‘When I wore a younger man’s shoes’ – David Brammer remembers the Hull concerts of 1976-1980

In this article David Brammer a current Hull University Union External Trustee, and a 1979 English and History graduate, visits the archives to read through old issues of HullFire and recollect the bands that played Hull between 1976 and 1980. We are grateful to Hull University Archives for sharing images from some of those copies of HullFire in this article.

At the end of January 2019, some 40 years after I graduated, I revisited Hull to attend an interview for a position as an external trustee at Hull University Union Limited. This was an interesting experience in itself, with a trip to the University campus and the opportunity to revisit old haunts, but I had also prearranged a visit to the archive at the Hull History Centre in town. My research project was to read and review ‘HullFire’, the student newspaper and in particular, editions published between the years of 1976 to 1979. I made an appointment, was issued with a reader’s card that gets me into all sorts of similar facilities all over the country and set about the task in the Reading Room.  I also added the editions up to 1980 to my list at the request of Gerry McMahon, who lived with me for two years in a student house in Auckland Avenue, in close proximity to the Union Bar.

My original plan was simply to jot down the bands I had seen in the mid-to-late 70s. As I read through the archived editions of the newspaper, I found much more wider social interest issues emerging as a result of the articles in Hullfire. 

The following is a summary of my research, bearing in mind that I mainly attended concerts in the main Union Hall and also at the Round folk club, with the occasional foray to City Hall and other venues.  I went away to University in October 1976, wearing flared trousers and platform heels, with a predilection for Bob Dylan, but was fortunate to be at University when punk exploded  and changed music and attitudes forever. I also made many friends who accompanied me to gigs and introduced me to their own ‘record collections’, because this era was still strictly vinyl and the concept of music downloads was science fiction to us. The university computer at the time was said to inhabit a vast basement in the Physics Department and the concept of virtual lectures was unheard of. 

Immediately before my arrival in October ‘76, there had been a major prison riot at Hull prison which took up some space in the journal. To put this into context as well, the Humber Bridge was not yet open and Hull was, frankly, even more remote than it is now. The city had a fairly grim aspect, but we visited and explored regularly to discover the magnificent old pubs many of which still survive. So, in roughly chronological order and with my probably misremembered musings….


• Graham Parker And The Rumour. 
• Split Enz.
• Shaking Stevens And The Sunsets.
• Roger McGough and Brian Patten performed (but I think I missed this one).
• Clive James.
• Deaf School.
• Kokomo – Christmas ball.
• String Driven Thing.
• Lone Star – ?  Can’t remember this one.

There is an interesting – now very dated – article in  Hullfire in 1976 – “Is Your Room Mate a Male Homosexual?’ In my case, he wasn’t.


One random article, after one of the writers bumped into the punk legend on a train: ‘Johnny Rotten isn’t hard to recognise – if there is an uglier person in the world he’s probably in the Sex Pistols anyway’ (!)

• Silly Wizard.
• John Peel disco at the Lawns (- missed this one).
• John Stevens Away (- Jazz! Nice!!).
• Procol Harum at City Hall – distinguished by the fact that the Hall messed up the encores, lights went on at 10.30pm sharp to comply with their licence and we didn’t get to hear more than the opening bars of ‘Whiter Shade Of Pale’ – this is recorded in the review of the article.
• Gordon Giltrap, in the upstairs bar.
• Street Walker with Roger Chapman.

Insights into other activities – ‘Friday night’s alright in Beverley’ – Hullfire reporting the general anarchy which took place in the market town and on the train when students visited.

It was recorded that the student accommodation was struggling to cope with the intake of 5770 students.

Union ball ‘77 – Suzi Quattro – Supercharge – Silly Wizard. 

The occupation of the Arts Block and other buildings was recorded in Hullfire on March ‘77, with Rashpal Singh from the Socialist Revolutionary Party (or was it the Revolutionary Socialist Party?) and others at the fore. I think I popped in for about 20 minutes, but even this personal sacrifice failed to persuade the University to disinvest in South Africa.

The bands continue,
• Alberto y Los Trios Paranoias.
• Kevin Ayers, May 4th 1977.

12th May 1977 –‘soccer sex scandal’ – the Football Club Old Boys visited and caused havoc. 
• Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers at the Queens Gardens in Hull.
• Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson at the Round – 30 May 1977 – this was 50p to get in but is mainly memorable for Tech Coms incompetence and Martin Carthy’s general grumpiness.
• Ian Maclagan and the Small Faces were due to turn up but never came – replaced by the Kursaal Flyers on 17 July 1977.  It is recorded that Small Faces originally asked £3000 reduced to £1500, but that the Flyers were happy to take a reduced rate of £900.  This does not seem a lot of money, even in those days.

