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Name:Colin Bayes
Comments:I remember going to a gig in the Chelmsford Football ground after City Rock in 1977 - the venue was probably in the members bar under the main stand. Saw Prag Vec in about 1979 and then chatted with them backstage, along with Robbie Grey ( lead singer of Modern English). Went up to London and saw Prag Vec soon after and stayed over in one of the band member's flat in Ladbroke Grove area.
June 16, 2019 12:05:04 (GMT Time)

Name:Colin Bayes
Comments:I was there - bought tickets from Parrot Records and caught a train from Colchester with Gary McDowell (Modern English guitarist) and his girl friend Kerry, Dave (the head) Armstrong and a few others - I'm sure the rest of Modern English were with us. Chocky is in the Super 8 video and also some of the lads from Charlie Lucas School, Greenstead. Plenty of people from Colchester there - The Colne Lodge was the place to meet and find out about bands and gigs. There was a guy called Mack who was at Uni in Bradford, but lived in Colchester, who got up on stage when Aswad were being pelted with stuff, who started to rant at the crowd but took the missile attention from Aswad - arms flailing and dodging everything as best he could. John Peel actually said "get this idiot off stage" which someone did and the chaos continued. Quite sparse and boring between bands, so entertainment provided by crowd - Gary MacDowell climbed into a dustbin at one point and also had a few moments writhing on th
June 16, 2019 11:33:59 (GMT Time)

Comments: link for Hrndrix DVD with Chelmsford bous tracks and copyright details.
October 6, 2018 16:30:39 (GMT Time)

Name:Mark Curteis
Comments:Chelmsford Museum would be interested in reproducing images of Hendrix at the Corn Exchange in its new displays - do you know who owns copyright?
October 2, 2018 09:30:55 (GMT Time)

Name:Mark Curteis
Comments:Chelmsford Museum would be interested in reproducing images of Hendrix at the Corn Exchange in its new displays - do you know who owns copyright?
October 2, 2018 09:30:46 (GMT Time)

Name:PeTe Ratcliffe
Comments:Wasn't at the gig but have a cassette if the full Fruit Eating Bears set think it's soundboard as well
August 19, 2018 12:20:48 (GMT Time)
Comments:My mum was Phyl that worked behind the bar of the ‘Animals’ for a few years.Anyone remember her?.
April 17, 2018 20:51:45 (GMT Time)

March 21, 2018 17:42:14 (GMT Time)

Name:Tony Shaw-Williams
Comments:OMG! I was at there, aged 19. It was empty but Lew Lewis and the Hot Rods were brilliant. Doctors of Madness was the loudest band I'd ever heard. Didn't Aswad get booed off stage by the punks? I didn't realize it was the first ever punk rock festival.
March 20, 2018 14:45:56 (GMT Time)

Comments:Sometime in the 1970's I went to see groups(as they were called in those days at Sandon Village Hall, the only name I remember was Lee Scott and The Roulettes who had a rather large gentleman as their manager and he used to get up on stage and sing Rock and Roll numbers.Does anybody the names of any other groupswho played there?
March 14, 2018 15:38:34 (GMT Time)

Comments:I was a Punk back in the 70's and I can remember seeing "The Adverts" at the Chencelor Hall. I half expected to see a record of that on here. I also remember "The Buzzcocks" playing at the old Odeon Cinema.
January 14, 2018 02:48:59 (GMT Time)

Comments:Here's a band from years ago you probably won't have known about. When the Glitter Band played at the Odeon Cinema in the 70's they were one of the backing acts and they were called "Stormy Monday" My older brother Cliff Knight, was the Bass player, Colin Tebb - lead guitar. Plus Drums and vocals by two guys I can't remember the names of. It was a Bluesy rock band. I can also remember the name of one of the other support acts called "Long arm of the law".
January 14, 2018 02:38:54 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Brookes
Comments:Yes the old Orpheus was where we had Ecstasy Records. Maybe they'll put up a blue plaque... or two.
July 19, 2017 18:42:15 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Brookes
Comments:Yes the old Orpheus was where we had Ecstasy Records. Maybe they'll put up a blue plaque... or two.
July 19, 2017 18:31:08 (GMT Time)

Name:John Crouch
Comments:The Orpheus coffee bar in London Road was just one of the properties owned by Old man Flexman, he had many of them about the town. Entrance was upstairs next to a shop entrance, then you went downstais to the bar itself. There was also an exit out the back which was often used for different reasons, and this went through a builders yard. Evened up one of my scraps there. Then there were a couple from Southend who had a coffee shop just past Ryders the pram shop I think it was called. This was another place to stagger to after a drinking session in the Black Horse? was it. Really friendly couple, they also had a freezer full of fish fingers and burgers. Long after the place closed we would be upstairs with them enjoying a fry up. Really great days; youngsters today have missed our on loads.
July 10, 2017 13:19:00 (GMT Time)

Name:John Crouch
Comments:Was there ,bought the tickets, then sometimes enjoyed a lock in at The Dolphin. Magic days, youngsters today are up to a quarter of a mile from their idols. You never knew who you would run into in the gents. And these were the self same people who you would later see on the t.v. Roger Daltrey and Long John Baldrey's meeting was clasic pop. Also went down to The Locarno at Basildon to catch the Dave Clark Five. Really great strong memories all there years later. Did some door work on smaller gigs with my brother in Braintree etc. The fun and great times we had, never to be repeated again for this generation.
July 10, 2017 12:56:46 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Brookes
Comments:Re Spirit gig. It was at Chancellor Hall, and was the Kaptain Kopter line-up of the band (Randy California, Ed Cassidy and Fuzzy Knight) so would be 76/77 maybe. The previously mentioned Trev and I were witnesses! (3rd go hope this gets to you).
April 25, 2017 18:12:53 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Brookes
Comments:Not sure this taking so I'll try again. On the Spirit gig, that was at Chancellor Hall and featured the Kaptain Kopter version of the band (Randy California, Ed Cassidy and Fuzzy Knight) so would be 76, 77 maybe - the aforementioned Trev and I were there!
April 25, 2017 17:52:32 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Brookes
Comments:On the Spirit gig, it was at Chancellor Hall, so a bit later in the seventies I think. Maybe 76,77. It was the Kaptain Kopter version of Spirit with Randy California, Ed Cassidy and Fuzzy Knight. The aforementioned Trev and I were there!
April 25, 2017 17:41:04 (GMT Time)

Comments:On the Spirit gig, it was at Chancellor Hall, so a bit later in the seventies I think. Maybe 76,77. It was the Kaptain Kopter version of Spirit with Randy California, Ed Cassidy and Fuzzy Knight. The aforementioned Trev and I were there!
April 25, 2017 17:40:06 (GMT Time)

Comments:Hello. Can someone tell me the date that the band 'Spirit played a gig in Celmsford please ? I think 1972 or 1973...
April 24, 2017 05:11:17 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Brookes
Comments:Sorry Maurice, I don't live in the area any more. Just wanted to say hello to old faces, but thanks.
March 22, 2017 15:28:25 (GMT Time)

Name:Maurice Hyde
Comments:I think that would be good Phil, let me know if you do and I can help with publicity.
March 20, 2017 20:52:26 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Brookes
Comments:Hi, I'm Phil from Ecstasy Records(70s.)It's good to hear memories from those days, particularly good old friends like Trev Bass. Maybe we should have an Ecstasy reunion. Too uncool for Martin I guess... Good site.
March 19, 2017 23:14:29 (GMT Time)

Comments:Another place I remember going to was in Great Baddow, I think it later became Bringy Pine or maybe it was next door,I can't recall the exact location. I went there at least twice and saw a band called Wildmouth who were similar to Jefferson Airplane in there style and material. The other band I saw on a separate occasion was Pete Brown who was the co writer with Jack Bruce of a lot of the songs recorded by Cream, Pete fronted two bands in that era one was called Battered Ornaments and the other which I think came later was Piblokto(sp) although I have no idea which of the two Pete was fronting that night or of the date, it must have been sometime in the 1970's. Does anybody remember the venue?.Well that's my memory almost spent, I will write again if I think of anything else.They were great times, if only I could remember more!
February 15, 2017 12:43:42 (GMT Time)

Comments:I was a member of Chelmsford Folk Club during the 1970's and followed it around various pubs, namely The Saracens Head( where I remember seeing The Strawbs)also The Three Cups and The Golden Fleece where I remember seeing The Bothy Band,John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris and Shirley and Dolly Collins, there were many others ! I attended many other gigs at various venues in Chelmsford and remember seeing among others, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke Chicken Shack with Christine Perfect and I recall Stan Webb stepping off the stage to get a drink at the bar with his guitar still plugged in on a 50ft lead,I think that must have been at the College. I went to several other gigs in and around Chelmsford but my memory of those is a bit sketchy. think those gigs must have been at the college.
February 14, 2017 17:14:52 (GMT Time)

