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Gigs at Exeter

Exeter Gigs

For many Exeter alumni, the bands they saw in the Great Hall, The Pit or the Lemmie provide some of the greatest university memories. Over the years we have been lucky enough to hosts bands such as The Who, Pink Floyd, U2, Radiohead and Bob Marley.

While people reminisce about the gigs they attended and bands they saw, we've never had a concert list before. Now, thanks to alumni Alan Cottee (Geography, 1979) and Paui O'Carroll (English, History and Sociology, 1983), we are starting to build one. Thanks to their memories and diaries from the late seventies and early eighties we have begun a list.

If you have anything to add or comments to make, then please contact us on alumni@exeter.ac.uk and we will update the list. We'd also love to add any of your concert memories to this page.

 

Here's a little from Alan about why he started the list.

"To introduce myself…

"My name is Alan Cottee, I studied Geography at Exeter between September 1976 and July 1979. I then started a PGCE at Exeter through to 1980 but abandoned this early after deciding teaching wasn’t for me, subsequently having a career in I.T. until early retirement. To assist the alumni team in the development of a historical university concert listing, I have delved into my memories of music and gigs at Exeter during my time there; aided by my wife, friends, faded memories, and sometimes diaries!

"Sometime in the brief interlude between lockdowns, I was in a pub with two friends discussing bands we’d seen, as you do, and I commented that we’d had many good bands at the University of Exeter. This led me, during lockdown in March 2021 to start compiling a list of the bands that had been to Exeter while I was there from September 1976 to June 1980. Early on I found that a complete list didn’t exist in one place on the internet, so it took a fair bit of research, using my memories, the internet, and picking the brains, and diaries of my wife Jacky and friends who were at Exeter with me. We came up with a list that may or may not be entirely accurate, but hopefully it’s close."

"If you can add any detail to the list then please do, I’d like to fill in the gaps. I enjoyed putting this together no matter how sad or nerdy it may seem, but then it was lockdown, and I am retired."

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Paul got in touch after we did a call-out for U2 memories on behalf of the band's researchers.

"I was a fresher in 1980 and, looking back now, it’s hard to appreciate the wealth of live music we were offered because at the time I took it completely for granted that you could see bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, Tenpole Tudor, Aswad and U2 in the space of a few weeks. U2 were beginning to make some waves at the time running up to their first gig at Exeter; I had heard about them on the radio and their first single, 11 O’clock Tick Tock, was on the jukebox in Cornwall House. The concert took place in ‘The Pit’, in Cornwall House on 7 October and U2 were supported by Midnight & the Lemonboys, members of whom went on to form other bands such as Peter and the Test Tube Babies and Transvision Vamp. Publicity for the gig was through this flyer, a montage of reviews of the ‘Boy’ album from the music press. Entry was £1.25."

