Gigography of Paul Clarke for 1996

Gigography 1996

Getting there with my gigography now, all the gigs I was at, from '87 up to about now. A natural progression from my Best gigs of all time post. Well that's the theory, but there's A LOT missing. I have added details from the big bag of old gig tickets that I gathered while I was in London, + a box of old concert tickets + stuff from Mum and Dad's loft. Also got lots of gaps regarding bands seen at festivals, they'll probably stay missing, it's so hard to remember. There's a lot missing where I've lost tickets or never had them, most of the guestlist actions during my NME and Popex years + that. Yeah I know very geeky, let's let that go though, I'm having fun remembering this stuff. At least I've not started scanning the tickets in yet Of course I have scanned the tickets now...

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David Devant and his Spirit Wife @ Tunbridge Wells Forum

My favourite band of the time, one of my few visits to Kent…

Sat Dec 21 1996

David Devant and his Spirit Wife @ New Cross Venue

Before I lived in New Cross, didn't really know where it was. We thought we could get a tube there (it was not running) + walked back to Waterloo…

Fri Dec 20 1996

Placebo @ Mean Fiddler

I went in late on a whim, missed the support, who might have been…

Wed Dec 18 1996

My Life Story @ Koko

Feet First's tenth birthday party, billed only as "special guest band". We convinced ourselves that this was going to be the secret Seahorses show (John Squire's new band). It was not. Ah well I'd quite often go to Feet First in these days…

Tue Dec 17 1996

The Manic Street Preachers @ Forum

Twice in one week? A friend at the time liked…

Mon Dec 16 1996

Manic Street Preachers @ Brixton Academy

with support from Super Furry Animals + Stereophonics, who I don't remember at…

Sat Dec 14 1996

David Devant and his Spirit Wife @ The Joiners

A trip back from London for the night to see Devant. Plus Posh. Got my video signed this night, wonder if I still have…

Wed Nov 20 1996

David Devant and his Spirit Wife @ Camden Falcon

I bootlegged this gig, the audio's complete with a trip to the toilet part way through... If only anyone still had minidisc we could listen to this…

Sat Nov 16 1996

Presidents of the United States of America @ Mean Fiddler

Soho Live, plus 3 Colours Red + Imperial…

Thu Nov 14 1996

Tiger @ Mean Fiddler

Soho Live, plus Divine Comedy, + "special guests" as headliner it says here... Cannot remember who that…

Wed Nov 13 1996

Super Furry Animals @ Mean Fiddler

Soho Live with Mansun + Fun Lovin' Criminals. I met Noel Gallagher at this…

Tue Nov 12 1996

PJ Harvey @ Mean Fiddler

Some Radio One event called Soho Live with John Parrish, Baby Bird and…

Mon Nov 11 1996

The Longpigs @ ULU

plus Space and…

Sat Nov 02 1996

David Devant and his Spirit Wife @ O'Neills

At Blow Up, the Wag Club, Wardour Street. This venue is now an O'Neills…

Fri Oct 25 1996

The Wannadies @ Mean Fiddler

Fri Oct 18 1996

Longpigs @ Astoria

Fri Sep 27 1996

Camden Crawl II @ Electric Ballroom

Not just this venue, all around Camden, I saw Collapsed Lung and Moby here…

Thu Sep 19 1996

Baader Meinhof Revue @ Dingwalls

The Auteurs, messing…

Wed Sep 18 1996

The Boo Radleys @ The National Club

Was it Sigur Ros supporting at this one? Just around the time I came to London, was this really my first gig of that…

Thu Sep 12 1996

Reading @ Reading Festival

My first gig with, I started work there that weekend. I left part way through the worst ever Stone Roses performance (OK, the only time I saw…

Fri Aug 23 1996

Paul Weller @ Hylands Park

Clare attended this one, I was not. The Lightning Seeds, The Charlatans, Sleeper, Shed 7 and Paul Weller. An early version of what became V Festival I think. Seen more of a lineup now, I think this was all the bands I saw this year! Pulp, Paul Weller, Supergrass, The Charlatans, Cast, Lightning Seeds, Gary Numan, Shed Seven, Stereolab, Incognito, Jonathan Richman, The Mike Flowers Pops, Longpigs Elastica, Sleeper, Heavy Stereo, Menswear, Fluffy, The Cardigans, Super Furry Animals, The Wannadies, Denim, Kula Shaker, Gorkys Zygotic Mynci, Space, Tiger,…

Sun Aug 18 1996

Heavy Stereo @ The Joiners


Thu Aug 01 1996

Eddi Reader @ The Wedgewood Rooms

+ Boo…

Wed Jul 31 1996

Performance @ The Horseshoe

Local. My birthday. Plus…

Sat Jul 27 1996

Phoenix Festival @ Avon Park Raceway

I clearly remember David Devant and Holy Barbarians, David Bowie, Sex Pistols and Foo Fighters too I think, must have seen a lot more…

Thu Jul 18 1996

Tiger @ The Joiners

plus Linoleum. Had to walk back from Southampton after being stopped with no lights on my bike, then head to Phoenix Festival the next…

Wed Jul 17 1996

60ft Dolls @ Mean Fiddler

Clare was at this one, I was not in London yet. Rescheduled from the 4th of July for some reason. I loved the 60ft Dolls and would have seen them around this point, saw them a few times. They featured on the cover of one of my…

Wed Jul 10 1996

Dodgy @ Portsmouth Pyramids


Tue Jul 09 1996

Cecil @ The Joiners

with Feeder and…

Wed Jun 26 1996

Mansun @ The Joiners

Was this the gig where they were still called Manson, + had at least one extra band…