‘Staggering booze problems’ and similar – the subject of several articles.  
• Five Hand Reel performed at the Lawns.
• The Clash –  I think that this was the coach trip ‘Ents’ organised to Leeds which I missed out on, due to my usual apathy, thereby providing me with an anecdote for life: ‘the concert that I most regret missing’, although I’m not sure they would have let me on the bus in my flared denim jeans, with all the part time punks.
• Deaf School (again).
• Caravan-  22nd of October 1972.
• Phil Manzanera,ex of Roxy Music as a solo act.
• No Dice / the Rods, 13th of October 1977.
• Chris Spedding.
• The Damned, 19th November 1977.
• Battlefield Band.
• Bill Caddick.

• Van de Graaf Generator – almost certainly gave this one a miss, too hippy and progressive for me.
• The Adverts – they were looking through Gary Gilmour’s eyes.
• Split Enz – again.
• Steeleye Span (sold out in the town).
• Wreckless Eric was on at Tiffany’s (bizarrely, although I have been reliably informed that he was a student at the adjoining teacher training college and wrote his biggest hit ‘Whole Wide World’ sitting on a bench on Cottingham Road).
• Nic Jones.
• May 16th, Lindisfarne (reformed).
• Graham Parker – much better reviews this time around.
• Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers for £1.50.
• The Pirates at Tiffany’s – veterans of the 60s and adopted by the punk scenes, but they ‘would not play there again because of the violence’.
• The Fabulous Poodles 

The comedian Charlie Williams was on at the New Theatre for ticket prices between 80p and £1.50 – completely off my radar though.
• 23rd of October 1978 Steele Pulse for £1.40.
• Budgie.
• The 2nd Stiff Tour, November 20th: for £1.50 you got Wreckless Eric, Mickey Judd, Jonah Lewie, Lena Lovich, Rachel Sweet – all arriving on their special train.
• 9 November 1978 Dire Straits – ‘highly rated R&B New Wave’ 90p or £1 on the door. Another one I missed due to apathy, although I was aware of their recently released first single, ‘Sultans of Swing’.
• The Pirates, 9th October 2078.
• November 3 – Dick Gaughan and Five Hand Reel.
• 28th of October 1978, Budgie and Strife.

Rock discos on Sunday nights were a regular. You could recite the track list and it always ended with Freebird.

The new editor of Hullfire was reported to be Dave Hopps ‘a third year English student, who was the first editor to be born north of Birmingham.’ Redvers Williams was the sports editor of similar vintage. Both went on to  successful careers in sports journalism and were enthusiastic intra mural footballers (‘Athletico Vatican’ / ‘Borussia Munchen Cranbrook ’ / ‘Ajax Auckland’).

Only 550  of the student body bothered to vote in the  elections in November – less than one eighth of the student body and returns show that Dave Hansen – Broad Left  – won the presidency with 263 votes followed by Rob Oliver (FCS), 263 Vince Feiner (Broad Left), 232 Dave Belmont 210 (FCS). (Yes, I know those numbers do not stack up). What becomes really obvious in reading Hullfire is that the photographs and the articles are completely dominated by the so called ‘hacks’ and their articles.  In fairness, this was probably split 50-50 with the sports reports but shows how apathetic and uninvolved most students were, leaving ‘the hacks to run the show’, although our generation frequently assert that we were much more politically aware than modern students and were living through significant political turmoil.

There are numerous articles about boozing and various booze related incidents.  The Rugby Union Club was suspended and their annual dinner resulted in a bill for £583 being sent to them.  There are regular reports of visiting sports – mainly rugby and football – teams and old students returning to cause chaos and disruption.

• Dire Straits – the reviewer was struggling a bit : ‘really indefinable but something like new wave…”.
• 16th of November 1978 – the Albion Band.
• 23rd of November 1978 – Frankie Miller’.

‘Reclaim the Night’ – an article and campaign, with reports of girls being molested in Auckland and Cranbrook Avenues.  In Auckland Avenue there were frequent incidents and ‘prowlers’ reported in early evening.


16th January 1979 edition – the resignation of the president Ian Jackson for ‘bringing and consuming a small amount of cannabis in the Union’.  Follow-up article: ‘I was stupid’.

