Budgie & The Sex Pistols – Hastings Pier 3rd July 1976

supplied by Sarah Harvey

photos supplied by Michael Johansson.

Michael says… Budgie 1976. Second picture 68 Milward Rd 1976

Sarah Harvey…..Was talking to the fella’ who services my boiler the other day and his lasting memory of Hastings Pier was this gig. He said the Sex Pistols were pile of poo and got practically booed off the stage…. everyone had come to see Budgie. Also amused me about the Wrestling and some those that were household names during the 70s.

Bobby Walker….I was there. Had gone to see Budgie, as had become a huge fan after seeing them supporting Genesis on the Pier (never got to see that much of Genesis as spent their set chatting to Budgie in the bar).  The Pistols were an almost completely unknown entity at the time – Danny Baker had mentioned them once in the NME.  They were on stage for less than 20 minutes. They couldn’t play. They played “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” three times and definitely played The Stooges “No Fun”.  They were, without doubt, the most exciting live band I’d ever seen.  Think there was only one punk in the audience. A really nice bloke who called himself Sid Vicious.
A friend, Marianne (sadly no longer with us), was so impressed with the Pistols at that gig she changed her name and formed her own band – she became Poly Styrene and the band was X-Ray Spex
Two weeks later, The Stranglers played support to the Frankie Miller Band and got the same poor reception, despite being quite brilliant. Remember only three of us were on our feet during the Stranglers … me, Gary Paine and John Storer (who I met again a couple of years back – he’s now a lawyer)
We got invited backstage by Hugh Cornwell from the stage and he called the rest of the audience “wankers”.

Jane Hartley…..Oh yes, I was at the Rosko night, still got the ciggie he gave me!

Mick O’Dowd…..Most people when asked about The Pistols appearing on The Pier thought they were the headliners when in fact they were only the support. They never did reappear on the Pier.

Martyn Baker…..My girlfriend at the time was dead keen for us to see The Sex Pistols that night. I’d never heard of them , so I said “nah, let’s go down The Anchor instead”! Missed opportunity?

Paul Morfey… I was there, wondering what the hell was going on, green hair and safety pins!

Dave Weeks… Me too

Ernest Ballard… Sex pistols supporting Budgie ?

Neil William Michael McGuigan… It was quite a night. Pistols were virtually unknown at the time outside of London and a few mentions in NME. Only 2 punks in the crowd, Sid and the blonde from SEX Kings Road

Peter Houghton… Think I saw Budgie a couple of times on the pier

Alan Esdaile… Have them listed as playing 8 times on the pier.

Tony Court-holmes… twice saw them both times i think they were the support for Genesis

Nigel Ford… I was there too and there was a group of their friends / fans (more than 2) down the front wearing safety pins and pogoing and spitting so I kept well back, thinking “Huh, they’ll never make it as their ‘music’ was so lack-lustre”… a more anaemic looking bunch I’ve never seen when they all came in the bar afterwards. BUDGIE were their brilliant heavy, tight unit as always and played some from their new album aswell as going back to their first, I think. This being about the 6th time I’d seen them in Hastings maybe more as the first time was in 1970 when I bought their eponomous, 1st album on the strength of their performance from Big Al at the DISC JOCKEY, 2 Queens Road.

photo: Stuart Richard Meadows, shared by Chris Boorman

Stuart Richard Meadows… Good day. This is probably the rarest SEX PISTOLS related poster I’m ever likely to have in my possession. A real gem from mid 1976 with heavy rockers BUDGIE being the headline act. Admission to the gig being only a quid which in this day and age seems quite remarkable. Only a few months after this gig, the Pistols would become public enemy number one and spark a huge musical revolution, inspiring loads of kids up and down the country to pick up instruments and blow away the drabness that had become the mid 70s.

Gerry Fortsch… My mum and wife were on the pier in the afternoon when the Pistols did a sound check, when they came home they both told me that they had heard the worst band ever, the rest is history.