Name:mick davis
Comments: What a great site! I can remember going to the Chancellor Hall every Sunday night in the mid 1970's and seeing loads of great bands,some even from America ,I remember Focus well as they appeared there several times. the list is too long to name them all but here are some of them, 10cc, Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Spirit, Joburg Hawk,Dr Feelgood,Fruup,Cockney Rebel,Thin Lizzy,Man,I could go on forever. what great days. Is there anybody out there who remembers those gigs?
February 13, 2017 17:13:21 (GMT Time)

Comments:Trying to upload pdf
January 21, 2017 13:58:42 (GMT Time)

Name:Richard Moore
Comments:I usedto run the Writtle folk club in the 1970's.Included in the huge number of celebrated acts of the time was one Davey Graham.I bumped into his manager at Heathrow.I was with a group of folkies talking about Davey, when this guy said I'll get him to come and play for you if you want.I explained that we were only a small club and could never afford the fee.He took my number and said he would get Davey to call me to work something out.Sure enough Davey called me the mext day.WhenI explained the financial situation, he said " don't worry man just give me the train fare ".And so it happened the great Davey Graham appeared at the Writtle folk club.Most nights we managed about 30 or so punters, on this night there was a queue down the road.I remember talking to one girl who said that she last saw Davey in her home town in Malaya some months before. A great night to remember.
December 18, 2016 18:14:52 (GMT Time)

Name:Richard Moore
Comments:The Punk festival was a great idea, and if Bob had planned better it may have been a success.Martin Havelin did all he could to promote it through the record shop, butlost a substantial amount of money.Chelmsford was a " happening " place throughout the 1960's and 70's, but promoting gigs for profit was hard.To my cost I lost a few bob myself with concert promotions.The problem was that there was such a diverse music scene going on during that period that there was just not enough followers of any particular taste to make money from promoting it.Anyway lovely memories of those times, and blessings to all those who were aound at the time including the aforementioned and others who frequented " The Animals ".
December 18, 2016 15:37:58 (GMT Time)

Name:Peter Weall
Comments:I was a bouncer at the Chelmsford punk festival, one of the 2 who stayed for nothing when we were told there was no dough to pay us, i still remember the "damned are shit" graffeti after they refused to go on, as the guy on the gate nicked all the money. As social sec. at Dovedales, i lost the years Entertainment budget putting on The o band at the Chancellor hall, more bouncers than punters, supported by my cousins band erazorblades. i live in France now, and really appreciate what a great time and place for music Chelmsford was then. i am
December 8, 2016 20:10:33 (GMT Time)

Comments:Hi Christine we have KC And The Sunshine Band listed as -06.09.74. How good was the concert? We are currently working on the Top 20 Iconic gigs at the Chancellor Hall.
December 4, 2016 22:41:50 (GMT Time)

Comments:I remember seeing KC & The Sunshine Band, and Ken Booth at the Chancellor Hall in about 1975. Getting 'told off' for dancing on the seats to KC and also going to a BBC event with Steve Wright comparing.
November 28, 2016 10:09:07 (GMT Time)

Comments:Amazing photographs
September 23, 2016 12:04:34 (GMT Time)

Comments:I bought a cdr of the Adam and the Antz gig at the Chancellor hall in Feb 79 on ebay.It sounds pretty good and has an interview at the end.Who recorded it,and well done!.
July 28, 2016 19:30:26 (GMT Time)

Comments:Van Der Graaf Generator. Chelmsford Civic Theatre. Some time between 1972 and 1975. They were really boring so I cant remember the date, walked out after a while and went for a beer at The Railway Tavern which was far more enjoyable!
June 16, 2016 23:33:56 (GMT Time)

Name:John Burke
Comments:Great Website, you could add the Rock & Roll Groups that Played at the Magnate Club Galleywood early 70`s Gene Vincent, Screaming Lord Sutch, Shaking Stevens (with The Sunsets)
May 24, 2016 14:56:10 (GMT Time)
Comments:Fantastic footage of the Soul Trinity, my dad ( Denny Ilett) was the trumpet player I remember playing in the park with all the guys, I was 5 !!
March 20, 2016 10:06:59 (GMT Time)

Name:Neil Anderson
Comments:Stackridge at the Chancellor hall, I'd guess 71/72. Also Jackson heights with Lee Jackson from the Nice at Westlands (Now Hylands) school, I think 1970
January 24, 2016 19:21:33 (GMT Time)

Name:Jon Cumming
Comments:Forgot to mention hanging with Jim Butcher from The Gents and seeing Sioxsie one evening in '75ish with him. Other pubs I frequented were the Golden Fleece, Saracens, The Countryman and CCFC, where I saw Dave Barrett & Gong (I think!). Also remember seeing Dr. Feelgood, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cockney Rebel. Also saw Man (Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics) possibly the college, Chelmsford was nuts back in the day. We even went to Braintree college to see Chicken Shack
November 27, 2015 05:50:59 (GMT Time)

Name:Jon Cumming
Comments:I was, there, with Kev Mustard and a few other, mates. We got in for free in exchange for keeping the potrta-bogs topped up with paper and helping to clean the site, afterwards. I lived in Chelmsford art tbe time and my regular haunt was The Animals, The Woolpack, The Railway and The Steamer (later the Prince of Orange). I used to go to Deejays, which was a psycho disco. I remember Aswad getting 'bombed' off the stage and how disappointed everyone was when The Damned didn't, play. Overall it was an alcohol/drug infueed day and evening, despite the low, numbers, in attendance.
November 27, 2015 05:08:55 (GMT Time)

Name:Dave Clarke
Comments:Strange, seen this on the web.
November 18, 2015 21:55:26 (GMT Time)

Name:Andrew Neal
Comments:God came to my birth town
October 17, 2015 19:32:29 (GMT Time)

Name:Larry / Broadway Clash
Comments:Hi, thanks for the review in Feb. we're back @ the Star & Garter Saturday 30th May if you're about! Hope to see you - make yourself known and we'll dedicate one for you! Cheers, Larry
May 21, 2015 15:56:15 (GMT Time)

Name:Nick Smee
Comments:Great to find your site. I've been trying to check out when it was that I saw the young John Martyn playing at Chelmsford Folk Club in it's Saracen's Head days.. 1969, I'd guess. According to John M's website 'Big Muff' and the listings in John Neil Munro's 'Some People are Crazy' there's no record of the gig. I recall being stunned by his playing - tell me I didn't imagine it, please..
April 7, 2015 17:30:36 (GMT Time)

Comments:If i may take the liberty of posting this link of fantastic vintage Radio recordings,there must be something for everyone on here?.It could only be improved by recordings of Radio Luxembourg's 'Street heat' programme with Stuart Henry.
March 26, 2015 10:09:03 (GMT Time)

Comments:I saw both Amon Duul II and Focus at the Chancellor Hall. Amon Duul was probably 1971/2 and Focus in 1973. Pretty much the first groups I ever listened to live.
February 11, 2015 00:37:34 (GMT Time)

Name:John Boyle
Comments:Amazing site this! Anyone else remember seeing any gigs at the Technical High School in 69/70? I remember Spice, Matching Mole and Tuesday's Children there. Nice to see a few people's memories of the Eyes in 1970. Don't remember seeing Hawkwind or May Blitz there but saw Sam Apple Pie, Trader Horn Wishbone Ash and Flaming Youth. The drummer was Phil Collins. He joined Genesis later that year.
February 1, 2015 01:52:19 (GMT Time)

Name:Jaqui perry
Comments:Amazing to see this, didn't know anything like this existed. I was there pretty much every Saturday night, what wonderful times, we were all so lucky to be there. I left the UK in 1968 but when I read the names of the pubs and clubs I am back there again.
December 14, 2014 09:44:13 (GMT Time)

Comments:I never made it to the Clash gig at the Chancellor hall,i was persued with great vigour by three Teddy Boys in Central park,and in fact sought refuge in the lake.I didn't take it personally as i blame the national press.I did however get a right battering by Teds near the Music Machine after Slaughter and the Dogs the same year.I was a bit naughty mind,wearing a 60's Rocker Jacket complete with Triumph and 59 Club patches,but with a white Swastika painted on the back.I had drainpipe fit Lee Cooper jeans,also from the 60's,or they may have been Lee. Where have all our youth cults gone?.......
December 12, 2014 09:24:09 (GMT Time)

Comments:Thanks for the information Steve,i cannot remember Zoot and the Roots at all,so that would mean i was probably 'out if it' by then!.
December 2, 2014 10:51:18 (GMT Time)

Comments: I've been through my old diary and can confirm that Guana Batz played the Chancellor Hall on Friday 24th October 1986, along with Zoot & the Roots and Delicious Poison. My diary entry suggests that Zoot & the Roots were the headline act.
November 26, 2014 16:08:53 (GMT Time)

Comments:What a fantastic site,well done to all concerned. Does anyone recall a Guana Batz at the Chancellor Hall about 1986?.My mate 'Norfolk Bob' and i saw it advertised as being at the hall beneath the 'placcy bar' but after no Psychobillies or Punks etc turned up in the Railway tavern,we assumed correctly it was on at the Chancellor.'Norfolk Bob' changed that night,and became very open minded musically.I would love to know the date of the gig?.
November 23, 2014 16:34:08 (GMT Time)