The Pirates return again – ‘do the students here want live bands?’  Very few of recent live concerts were sold out, although all of the discos have record attendances.  There was also an ongoing debate about whether to admit ‘townies’ to gigs and whether students were prepared to sign them in. Approximately 3-400 people attended the Pirates concerts and the band were paid £500.

And yet another article about the unruly element – “A renegade bunch of hooligans and disgusting Neanderthals are relentlessly pursuing the aim of rendering student house parties a thing of the past”.

• 10th of December ‘Radio Stars’ (?).
• 24th February ’79, Eddie & the Hot Rods.
• One Eyed Jack – folk club on the Friday night.
• Roger McGough performed in the Haworth Arms and I definitely attended this – it was very crowded.

One saga surrounding a student devours pages of column inches over many editions- he clearly got the politicos going – the student in question was a politics student, arrested under the Prevention Of Terrorism Act, following a student demonstration brought about his release, but it was then alleged to be a UDA member – he was quoted as saying that he was so scared that he had to be moved to a cell in the police station with a toilet. There is also a letter from another contemporary, on the 8th February 1979, complaining about the Irish racist jokes in the Rag Mag and pointing out how proud he was to be Irish. The Peace Process in Northern Ireland was still a long way off at this point and these extracts from Hullfire show that the political discussion was very polarised.

22nd February 1979 this edition of Hullfire begins with the headline ‘Behave!’

• Radio Stars – ‘the bar extension until 11.30 was an unexpected bonus’.
• 8th March 1979 edition – the student loyalist,  Tony McRoy,  then claimed that he was being blackmailed by the police and 170 students signed a motion to expel him, once it became known he was also [alleged to be ] a National Front member– ‘if he stays here that I don’t see why Adolf Hitler isn’t allowed in’ said an SWSA spokesman. (Err, I think you’ll find that Adolf was – even in 1979, probably already – dead.).
• 10th March ’79  – the Only Ones.
• 9th March 1979 Magazine (at the Queens Gardens)?
• 16th of March 1979 The Skids – also at the Queens Gardens.

15 March 1979 edition – Fury over McRoy case gathers – he was expelled from the University union.

A Politics lecturer at the time, Martin Shaw, is quoted in Hullfire as saying ‘it is not possible to carry on proper academic activity knowing that they could be a police informer sitting at the back of a lecture theatre’.

• 3 May 1979 – the Undertones – (Hurrah) – £1.25.

Auckland Avenue Aggravation’ – student parties are one cause of annoyance – loud music goes on until 2:30 AM – Mark Perryman.

• No Dice.

16th of October 1979 – the Rambling Club (HUFRC) coach crash was reported.  I remember this tragic event very well although I had left the University by then – ‘the press were heartless’ – 3 students died and 28 were injured, sadly the dead included people I knew. What is remarkable to me is how little reporting there was of this disaster in Hullfire. 
• 18th October 1979 – the Adverts.
• 25th October 1979 – Ted Hughes was at the Middleton Hall.

Gay life in Hull was in an embryonic state:  ‘believe it or not, Hull does have a few places were gays can meet in a social context without having to hide their true preferences’ – the Earl Grey, the Wellington Club and the Silhouette were commented on in this article. In comparison, Chas and Dave performed at the Fresher’s Ball and the Hullfire review said the concert was met with indifference – 100 drunken revellers at the front, but most students were appalled by their ‘crude and blatantly sexist material’.

• 10th October 1979, Madness at the Union Ball.
• Siouxsie and the Banshees.
• The Cure?  – ‘mechanistic music but with soul’.
• 27th November 1979 – Dr Feelgood at the City Hall.
• Richard and Linda Thompson.
• Psychedelic Furs at the Wellington Club.
• 12th November 1979 – Generation X, also at the Wellington Club.
• 22nd November 1979 – John Cooper Clarke at the Wellington Club.

Unfortunately for me, the Wellington Club didn’t really get into its stride until late 1979 or 1980 and the Nightclubs in the town were not generally inviting to students. There were even more bar brawls in the Union commented on and a ‘gang dressed in white boiler suits with water pistols’ – after my time, of course, but more evidence of the booze culture that dominated. ‘Nudes in bar room’ caused complaints from the Women’s Action Group: these were fairly unreconstructed times.

• Chrissy Hynde and the Pretenders.


• Squeeze and Wreckless Eric and the City Hall.
• The Thin Men at the Wellington.
• 4th March 1980 – Dexy’s Midnight Runners – they only cost £1.50 and, famously, they were late, having been booted off the train to Hull at Doncaster for not having tickets.