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Date

Headline

Support

Venue

Thursday, 07/10/1976 The Runaways Osibisa Great Hall
Saturday, 16/10/1976 Mott   Great Hall
Saturday, 16/10/1976 Lonestar   Great Hall
Wednesday, 27/10/1976 Wishbone Ash   Great Hall
Friday, 12/11/1976 Steve Hillage Band   Great Hall
Monday, 29/11/1976 Caravan Oscar Great Hall
Sunday, 05/12/1976 Heart   Great Hall
Saturday, 15/01/1977 John Miles   Great Hall
Wednesday, 26/01/1977 Todd Rundgren Utopia Great Hall
Wednesday, 09/02/1977 Be Bop Deluxe Steve Gibbons Band Great Hall
Saturday, 19/02/1977 Procul Harum Heron Great Hall
Saturday, 26/02/1977 AC/DC    Great Hall
Monday, 07/03/1977 Ralph McTell   Great Hall
Monday, 14/03/1977 Jack The Lad   Great Hall
Thursday, 12/05/1977 Dr Feelgood    Great Hall
Friday, 24/06/1977 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Damned, Boomtown Rats Great Hall
Friday, 30/09/1977 The Fabulous Poodles   Great Hall
Monday, 10/10/1977 The Stranglers (cancelled)   Great Hall
Monday, 17/10/1977 Sutherland Brothers and Quiver Michael Chapman Great Hall
Monday, 31/10/1977 Roy Harper Sprigguns Great Hall
Tuesday, 08/11/1977 Van de Graff Generator   Great Hall
Tuesday,22/11/1977 Graham Parker and the Rumour Clover Great Hall
Monday, 05/12/1977 Mud   Great Hall
Monday, 30/01/1978 Osibisa   Great Hall
Monday 20/02/1978 Eddie and the Hot Rods Squeeze, Radiostars Great Hall
Saturday 11/02/1978 Chris deBurgh    Great Hall
Friday 24/02/1978 Ian Dury and the Blockheads    Great Hall
Monday 13/03/1978 George Melley   Great Hall
Tuesday 25/04/1978 Ralph McTell   Great Hall
Friday 12/05/1978 Darts   Great Hall
Friday 23/06/1978 Showaddywaddy Jake Thackary Great Hall
Friday 13/10/1978 Fairport Convention    Great Hall
Thursday 19/10/1978 Tom Robinson Band    Great Hall
Saturday 11/11/1978 John Martyn   Great Hall
Monday 20/11/1978 Mud   Great Hall
Sunday 26/11/1978 Gong   Great Hall
Monday 27/11/1978 The Clash The Slits, The Innocents Great Hall
Monday 04/12/1978 The Boomtown Rats   Great Hall
Monday 11/12/1978 The Kinks Fabulous Poodles Great Hall
Friday 19/01/1979 Richard and Linda Thompson   Great Hall
Tuesday 23/01/1979 Darts   Great Hall
Friday 26/01/1979 Elvis Costello and the Attractions   Great Hall
Tuesday 13/02/1979 UFO   Great Hall
Thursday 01/03/1979 Steve Hillage   Great Hall
Tuesday 13/03/1979 Graham Parker and the Rumour   Great Hall
Wednesday 21/03/1979 Tom Robinson Band    Great Hall
Tuesday 01/05/1979 Simple Minds   Great Hall
Monday 14/05/1979 The Jam   Great Hall
Thursday 24/05/1979 The Cure   Great Hall
Monday 04/06/1979 The Ruts   Great Hall
Friday 29/06/1979 Ian Dury and the Blockheads    Great Hall
  Gary Glitter?    Great Hall
Wednesday 26/09/1979 Simple Minds   Great Hall
Friday 12/10/1979 Madness The Selecter, The Specials Great Hall
Tuesday 30/10/1979 The Ruts   Great Hall
Tuesday 20/11/1979 Gallagher and Lyle Judy Tzuke Great Hall
Friday 24/11/1979 The Mekons   Great Hall
Monday 26/11/1979 Joe Jackson   Great Hall
Tuesday 27/11/1979 Generation X   Great Hall
Monday 10/12/1979 Simple Minds   Great Hall
Monday 10/12/1979 Iron Maiden   Great Hall
Monday 21/01/1980 Ramones The Boys Great Hall
Monday 28/01/1980 Rockpile The Fabulous Thunderbirds Great Hall
Wednesday 13/02/1980 Def Leppard Magnum, Witchfynde Great Hall
Wednesday 20/02/1980 Peter Gabriel   Great Hall
Wednesday 19/03/1980 Genesis    Great Hall
Wednesday 16/04/1980 Sledgehammer   Great Hall
Thursday 08/05/1980 The Cure   Great Hall
Tuesday 03/10/1980 ?? (Freshers’ Ball)   Great Hall
Sunday 12/10/1980 Emotion Pictures   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 19/10/1980 Androids of Mu   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 20/10/1980 Louden Wainwright III   Great Hall (?)
Tuesday 28/10/1980 Sons of Stiff Tour (Ten Pole Tudor/Any Trouble/Dirty Looks/Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns/The Equators)   Great Hall
Sunday 26/10/1980 The Toys   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 02/11/1980 The Frames Attic The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 09/11/1980 Joe Public Visual Value The Pit, Cornwall House
Friday 07/11/1980 U2 Midnight & the Lemonboys The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 10/11/1980 Aswad    Great Hall (?)
Sunday 16/11/1980 The Rimshots   The Pit, Cornwall House
Thursday 20/11/1980 Wasted Youth   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 23/11/1980 Stingrays Sohep The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 24/11/1980 The Stray Cats   Refectory, Devonshire House (?)
Tuesday 09/12/1980 The Skids (Christmas Ball) The Tea Set Great Hall
Wednesday 14/01/1981 UFO Fist Great Hall
