Tale of the Third City

The true, yet untold story of the Ulster Punk scene, revealing the secrets of an era never spoken off, until now! It brings you facts few have ever heard. Finally .....

The 12th January 1978 – the Pound

the first time the Clash played the Ulster Hall was the second time they played Belfast which was actually the third time, in such a short period the band had visited the city.

What a Fucked up world

If the kids of today were to take a long hard look back at the 1970's, they could be easily forgiven for thinking that the world had gone just a little bit mad.

Make you want to spit

Me in the day.

The Tartan Armies

The four years that followed will unquestionably go down in history as being the worst years of the conflict in Northern Ireland. It was; without any shadow of doubt an era . .

Bands Won,t Play No More

This town; A……….ah, is coming like a ghost town; All the clubs have been closed down…..

The Viking

DJ Bill Moore at work at the Viking.

The Peel Show

There I was just turned fifteen years old; full of excitement and looking forward to my adolescence years to begin, when all of a sudden. I found myself faced with ...

Music of Northern Ireland

Northen Ireland Music

People being cautious !

Bombs, Boredom and no Bands!

That sudden absence upon the city streets night after night, combined with all those big name bands staying away, was the cause of all those clubs having to close.

The Belfast born journalist, Carol Clark, summed it up really well in an article she once wrote for the Melody Maker away back in 73 “Bombs, Boredom and no Bands”. Extracts from a teenage diary spelling out her weekly routine. It was Showbands, Cinemas or Disco’s that was the choice you had. You either danced to the record, or to some impostor pretending to be the person you really wanted to see.

Sam’s Soul Club!

Around that same time, Sam’s Soul Club, or the Viking as it is better known, sprang to life. Here you had Bill Moore; the resident DJ, playing imported Disco sounds from New York and Detroit’s underground, mixed with all the usual classics. Bowie, Ferry, Lou Reed later progressing to the likes of; Television and the Ramones. Exactly the way it happened in London and New York, it all started from the “Gay Disco” scene of the early 70s, and believe you me, Bangor was no different!

Did you get the chance to read 'the Bands don't play here no more' if you did, then you will have a rough idea as to what life was like in Belfast during the 1970s....

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Then; as we entered the 1970s it was all so obvious by then. The city’s night life had already started to deteriorate, part from fear, part from caution....

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Present Day
What followed next; was the era the Good Vibrations movie, and Hooligan the Book both spoke off, but thankfully that’s not how it all happened....

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