The Sex Pistols show at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall on June 4, 1976, has become known as the gig that changed the world.
Then a little known London group, making early waves in the capital, the Sex Pistols were spotted by emerging Manchester punk outfit Buzzcocks and booked to play a gig up north (the hall apparently cost £32 for the night).
Tickets cost 50p, and the gig was advertised in the small ads at the back of the Manchester Evening News. It was a sit down show, in a very formal hall with a high stage that usually housed the Halle Orchestra, and local rock band Solstice played a 20 minute version of Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride to kick the night off.
Over the years, thousands have claimed to be in the 150 capacity hall but the number was more like 42. One person who absolutely was there was Peter Hook, with his mate Bernard Sumner - two people who would go on to create ground breaking bands and change perceptions about Manchester and its music.
Text by Sarah Walter (Manchester Evening News)
SIZE & FIT
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MATERIAL AND CARE
- Made from 100% organic ringspun combed cotton
- Weight: 220 gsm
- Relaxed fit
- Single jersey
- Set-in sleeve
- 1x1 rib at neck collar with twin needle topstitch
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