Name:Tony Darke
Comments:My band Slowhand supported several bands in the early 70s at the C H namely Vinegar ,Joe, me and our lead guitarist went into Elkie Brooks changing room by mistake, she told us to f,off, nice, also Stealers Wheel, TONY DARKE
November 17, 2014 14:47:35 (GMT Time)

Name:Jodi Knight
Comments:Does any one have pics from the Rockbitch army and navy gig? I caught the golden condom hehe :)
November 7, 2014 23:09:23 (GMT Time)

Name:Eric Colvin
Comments:Roger Perry - I knew a fair few people who drank at The Royal Steamer, back of Chelmsford railway station, and claimed to have heard Paul Simon play in the little hut out back (still standing next to the beer garden); it continued to be a music venue right into the eighties - could you have heard him there in '64 or '65?
October 29, 2014 14:30:11 (GMT Time)

Name:Dave Cain
Comments:Reef also played the army and Navy
September 26, 2014 12:57:53 (GMT Time)

Name:glenn vage (ferrett) brilliant to find a mention of jim butcher.hav'nt seen him since 78.all kids want to be 'the coolest in the world'(especially me and jonah)i was'nt even disapointed to find out when i met jim,that i was'nt,because he was.
September 6, 2014 15:29:41 (GMT Time)

Name:Mark Robinson
Comments:Hi. Great site. My band recorded in Chelmsford in 1979 May/June and I was wondering if you remember what studios were running in Chelmsford at that time. Cheers
August 15, 2014 19:10:34 (GMT Time)

Name:holly hudson
Comments:i lived there too
June 6, 2014 08:38:46 (GMT Time)

Name:Mark Willis
Comments:Hi I do a show on Chelmsford Community Radio (an internet soon to be FM station). Twitter: @WillisWireless I would very much like to have you on my show to talk about your Chelmsford Rocks site. The fact that such famous bands were here at the Corn Exchange would be fascinating to our listeners.
June 3, 2014 10:30:39 (GMT Time)

Name:Martin Wise
Comments:Great site. Such a shame that apart from the V Festival there's not much to shout about for good live music in Chelmsford. Last decent venue was probably the Army and Navy. The last gig I saw there was Midge Ure about 10 years ago.
May 21, 2014 18:02:22 (GMT Time)

Name:Stephen Pickup
Comments:I saw The Who twice, also The Cream, this was around 1967 I think also a singer who had a hit with a song called 'Fire' Clapton still has his Les Paul before it was stolen The Who were absolutely incredible
March 16, 2014 06:30:07 (GMT Time)

Name:Andy Macc
Comments:You're right about the beer at Evoke (Wilko article). I love live music and it will often drag me into a venue - even if it's not stuff I'd normally buy or listen to. But it would have to be something pretty special (e.g. Wilko) to get me back there after the lack of beer and the price of the alternatives. I guess they know their market, it's banged out night after night and they don't give a toss about people like us. Keep up the good work! Andy Macc.
January 31, 2014 19:15:52 (GMT Time)

Name:Barry Horne
Comments:has anyone thought of writing a book about the music scene in chelmsford as someone told me they saw hollies and dave clark five at the odeon and another told me he saw cliff and the drifters in chelmsford not sure where. i was to young for the sixties scene but love hearing about it. i know someone has done a book on the music scene in bishops storford
January 26, 2014 16:31:18 (GMT Time)

Comments:Hi Karen, You could join the Chelmsford Rocks facebook group or check this link out
December 11, 2013 20:06:44 (GMT Time)
Comments:would like to know where i can get a programme of whats on leading up to christmas, during and new year please, regards, karan.
December 11, 2013 08:50:41 (GMT Time)

Name:Rod Downes
Comments:What about our group, "THE PLAINSMEN" we played in all the big venues, we were all Chelmsford based. We were selected to represent Chelmsford when Georgie Fame came to the Corn Exchange. Two of us are still doing the rounds today, unlike some of the others,.
November 22, 2013 10:24:33 (GMT Time)

Name:Lesley Doherty nee Foulkes
Comments:Friends & I would travel from Colchester to see the gigs. We had nothing like it in home town. The Statesmen were a top group at that time.
November 3, 2013 14:53:11 (GMT Time)

Comments:Trollbox played the army and navy and YMCA in 1993 supported headswim at the A&N in 1994
August 30, 2013 22:03:44 (GMT Time)

Comments:The waxwork dummiez and funeral directors together were mental gigs... how did they get away wiv it.
July 27, 2013 18:41:47 (GMT Time)

Name:Southend Sites
Comments:Building a gig list for Essex. Looking to list 1960 - 2013. Take a look see what is missing. Contributions welcome. WG
July 3, 2013 17:53:03 (GMT Time)

Name:Martyn Routs
Comments:Just a lazy trawl though the web & I bumped into this site. Extraordinary memories of an amazing time for rock music. So many gigs stated, venues long gone, bands many dead many still alive & kicking. A few rarities, oddities and no obscures during early 70s. Cant remember exact year but some definates were: Principle Edwards Magic Theatre,Van der Graff Generator,Osibisa, Skid Row (featuring a very young Gary Moore), Argent,Rick Wakeman & Band (genuine piss heads) 10cc. Pretty certain all at the Civic Centre. Caravan, Budgie (painfully loud). ELO at the Mid Essex Tech Students Union, one of if not the first ELO tour so df Roy Wood & Jeff Lynne, probably the worst sound quality ever experienced but considering the instrument mix & basic sound system not surprising. Finally one from depths that Im certain happened YES & Wishbone Ash at what seemed like nothing more than a very long shed located on what is now the swimming pool car park on the edge of Victoria Rd - Was this Eyes??? really
June 25, 2013 19:55:19 (GMT Time)

Comments:And, furthermore, checking on the 'Brain Damage' website, the Floyd gig was September 23rd 1967 not 1966 as on your website.
May 22, 2013 15:01:34 (GMT Time)

Comments:Sorry, I didn't reference the gig, Pink Floyd, September 23rd 1966.........
May 22, 2013 14:54:50 (GMT Time)

Comments:I was there! Bowled over by the light show and Interstellar Overdrive, but the sound quality was awful!
May 22, 2013 14:53:25 (GMT Time)

Name:Nick S Drum
Comments:The first proper Rock gig I ever went to was Genesis at the Civic Theatre in about March 1972. Support band were Man, representing the more interesting end of what you might describe as Prog Blues. Their back-line consisted entirely of WEM stacks. When Genesis came on, the back-line had all but disappeared, apart from a few small amps, and Tony Banks Leslie speaker, which looked a sideboard with a small propeller on top. Aside from the fact that entire band sat down, except Peter Gabriel. my most abiding memory was that PG was as barmy as a case of badgers, and Phil Collins was a shit-hot drummer. Halcyon days!
May 17, 2013 20:57:31 (GMT Time)

Name:ron sweeney
Comments:fantastic memories well done still love a walk around and think how good it all was wish it was the same??
May 16, 2013 19:56:42 (GMT Time)

Name:Crispin Coulson
Comments:I remember nothing of their set or the Subway Sect who followed, but I do remember a lot of spit flying around. The Slits however, were like nothing I'd ever seen before. Ari was mental, Viv was beautiful, Tessa had huge assets and Palmolive thrashed enthusiastically on the drums. When the Clash came on Strummer was smoking a fag or it could have been spliff which he passed to Jones and then shouted into the mic, "Chelmsfor's Burning!" and then the hall erupted. It was all pretty relentless with song after song. The only break and hint of things to come was Police and Thieves. I pogoed and gobbed and did all the things expected of me and got bashed to hell, but I had a great time. As I was leaving I picked up a White Riot button badge which I still have to this day. It was the first of many gigs I went to after that.
April 8, 2013 06:44:49 (GMT Time)

Name:Crispin Coulson
Comments:The Clash was my first punk gig. To prepare for the gig, I had my hair cut short (for the time)by Andrew Keeble in Silhouette du Barry and I bought myself my first pair of Brutus straight leg jeans. I topped it off with a blue shirt which I tore the sleeves off and painted Sod The Jubilee on the back. I wasn't prepared for the sheer number of real life punks queuing up outside. I'd never seen real punks outside of the pages of the NME and Sounds. By contrast I looked like a hick from the sticks who'd got it wrong on the night. When we got in I spent most of my time staring open mouthed at the audience under a very loud dub reggae soundtrack. At one point I saw a bunch of punks grouping up to be photographed. My mate and I rushed up behind and got in the photo, which eventually turned up in the Sunday Times. The first band on were the Prefects, who made me laugh with the announcement, "Fingers on Frets, 1,2,3,4." It was then that I saw pogoing for the first time. I remember nothing of t
April 8, 2013 06:43:27 (GMT Time)

Name:Dave Barritt
Comments:Sorry just remembered another Chancellor heavy rock gig by a group called The British Lions who where a spin off from a couple of big bands. I believe Mott the Hoople might have been involved?
March 19, 2013 22:03:19 (GMT Time)

