When punk rock was on the rise – and rare video footage from Newcastle Mayfair – Chronicle Live

It was 1977 and a new musical and cultural movement called punk rock was sweeping the land.

Snarling and spitting, and given endless publicity by a mock-outraged tabloid press, punk gave a punch on the nose to the complacent music and fashion industries of the day.

Out (for some people anyway) went flares, long hair and denim. In came bondage trousers, tatty short hair, torn clothing and safety pins.

And out (for a short while anyway) went the likes Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Yes. In came The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned – bands whose member weren’t great musicians, but who had a rawness, energy and immediacy, many thought the established ‘dinosaur’ groups had come to lack.

North East venues such as Newcastle’s City Hall and Mayfair over the next few years would attract some of the movement’s biggest names, as punk burned brightly but briefly.

Sadly, what would have been, in hindsight, the region’s landmark punk show didn’t actually take place.

On Sunday, December 5, 1976., The Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash were all due to appear on the same bill at the City Hall on the Anarchy In The UK tour.

What a night that would have been, but most of the shows on the tour – including Newcastle – were cancelled due to the furore that followed the Pistols’ infamous television clash with Bill Grundy.

Undeterred, five months later,
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