Dandy in the Underworld
Marc Bolan & T Rex
19th March 1977, Pavilion, West Runton
The West Runton Pavilion was originally a dance hall which later became a music venue and was situated on the North Norfolk coast, approximately two and a half miles west of the seaside resort of Cromer. Although only a village, the Pavilion played host to many top bands of the 1960's and 70's.
During the late 1970's it gained a reputation for being one of the leading punk venues outside of London with both the Sex Pistols and The Clash playing there. Sadly the venue was demolished in 1986 and a block of flats subsequently built in its place. A blue plaque from the local newspaper The Eastern Daily Express now resides on the wall of the 'Village Inn' - the pub that was once attached to the Pavilion.
The tour itinerary page for this concert suggests that 800 tickets were sold in advance (at £1.50 each) and that a further £1,000 was taken on the door (approximately 660 tickets), giving a total attendance of around 1,460 people. The tour party returned to London after the evening's gig.
A good quality bootleg recording of this concert has been in circulation as a cassette tape for a number of years.
There is an excellent book available about the West Runton Pavilion called 'What Flo Said' written by Julie Fielder and a tie-in website with more information about the book and the venue (westruntonpavilion).
Jeepster, Visions Of Domino, New York City,
The Soul Of My Suit, Groove A Little, Telegram Sam,
Hang-Ups, Debora, I Love To Boogie,
Teen Riot Structure, Dandy In The Underworld,
Hot Love, Get It On
Venue: The West Runton Pavilion,
West Runton, Nr. Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9QP
Sound check: 4.30pm
The Damned on stage: 9.00pm
T Rex on stage: 10.30pm
Marc wore: Lilac jacket, Dandy t-shirt
and purple trousers
Click on the link on the left to view the Tour Itinerary for this gig.