Friday 27/02/1981 Slade   Great Hall
Sunday 01/03/1981 The Thompson Twins   Refectory, Devonshire House
Monday 02/03/1981 Elvis Costello & the Attractions   Great Hall
Monday 11/05/1981 Squeeze John Otway Great Hall
Monday 26/10/1981 Greg Lake   Great Hall
Friday 13/01/1982 Mari Wilson & the Imaginations   Great Hall
Monday 18/01/1982 Sad Café (?)   ??
Tuesday 16/02/1982 Depeche Mode Blancmange Great Hall
Friday 26/02/1982 ?? (Rag Ball)   Great Hall
Monday 08/02/1982 Shakatak   Great Hall
Friday 02/07/1982 ?? (Summer Ball)   Great Hall
Wednesday 06/10/1982 King Trigger   The Pit, Cornwall House
Thursday 07/10/1982 Gary Glitter (Freshers’ Ball) Maximum Joy Great Hall
Friday 08/10/1982 Fred Wedlock   Ram Bar, Devonshire House
Tuesday 12/10/1982 Pigbag Orchestre Jazira Great Hall
Sunday 17/10/1982 Sex Gang Children   The Pit, Cornwall House
Wednesday 20/10/1982 Aztec Camera   ?
Sunday 24/10/1982 Thin Men   The Pit, Cornwall House
Tuesday 26/10/1982 Mari Wilson & the Wilsations   Great Hall
Sunday 07/11/1982 Attila the Stockbroker   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 08/11/1982 Fashion   Great Hall
Wednesday 10/11/1982 Jacques Loussier   Refectory, Devonshire House
Sunday 14/11/1982 The Alarm   The Pit, Cornwall House
Tuesday 16/11/1982 Bad Manners   Great Hall
Friday 19/11/1982 The Impossible Dreamers The Frank Chickens The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 01/11/1982 Bow Wow Wow   Great Hall
Sunday 07/11/1982 Twelfth Night   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 28/11/1982 Thunderbirds   The Pit, Cornwall House
Wednesday 01/12/1982 Simple Minds China Crisis Great Hall
Sunday 05/12/1982 Southern Death Cult   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 12/12/1982 Incubus   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 13/12/1982 ?? (Christmas Ball)   Great Hall
Sunday 16/01/1983 The Chameleons   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 23/01/1983 Wash Week Go! The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 06/02/1983 Elle Est Funque The Start The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 14/02/1983 Misty in Roots   Great Hall
Sunday 20/02/1983 Ghost of Individuals   The Pit, Cornwall House
Friday 25/02/1983 ?? (Rag Ball)   Great Hall
Tuesday 08/03/1983 U2 The Nightcaps Great Hall
Sunday 13/03/1983 Silent Movies Trauma Unit The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 14/03/1983 The Impossible Dreamers   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 20/03/1983 Shriekback   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 30/05/1983 Tracie  The Questions Great Hall
Thursday 30/06/1983 The Eurythmics (Summer Ball) Orange Juice Great Hall
Sunday 02/10/1983 The Playn Jayn   The Pit, Cornwall House
Thursday 06/10/1983 Gary Glitter (Freshers’ Ball)   Great Hall
Friday 07/10/1983 Junkyard Angels   Ram Bar, Devonshire House
Sunday 09/10/1983 Thunderbirds   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 16/10/1983 Under Two Flags   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 17/10/1983 Joboxers   Great Hall
Saturday 22/10/1983 Musical Youth   Great Hall
Sunday 23/10/1983 Elle Est Funque   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 30/10/1983 Flesh Tones The Playn Jayn The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 06/11/1983 Junkyard Angels   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 14/11/1983 Imagination   Great Hall
Thursday 17/11/1983 Danse Society   Refectory, Devonshire House
Sunday 20/11/1983 Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 27/11/1984 Go!   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 04/12/1983 The Chillun   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 05/12/1983 Slade (Christmas Ball)   Great Hall
Friday 20/01/1984 Keith James   Ram Bar, Devonshire House
Sunday 22/01/1984 New Model Army   The Pit, Cornwall House
Tuesday 24/01/1984 The Alarm   Great Hall
Sunday 29/01/1984 Junkyard Angels   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 05/02/1984 Only Connect Kill City The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 12/02/1984 Farenji Warriors   The Pit, Cornwall House
Sunday 19/02/1984 Felt   The Pit, Cornwall House
Monday 27/02/1984 Marillion   Great Hall
Sunday 04/03/1984 Sector 27   The Pit, Cornwall House
Friday 09/03/1984 Strolling Bones   ??
Sunday 11/03/1984 Misdemeanour Perfect Crime The Pit, Cornwall House
Friday 18/05/1984 40 Blue Fingers   Ram Bar, Devonshire House
Friday 25/05/1984 Thunderbirds   The Pit, Cornwall House
Friday 01/06/1984 The Chillun   Ram Bar, Devonshire House
Friday 29/06/1984 The Damned (Summer Ball)   Great Hall