Name:Dave Barritt
Comments:Sorry just remembered another Chancellor heavy rock gig by a group called The British Lions who where a spin off from a couple of big bands. I believe Mott the Hoople might have been involved?
March 19, 2013 22:03:04 (GMT Time)

Name:Dave Barritt
Comments:Enjoyed looking at the artists who played the God-forsaken town both during and before my youth. A life long Chelmsfordian I am afraid I either can't remember dates or was too young to attend but the following all definitely played Chelmsford at some stage: Simon & Garfunkel - Chelmsford Folk Club (Spotted Dog???Pub in sixties) Otis Reddding-Corn Exchange Buzzcocks -Odeon Cinema The Darts (cringe)-The Odeon Cinema 999- Chancellor Hall Morrissey Mullen Band-Saracen's head (several times) The Breakfast Band-Saracen's Mezzoforte -Saracens (not 100% about this one?) Black Slate-Chelmsford City FC(with Invasion-local reggae band) Jimmy Linsdsay (reggae)-Chelmsford College Alexander O'Neil/CeCe Peniston-Essex Spectacular Hope this helps with a bit of research.Thanks for taking trouble to do site. Regards Dave
March 19, 2013 21:55:33 (GMT Time)

Name:A wren
Comments:Im sure i saw cream there too? didnt see it listed?
March 13, 2013 16:00:13 (GMT Time)

Name:Jonny Reed85
Comments:Does anyone remember the white reggae band called Iron Dub Section from Chelmsford, the bass player was the first white rastaman i ever saw,,,,,,, They later dispanded but two of the members went on to form a band called Tallawah based in Southend Which was the bass player ((Dread))and the conga player who was a very promising writer. I last saw them in around 1985, Anybody out there know what happened to them?
March 1, 2013 10:32:48 (GMT Time)

Name:Johnny Tipler
Comments:The cellar café in London Road was The Orpheus, which became the R&B after it was bought by two ex-policemen about 1966. Typically with long ranks of scooters outside. The Corn Exchange was unmissable every Saturday night, and The Who, Geno Washington, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money and Chris Farlowe were unforgettable. Also recall Wilson Pickett, the Hollies, Herbie Goins and Jimmy James too. There was a pretty good DJ too. One time my mate Rock had to tell Daltry his girlfriend had locked herself in the loo at the Fleece; 'silly cow!' was his response!
February 24, 2013 18:45:29 (GMT Time)

Name:Johnny Tipler
Comments:The cellar café in London Road was The Orpheus, which became the R&B after it was bought by two ex-policemen about 1966. Typically with long ranks of scooters outside. The Corn Exchange was unmissable every Saturday night, and The Who, Geno Washington, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money and Chris Farlowe were unforgettable. Also recall Wilson Pickett, the Hollies, Herbie Goins and Jimmy James too. There was a pretty good DJ too. One time my mate Rock had to tell Daltry his girlfriend had locked herself in the loo at the Fleece; 'silly cow!' was his response!
February 24, 2013 18:41:23 (GMT Time)

Name:Johnny Tipler
Comments:The cafe in London Road was the Orpheus, turned into R&Bs by two ex-policemen. Ranks of scooters outside. Corn Exchange every Saturday night; saw most of the bands mentioned, plus Wilson Pickett and the Hollies. The Who, Geno and Zoot Money especially memorable. My mate Rock had to tell Daltry his girlfriend had locked herself in the loo at the Fleece.
February 24, 2013 17:19:22 (GMT Time)

Name:Jim Reeve
Comments:I loved your articles on the Army and Navy. I am writing a book on Chelmsford for Amerley Press and would like your permission to use your photograph of the site. My e-mail is
January 30, 2013 16:16:50 (GMT Time)

Comments:Hi , I'm trying to find my friend Martin who used to e the manager of the pub, do you remember his surname or have a number for him please. Glad everything is well for yourself Thank you in advance.
January 25, 2013 21:08:13 (GMT Time)

Name:mini kev
Comments:among other gigs on the list i put on the ak47's at the ymca, i made enough money to buy a cheap second hand bike which got stolen from inside the venue at the next gig i did a few weeks later as i didnt make enough to buy a lock as well. i thanks you. the primal scream gig at chancellor was earlier than 1996 as well , only a very small handfull of attendees for primals then as a jingly jangly band.
January 25, 2013 02:38:20 (GMT Time)

Name:MIck Rushbrook
Comments:Spent most Saturday nights at" The Corn Exchange ", born and raised in Chelmsford. Saw most of the groups already mentioned including Soft Machine who were booed of stage, as they were on another planet. Frequented the R & B Club in London Road in the late 60s along with the scooter crowd/Mods. Be good to hear from faces from the past.
January 6, 2013 03:59:28 (GMT Time)

Name:Mike Willis
Comments:Born and bred in Chelmsford. I remember three bands at the Chancellor Hall in the early 1970s - Amon Duul 2, Focus and Arthur Brown. @Trevor mentioned Faust but I think he's mistaken. I used to hang around in Ecstacy Records a lot - definitely the best in town! Oh and an honourable mention to Clark's music who were as square and staid as the come but were good enough to let me listen to Tago Mago in their hifi listening room.
January 3, 2013 23:43:22 (GMT Time)

Comments:The Coletrane Union. -
December 16, 2012 15:30:51 (GMT Time)

Name:Graham Deakin
Comments:Hi, i played drums with local soul band "The Coletrane Union". We were a regular support at the Corn Exchange back in the day. I went on to record 2 Lps with John Entwistle,(Rigor Mortis Sets In)&(Mad Dog),the "Blue Jays" Lp with Justin Hayward and John Lodge, and Lps with Ray Thomas,and "The Flys". I played percussion on the "Flash Fearless" album, also a track on "Tommy Film Soundtrack and a track called Red lotus on Jade Warriors "Floating World"Lp, as well as tracks on the Alexis Korner Lp "Just Easy".
December 4, 2012 17:23:32 (GMT Time)

Name:Graham Deakin
Comments:I Played drums with Dave Pickett and The Coltrane Union. It brougt back some great memories reading your comments Dave. I hope that you are well and ask if you my have any photos to share? Kind regards, Graham.
December 4, 2012 16:59:14 (GMT Time)

Name:jimmy whelan
Comments:i am interested in anything of luke kelly look forward to hearing from you many thanks
November 29, 2012 17:40:46 (GMT Time)

Name:Marcus&Trudi Foakes
Comments:Just found your website - brilliant - we too went to Cornexchange every week during late60's &early 70's (met & married during this time). Our favs were Geno, Zoot, Georgie Fame, but were also witness to Jimi Hendrix & Howlin Wolf! Marcus was at CromptonParkinson & played drums for several local bands. Would love to hear from any of his old bandmates.
November 24, 2012 09:48:24 (GMT Time)

Name:Mick Dowson
Comments:Sorry Phil, Chris? Doh! What a dumbo. Did you get away from Saudi with all your limbs intact?
November 15, 2012 21:27:56 (GMT Time)

Name:Mick Dowson
Comments:What can I say! I was there! Bit miffed about paying extra to see the Who, but hey, they were famous by then. Graham, Chris and Martin of the Coltrain Union were friends and were a perfect no.2 to Georgie Fame etc. every other week. (Poetic Licence there) Getting back to South Woodham was a great finish to the night. Hey, the Fleece boys hadn't beaten me up. I'd survived another weekend.
November 15, 2012 19:54:52 (GMT Time)

Comments:Cool, I was there :-)
November 13, 2012 15:47:55 (GMT Time)

Comments:Judas Priest DID play The Chancellor Hall (may have played the Odeon as well), I was at the Chancellor gig with Grassy and I swear if Bob Halford had screamed once more I'd have decked the twat!!
October 29, 2012 15:18:53 (GMT Time)

Name:Jim Payne
Comments:Hi.Got a new one for your extensive list.Dexys Midnight Runners at Chelmsford Odeon in April 1981.Confirmed by website Dexysdiary.It wasnt advertised only as an unnamed band.It was a warm up gig b4 they played London.They were blinding that night and didnt hold back despite the audience being only fifty or so people.No support group only Rik Mayall and another comedian.Well worth £5.Enjoy the site keep it up
October 9, 2012 12:07:26 (GMT Time)

Name:barry detenon
Comments:i remember soul trinity a couple of my mates played in the group hughie the dancer used to win all the dance contests
September 20, 2012 16:29:39 (GMT Time)

Name:Peter lodge
Comments:Great site bought back some great memory's. Does any one rember a local band called the shoe string band playing there , my cousin played trumpert for them ican rember them supporting ginormous Washington.
August 28, 2012 20:50:56 (GMT Time)

Name:sandra smith
Comments:the punk days in chelmsford were brilliant such good bands saw generation x awesome
July 14, 2012 20:08:39 (GMT Time)

Name:Kathie Hoskins
Comments:What a brilliant website! I was so interested in Pete Springett's memories. I lived in Harold Hill in the 60s and , next month, am going to Brentwood for a school re-union. I am planning to visit Bluesville ( or the site of it) as I have great memories of attending gigs there, a particular brilliant one being John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. I 'googled' Bluesville and came up with your site. Thanks so much. Kathie Hoskins
May 2, 2012 13:55:38 (GMT Time)

