6th June 1977: Guild Hall, Quayside, Newcastle
Supporting the Adverts, Penetration, Harry Hack and the Big G
Songs performed (confirmed so far):
Poster scan Punkrockposters.net
Peter from Harry Hack and The Big G tells us: "I think the bill was The Adverts, Penetration, The Big
G and then a couple of other acts and finally at the bottom of the bill a band called Warsaw (not on the posters
or tickets). They were there at the invite of Gary, Penetration's guitarist, if I remember right. Someone recently
told me they turned up in a furniture removal van but I don't remember that. I seem to remember they were shite.
I could well be mistaken though. There was rumour of a tape of the gig but it wouldn't have featured Warsaw I don't
The gig was definitely at the Guildhall on Newcastle's Quayside. In those days we could only have punk gigs
if we found unsuspecting venues. For a couple of years people used to hire the place and put gigs on".
Listen Ear Records, the promotor, was a small indie record shop in Ridley Place, Newcastle. They also sold tickets
there for the Pistols secret gig in Middlesbourogh later that year.
Newcastle Guild Hall in 2001. Image supplied by FreeFoto.com
Photographer: Ian Britton.
Gary Chaplin from Penetration tells us: Penetration had a loose friendship with the Adverts and Michael Dempsey
(their manager). Pete Brent, our manager and local record store owner, promoted the Guildhall gig which was part
of the Jubilee celebrations held in June 1977. The Adverts were booked to headline with Penetration supporting
and Harry Hack opening. The plans for this gig were probably made some time in April 77.
Penetration were constantly looking for gigs at this time and as a consequence of our endeavors in this area
we made contact with Richard Boon, manager of Buzzcocks and somehow blagged our way onto the bill at the Electric
Circus Gig on 29th May 77. At this gig we witnessed Warsaw for the first time and were
very impressed, so much so that we were moved to invite the band to join our gig the
following week at the Guildhall. They accepted and duly turned up and played a great set to my recollection. I
can confirm that they turned up to the gig in a very large (articulated?) truck - I have no recollection of long
hair but can distinctly remember their performance of Reaction.