Stuart Moir… They were shit but they made a lot of cash

Dave Weeks… Budgie were great, Pistols were shite and nobody really knew what the F they were all about. It was a good chance to watch the lightning out to sea though

Alan Esdaile… Not sure about this poster. As soon as the posters went up for this gig Bob Knights the pier manager went berserk and called it obscene, ripped the poster down and got someone else to rip all the other posters displayed, down. I’ve just checked with the promoter Barry Taylor and he doesn’t recognise this as being the poster he did and said he would not have written London. Pretty sure on the original poster Sex Pistols was in big bold type.

Peter Fairless… Pretty sure it’s fake Alan

Chris Boorman… Yes agree that it’s likely to be fake. When was Mason’s music started? Looked at a website and it says 1978. I think it’s been photoshopped over another poster.

Alan Esdaile… I did have a shop on the pier at that time Chris but don’t think I was selling tickets, as they would have been available from the box office on the pier and also would have thought Disc Jockey would have sold tickets as well.

Colin Bell… Im no expert but that doesn’t look ‘right’ to me.

Pete Fairless… Here’s the actual flyer…

Alan Esdaile… Also Barry Taylor can’t confirm the authenticity of this ticket, which appeared recently.

 

Alvin Stardust – Hastings Pier 19th April 1974

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autographed poster from the gig supplied by Peter Houghton

ad supplied by Sarah Harvey. photo 1: Alvin Stardust in AVRO’s TopPop (Dutch television show) in 1974 source AVRO, http://www.beeldengeluidwiki.nl/index.php/Gallery:_Toppop_%281974%29 photo 2: Jennie with Alvin on the pier supplied by Jennie Tocock  

supplied by David McLean DJ Gremlin’s Rockin Stompers https://www.facebook.com/groups/1485750291699467/

Sarah Harvey…..I didn’t see Alvin Stardust on the Pier because I wasn’t into pop but was dragged to see him by my daughter when he appeared during one of our stays at Butlins in Bognor…. I have to say that he was excellent and he rocked! Just shows how pre-conceptions can be misguided.

Alan Esdaile…..Remember this gig, as I did the disco. It was really packed and he was late coming on. For the first 5mins all you could see was a spotlight on his massive ring covering his leather glove.

Peter Fairless… Coo, coo….

Yvonne Cleland… He only did about three numbers, didn’t he?

Cindy Goodhand-Knight… I saw him at the Rat Trap in Maidstone when he was Shane Fenton and the Fentones !

Barry Arnold… I think I was at that one.

Jennie Tocock…. Alvin on the Pier, 1974, being interviewed by a certain young news reporter!!

Jill Lawrence… I was there lol!!

David Medcalf… My wife was at the gig on Hastings Pier 19th April 1974, she still sings the songs HaHa

Jacky Mattelaer… I remember going to this!

Mick O’Dowd… Didn’t he appear at The Beer Festival on The Oval once as well?

Ian Price… I did a karaoke of my coo ca choo,but the way I wore my black glove, holding the microphone and moving ,went down better than me singing!

Pete Houghton… I was there and Alvin and the Band signed my poster for me afterwards

Gerry Fortsch… He always put on a good show.

Neil Curtis… Better as Shane Fenton , lol

The last piece of the ballroom. Hastings Pier 18th Oct 2014

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photos by Alan Esdaile

Today the 19th October 2014  The Ballroom has now gone.

Mick O’Dowd… Nice pics Alan. Bit of history in the making.

Pete Fairless… Do we think that little bit of masonry is going to be retained?

Chris Baker… The Turdis returns! 😀

Mick Knights… Wonder if they ever found the Glo-Yo I lost at the Ten Years After gig?

Alan Esdaile… Any idea what happened to the last bit of steel framework? I thought they might have kept a piece as a lasting memory and have displayed on the new pier.

