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Punk returns to Bury St Edmunds - 36 years on

Radio Clash are performing at the Apex on June 29 ANL-140424-093114001

Radio Clash are performing at the Apex on June 29 ANL-140424-093114001

Almost 36 years after vowing he would never to it again a Suffolk music promotor is bringing the music of punk legends The Clash back to Bury.

On Friday July 14, 1978, John Hessenthaler promoted The Clash at the town’s Corn Exchange against fierce local authority opposition.

Although the gig went on without a hitch, John said he didn’t ‘anticipate doing it again’.

But on June 29, almost 36 years later, John is recreating the gig at the Apex with tribute act Radio Clash.

“There are somethings you cannot recreate, like the £2.50 ticket price,” he said.

Neville Staple from the Specials, the band who supported The Clash in 1978, is also performing on the night.

John said the gig in the 70s caused quite a stir in the town.

He said: “When the concert was getting near the council tried to stop it because of the reputation of the Clash and punk music as well. There was a lot of furore over that. But the Apex management are quite open minded and have run with the times.”

 

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