25th June 1977: The Squat, Manchester
With The Worst
Tony Moon reviewed one of the Squat gigs for
Sounds: "Tony Tabac is on drums...he only joined a few
weeks ago, Peter Hook is on bass/plastic cap, Barney
Rubble is on guitar and Ian Curtis is the voice. Lotsa
Action and jumping in the air...to...'Tension', 'The
Tony also states this is Warsaw's sixth gig and The
Worst's second. This is important in confirming the date
of this gig as The Worst's
web site states their second gig was on 25th June. Many
thanks to Mark Woodley who researched all of this.
Deborah Curtis decribes the Squat in Touching
From a Distance: "Around this time, Martin 'Zero',
Hannett came on the scene. He was a student at Manchester
University, and he and his girlfriend Susannah O'Hara
began to promote local bands. They managed to find local
venues in the most unlikely places, including an edifice
nicknamed 'the Squat' on Devas Street, off Oxford Road.
This was the worst venue - the surrounding landscape had
already been flattened and the Squat stood lonely, waiting
for its fate, yet bands flocked to play there.I didn't
believe anyone would be able to perform because I was
convinced the power wasn't even connected. ... ... ...
During June 1977, Warsaw bounced backwards and forwards
between The Squat and Rafters in Manchester"
Whilst this is what Deborah remembers we have only
found proof for one gig at the Squat 25th June 1977.
It's not uncommon for people to remember several gigs
when there was only one or two and if any more dates are
proven we'll add them to our listings.