I think this was 1998? Could’ve been the year before when they played here in May. My memory is hazy here. We saw them at Reading Festival 1997 and we were going to see them at Breeze Festival in Leeds in 1998 but we left before they came on as the festival was a shambles.
Saturday in Manchester had it’s fair share of early Xmas drinkers and a lot of the pubs I usually frequent before a gig were rammed. That said I managed to get sufficient ale and took in a wonderful Tofu dish in Chinatown with my mate Johnny before the gig.
Playing town halls in small towns seems to be a thing in 2016. So when one of my favourite bands The Wedding Present announced they were playing my hometown then I’m there.
A free Northern festival with BSP and decent ale. I’m in!
This is where I check in. My first gig of many. 14 years old. I had no fecking idea what I was getting myself into.
Even then I’d been a Stranglers fan for a few years – They were due to play this in Oct 1989 but they pushed back due to recording issues. Bradford was part of the UK 10 Tour and it was pretty serious. By today’s standards this was a mammoth UK tour which saw bomb scares and mass stage invasions (just fan love really).