Incomplete List of Gigs (Not in chronological order)

In which The Author realises he spent far too much
time watching bands when he was younger

The Cult (three times: Cardiff New Ocean Club, September 1983; London Lyceum, October 1984; Cardiff University, summer 1987)

Balaam and the Angel (twice – supporting the Cult at New Ocean Club and Lyceum gigs)

The Cure (Bristol Colston Hall, May 1984)

And Also The Trees (above gig)

Crass (Coliseum, Aberdare, July 1984 – their last gig!)

A Flux of Pink Indians (above gig)

Annie Anxiety (above gig)

The Fall (London Lyceum, October 1984)

The Membranes (above gig)

The Sisters of Mercy (London Lyceum, Oct 1984)

Play Dead (above gig)

Skeletal Family (above gig)

SPK (London, Camden Palace, autumn 1984)

Andi Sex Gang (London, Heaven, autumn 1984)

Danielle Dax (above gig)

The Knives (above gig)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (London, Electric Ballroom, autumn 1984)

Death in June (above gig)

Khmer Rouge (above gig)

Lou Reed (London, Brixton Academy, December 1984)

New Order (London, Michael Sobell Sports Centre, spring 1985)

The Royal Family and the Poor (above gig)

Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners (London, Hammersmith Palais, 1985)

The Smiths (London, Brixton Academy, March 1985)

James (above gig)

The Fall (London, Hammersmith Town Hall, early 1985)

Khmer Rouge (above gig)

The Jazz Butcher (above gig)

Shriekback (Uxbridge, Brunel University, some time in 1984–5)

The Redskins (Uxbridge, Brunel University, some time in 1984–5)

Aswad (Uxbridge, Brunel University, some time in 1984–5)

The Pogues (Uxbridge, Brunel University, 17 March 1985 – see ‘The St Patrick’s Day Shambles‘)

The Men They Couldn’t Hang (above gig)

Billy Bragg (Aberdare, Coliseum, March 1987)

Attaco Decente (above gig)

Fairport Convention (Aberdare, Coliseum – twice; Cropredy Festival)

Osibisa (Cropredy Festival)

The Saw Doctors (Cropredy Festival)

Simon Mayer & Hilary James (support at second Fairport Convention gig)

The Blues Band (Aberdare, Coliseum – twice)

Beth Nielsen Chapman (Aberdare, Coliseum)

Cripplecreek (too many times)

Trevor and the Sprouts (too many times)

Fastback Saloon (several times)

Parcel of Rogues (several times)

The Chartists (Rhigos RFC, c.1988)

Tragic Love Company (several times)

Stereophonics (Cardiff, Millennium Stadium, 2001)

Hunted (Aberdare, Mount Pleasant Inn)

Clay Statues (Aberdare, Glandover Inn)

High Voltage (Aberaman, Rock Inn)

Immense Awesome Power Machine (Aberdare, National Wine Bar)

Salmon Orbit (Aberdare, Railway Club)

Serotonin (several times)


SAL (Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach)

Psychic Spies (Cardiff, Barfly)

Man (three times – Gorseinon Leisure Centre, summer 1985; Aberdare, Railway Club; Pontypridd, District Club)

The Subterraneans (several times)

Double Negative (several times)

No Alibi (several times)

The Firebrand




The Presidents

Foreign Legion

Life Cycle (Swansea University, c.1990)

Shrapnel (above gig)

Sharon Tate’s Children (above gig)

Next World (above gig)

Extreme Noise Terror (Cardiff, the Venue, some time in 1990)

Cowboy Killers (above gig)

Doom (Cardiff, Bristol Hotel, c.1990)

HDQ (Cardiff, Bristol Hotel, c.1990)

Chaos UK Cardiff, Bristol Hotel, c.1990; Bristol, Ashton Court Festival, summer 1990)

Filthkick (Cardiff, Bristol Hotel, c.1990)

Carcass (Cardiff, the Venue, c.1990)

Wolfsbane (Cardiff, Bogiez, c.1990)

The Almighty

Curly (several times)

Celtic Spirit (several times)

Celtic Pride (several times)

DVS (twice)

Little Wings

and any number of awful thrash/metal bands in the White Lion, Black Lion, and Mount Pleasant, Aberdare; any number of bad cover bands in various venues across the valley; any number of terrible guitar/vocal artists in pubs and clubs …

Apologies to any I’ve forgotten …

3 thoughts on “Incomplete List of Gigs (Not in chronological order)”

  1. I never knew you got to see The Fall. I saw them last year at the pint in Cardiff and going back there next month to see them once more. Mark E Smith stormed off last year after an argument with the bass player, but made an appearance about 15 minutes later with the band still playing!!

    Mark E Smith always reminds me of ‘Raving Ray’ for some reason. He sings like the way Ray talks as well!! 🙂

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