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Joy Division, The Curbs
Bolton Institute Of Technology (University of Bolton)
10th February 1979

Joy Division + The Curbs poster, ticket & fanzine gig review
10.02.1979 : Bolton Institute of Technology (B.I.T.)

Photo of support band The Curbs & Crew
Poster credit - Steve Fielding
The poster was hand painted
Ticket credit - Julie Heyes
(Joy Division Central)

An audience of about 50

Band members:
Pete Taylor, Mike Cross, Stuart Cross
Sound Engineer:
Alan 'Stoney' Stonehewer
Crew members:
Dorne and Phil

The invitation to support Joy Division came about because..

The Curbs were a Rock Against Racism (RAR) Manchester punk band, based at the same TJM Rehearsal Studios as Joy Division on Little Peter Street in Knott Mill.

20th May 2010
Review by Bullet
Joy Division Central Forum
I saw Joy Division on 10th February 1979 at the Bolton Institute of Technology, Unknown Pleasures had not yet been released but my mate had The Factory Sample EP and I had Live At The Electric Circus, which included At A Later Date.

A sparse gathering of Bolton punks and college students were there to witness the support band THE CURBS who ran through a set made up entirely of Clash covers, which seemed to get the Day-Glo coiffured punters bouncing along enthusiastically.

Following this Joy Division took to the stage and were met with a rather bemused response from the punk element of the audience. I remember the stage having a low beam just above it, which Ian regularly used to place his free hand against as he sung. I can't recall any of the set details and there was a rumour that some of the punks were unhappy at the band not being Punk enough? leading to a fracas outside the venue. (Any Help Here)

If anyone has a recording of this event or more info I would be glad to hear from you.

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