Name:Maurice Hyde
Comments:Just for fun, as Chelmsford wins City status for Diamond Jubilee we have put together a list of songs in no particular order. Join as on facebook to join in. Thanks to Duncan Egleton, Jen Morris, Stephen Foster Pilkington, and Mark Ralph for compiling these tunes. In the City - The Jam, In the City - Razorlight, Big City, Bright Lights - Dandy Livingstone, All through the City - Dr Feelgood, Hot City Symphony -The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Suffragette City - David Bowie, City of Blinding Lights - U2, We Built This City - Starship, Eurythmics - This City Never Sleeps, , Living For The City - Stevie Wonder, Hot In The City - Billy Idol, Suicide City - Doctors of Madness, Summertime City - Mike Batt, Union City Blue - Blondie, Paradise City - Guns n Roses, Nutbush City Limits - Ike & Tina Turner, Soul City Walking - Archie Bell and the Drells, Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye, Kansas City - By virtualy everybody + many more
April 15, 2012 19:05:58 (GMT Time)

Comments:Adam and the Ants played the Odeon November 1980 I was meant to go with my then boyfriend but I ended u in hosital and he went with my mate instead! Never mind after 30 years I have almost got over it!
February 5, 2012 15:11:51 (GMT Time)

Name:Maurice Hyde
Comments:THE ROK CLUB, JOHN OTWAY 1978. My best memory of the Rock Club was the John Otway gig just when“Cor Baby That's Really Free" charted. He was backed by the band Scratch who also played there own set. I remember walking to New Writtle Street and seeing a queue that stretched half way to London Road, it was almost like a match night. We was able to advance straight in as I had purchased advanced tickets, the venue was soon packed jammed solid and sold out. Otway seemed to take ages to arrive and by the time he did we were getting quite drunk, he did not disappoint the packed crowd bopping along to his crazy tunes. His mad act of somersaulting and swinging of the ceiling literally brought the roof down. This was one of my all time favourite gigs. Apparently he was late because when he arrived the bouncers would not let him in as they did not believe he was John Otway and he did not have a ticket, this was quoted in a live BBC radio broadcast some years later.
January 29, 2012 21:37:52 (GMT Time)

Name:kathy Doyle Salerno
Comments:Me again,I just had a flashback of the Foundations playing at the Corn Exchange and hanging out with them after the gig, one of them had a toothache and my friend and I took them all over to my house in Chelmsford to get an asprin for him, and my mum throwing them out! I now live in the USA and have told that story many many times, as would she everytime she would hear "Build me up Buttercup".
December 30, 2011 02:57:36 (GMT Time)

Name:Kathy Doyle Salerno
Comments:thanks for taking me down memory lane. i tell my grandsons all about (well maybe not all)the times I spent at the Corn Exchange, they are 17&15 and are all about that music, and now they can see the great groups I danced all night too.
December 30, 2011 02:36:40 (GMT Time)

December 24, 2011 21:15:28 (GMT Time)

Name:Peter Hicks
Comments:Love your site. I'm trying to find the date of a gig I went to in Chelmsford in 1969. The band was the Birmingham based The Idle Race - leader Jeff Lynne. It was definitely 1969, because Jeff was still with them and he joined the Move in January 1970. It couldn't have been at the Corn Exchange because that had been closed/demolished. I remember going through a pub to a hall at the was pretty big. The Golden Fleece? perhaps. It was my very first gig (I lived down the road in Shenfield) and I was 16! Happy days...great gig, Jeff had a great stage presence and he had the look of someone who was going places! All the best!
December 23, 2011 15:42:05 (GMT Time)

Name:Albie Morhall
Comments:To answer the question from my old mate Bob Wiffen. Albert Morhall is now living in France (since 2004) As lead singer with The Mooche, remember the gigs at the Corn Exchange and it's demise. Just before close down I remember we supported "the Soft Machine" who were at the start of the Physocodelic scene but were not received well on this night so we had to fill in for the rest of the session. Went down very well
November 14, 2011 12:56:10 (GMT Time)

Name:Neville Crozier (The Fruit Eating Bears)
Comments:Hi Maurice I do have more but, it all needs quite a bit of restoring, i'll let you know when i've got any more done. Thanks for the link. John Peel took many photos that day which when i spoke to him a few years ago said he would try and sort out for me, but as you know he sadly passed away before he got round to it.
October 18, 2011 19:53:57 (GMT Time)

Comments:Thanks for the recording Neville, have you any more?
October 18, 2011 16:30:36 (GMT Time)

Name:Neville Crozier (The Fruit Eating Bears)
Comments:Hi I have just uploaded to YouTube our opening "City Rock" track (sound only) "Croydon Girls" introduced by JOHN PEEL if you want to link it to your page.
October 17, 2011 15:05:46 (GMT Time)

Name:clive mosley
Comments:i saw most of the bands mentioned corn ole but nobody has spoke about mod band the action does anybody remember thier gig?
October 12, 2011 15:47:28 (GMT Time)

Name:clive mosley
Comments:i was in the spotted dog prior to hendrix gig when he walked in bar and spoke to me.i m 62 now i still knocked out by it.i was in gig early got right to front.
October 12, 2011 15:28:07 (GMT Time)

Name:Uncle Crips
Comments:Two Eyes Club What would The Two Eyes Club and a Chrome Cat have in common.? I have a 3" Chrome Cat with a threaded base as if mounted as a bonnet ornament inscribed 'TWO EYES CLUB'. Would love to make a connection to the infamous Chelmsford venue...*&%$#@!
October 8, 2011 20:30:32 (GMT Time)

Comments:Hello, I just visited your website. Absolutely beautiful, adorable and good work Clash Fan
October 5, 2011 06:00:00 (GMT Time)

Name:sue bagnall
Comments:Excellent reviews,bloody hell Duncan you can write for England lol!!
September 20, 2011 08:12:11 (GMT Time)

Comments:Can anyone help me hee please, im trying to recall the date Hawkwind played in Chelmsford, all i can remember were Vardis were supporting them any help would be fantastic x
September 19, 2011 08:58:25 (GMT Time)

Name:Mike Wells
Comments:2nd March 1963. I was the drummer with the Martells. I was asked to accompany the Batchelors. Happy days
September 10, 2011 16:32:12 (GMT Time)

Comments:Great! thanks for all information that was so helpful for me from mari:
September 5, 2011 10:54:01 (GMT Time)

Comments: Glad you found us , would it be possible to scan some of those photo's and newspaper cuttings to me. If you could email in on , Thanks Maurice
September 3, 2011 17:22:42 (GMT Time)

Name:Dave Pickett
Comments:My name is Dave Pickett I was the lead guitarist in The Coltraine Union I played with The Who, David Bowie, Geno Washington, The Brian Auger Trinity, The Steam Packet, Spencer Davis etc in the mid 60's at The Corn Exchange. Other members of The Coltraine Union were Martin Dobson, Bob Bennett, Dick Gowers, Graham Deakin and Philip Shergold. I have a few photos of the band and some newspaper cuttings.
September 3, 2011 00:51:57 (GMT Time)

Comments:Great!!! happy to find website about Rock!! I like it from andy:
August 25, 2011 10:40:28 (GMT Time)

Name:Trevor Groves
Comments:UFO Saturday 27 jan,no year on ticket Stalls £2.50
August 23, 2011 20:57:07 (GMT Time)

Name:Rage Against The Machine
Comments:We *tried* to get Rage Against The Machine in Chelmsford area to play a low key 'warm up' gig for their historic 'Rage Factor' free London gig. Alas the logistics wouldn't allow it! Don't forget. The famous Rage vs Simon Cowell campaign was started in South Woodham Ferrers...just down the A130 Ian - You mentioned a band called 'The Gents' who were local. My uncle was in that band and I have memories as a young kid of having boxes of 7" singles of 'Get out Of My Bed'/'Tearing Away' being used as door stops at my grandparents house!
July 22, 2011 22:48:06 (GMT Time)

Name:Stuart Rhodes
Comments:WALLY are alive and performing 25th June 2011 at Harrogate Theatre. and on itunes. Check out their brilliant new double live album.
June 17, 2011 20:09:16 (GMT Time)

Name:David Jones
Comments:I re-call seeing Jimi Hendrix at the "Corn Ole" on Sat 26 Nov 1966 - I remember the day as my sister got married that day and I was the only guy there wearing a carnation! what a gig, also saw The Who, John Mayals Bluesbreakers, Cream, Geno washinton and so many more, all for about 7/6d, a couple of drinks in the Sarecens Head first and then a hoping to get the last bus back to Maldon after the show, ended up walk the 10 miles a few times but worth it. Those were THE DAYS!
June 8, 2011 14:13:46 (GMT Time)

