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Bernie originally contacted Neville who ran the Mayflower

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great memories. We met Joe after the mk2 gig at the Apollo and he kept saying that Manchester was a Clash town, to stay out of trouble on the way home but if we didn’t to get him a tv.

Bernie originally contacted Neville who ran the Mayflower when they were looking for a venue but he told him to sod off as he’d never heard of them!

As far as I know just that , Joe wanted to play another low key gig so Bernie called in but the owner wasn’t interested I can only assume that big Cyril who put gigs on at the Mayflower and worked at Virgin in town wasn’t there then because he would have known who they were.


Joe is wearing a t-shirt with Human Drugs on it and painted behind the band is 'f*ck'.




Rafters, Manchester

Rafters, later known as Jilly's, was a nightclub located in St. James Buildings, Oxford Street, Manchester

Hearing about the closure [1] of a heavy rock / goth club (Jilly's Rockworld and Music Box, below) would barely rasie an eyebrow to most modern day Mancunian music aficionados, except for those that knew their history.

Originally this venue was arguably one of the centres of the creative bursts that spawned Joy Division, The Fall, The Smiths, etc. in the wake of Buzzcocks in the late 1970s.

Fagin's first opened at street level on Oxford Street in 1970, hosting the likes of Cliff Richard, Lulu and Scott Walker, the club downstairs opening a few years later as Rafters.

By 1977, soon-to-be Joy Division manager Rob Gretton was a promoter at Rafters, putting on Slaughter & The Dogs, Magazine, Warsaw etc.

The following year, on 17th April 1978, the Stiff Test / Chiswick Challenge was held at Rafters. Joy Division were seventeenth on, watched by Anthony H Wilson, Alan Erasmus and Gretton (three gents who were about to start Factory Records), who remembers "...they went on about ten to two and they were blazing madmen. And I just watched them. Great! Best band I've ever seen - and they sent a tingle up my spine. And I was dancing all over... I went up at the end telling them how brilliant I thought it was... And I went raving about them all next day [2]." 

Also at this event performing were Paul Morley and Kevin Cummins who would go on to great things in the music industry - though not as musicians (their group The Negatives were a band hastily thrown together just for the night!). Rafters eventually closed in 1983, taken over by Jilly's, a small but popular rock club that had been across town near Piccadilly Station during the '70s - though not before some Rafters regulars had been snapped supping at the bar. Rather confusingly, upstairs then became Jilly's Rockworld and downstairs, the Music Box.

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A Riot of Our Own pg 61

A Riot of Our Own mentions a gig at the Apollo going down well and Joe asked for another Manchester date on their day off. Green found a small venue but had difficulty putting up Pauls bomber plane backdrop.





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Simon Eason-Brookes - There was only a hand written flyer on the door. I bloody missed it having been at the Apollo gig the night before.

Russ Newsham - 50p to get in

Ged Duffy - They were brilliant at the Apollo and also at rafters the following night

The one thing I will say about The Clash is that if you were lucky to see them live, they never let you down and always put on a great show.The following night they played a secret word-of- mouth gig at Rafters.

During the day I had gone to town and walked past Rafters and there was a handwritten sign outside saying, “The Clash Live here tonight”.When we got in we had missed Suicide, so I have no idea how they went down or how long they managed to stay on stage for but since there were only about 80 people there, I think they must have been okay.

The Clash were amazing in a small venue and played a great set. I remember they had a banner that said FUCK behind them on the stage and Joe Strummer climbed up onto the rafters and hung from them during one song. (Taken from my book Factory Fairy Tales)


Si Has - Suicide went down really well, considering the shit they’d had the night before … Do you remember another support band? Bitch - The Drones’ Gus Gangrene played with them - i remember them covering ‘Leader of the Pack’ … Yes, The Clash were brilliant at Rafters … best I’d seen them since the WR Tour at the Circus …

We’d been to the Apollo gig the night before, had a drink with Joe, who told us they had another gig the next night “in the centre, somewhere” we were off work as we were going up to Glasgow to see them the day after ... it was done as a ‘thank you’ to ‘Clash Town, Manchester’ ... We were having a drink, not far from Rafters, as it turns out, when my mate Barney ran into the pub “drink up, they’re playing at Rafters” ... straight out & up the road ... Saw Joe, went in with him, tried to get Paul’s massive backdrop into a tiny club ... also remember Probs with Topper & 2 (or maybe 1) girl ... hazy though !!

Really loud, sweaty gig ... not for the ‘part time, weekend Punks’ Joe announced ... great times !!


Ged Duffy - I was there that night and the following night the Clash played a secret gig at Rafters in Manchester in front of about 80 people. Great night





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English punk band The Clash performing at Rafters Club, Glasgow, 3rd July 1978. Left to right: Mick Jones, Joe Strummer (1952 - 2002) and Paul Simonon. (Photo by Kevin Cummins/Getty Images)



Singer Joe Strummer (1952 – 2002) hanging from the rafters during a performance by English punk group The Clash at Rafters, Manchester, 3rd July 1978. Left to right: Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Strummer and Paul Simonon. (Photo by Kevin Cummins/Getty Images





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