On July 20th, 1976, Buzzcocks made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols and Slaughter & The Dogs at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester. In the audience was, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith, (The Fall) and Mick Hucknall.
The first Sex Pistols gig in Manchester was on June 4th and just six weeks later, the Pistols returned, stronger, faster, harder, darker, officially notorious. The Lesser Free Trade Hall was now full of more knowing fans – already with shorter hair and narrower trousers and an edge more sectarian self-confidence – paying a pound. Tony Wilson was also there.
That concert was voted by Channel 4 television as one of the three most influential concerts of all time and it features in the films 24 Hour Party People and Control.
Tickets that night on July 20, 1976 only cost £1.