Crass, Poison Girls, Annie Anxiety, Conflict – Hastings Pier 13th June 1981


all photo © John Moore



Poster from Tony Ham                   ticket Dave Gates

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Tony Ham….Conflict also played that night.  It was a brilliant night, I’ll never forget it.

Mark Richards… & yeah i bet it was!!

Tony Ham… I like that Conflict were obviously added after the tickets were made and someone has just written them in on this one, they weren’t mentioned on mine. Not a bad line up for £1. Thirty five years ago today, I feel old

Kev Towner… Can’t remember why I wasn’t in Hastings for this. Possibly at Uni. I’ll never live down missing this.

Martin Richter… I remember it well ;-

Lauren Gower… Still got my ticket

Alan Esdaile… Used to sell loads of Crass records. I think we got our stock from Rough Trade. We were part of The Chain With No Name and submitted sales figures for the indie chart. Mind you margins were poor for us, the records had pay no more than… printed on the sleeve. Some were around 76p retail if I remember and probably trade price was around 70p.

Tony Ham… To me mainly!  I’ve still got all my records, price and code stickers still on them too.

Martin Richter… we used to get ours from “rough trade” – buy the NME on a Thursday – look at their advert – send off a letter and cheque and they arrived on Saturday morning

Claire Venner… Yep, me and my mates were there.

Sheida Kamkar… Oh yes was there with Claire Venner

Tony Ham… I’ve got it on CD

Tim Kerrell…I was there luv the CRASS

Martin Richter…  I was lucky enough to see them twice 🙂 Xtra! was a great anarchist rag – the paper for the armchair anarchist and F@CK was good fun too – those were the days

Matt Taylor… My first gig ! I was 12 !

John Moore… I took that photo for this gig, I took my trusty Kodak cartridge camera to many a punk gig, I don’t remember much about it, didn’t remember Conflict playing at all? I have lots of old Crass photos I haven’t put on the internet, great to see them on pages like this completing a story of great days out, we hired a mini bus from Rainham. Steve had the white tape over his nose for punk is dead as a swipe at Adam Ant, he first did this at the 100 club gig, I have pics but never released those

Tony Ham… I remember Steve doing the Adam Ant thing. Saw Steve in Brighton last night doing Crass songs, first time I’ve seen him since the Hastings pier show 41 years ago!

John Moore… Tony, my friends and I went to the 100 club to see Steve on 07/04/22 , last Thursday in fact, was ok, the social side these day, few beers etc etc ,we have all changed so much, I remember the songs Steve did but Crass delivered a full assault on the senses with the banners, TV’s and films, and Eve’s voice live back then was cutting, they were quite menacing on stage, intimidating at times.

Phil Pain… I remember it kicking off with fash skinheads, Conflict doing an anti-nazi version of Belsen was a Gas and Poison Girls winding them up with Bully Boys! Fuckin brilliant night.

The Ramones were booked for Hastings Pier in 1977 but didn’t happen.


album ramones

supplied by Sarah Harvey

Alan Esdaile… Not that clear print but you can see that in Stephen Turner’s column, The Ramones were set to play Hastings Pier.

Sarah Harvey… It says they are booked for the Pier on May 28th 1977

Peter Fairless… Yes, Saturday, 28th May 1977. Whatever happened to that one?

Alan Esdaile… Got down for Mr Big playing that day. Ramones ended up playing Slough.

Sarah Harvey…


Peter Fairless… Which, let’s face it, is a big loss on their part!

Andy Gunton… Damn! That would have been another great gig to add to the existing list. Oh well….

Martyn Baker… Hmm. Saw the Mr Big gig. They were OKish I thought at the time. The Ramones seemed to do OK too!

Unnormality Records and The Good Missionaries 1980

6. Jan 1980

Stuart Huggett… “I have thought of bringing bands down to play, people like The Fall, The Pop Group and Throbbing Gristle.”

Keith Rodway… I’d forgotten all about this! RIP Dave George.

Tony Ham… I’ve got the Good Missionaries Deranged In Hastings single, bought it from Mason’s Music.

Alan Esdaile… Looks like its worth around £20 now Tony.

Tony Ham… I was just about to say, I just looked it up on Discogs, think I paid about 20p.