Name:douglas montgomery
Comments:Hi, I was at this gig. We came down from Harlow in Essex on the bus about three hours too early. A Clash roadie called Sebastian Conran (son of the Habitat Shop founder) came out to us to ask if we'd help set up the Brixton Riot back-drop. Obviously, our jaws hit the floor and we must have looked really eager ( we were only 17), but he was clearly used to it. We didn't need our tickets and we watched the Clash warm-up before the crowd were let in. Fantastic day that I'll never forget. Disagree with you about the Slits though, I saw them tons of times after this, and they improved somewhat.
May 10, 2011 13:40:22 (GMT Time)

Comments:I have very fond memories of Chelmsford Corn Exchange, we used to go there every Saturday night. I remember Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Geno Washington, Bo Diddley, and many more I can't remember (it was a long time ago). There was no bar, just soft drinks and crisps so if you wanted a beer you had to go to one of the pubs in Tindal Street. Three I think, the Spotted Dog, the White Hart and The Dolphin. I remember meeting John Mayall in the White Hart. The back of your hand was stamped to show up under ultra violet light so you could go in and out. The place was always packed, standing room only as there were no chairs. When I think about it we were fortunate to have seen all those artists live on stage. Would they come now?
May 7, 2011 23:22:52 (GMT Time)

Name:Nickolas Benson -Recording Artist
Comments:Hi, My name is Nickolas Benson, a Blues.Rock.Country Artist out of Los Angeles. My Lead Single 'Pants Off-Dance Off' was submitted to Your Station on March 11 through Music Submit. I've had a chance to listen to your station & loved what I heard. If you would like to play my song please let me know how I can send an MP3. My album will be in stores May 24. Best, Nickolas Benson singer.songwriter 213.446.4492
April 25, 2011 18:00:23 (GMT Time)

Comments:The Deep Throats Facebook group link
April 5, 2011 18:30:54 (GMT Time)

Comments:I was all three of those Chancellor gigs, my favourite was the Undertones. Are your band going to reform this year for a one off gig. Have you a link for your facebook site?. We could make a web page for the Deep Throats and would love to include those photo's , could you email them to Thanks.
April 4, 2011 18:45:06 (GMT Time)

Name:buster wigley
Comments:Hi i was singer in helmford punk band the deep throats. we played chancellor hall 3 times 78-79 supporting Adverts Undertones and Sore Throat. I have some pics in garage of band on stage which i can send over. EWe have facebook site as well.I also have pics of my time on Caroline |Road show and sure there are some of Chancellor hall. Pleased to have found this site.
April 2, 2011 08:49:58 (GMT Time)

Comments:Lew Lewis - Lucky Seven I've played this to the guys at work with me abroad in Kazakhstan. Young, old, classical, pop, jazz, fans etc ... every one of them has had a grin on their face as they listened. You just can't help tapping yer feet Great great song I saw Lew's Reformer play a few times back in about 78 or 79. The venue was jumping from the first note. His harp playing still sounds as awesome today as it did then. He used to have a beer with us at the bar. Bloody top bloke ! Where are bands like this in 2011
February 4, 2011 17:47:51 (GMT Time)

Comments:Good choice of hanging around for that picture
January 16, 2011 12:29:43 (GMT Time)

Comments:I enjoyed the Wilko night
January 3, 2011 21:04:56 (GMT Time)

Comments:ELO - (Electric Light Orchestra) did play Mid Essex Tech in 1972 or 73 and is now added to the never ending list THANKS
January 2, 2011 20:34:00 (GMT Time)

Comments:love to see Deep Throats again and I am sure quite a few of my mates would love it too
December 29, 2010 12:33:18 (GMT Time)

Name:Phil Merrin -
Comments:For your list, we definitely saw The Electric light orchestra play at the Mid-Essex Tech sports hall in either 1972 or 73. Cheers - Phil
December 29, 2010 11:23:27 (GMT Time)

Comments:Deep Throats possible reform and CD. This is good news, I look forward to the CD and hopefully the gig that will give us old boys yet another chance to relive our youth again.
December 26, 2010 10:28:54 (GMT Time)

Name:buster wigley
Comments:Deep Throats to release an album on bin liner records in new year of original recordings 78-79/ Ten tracks including single Rock N Roll Discharge. Hoping to reform band for a one off gig in Chelmsford.
December 24, 2010 11:54:07 (GMT Time)

Name:Mark Bennett
Comments:My Dad was the lead singer in the Coletrane Union. Do you know if any pictures of the band are about anywhere? And if so where I could lay my hands on them? Mark
December 13, 2010 16:58:29 (GMT Time)

Name:Robert Burns
Comments:I have been working with W. Terry Fox of The Cops n Robbers over a number of years. He has just done a 2 year stint as Poet Laureate of Cheshire, and is a published writer and poet. He is also still on the music scene, being a highly respected folk musician, song writer and vocalist. Check him out and contact him on My interest is in film footage of Cops n Robbers. Does anyone know if there is any out there?
November 13, 2010 10:21:32 (GMT Time)

Comments:The Hamsters are back at The Standard Music Venue in Walthamstow on the 13th November or the 25th Nov at the Riga Music Bar Southend.
November 4, 2010 18:52:19 (GMT Time)

Name:Manny Freiser
Comments:My new CD, BELIEVE was submitted to you by Thanks for considering it for airplay. Recommended tracks: Personal UFO, Believe, Heart To Heart, Rear View Mirror. Here's a press release: PRESS RELEASE: MANNY FREISER CD, BELIEVE LOS ANGELES, CA 10/24/2010 Manny Freiser’s interest in rock & roll dates back to the early 60's when he learned a few chords and received favorable reactions from girls in his high school class. He had noticed the reaction that Artists such as Elvis and Ricky Nelson received, and he wanted to take part in that. “I saw them swoon when Elvis laid on his back and strummed guitar. More importantly, I saw them swoon when Ricky Nelson sang in his dreamy monotone. I say 'more importantly' because Elvis' vocal talent was clearly out of my reach. On the other hand, if Ricky could do it, so could I”, said Freiser. His music spans over three decades and possesses a great deal of variation in writing and recording approaches. His story is one of a
October 26, 2010 18:56:34 (GMT Time)

Name:Geoff Hummerstone
Comments:Yeah the hamsters r a good band...i hav`nt seen them 4 12 yrs 7 missed their royal standard gig recently...shame...lookin` out to catch them soon..good luck....
October 23, 2010 20:31:08 (GMT Time)

Comments:Heroes was actually Friday nights at the YMCA.
October 21, 2010 18:52:16 (GMT Time)

Name:Old Punk
Comments:I saw loads of Chancellor Hall gigs on a Sunday night, including The Clash, Dr Feelgood, Wilko Johnson Bnad, The Adverts, Boomtown Rats, Bethnal, Billy Idol, The Damned, The Slits, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Heavy Metal Kids and loads more. GREAT TIMES.
October 17, 2010 20:19:03 (GMT Time)

Comments:The old Heroes venue was at Bollingbrokes, which was a wine bar in the old Bollingbroke and Wenleys Department store. Probably where the back of H&M's is now.
October 16, 2010 13:59:59 (GMT Time)

Name:Malcolm Potter
Comments:saw John Myall @ old Corn Exchange & who remembers sunday nights at Chanceler Hall etc.
October 15, 2010 18:22:29 (GMT Time)

Comments:Where was the “Heroes” venue in town ?
September 30, 2010 16:21:55 (GMT Time)

Comments:Hope the old diary turns up, I was to young to have seen Blackfoot Sue at the Chancellor Hall. One of the first singles I ever bought was "Standing In The Road", I was about 12 years old then.
September 30, 2010 16:18:10 (GMT Time)

Comments:I bet KC & the Sunshine band were good, must have been about the time Queen of clubs was out. I can remember dancing to that one at the Magnet Club
September 29, 2010 21:45:15 (GMT Time)

Name:Lynn Seager Putterford
Comments:I've just found this site, it looks great! I saw KC and the Sunshine Band at Chancellor Hall either 1974 or 1975, also ELO supported by Blackfoot Sue at The Tec College (the one in the middle of town) around 1972/73, will try to find old diaries!!
September 22, 2010 14:22:40 (GMT Time)

Name:Alex Langstone
Comments:I remember going to see Vane in the early 1980s, plus Siouxsie and the Banshees at Chelmsford Odeon in 1982 and Cocteau Twins at Chancellor Hall in 1983. Does anyone remember "Heroes", saw many bands there.
September 3, 2010 18:07:23 (GMT Time)

Name:Robin Quartermain
Comments:Blimey too young to remember the Corn Exchange! Dave Winthrop went on to play with 79 Mod band Secret Affair and had the pleasure to meet him, super fella! Would love to have a venue like that in Chelmsford now, nice reading about it though.
August 27, 2010 19:10:15 (GMT Time)

Comments:I have mp3 copies of both of Bethnal's albums, if somebody could let me have a link of where to upload them to
August 16, 2010 13:09:31 (GMT Time)

Name:john baker
Comments:Hi Maurice, no i have no flyers etc as my mums house burnt down so lost the lot. The groups used to get ready in the cloakroom where i worked and i think i met all. The one that stick in my mind are alan price and goldie and the ginger-breads, i'm not sure if i saw deep purple but i play guitar now(40 yrs)and i learnt his style .I remember there was a boy called Danny Richard's who used to be a bit of a lad and we became good friends later in life,lol. Anyway good memory's regards john
August 10, 2010 21:18:23 (GMT Time)

