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Flyer advertising gigs for 'The Funhouse' night at The Mayflower. There are a lot of local bands that were around at the time playing, so I am wondering if 'The Funhouse' was a local band night?
Artefact added : 5th June 2007
by hazywavydavy
Big Block 454 Says –
The Night Visitors played at the Mayflower in October 1980, to a packed audience of approximately zero people.

It was an old cinema, I think. I drove along Birch Road today - no sign of the building.
mat Says –
do you (or anyone else) have a photo of it?
Big Block 454 Says –
I haven't a photo. I remember it being a big hall, with lots of sound system bass bins standing around - the place was run by rastas, I think.
Tony/Longfella Says –
I never made it to the Mayflower but, living in Denton, used to pass it regularly along Hyde Rd. Yeah - it was an old, single story, pitched roof, brick-built cinema/music hall scuzzy type place. I was a bit young for its Crasstafarian/Oi type post-punk gigs. I think there's a car wash on the site now - on your left coming out of town.

A quick google of its former "Stoneground" incarnation (mentioned on one of the flyers here) leads to a mine of info at cres1.lancs.ac.uk...
Arnie Says –
Does anyone know whatever happened to Ian Chambers of The Hoax ?.We had a band when we were in the same class at school around 1974 and knocked about together when we left,the last time I saw him he had just joined The Hoax.
hawkethos Says –
the Mayflower was previously Stoneground in around 1972/1973 and hosted bands like Gong and commander cody , etc etc - it was and old cinema in Birch St Gorton
COMMENT ADDED 17th June 2007
Tony/Longfella Says –
Result! A quick google of "cinema birch street" came up with this - photo and memories. The Mayflower/Stoneground was built as The Corona Cinema and was then The Southern Sporting Club variety venue. Also photo showing its former location all at

www.manchesteronl...
80/80554_then_and_now_the_corona_west_gorton.html
COMMENT ADDED 30th June 2007
Flannel Says –
There's a new CD out collecting together all the singles and E.P's on Bin Liner Records.
COMMENT ADDED 25th January 2008
johnrowland Says –
Ian Chambers lives in Salford and buys and sells clothes on ebay.
COMMENT ADDED 9th September 2008
spud Says –
the band i was in,played at the mayflower around 78-79,we supported the hoax(or did they support us)who cared,we did,nt have a regular name,we picked "expert advice" on the night.it was the vibe at the time.the booze came first with us lot.not the fame.ha,ha,its a wonder i remember it.the guitarist was eric waters who played bass with private sector.thats what i remember of the mayflower.and tony is spot on with his quick google result.cheers.
COMMENT ADDED 14th May 2010
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