Mon Jun 17 1996

Strangelove @ University of Portsmouth

with Whipping Boy + Sun (aka Silver…

Tue May 28 1996

Super Furry Animals @ The Wedgewood Rooms


Mon May 27 1996

Essential Festival @ Stanmer Park

Super Furry Animals, Kula Shaker, Menswear, Echobelly, Marion, Chumbawamba, Bis and more... missed David Devant, but I did trek there with 16 people in my…

Sun May 26 1996

The Divine Comedy @ The Joiners

I left after the support The Frank + Walters to go to a local gig, I was "getting in" with people + trying to be a face on the scene to help with my…

Mon May 20 1996

Annie Hates Cordial @ University of Portsmouth

A local band for local…

Mon May 20 1996

Ash @ Southampton Guildhall

plus 60ft Dolls who brilliantly smashed the place up. Bis were meant to play…

Thu May 16 1996

Longpigs @ Reading Alleycat

With support from Octopus. I have no ticket for this one so found a signed…

Tue May 14 1996

Dodgy @ Reading Alleycat

Mon May 13 1996

Sam Brown @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Part of the ace monthly cabaret…

Sat May 11 1996

Maker Shaker 3 @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Coast, Bawl, Puressence + The Gyres. The best the Melody Maker could muster…

Tue May 07 1996

Marion @ Southampton University

Wed May 01 1996

Lighthouse Family @ Portsmouth Pyramids

Oops, why was I here, when the Super Furries were down the road? I was working it, but still could have planned that…

Tue Apr 30 1996

Minty @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Ew, nudiness on…

Wed Apr 24 1996

60ft Dolls @ The Wedgewood Rooms

plus Jolt (Mark Keds of the Senseless Things) + Yellow Car, as reviewed in my fanzine SOLD…

Thu Apr 18 1996

Northern Uproar @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Tue Apr 16 1996

Vent @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Miles Hunt's…

Mon Apr 08 1996

Catatonia @ Reading Alleycat

plus Space and…

Thu Apr 04 1996

Dubstar @ The Wedgewood Rooms

plus Definition of Sound. Gig reviewed in my fanzine, but not by…

Sat Mar 30 1996

Julian Cope @ Portsmouth Pyramids

plus Thighpaulsandra + Melanie…

Fri Mar 22 1996

Everything But The Girl @ Portsmouth Pyramids

Thu Mar 21 1996

Sultans of Ping @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Plus Sugarcane…

Tue Mar 19 1996

Tripping Daisy @ The Joiners

I saw them in Manchester around this time too, maybe at the Night and…

Sun Mar 17 1996

Boss Hogg @ The Wedgewood Rooms

+ Cibo Matto excellent Japanese girl band, got some signed singles from them at this gig. Boss Hog is Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion, not the snooker player) + his wife's…

Thu Mar 14 1996

Tori Amos @ Portsmouth Guildhall

Wed Mar 13 1996

The Bluetones @ Portsmouth Pyramids

Tue Mar 12 1996

Cast @ Portsmouth Pyramids


Mon Mar 11 1996

Red Snapper @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Bit dancy for me. Plus…

Sat Mar 09 1996

Baby Bird @ University of Surrey Students Union

Sun Mar 03 1996

Underworld @ Portsmouth Pyramids

Another two gigs in one day, I also saw The Wurzels at the…

Thu Feb 29 1996

Christian Death @ The Joiners

slightly rubbish…

Mon Feb 26 1996

The Bigger The God @ University of Surrey Students Union

Sun Feb 25 1996

The Godfathers @ Mean Fiddler

I liked one Godfathers song, and was in London as part of a couple of weeks off work driving round in my vw camper. I did a full circuit of the circle line as an opportunity for a sit down amid a day of comic shopping. I did 21 gigs in 21 days around this period, so where are the others? Most of them were rubbish I'm sure but I remember seeing Tripping Daisy, MN8, The Wurzels and I think Underworld at this…

Wed Feb 14 1996

Number One Cup @ The Joiners

and Bennett I…

Sun Feb 11 1996

Frank Black @ Portsmouth Pyramids

Pixies frontman solo show, plus The Wannadies. I met him + got some posters…

Thu Feb 08 1996

Northern Uproar @ The Joiners

Mon Feb 05 1996

60ft Dolls @ University of Surrey Students Union

Sun Feb 04 1996

Shed Seven @ Portsmouth Pyramids

A Portsmouth Venue Campaign joint, so I must have been working / volunteering at…

Fri Feb 02 1996

Mike Flowers Pops @ Portsmouth Pyramids

So who was it actually played the Pyramids this night? I know I attended the Mike Flowers Pops one, I remember holding the door open to a radio reporter so they could report from the gig using the payphone in the lobby, as their satellite phone wasn't…

Fri Feb 02 1996

Ocean Colour Scene @ University of Surrey Students Union

Sun Jan 28 1996

Catatonia @ The Joiners

plus Silverjets and…

Thu Jan 25 1996

Something @ The Wedgewood Rooms

Can't remember what, so I know I attended something at the Wedge this night, while Placebo were at the Joiners. Maybe it was a…

Wed Jan 24 1996

NME Bratbus tour @ Astoria

The Bluetones, Cardigans, Heavy Stereo and Fluffy. I would later come to lots of these shows, but this year I still did not live in London and only came to the touring show with some…

Mon Jan 22 1996

Skunk Anansie @ Portsmouth Pyramids


Fri Jan 19 1996

Perfume @ The Joiners

Wed Jan 17 1996

Lush @ University of Surrey Students Union

I went to a little run of these gigs at the university, I think they might even have been free, though someone had to sign us in. They played Portsmouth just before this + Top Of The Pops a few days…

Sun Jan 14 1996