The Clash Rock the Rainbow (1977)

The Clash, Rainbow Theatre Ticket Stub by Scareball licenced under CC BY-SA
The Clash, Rainbow Theatre Ticket Stub by Scareball licenced under CC BY-SA

Monday 9th May 1977, the Clash headline the Rainbow Theatre at Finsbury Park as part of their ‘White Riot’ Tour.

They were supported by Prefects, Subway Sect, Buzzcocks and The Jam and the event at the time, was one of biggest punk gigs ever held in London.

Despite fans ripping out seats and causing an estimated £1000 worth of damage, the Rainbow Theatre’s Director Alan Schaverien was not put off..

“It was not malicious damage but natural exuberance…we expected some damage and arrangements were made to cover the cost of it… we shall have more punk concerts soon.”  Alan Schaverien  Source: Islington Heritage Services

The Clash returned to the Rainbow Theatre for a string of shows in December 1977 and Rock Against Racism concert with reggae band Aswad in 1979.

In 2005, a Time Out poll voted the May 1977 Rainbow Theatre gig as the best London gig ever. You can view the full list here 

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