‘Hull student assaults National front leader’ – Mark Radford.
• John Le Carre gives a talk at the University.
• Slade performed at the Union Ball.
• Mud were at the New Theatre on 5 March 1980.

More vandalism at yet another football club reunion
• The Cure, 1st May 1980.
• 24th April 1980, Steve Gibbons at the HCHE.
• 26th May 1980,  A Teardrop Explodes at the Wellington.
• 5th June 1980, Psychedelic Furs at the Wellington.
• The Human League performed at the City Hall.

Finally, famously, and most regrettably, although we all knew all the words to his hits, Gary Glitter headlined the Rag Ball on 26 June 1980.  I saw him at least once during my time and heard many stories of how welcoming he was to fans after his gigs(!).

It all now makes fascinating reading.  The University has grown to probably three times the size it was then and the business of providing student entertainment is vastly more sophisticated, as indeed are the students who are the consumers.

If another conclusion can be drawn, it is how rough and ready the world was in those days and the ‘sophistication’ of new wave punk really only started to have an impact in 1979 and 1980. Much of the entertainment on offer was middle-of-the-road and at best raucous – probably quite badly performed on terrible sound systems – rhythm and blues.  

Lots of strident memories remain, even through the general alcoholic haze which prevailed and still prevails for me and my generation (still hoping we die before we get old).

For myself, I have enjoyed revisiting the city and the University in my new role as a Non Executive Director of the University Union, although we have been plunged into a new era by Covid 19 presenting numerous challenges for the future. The City of Culture process in and around 2017 was transformative and has brought new and vibrant influences to Hull.  If any former alumni are interested there are vacancies for  trustees at present and the University would love to hear from anyone with relevant skills and commitment to offer. We might also find the time to swap stories about bands and gigs –  I am very aware from recent social media posts that each generation of students has a different tale to tell.



37 thoughts on “‘When I wore a younger man’s shoes’ – David Brammer remembers the Hull concerts of 1976-1980

  1. I took a good photo of Ray Davis of the Kinks when they were at Hull University 8 March 1974. My cousin Lawrie Brown played in their brass section.
    Cheers Dr Alec Gill MBE
    Psychology (1974-77)
    Centre for Lifelong Learning (1987-1990s)
    Student Advice Service (2002-12)


  2. Hi. Good article, thanks! I’ll correct you on one point though – the Welly Club was well in its stride by ’77 (and maybe earlier – others will have to comment). Cheers!


  3. The acts I remember best 74-78 are as follows in no particular order or venue: KC And The Sunshine Band, Nucleus, Eddie And The Hot Rods, Procul Harum, Rubettes (yeuk), Sweet (more yeuk), Vandergraf Generator, Split Enz, John Martyn, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Clive James (I stood next to Larkin queuing to get in), Viv Stanshall, Desmond Dekker, Fairport Convention. Others will occur to me later I’m sure. The one I missed was the trip to Leeds to see Bob Marley, although thankfully I did see him on another occasion post-Hull.


    1. …. of course I should have mentioned the ’75 bus trip to see Zeppelin at Earls Court. We got back at about 6 in the morning. I can’t remember who organised it but there were a few of us Downs Hall lads on board!


  4. Excellent article which brings back a few memories.

    I saw quite a few of the bands listed, though I was there a little in advance of Dave. Our Freshers Ball featured The Rubettes supported by Joe Brown’s Home Brew.
    Jonathon Richman was persuaded to give a plug for some pro republican event when he appeared, much to the disapproval of many of the crowd. Phil Manzenera appeared with The 801, named after a track on a Brian Eno album and I seem to remember Eddie Jobson coming on as a guest and playing his electric glass violin. Kevin Ayers was great and somewhere in the loft I probably still have his playlist which I tore from the monitor at the end of the gig.
    Other bands I remember were 10 cc upstairs at the Lawns, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Supertramp and Focus at the cinema on Ferensway, one of them supported by Joan Armatrading. I also saw the wonderful John Otway and Wild Willie Barratt, Pete Atkins ‘Live Libel’ tour, which I think was the one where Clive James appeared, though he may have been on with Vivian Stanshull and Roger Ruskin Spear and a guy called Mike Absalom whose pyrotechnics were probably too powerful for the Lawns.
    I did go to the Van Der Graff generator gig and sat at the back with my hands over my ears as it was the loudest band I ever heard.

