my first ever gig - Stiff Little Fingers at the Civic in Halifax - Jake Burns sarcastically said 'this next one's for the National Front'

Fly the Flag per chance? Quality .....

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Not Fly The Flag - from the debut lp - I forget the title - 'green wogs' perhaps?

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White Noise

Seen them a few times and Fly the Flag has been dedicated by Jake Burns to such as the NF or terrorists

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Angelic Upstarts at Bfd Tiffanys was a bit mental.

New Model Army gigs always looked like a bit of a scrum. All those clogs and elbows flying about. I think they were more overtly physical than nasty violent.

Best St G's gigs- Clash and Joy Division. Although the latter might not have been as good as I like to think.

A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French p*rn.

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The most violence I've seen at was at a Leo Sayer gig at Brannigans in Dundee. During some slow number Leo invited some bird onto stage to dance with him. Some fellah in the crowd objected to this and tried to get onto the stage, the bouncers grabbed him and were throwing him out when the guys mates jumped in, que mayhem.

When I was about 17 me and a mate went to the UK subs gig. Neither of us had been to a punk gig before so we didn't know how to behave. We were the only two who weren't dressed like punks or goths or whatever.  We thought that pogoing and moshing were the done thing but everyone else was just standing still and watching the gig. My mate slam danced into some fat goth bird and spilled her pint of snakebite. She hooked him right in the face and aimed a kick at his bollocks.

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Spear Of Destiny. Some lad with a knuckle duster kept jumping into the front and twatting people then melting away again. Caused all sorts of grief til people cottoned onto to what was happening.

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The Rejects gig that never was would have been the most violent if they'd turned up. Right mob came down Call lane, Rejects had cancelled after they got chinned in Huddersfield (sure the Exploited made a reference to 'wanting to go to Huddersfield' on one of their records but don't know if it was related). The first gig I went to was the Rejects but it was the afternoon one, no fighting at that one.
Was at the Upstarts at Tiffs, didn't really see any fighting but there were a few there who normally had a go at someone.
Apocalypse Now tour had a right scrap in the bogs at St George's Hall, nasty one that.

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bobby collins wrote:
Cutsyke wrote:

St Georges Hall is a great venue isn't it? Last band I saw there was World Party

Best gig I saw at St Georges Hall was probably Big Audio Dynamite in 1988. Another one full of Leeds match heads but trouble-free. Musically tight as fuck and Jones was superb. Patsy Kensit was there stood next to the mixing desk virtually anonymous

Thats not what it's about - did she get her fucking head kicked in?

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Travis Bickle wrote:

The Rejects gig that never was would have been the most violent if they'd turned up. Right mob came down Call lane, Rejects had cancelled after they got chinned in Huddersfield (sure the Exploited made a reference to 'wanting to go to Huddersfield' on one of their records but don't know if it was related). The first gig I went to was the Rejects but it was the afternoon one, no fighting at that one.
Was at the Upstarts at Tiffs, didn't really see any fighting but there were a few there who normally had a go at someone.
Apocalypse Now tour had a right scrap in the bogs at St George's Hall, nasty one that.

Rejects got battered at Birmingham day before Huddersfield gig by about 200 Birmingham City skins. And a load of their equipment nicked. Played Huddersfield Cleopatras next night with a roadie standing in for Mickey Geggus who was helping West Midlands Police with their enquiries after a Birmingham kid got hit with an iron bar on the Saturday morning

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Djpekingman wrote:

Thats not what it's about - did she get her fucking head kicked in?

Probably - about eight-nine years later when she was hanging round with that notorious Manc hardman Liam Gallagher

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Adam & the Ants Brum ,Adam & the Ants Cleopatra's teh night before the Rejects Adam & teh Ants high Wycombe think there all on here somewhere ?

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bobby collins wrote:
Djpekingman wrote:

Thats not what it's about - did she get her fucking head kicked in?

Probably - about eight-nine years later when she was hanging round with that notorious Manc hardman Liam Gallagher

that's better - did she cop for it an all? By the way what a fucking waste and what a a slapper (her not him)... whic reminds me - new thread.....

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Spear Of Destiny. Some lad with a knuckle duster kept jumping into the front and twatting people then melting away again. Caused all sorts of grief til people cottoned onto to what was happening.

SoD, Liverpool, c87 entertained a very enthusiastic crowd. I started near the front and slowly retreated to the mixing desk. Just couldnt escape the nutters.

About the same time, The Cult also in Liverpool, was just as bad. I'm fucking convinced it was exactly the same people as were at SoD.

New Order, Macclesfield 85, disolved into a 30-a-side brawl with lads windmilling each other for ages, security couldn't get it under ontrol. Warrington Parr Hall a year later much the same. GMEX '88, Moss Side dealers landing stiff straight jabs to any lads not showing proper respect (decided at their discretion), Belo Horizont, Brazil '06, warned by hotel staff to get a taxi straight to the venue - the ground where England lost to the US at the '50 World Cup - and arrange to be picked up directly afterwards, so bad were the gangs which patrolled the area. And stick together inside the festival too . All was going swimmingly until some local starts getting animated with one of our lot, trying to calm it down before too much attention comes our way, we try and work out what's happened....that'll be our mackem mate having a piss down the back of the geezers leg!

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