Andre Martin… Not sure, other than Simon Opie told me that nothing was worth saving as it was in a really bad state, and very difficult to collect safely.

Eric Cawthraw… Alan, you ought to get hold of a bit of the old pier and have it mounted and labeled: “Hastings Pier – Johnny Masonry”. Yep, that’s awful, but I couldn’t resist.

Here’s how the Pier looks on the 25th October 2014.

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photo by Alan Esdaile

West Coast Consortium and The Millionaires – Hastings Pier, Soul Committee and Extreme Sound – The Cobweb. 12th October 1968.

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Ads supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey… This day October 12th, 1968. A Choice of music at two venues in the town.

Alan Esdaile… I wonder if The Steamhammer is the same one that played the pier and did Juniors Wailing?

Barry Taylor… Yes Alan, I was there but don’t remember much!

Jon Hiseman’s Tempest – Hastings Pier 12th October 1973

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supplied by Mick Mepham and the 3rd one supplied by Roger Carey

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photos from the pier gig by Roger Carey

Jon Hiseman soloing and Ollie Halsall taking a synthesizer solo. Ollie Halsall guitar & vocals and Mark Clarke bass & vocals.

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Phil Gill…..Brilliant gig – Ollie Halsall, what a player. And they did a storming version of Paperback Writer too. How about you Pete Fisher?

Mick Knights….If I’m not mistaken Jon Hiesman introduced himself as Ginger Baker!

Glenn Piper… I  remember this one 🙂

Chris Meachen…. Brilliant gig;- I remember Hiseman juggling during his solo, sticks spinning in the air above his head while others bounced off drums.. Ollie Halsall also impressed by switching from left-handed guitar to right-handed bass for one number….

Pete Fisher… Remember having the album for sure…I have a list of concerts I remember going to, but don’t have the ticket, and this isn’t on it…but I must have been there…hazy days….

David Miller… Great to see the splendid Ollie Halsall in those pics on keys and especially guitar.

Pete Fisher… shared this to the Ollie Halsall and Patto Fan group Facebook page, and what a small world it is Roger Carey and Iain Cobby, as Tobias Van De Peer asked if the Roger I mentioned was you, and said he’s in Iain’s band!

Martyn Baker… I definitely went to this one. Cannot remember much about it though.

 

The Kinks – Hastings Pier 6th August 1967

Flyer supplied by Lloyd Johnson. photo from Fanclub television show, in 1967 Photographer: W. Veenman

*Pink Floyd did not appear on the 20th August 1967 but replaced by Unit 4+2. The date was rescheduled for 20th January 1968*

poster supplied by Brenda Crouch

Carol Arnold… AHHHH saw unit 4 plus 2

Heather Smith… went to see them at the White Rock Theatre a few monthes back, may be 8 monthes ago they where good, great music

Mick O’Dowd… What a line-up! If only possible today. Orange Seaweed were also support for Jimi Hendrix.

Ken Copsey… Believe this was Syd Barret’s last gig with Pink Floyd?

Peter Fairless… The rearranged gig in January ’68, yes, Ken

Mick O’Dowd… Does anybody know of anything of Orange Seaweed?

Martin Richter…  like the Dave Dee – not enough room on the poster!

Lisa Jane… Wonder if my parents went to any of these… Only ten bob too

Mick Knights… When, as an apprentice I was only earning about four pounds ten a week out of which I had to pay my mum, buy cloths etc ten bob was a sizeable chunk of your weeks money

Mick Bolton… Full marks for punctuation – DAVE DEE, D., B., M. & T.

Graham Lelliott… As much as i love the Kinks music they were booed off at a concert i attended at the pilot field 67 or 68 for moaning about being tired Geno Washinton and the Ram Jam Band stole the show brilliant .