    As for politics, there was one vote that brought people out when one of the candidates was proposing to make a donation to some fund connected with the Republican movement in Ireland. other than that, I recall the use of the Elvis Costello track Oliver’s Army constantly being played in support of Neil Oliver, but really I was more interested in the pubs.

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      1. Yes , art college gang were there, good night. Also saw split Enz, Jonathan Richmond, tarik Ali, + too many other acts to mention. Enjoyed my time up at Uni as I was fair at bar football, and also played football for the Architects fc. As I got into Art college without academic quals. I loved my time at Hull, it changed my life, Hull undeniably had character – ah those nights in the Polar Bear. Thanks for reviving great memories.


    1. Supertramp was at the ABC with both The Movies and Joan Armatrading promoting their A&M LP’s “Back To The Night” was Joan’s


  5. Thanks for this trip down memory lane! I’ve been trying to remember MJF’s (article on Graham Parker) name – Martin Flynn! He was always pushing to get free entry to Ents events and trying to get in on the act at post concert does. I was Chair of House Committee from 1975 – 77 and my partner, Dave Exeter, was Ents. Remember the hassle we had getting Procul Harum on at the City Hall, problems with a certain folk singer being drunk, Paul Kossoff and Paul McCartney, the Sweet, Spiders from Mars, BeBop Deluxe etc etc happy days! I was Janet Hurst then 😊


  6. Thanks for this Dave. I was at Hull 78-81 so remember some of the bands and events. I took part in Reclaim the Night which felt like a strong and radical feminist statement to us at the time. It happened in the context of the Yorkshire Ripper attacks. I remember feeling terrified after police came to visit us at The Lawns telling us to keep our balconies locked as they had received reports he would strike at Hull Fair. You mention the union elections – I can still hear Elvis Costello’s ‘Oliver’s Army’ blasting out in the union in support of Rob Oliver (though I was a member of Labour Students and the Broad Left – our student politics seemed so important then!). I was briefly a Hullfire hack when Nick Hardwick was editor and over the years I have watched his stellar career with interest. Many students from that time, in common with Nick, had careers and lives focused on human rights and social justice – one of Hull’s huge strengths! Those years in Hull definitely shaped my musical and political allegiances for life!

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    1. Hi Liz,
      I well remember the Union steps thronged with rival papers sellers (‘Morning Star’ – good morning comrade). I’ve often wondered how much of an inspiration this was for the Life if Brian, but, yes, there was a good undercurrent of righteous socialism, even if the FCS seemed to do well in the polls. Maybe those guys kept quiet about who they voted for?


  7. Thanks for this – saw most of them , worked on a few and remember as vp finance some of them for the wrong reasons – we lost a fortune on” budgie “

    Also had fun getting dire straights off the stage via the kitchens


  8. Great article David. I remember The Pretenders gigged the same month they were No 1 with ‘Brass in Pocket’; and they were supported by UB40. That was quite a concert. The Union Bar downstairs never had the greatest acoustics, but we were just glad to see a happening band. And the Roger McGough and Brian Patten performance in 1976 … I bumped into Brian at a station some years after that and began a correspondence that led me being invited to his riverside home in Devon about forty years later. He’s still writing; in fact his best stuff happened in the 90s – ‘Armada’, for one.


  9. I served on the Ents Committee in 1976-77 and saw several of the bands mentioned. Main memories were: Motorhead supporting Kokomo at the Christmas Ball in 1976. Their van broke down on the M1 and they turned up just in time to play a 30-minute set. How the Committee persuaded Kokomo to go on first I don’t know. The Kursaal Flyers stepping in for the Summer Ball in 1977 after the Small Faces and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers pulled out. They did a very good set and I saw the current incarnation, now known as the Ugly Guys (with Paul Shuttleworth and Vic Collins) locally three years ago. As for the Clash, I must declare an interest. I organised the trip after being frustrated by Ents failure to book any punk/new wave bands. We actually made a small profit on the trip and many thanks to Alan James (then Social Secretary) for allowing me to organise this in the face of official indifference. Finally, as a former member of the Rugby Union club, it was interesting to read about their misdemeanours after I left. I would have played alongside many of the miscreants in my final year at Hull.


    1. A name from the past good to hear from you Rob.
      Hope all is well.
      I never forgave Tom.Petty fir pulling out of the.Rag Ball – we found iur during a RAG v Ents cricket match.


