Joy Division

18th October 1979: Bangor University
On tour with the Buzzcocks

Uncredited photo. Reasonable efforts have been made to contact the copyright holder. If you know who it is please contact us.
Click for larger imageThanks to Simon Calkin for the scan.

Simon Calkin writes: I worked on the Joy Division/Buzzcocks gig at Bangor University. Everyone in print says it was 19th October (even Deborah Curtis) but it wasn't the 19th, but 18th.
I've still got the ticket (see scan) despite not needing it to get in (as I worked on the gig, humping PA and lighting gear around).

I'd never heard JD until that night,and they blew me away and the Buzzcocks off-stage. They played with a very simple lighting setup (red wash, blue wash or white wash) because during their set one of the lighting guys was re-patching the lights, as the hall's electricity supply would not support the full lighting rig, which was designed for use in much larger places.

The hall was used as a cafeteria during the day, and the soundtrack to me having my tea was JD soundchecking. Their soundcheck was a waste of time, as they suffered from a poor sound balance during their live set ... This didn't stop JD blowing the Buzzcocks away though.