Today in History: The Sex Pistols play a poorly-attended show in Manchester

It just struck me that today marks the date in 1976 that the Sex Pistols played a show at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. There were only about 35-40 people there (the space was big enough to hold hundreds), but it’s considered still one of the most important concerts in music history. Why? Well, there’s this:

“We know that Morrissey was there, who went on to form the Smiths. We know that the lads who went on to form the Buzzcocks were there because they organised the gig. We know that two lads from Lower Broughton were there who went out the next day and bought guitars at Mazel Radio which used to be on Piccadilly Station Approach, they formed a band called Joy Division; We know that Mark E Smith was there who went on to form The Fall; we know that Paul Morley was there who went on to become a writer and wrote about the scene for the NME etc.

 

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One thought on “Today in History: The Sex Pistols play a poorly-attended show in Manchester

  1. Great post, and of course the legend that was Tony H Wilson was also there, and he went on to launch Factory Records. Not often that the planets align in this way and change the world forever.

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