Punk exploded in the United Kingdom in 1976, and nowhere was that more true than specifically on June 4, 1976, when the Sex Pistols played at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto — the two men who would form the Buzzcocks, Manchester’s most enduring punk band — organized that gig for the Sex Pistols.
In the film 24 Hour Party People, Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson, portrayed by the actor Steve Coogan, estimates that are 42 people in the room during a recreation of the show, and many of them went on to form monumental bands like Joy Division, The Fall, and even The Smiths.
As for Pete and Howard, “They are already far ahead of everyone. They are already the Buzzcocks,” said Tony in the film.
Howard would leave quickly for other projects but Pete would partner with fellow vocalist and guitarist Steve Diggle to form the backbone of the Buzzcocks, the legendary punk band that certainly captured the zeitgeist in Manchester and across England. Forty years later, the Buzzcocks have launched the “Buzzcocks 40” anniversary tour, which includes a stop at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
You can win tickets to go! Before I tell you how, dance like a madman to the irresistible Buzzcocks hit, “Ever Fallen in Love.” Watch the Buzzcocks play “Ever Fallen in Love” on Top of the Pops in 1978 via YouTube:
Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets to this historic show by the Buzzcocks! To win, simply leave a comment on this blog, and I wanna know your favorite Buzzcocks song!
For the rules of this giveaway–
Comments will be closed at 5pm on Thursday and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!
Philadelphia punk rockers Residuels open for the Buzzcocks. If you don’t win, tickets also are available for sale online!
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016