 

Global Village Trucking Company – Hastings Pier 3rd August 1974

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ad supplied by Sarah Harvey                    promo photo supplied by Clive Richardson

Sarah Harvey…..Here is a really good video about the group some of which was filmed in 1973. It tells the story of the band and a reunion in 2007 which was produced as a documentary for the BBC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3K9BEo8UVs

Alan Esdaile….I used to see Pete Kirtley from Global Village play with Liane Carroll at the Filo. Flying Gnome disco was Chris Cornford. Anyone in contact with him?

Mick Mepham…..Another load of bands I missed, doooooohhhh!!!!

Clive Richardson…Global Village were excellent. I always believed that the above photo was taken in Hastings old town. Anyone confirm or deny?

Mick O’Dowd…..Found these pics of Global Village….

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Kev Towner…  Well apparently Seagull Coaches were based in Blackpool, although that scene in the background is rather reminiscent of that farm on The Ridge just before the Harrow Junction.

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Kev, I know where you mean. Could be in the coach broke down on the way to the pier?

Ric Hool… In 1996 Peter Kirtley ex of Global Village was working with a poet pal of mine, Tom Pickard. Peter stayed at my house one time when he was in Wales with Tom. Peter was, I believe, living in Southwold at that time and had just released his excellent Bush Telegraph CD Liane Carroll (keyboards), Steve Lamb (bass), Gregg Leppard (drums)

Jon Owen… Watch out for release of album… soon..

Colin Gibson… Def NOT Hastings. I recognise that courtyard!

Sutherland Brothers & Quiver – Hastings Pier 11th October 1975

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham, advert supplied by Andre Palfrey-martin collection

and from 1977 -Somebody’s Fool

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supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey….October 11th, 1975. Not sure why ‘Quiver’ was dropped from the advert. Most likely couldn’t fit it in the advert space. Always remember Tim Renwick breaking a string during one of their songs and cooly changing it during the song itself without it seemingly making any difference.

John Wilde….I was there and was also greatly impressed by the string change with little effect to the song. It was a great night.

Perri Anne Haste..Arms of Mary was my favourite song of theirs – Still love it now.

Jim Breeds…..Perhaps the two Sutherland Brothers occasionally still gigged without the Quiver boys? Interesting, ‘cos having got together with the Quiver band they recorded and toured together for several years until there was only one original Quiver guy left and the brothers went back to being a duo. One of the Sutherlands wrote Sailing, which was such a huge hit for Rod Stewart

Sarah Harvey……I am pretty sure I saw the band twice on the pier and one of them could have been during 1974, but this advert and the picture is definitely from October 1975

Henry Mann….Went to this and pretty well every other for the next few years.

Philip John….Back in the early 70’s Sutherland Brothers & Quiver supported Mott on their British tour and Colin Waters their roadie shared a house with me and other assorted crew menbers. I remember they were asked to play at Mick Jaggers birthday party at a hotel on the Thames. it was a really good gig and Tim Renwick ended up jamming on stage with Keith and Charlie. As rock stars don’t eat much we were able to take home enough party grub to feed us all for a week.

Andy Qunta…..Factory supported Sutherland Bros & Quiver somewhere in England around this time. They were great! I seem to remember we all had a jam at the end of the night, & Dave Gilmour got up & played too! Years later Tim Renwick played with the post-Waters Floyd, along with my friend Guy Pratt from Icehouse, so I saw him quite a bit around that time. Nice guy!

Nick Prince… I know the Quiver years were 1973-1978, So if this was 1975 they should most definitely be playing at this gig. Jim. I like your idea of the three/six digit numbers but not all of Hastings and St Leonards went over at the same time. The Baldslow exchange, numbers starting in 75 went six digit as early as the sixties but some areas around Silverhill were still using 3 digit numbers at late as 1979. You are quite right about SB and Quiver years being 1973-78.

Tony McEwen-Smith… Great band, got their LP

Gavin Martin… Couldn’t make it. Actually, I’m lying. In the arms of Mary.

Paul Morfey… I was at that gig, great band, great gig!!!