Name:Robin The Gnome
Comments:What a great site! Many thanks. The Eyes was behind the pool and the gigs were on Sunday. I took several days to recover from Hawkwind. I think the promoter was Barry who also owned Exctasy (spelling?) in London Road - downstairs near the park. Some weeks it was packed and some others you were lucky to get 20 or so. Good hot strong coffee. Then a walk home as the last busses would have gone. None of us had cars as we started going when we were about 15. Great nights
August 2, 2010 12:33:18 (GMT Time)

Name:Robert Easter (Dr Bob Jones DJ /Producer)
Comments:Hardly ever missed a Sat night at the "Corn'ol",part of my missed spent youth as a mod was spent there. Superb memories and an incredible site you have here. THANK YOU . Best Bob Easter
August 1, 2010 16:43:09 (GMT Time)

Comments:PENETRATION Moving Targets, Future Daze, Life's A Gamble, PLAYING VINYL ONLINE. "Fucking brilliant!Thanks for posting"
July 23, 2010 12:23:23 (GMT Time)

Name:Maurice Hyde
Comments:CORN EXCHANGE . Thanks for the information John I am envious about been to young to have experienced the Saturday Scene gigs. However seeing the Clash, Undertones, Dr Feelgood, Buzzcocks, Damned, and many more during the 70s made our youth just brilliant Please email or add to guest book any more stories you have. Have you any flyers from then?
June 28, 2010 19:23:44 (GMT Time)

Name:john baker
Comments:i used to work at the CORN EXCHANGE when i was 15-16 in the cloakroom. The bands used to all get changed in there and i met all the groups but i didnt know then they would be famous. I used to work with my girlfriend , liz crighton. Iremember talking to most bands and i used to collect drum sticks and even a snare drum from Goldie and the gingerbreads wow lol. The group i remember the most were the yardbirds cos one of them told me to remember them as they were going to be famous, well how right. I worked for Bob Archer and his son Tony who lived in my road and used to run the Saturdaty Scene and they were also wreslers. Long time ago. Wish i was back there now.
June 23, 2010 23:39:58 (GMT Time)

Name:Ted Speakman
Comments:Me again .... just noticed the various comments about the Prince of Orange. I lived there with my parents and my brother from about 1955 to 1971. It was very much an old style pub in those days - one of Gray and Sons establishments. The Roulettes rehearsed there every week and, together with Colin Free, Dave Woods and the late Stuart 'Mac' McAllister (great singer, sadly missed)I had years of wonderful enjoyment and lots of very late nights. Still gigging.
June 23, 2010 17:30:08 (GMT Time)

Name:Ted Speakman
Comments:I have just come across this great site ..... now't like a bit of nostalgia. Unfortunately I am a bit older, but still here. Good to see so many names and memories mentioned to which I can relate.
June 23, 2010 17:18:54 (GMT Time)

Comments:Perhaps the Bethnal thing is worthwhile. It seems as though the most comments on here are about them. Fabulous Poodles next??
June 22, 2010 09:33:40 (GMT Time)

Comments:Bethnal played at the Chancellor Hall twice, both excellent memorable performances. I would love to see the group reform for a once a year reunion gig, but I don't know if all the original band members are still around. Perhaps we could start up a REFORM BETHNAL facebook group. As for the vinyl's, we will probably upload another track in the future.
June 15, 2010 18:04:46 (GMT Time)

Comments:BETHNAL VINYL'S Brilliant! Many thanks for uploading that - I haven't heard this album for ohhh since I had it on vinyl. A long time! Is there any chance of you doing more of the same, just anything from this would be so good to hear again. Thank you
June 15, 2010 05:22:17 (GMT Time)

Name:Maurice - Prince Of Orange
Comments:I loved the Prince, superb beer, music and atmosphere. There is a facebook group with hundreds of photos. A reunion is to be held Saturday 17th July from 2pm. I have added a page with a link to the group.
June 6, 2010 10:00:11 (GMT Time)

Comments:Not entirely 100% music related (possibly), but my main Chelmsford memory will always be based around the Prince Of Orange. An amazing pub, with a great atmosphere, great beer, great music, and a fair few other attractions! Does anyone think it would be a good idea for a page dedicated to this wonderful (and much missed) pub?
June 4, 2010 22:15:44 (GMT Time)

Comments:I think that the Group PAUL was fronted by a chap called Paul Lamb, maybe the same group??
June 2, 2010 06:49:29 (GMT Time)

Comments:FLEECE - Not sure if I was there that night but we do have a review from P.A.U.L. Anyone can submit a gig review to this site just email it to or find us on facebook group Chelmsford Rocks
May 28, 2010 12:16:13 (GMT Time)

Comments:What about L.A.M.B at the Golden Fleece 2010. An unexpectedly great night
May 28, 2010 08:01:00 (GMT Time)

Comments:Kula Shaker Ticket. Could you please find the ticket next time your in the loft and send a scan. It would be a great item to add to the site, how good was the gig? I never knew they played the Army & Navy.
May 27, 2010 15:50:06 (GMT Time)

Comments:Hi, I saw Kula Shaker at the Army & Navy pub. Must have been before they played at the V Festival. My ticket is probably in the loft.
May 27, 2010 09:17:30 (GMT Time)

Comments:Bethnal "Bartok" saw this band around 1980 or so, absolutley fantastic, great memories from those days, ..does anyone know if they are still going?
May 26, 2010 18:48:51 (GMT Time)

Comments:Thanks for pointing out the error,your quite right The Gents never played City Rock 77, The guy who made that comment seems to have got it all wrong. Perhaps we could feature the Gents single on Vinyl of the Month.
May 9, 2010 16:02:28 (GMT Time)

Comments:This festival was the culmination of the gigs that Bob Mardon had been running at the City Tavern on a regular basis. They made a good alternative to the Chancellor Hall especially if they weren't staging any punk bands. On paper City Rock made sense, after all there was certainly a market for it, but the line-up was poor and the promotion was appalling. An advert in the NME advertised it as being in Cheltenham can't have helped! So what happened..well I wore a stupid hat (the one in the picture above!), an ill advised Waffen SS Death's Head Cap Badge, foolishly shaved my eybrows off and ended up on TV. I hated the Fruit Eating Bears, tapped a toe at local heroes Solid Waste and Chelsea, really liked Aswad for the few minutes they were on stage before being canned off. Slaughter and Dogs, the first entertaining act of the day, hit the stage with lead singer Wayne Barrett in a headmaster's gown covered in chalk dust which clouded round him like dry ice. Soon the rumours sta
May 9, 2010 13:35:49 (GMT Time)

Comments:Love the site but I just wanted to clarify a couple of points raised in this comments section. The Gents who featured local superstar Jim Butcher, released Get Out of My Be as their first single with Tearing Away as the B-side. They did not play at the Chelmsford punk festival. The only local band who played there if you discount Eddie and The Hot Rods was Solid Waste. Jim Butcher is very much alive and well and still playing in bands in London
May 9, 2010 13:11:28 (GMT Time)

Name:Giacomino Parkinson
Comments:Good To See There Is A Good Bit Of Lee Brilleaux in the Oil City Confidential Film about Dr Feelgood.
May 2, 2010 12:32:22 (GMT Time)

Name:Nigel John Cottam (Pro DJ name Paul Marshall)
Comments:Brentwood born, lived in Galleywood; Wow, what a trip down memory lane this site is!! I was there for nearly all of the concerts, missed the Who, but Jimi Hendrix, Steam Packet, Zoot Money, etc.. I was there, but for pure fun and a great night out, Geno Washington was the greatest. Left Chelmsford and the UK in 1970, never lived there since; but thank God I lived there when it was the best time and place to be; the Mod scene, the R&B coffee bar, Lyons tea house and my Lambretta. So many great memories.
May 1, 2010 14:58:15 (GMT Time)

Comments:Late 80's - the Chancellor Hall Chelmsford hosted: Cocteau Twins, Fuzzbox, Wolfgang Press, Gunsupper, Stars on Sunday, Ring of Roses, Scrapheap, Prodigal Sons (who were a massively popular local band at one point), Ghostdance, Nitzer Ebb and Claytown Troupe. 90's The YMCA Chelmsford hosted Radiohead, Ride, Catherine Wheel, Puressence, Chapterhouse, Kinky Machine, Spitfire, Adorable and hugely popular local bands Apple Creation and Garp.
April 29, 2010 10:11:25 (GMT Time)

Name:steve wiseman
Comments:Maurice wow Ive always been very interested about hendrix at the corn exchange and to have some film footage fantastic! I cant believe it , I went to see Hawkwind at the odeon in 1980 extreamly loud ! Zig zig spunik in the army and navy !!
April 24, 2010 19:55:34 (GMT Time)

