Gigography of Paul Clarke for 1997

Gigography 1997

Getting there with my gigography now, a list of every gig I've been to, from 1987 up to about now. It's a natural progression from my Best Gigs Ever post. Well that's the theory, but there's A LOT missing. I have chucked in details from the big bag of old gig tickets that I've had since I've been in London, but there's not much from before that - got to get a box of old concert tickets and things from Mum and Dad's loft. Also got a bundle of gaps regarding bands seen at festivals, they'll probably stay missing, it's so hard to remember, and there's a stack missing where I've lost tickets or never had them, most of the guestlist actions during my NME and Popex years and that. Yeah I know it's a bit nerdy, let's let that slide though, I'm having fun remembering these things. At least I've not started scanning the tickets in yet Of course I have scanned in the tickets now...

My first gig was in 1987, from then until 1990 it was mostly rock, either around Portsmouth or on trips up to London. Then in 1991 things got more indie, and in 1994 things really seemed to kick off. In 1996 I moved to London (first Waterloo, then Putney in 1998, Ealing in 1999, New Cross in 2000, and Stoke Newington in 2003) and in 2005 I moved back out again, to Folkestone (so that's where the list slows down again). Click on one of those years to see the gigs from that year, though you're more likely to have arrived at those pages than this by googling for gigography...

LOTS missing, it's surprising how many gigs I remember I can find no mention of online. Lots of Under Neath What, Atom Seed and David Devant (favourite bands of various times) to hopefully be unearthed, and what of the classic Supergrass at South Parade Pier? It's documented nowhere Of course Supergrass at South Parade Pier is on Song Kick now. This could turn into an valuable archive...

See links on individual pages to my Folkestone gig history.

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Belle and Sebastian

Went to both nights, but not the extra afternoon show they did. Shambolic, but fun

Manchester Town Hall Manchester
Sun Dec 28 1997

Belle & Sebastian

Went to both nights, but not the extra afternoon show they did. Shambolic, but fun

Manchester Town Hall Manchester
Sat Dec 27 1997

The Prodigy

Brixton Academy Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
Fri Dec 19 1997

David Devant And His Spirit Wife

This actually might not have been the LEGENDARY album launch do, found a pass with a date on it so guessing it was earlier this year...

Dingwalls Camden Lock, London NW1 8AL
Tue Nov 25 1997

Scarfo

Must have been someone more interesting supporting...

The Garage 20 Highbury Corner, Islington London N5 1RD
Fri Nov 07 1997

The Sundays

Uni 18A Ebury Street, London, SW1W 0LS
Thu Nov 06 1997

Smashmouth

And Dust Junkys XFM sort of night I think, and we went to an aftershow over the road too.

The Garage 20 Highbury Corner, Islington London N5 1RD
Tue Oct 21 1997

Strangelove

Rescheduled from 6/6/97 I think. Huge drunken night, I possibly broke my elbow, I will scan the picture in of it...

Astoria 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EN
Fri Oct 10 1997

David Devant And His Spirit Wife

This band were so good, too good for this world I think

The Wedgewood Rooms 147b Albert Rd, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 0JW
Tue Sep 30 1997

David Devant and his Spirit Wife

Mean Fiddler 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 0EN
Fri Sep 26 1997

David Devant and his Spirit Wife

University of Surrey Students Union Guildford, Surrey
Sat Sep 20 1997

Primal Scream

I went to Victoria Park for something or other at this time was it this?

Victoria Park London
Fri Sep 12 1997

Space

xfm week of gigs, with Silver Sun, Warm Jets, and someone else. Can't be positive I was at this, but probably. Was a freebie from xfm, pick up tickets from the old doc martens shop in covent garden.

Found it from this old recording of the first day of xfm.

Astoria 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EN
Mon Sep 01 1997

Belle and Sebastian

Paid 5x over the odds for a ticket, but we had to get in. Got in the aftershow too, there was just us and Jarvis Cocker there. Ooh did I drop another name?

Was definitely very excited about this gig. I had the album and great reports from Hibbett who had been to see them in Glasgow. We (Nic P and I) went along without tickets but high spirits and a pocket full of cash, so we were fine. Think it was originally about a fiver but we paid someone thirty quid or so. We were in, was a polite and sedate affair apart from us. Met our friend Jody in there who upgraded us to after show party tickets. Not many people in the after show / party bit apart from Jody, us, Dickon from Orlando and Jarvis Cocker out of / off of the Pulp.

Definitely one of my best gigs ever, a band I loved at just the right time.

Union Chapel Compton Terrace, Off Upper ST, London
Thu Jul 31 1997

Brat Bus tour

Geneva, Tiger, Symposium, and Three Colours Red:

I did a few dates of this tour while I was at nme.com. I did some sort of tech support, can't even really remember what right now. I think I was just there to help the journo and photographer upload their copy and images to the website. I have some sound desk recordings of these shows somewhere too!

Astoria 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EN
Sat Jul 26 1997

Scarfo

Must have been someone more exciting supporting, was it maybe Hooverdam?

100 Club 100 Oxford Street, London, W1D 1LN
Wed Jul 09 1997

KISS

plus Rage Against The Machine, Skunk Anansie, Thunder and Three Colours Red and L7. Got freebies from the NME and drank all the money I saved. Kind of lost it about five songs in and ended up in Covent Garden.

Finsbury Park London Road, Wrotham, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 7NT
Sat Jul 05 1997

Glastonbury 1997

Don't remember many bands, very bad weather, I think this was the one we went with no tent and just flip flops on.

Glastonbury Worthy Farm, Somerset
Wed Jun 18 1997

David Devant

Guessing this one must actually be the album launch do with the free cocktails and so on, do I have a pass or a ticket for this somewhere? I scanned one in at some point. David Devant and his Spirit Wife are AMAZING, and this album launch party was a special time.

Dingwalls Camden Lock, London NW1 8AL
Sun Jun 15 1997

Symposium

Where I met Clare, bless! Hope I got that year right... Also, oddly Sylvester McCoy was there at the after show.

Electric Ballroom Camden, London NW1 8QP
Wed Jun 04 1997

David Devant and his Spirit Wife

Plus Posh and Christeen (apparently)

The Garage 20 Highbury Corner, Islington London N5 1RD
Fri Apr 25 1997

Reef

Shepherds Bush Empire Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT
Tue Mar 04 1997

The Fall

A benefit gig for a journalist Leo Finlay, with Ash and possibly Tiger and Formula 1. Matt Lucas was there. Possibly Travis also played...

Mean Fiddler 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 0EN
Wed Feb 26 1997

Placebo

Plus dEUS though I got there too late for the support:

Mean Fiddler 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 0EN
Fri Feb 21 1997

Billy Connolly

Hammersmith Odeon Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9QH
Tue Feb 04 1997

NME Awards

Mon Jan 27 1997

Kula Shaker

Brixton Academy Stockwell Road, Brixton, London SW9 9SL
Fri Jan 24 1997

Super Furry Animals

An NME Brats show with Bis, Kenickie and Dweeb.

Astoria 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EN
Tue Jan 21 1997

The Lightning Seeds

NME Brats show? Plus Octopus, Mundy and Stereophonics again apparently. Must have been a week of gigs around this time.

Astoria 157 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EN
Sun Jan 19 1997

The Wedding Present

ULU Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
Fri Jan 17 1997

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