    2. Dear Rob
      my name is Roland Gift I was on the bus to see the Clash at the Queens Hall in Leeds, I’m working on a drama for radio 4 about that trip and the following dates, I’d like to talk to you.
      Kind regards
      email: rolandgift@hotmail.com
      landline: 0207 263 2697


      1. Roland – i came to see you when you were in Akrylykz. Such a great band. Your drama sounds as though it’ll be fun. When due to air ?


      2. Roland, i came to see you in Akrylykz. Such a great band. The Radio 4 drama sounds fun. When’s it due to air?


  10. Great memories! I arrived in 78, and also went on a trip to see The Clash in Leeds, (was this a second one?), and another to see The Jam, (Bridlington maybe?). Saw quite a few of these, and some not mentioned. Blazer Blazer – high energy Canadian band, maybe my first ever rock concert. Also The Stray Cats, to this day one of the best gigs I have ever been to. Happy days.


  11. Thanks for this – some great memories. I was at most of the concerts listed 77-80, and as a member of Ents, I mananged to meet a good many of the bands.


  12. Can’t believe no one mentioned Curved Air in the Union Building with the fantastic Sonja Kristina. Though I saw a mention from Jeff of Eddie Jobson (also fantastic), so maybe this was the concert he meant.


  13. Was Albion Band really November 1978 or did they come twice. I remember working this and I graduated in Summer 1978. My memory is of the lighting not turning up and us (as in tech. comm.) having to put out own rig up at short notice.
    In respect of one other band on this list, Battlefield Band performed in the middle of a scheduled power cut. The band was moved from the Quiet Rooms to the ground floor (to give easy access to the emergency doors) and performed by the light of two Tilley lamps.


    1. Fairly certain that Albion Band was whilst Dave Exeter was booking acts therefore it would be 1975 – 1977. Janet Emsley (formerly Hurst and Exeter)


      1. Nice to see this post rumbles on. Albion Band : no recollection. Battlefield Band: I agree with the previous comments.

        A bit like the famous quote about the ‘60s, if you can remember it all, you were not really there…..


  14. In answer to one of the replies, Hot Chocolate headlined the end of year Ball in June 1975 in the West Refectory of the then Union, later Staff House (the new Union building opened in Summer 1975 but without a concert venue due to the University retracting a guarantee required to fund it – a major bone of contention at the time). I spent the evening with my back to the stage as one of the “Student Duty Officers” who acted as security in the Union building and, for concerts, were supplemented by a group of Hull Dockers who worked as bouncers, and took no prisoners. No SIA in those days, of course. They once ejected someone through a window without bothering to open it first. I graduated in 1975 but returned to Hull in 1976, and have been stuck here ever since!

    Curved Air performed in the downstairs cafe of the new Union in, I think, 1977 or perhaps 1978. Like all bands they had to make do with some low level staging but still had their heads touching the ceiling.


  15. Fantastic memories of my years in Hull from 1977-1980. Saw many of these gigs. Remember Ents committee choosing between 999 and The Police, both unknown. Decided on 999.


  16. Interesting article and comments. It brought back very happy memories. I was at Hull 1977-81 and usually only went to the end of term balls, although I definitely saw Lindisfarne. You didn’t mention the Christmas balls. Can anyone remember who played the 1978 Christmas ball? It would have been 8th or 9th December.


  17. I just spent the weekend in a reunion of several far left students from this period. Rashpal Singh was amused to see his name here but bemused that his political group was so misnamed. It was the International Marxist Group, if anyone cares.


    1. Ah, Geoff Collier, another name I remember, flogging left wing papers on the steps in the Union. You were all parodied and depicted very accurately later in ‘The Life of Brian’. My sincere apologies to Rashpal ….it might be my error, or it might be that I transcribed it faithfully from Hullfire. Those were more innocent days and life was simpler. Lots of good profile for Hull this week on the back of Philip Larkin’s centenary, my recollections of that grumpy old sod might form the basis of another article.


  18. I was at Hull uni from 79-82. Was on Bars and Social Committee and helped run Rock Soc discos in 029 and later in town. Saw Steel Pulse and Qtips with Paul Young, Bad Manners, The Au Pairs, worked front of stage for Stray Cats ( immense), and sadly Gary Glitter. Saw June Tabor do an improntu short set in the Middle Bar. After I left, stayed in Hull till 1990 and saw lots of great bands at The Adelphi Club, Welly Club, Trades and Labour and The Tower. Played all those myself as well. Also saw The Jam twice in Bridlington and ZZTop in Leeds while at the Uni. Happy Days.


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