Name:Sue Knight
Comments:Re:-Two Eyes Club. I remember it as 'Juniors Eyes' and saw Mott the Hoople there amonst others. Does anyone remember seeing Family at the Mid-Essex Tech College?
April 22, 2010 19:56:35 (GMT Time)

Comments:HAWKWIND EYES CLUB My sister Luchilla Hyde was also at this gig with her friend Caroline Bell, they were about 15 at the time.
April 21, 2010 17:38:09 (GMT Time)

Comments:The first band I saw at the Eyes was Hawkwind - must of been 1970/71
April 20, 2010 19:32:58 (GMT Time)

Comments:Thanks for sharing your memories Matt and if you could scan the gatefold sleeve of the Dumpys live LP, we could add to the site. E Mail
April 20, 2010 07:20:23 (GMT Time)

Comments:Just found this site and it brought back a few memories. My first ever gig was Girlschool at the Chelmsford odeon in 1981, supported by AIIZ. An amazing night. I just saw Girlschool again on the recent Motorhead tour, and they were just as good. I also had some fantastic times at the radio Caroline roadshows at the Chancellor Hall (highlights were getting our photos at the Chancellor Hall included in the gatefold sleeve of Dumpys live album). Shame all the venues are gone now...the Yo-Yo's were amazing at the Army and Navy aswell. Cheers, Matt
April 16, 2010 20:39:29 (GMT Time)

Name:Simon Campbell
Comments:Just stumbled across your website. Brilliant - a real trip down memory lane. Was at the "Tech" in the early 70s and remember looking for live music in the town and also in Southend. However, here's a thing. I noted the "Basey Brothers" was listed in your Southend memories. That was my band (keyboards) now more or less defunct. But, wait a minute, I played with a band called 57 Men around 1979 and we did the Zero 6 in Rochford. It consisted of me, Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17) Leigh Gorman (Bow Wow Wow) and Jack Jues, Nick Feldman, and Darren Costin of Wang Chung. Fast foward 30 years and a very special night is happening at Riga Music Bar in Westcliff on May 15th. Can't say too much but the long awaited inaugural gig of DAVE (watch for things to come) will be there doing a warm up. What goes around.....................
April 14, 2010 21:03:58 (GMT Time)

Comments:MARCH VINYL'S AND RARITIES The Stranglers - Go Buddy Go: Hi Chelmsfordrocksvi, I think they essentially were a PUNK band, maybe not totally from a music point of view but as an attitude they had a hand in creating the scene and forging it.
April 14, 2010 13:18:42 (GMT Time)

Comments:Bethnal Bartok.Playing Vinyl On Line:VINYL'S AND RARITIES October. Thanks chelmsfordrocksvinyl for Bethnal ! Could you upload my favourite track: Out in The Streets!?
April 13, 2010 17:15:50 (GMT Time)

Comments:Bethnal Bartok.Playing Vinyl On Line:VINYL'S AND RARITIES October. Wow! this brings back memories. Great, great band, used to see them a lot around the late 70's - Sunday nights at the Bandwagon Kingsbury.. and it was their cover versions of stuff from the Who, Zep, Purple etc that got me into those bands at the time, I seem to remember an incredible rocking version of Quo's Slow Train although they did do a rather dubious rocked up Bay City Rollers song too..Bayyyybee Please don't Hang On Me:) great stuff!
April 12, 2010 11:12:15 (GMT Time)

Comments:VINYL'S AND RARITIES October Bethnal Bartok.Playing Vinyl On Line: Great band - saw way back - any chance of uploading Baba O'Riley , a great cover, almost better than the real thing !!
April 11, 2010 13:08:53 (GMT Time)

Comments:April Vinyl & Rarities The Sensational Alex Harvey Band The Tale Of The Giant Stone Eater: That's just great! Thanks from Switzerland for your work. It comes from a admirer of SHAB and the music they created. Rare hear such classic and innovative (rock) music, enriched with all the instruments one can dream off, these days. The more it pleases me to see how others also enjoy and esteem the art of The sensational Alex Harvey Band. All the best
April 9, 2010 14:05:00 (GMT Time)

Comments:April Vinyl & Rarities The Sensational Alex Harvey Band The Tale Of The Giant Stone Eater: U r so rite. love it too.And the best: as a geman fan the lyrics are even more sensational to me. more room for is like an opera.march on!
April 07, 2010 19:01:31 (GMT Time)

Name:ray nicholls
March 28, 2010 20:16:46 (GMT Time)

Name:Kelvin Bullen
Comments: JIMI HENDIX CHELMSFORD CORN EXCHANGE Just fantastic what a buzz I was there 17 years old with my brother Hugh Bullen .as guitarist of the Soul Trinity the Reading based band,that was 43 years ago .What has stayed with me was backstage with Gentleman Jimi Hendrix coming to me and telling me he enjoyed my playing.what kindness humility encouragment and love.That evening Jimi won a special place in my heart forever.
March 23, 2010 23:17:51 (GMT Time)

Comments:TWO EYES CLUB Thanks for the info Colin – will update – I was beginning to wonder if the Eyes club ever existed. As sad as it all is I still look forward to the band list if you find it. Any photo's of Stormy Monday?
March 23, 2010 21:41:57 (GMT Time)

Name:Colin T
Comments:Ref some comments The Two Eyes Club locally known as just "Eyes" was in a scout hut behind the swimming pool in what is now the car park. It was nearly opposite the Countryman Pub (which also used to put on bands)and also now gone.
March 23, 2010 15:41:19 (GMT Time)

Name:Colin Tebb
Comments:great Web site Ive just been told about it so still going through it. I went to an awful lot of the gigs you have up on thesite , nearly all the Civic Hall gigs, Argent, Van Da Graff Generator etc I can add some other such as genesis at the Two Eyes Club a week before their first TV apperance on Whistle Test They smashed up their gear in fact. Othe bands at Eyes that I can remember: Mott the Hoople (Very loud) Trader Horn, May Blitz, Sam Apple Pie, Hawkwind, and lots more At the Chancellor I remember, Collosseum, 10CC, Stormy Monday ( should remember that one I was in the band) Frupp, Gong, Fucus, Status Quo (paper plane had just come out), Gary Moor's first solo band at the METC supporting Electric Light Orchestra Other Bands at the METC: Egg/Soft Machine/Hight Tide (halted due to a fight with Skin Heads outside) Arc who later turned into Ian Dury's Blockheads I have a list of the bands I saw at that time (yes its sad) I will have to see if I still have it. Regards Colin
March 23, 2010 13:28:26 (GMT Time)

Comments:The STRANGLERS - Go Buddy Go: was at the Apollo too... I trust the superb rendition of Go Buddy Go did not disappoint you! :-) Great gig.
March 21, 2010 15:59:03 (GMT Time)

Comments:Good scoop
March 19, 2010 08:53:20 (GMT Time)

Name:Grace Egleton
Comments:Your journalism's crap :) lol Love you gay boy x
March 18, 2010 17:42:25 (GMT Time)

Name:V V
Comments:BETHNAL - How brilliant - was a huge Bethnal fan - Marquee days in my dads old mac. Great to hear this again - will dig the album out
March 17, 2010 16:14:26 (GMT Time)

Comments:I really like this site. Especially the page about the Outdoor Punk Festival at Chelmsford City Football Stadium in 1977. I knew this guy from my school called Jim Butcher who was in a band called The Gents who played at that Festival. The photograph on the site of the unknown band may have even been them? It would be really great to re-run that festival with the acts that were supposed to appear and those that did. As a day of the V Festival or as a day of The Chelmsford Spectacular if that is ever revived. A "where are they now page" based on all the people involved in that event would be interesting to take a look at. Jim Butcher I know became James Vane and recorded on The Island label. He then moved to London in order to make it on the UK music scene. As far as I know and knowing what a determined and resilient person Jim is he is probably still there. Probably a record producer now or owns an indie label. Unfortuneately I did not make it to The Punk Festival. I went to
March 15, 2010 19:38:03 (GMT Time)

Comments:Who are the undertoons
March 11, 2010 08:40:09 (GMT Time)

Comments:BETHNAL - Vinyl's and Rarities - Saw this band lots of times in 1977, lets hope they make a come-back.
March 9, 2010 19:09:04 (GMT Time)

Name:Kenneth Lundman
Comments:Hi! We are a band named SLUES doing Dr Feelgood and Hurriganes covers since 1981, any chance for a gig at Your end?
March 9, 2010 19:03:55 (GMT Time)

Name:Patrick Vinet
Comments:I like a lot your web site about chelmsford scene I search info about Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages A friend of us, guitarist Ivor Tomlin told us that his band The Big T Show had backed Screaming Lord Sutch and Wee Willie Harris at Chelmsford Corn Exchange in summer 65. Do you know about it? In your web site, I have read that Screaming Lord Sutch played there with the Amboy Duke Big Band, in May 1966. Wasn’t Sutch backed by his Savages that night? Have you got the ad, a poster or flyer of this gig? Do you know who were the Amboy Duke Big Band? Were they connected with the Amboy Dukes?
March 9, 2010 17:25:27 (GMT Time)

Comments:Love It
March 8, 2010 23:10:51 (GMT Time)