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The Portland Bars 1980, ahh those were the days. Anyone who played there during this period will remember unloading gear in a loading bay just off Portland street, which stank of cabbages and rotting fruit. Then you had to travel down in the service lift of the Piccadilly Hotel, with all the gear, to the Bars below, top stuff.

Anyone remember Portland Bill?
Artefact added : 5th June 2007
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Oh Baby Says –
Were you old enough to be drinking pints at 14?
I'm sure we'd make great role models to the kids of
today. Beer, fags, girls and spliffs the staple diet of any aspiring star...
qwerty Says –
mmmm, I remember certain other 'chaps' who used to work there who always seemed to need to speak to us in the 'Dressing Room' just as we used to be in the middle of getting changed......maybe we should have concentrated on the 'Franky goes to Hollywood' market :-)
Abigail Says –
Great pictures, images. What did the band sound like? If you fancy writing a biog, you can email it to, and we'll upload it.
COMMENT ADDED 23rd July 2007
Bolski Says –
Does anyone remember Prezense playing at the Portland Bars.........AMAAAAZING
COMMENT ADDED 23rd August 2007
Arnie Says –
Is that the heavy rock band Prezense that played around the Tameside area in the late 70's or am I thinking of a different one ?.
COMMENT ADDED 24th August 2007
kippers Says –
I remember Portland Bill Mercer, full of tattoos and a dodgy blond quiff looking a like a cross between the A Flock of Seagulls lead singer and Jerry Lee Lewis. Fancied himself as a bit of a stand-up comic and used to do a 'slot' before the main event.I think he was an ex-Ted.His jokes were as bad as his clothes but I wouldn't say this to his face as he looked as though he could handle himself
COMMENT ADDED 6th June 2012
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