Selection of photos kindly provided by Mel Bray - photographer and contributor to UEA's student magazine Mandate from 1965-1969 - all images subject to copyright
Above and below: Ravi Shankar - at the Uni village in March 1967
"I went to his dressing room afterwards and took the portrait plus a shot of his signature. The two were superimposed by a genius in the Fine Arts darkroom. The Shankar concert was a rare sit-down occasion. Everything else, no matter how big the bands, was a simply a dance gig"
Above and below: Alex Harvey Band c1969
Sounds Incorporated 1966
Above and below: The Rhum Hound Complex - UEA's
first ever own band. The band's gear was largely funded by the SU and it was support for many of the big names of the time that gigged at UEA (The Kinks, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Gino Washington and the Ram Jam Band, The Yardbirds and Graham Bond)
Read more about Mel Bray's time at UEA in Extracted Memories
Selection of photos kindly provided by Trevor Benbrook - a Student Union photographer allowed exclusive access to UEA gigs from 1979-1982 - all images subject to copyright.
Duran Duran 1980 Hazel O Connor 1980 The Undertones 1980
Split Enz 1980 Boomtown Rats 1981
Echo & The Bunnymen 1981 Talk Talk 1981 Killing Joke 1981
Bauhaus 1981 Teardrop Explodes 1981 Mari Wilson 1982
Some of the fantastic photos taken from UEA gigs by Andi Sapey from the past few years; clockwise LtoR Jim Jones Revue, Alt-J, Anna Calvi, Azealia Banks, Bat for Lashes, Coldplay*, Django Django, Eagles of Death Metal, Ed Sheeran, Ella Eyre Feeder and The Guillemots *Coldplay - Live on Radio 1, with Zane Lowe, Greg James and Fern Cotton, the queue for tickets started 3 days before they went on sale. They played to 70,000 people in Madrid the night before Norwich. There was an acoustic lunchtime set in the Blue Bar to 100 winners
We offered some Gig List books to alumni who dared to send in some photos from their student days. The results are below - thanks to all those who wrote in!
Top left: "Waveney Terrace Block G Floor 2 day trip to Cromer (Jim, PETER, Jo, Sally, Laura). Very hot day in Norwich, dense cold fog on arrival in Cromer. Laura honoured her promise to swim in the sea on arrival - it was freezing.
Top right: Waveney Terrace Block G Floor 2 kitchen (PETER and Claire), pre-mobile phone conversation technology with Floor 3 (either Tim or Eddie - jury is undecided)."
Above: "...more interesting than a picture of me is a picture of my uea gig tickets which still sit framed above my home office desk."
Peter Buxton 1988 (SOC)
Left: Alan Brown (left) 1974 (CHE) Right: Alison Boyne 1980 (SOC)
UEA has witnessed a number of music-related-outdoor-events over the years both on campus and in the nearby grounds of Earlham Park...
1973 - Sports Day was an annual outdoor student music event which, as the years passed by, morphed into what UEA now calls its "Ziggurat Challenge". Any information about Sports Day would be welcomed. In the meantime please enjoy the photos below from our Alumni archive (groovy).
1985 - Anglia for Africa took place in Earlham park and was billed as a "Live Aid" for Norwich. Some familiar UEA Gig History performers appear in the photos below, from Big and Beautiful to The Farmers Boys, Dean Friedman to Hawkwind - eyes right for borrowed footage! The Supremes paid a visit too, by helicopter and Rolls Royce. It's great to see some crowd photos too - all sent in by followers from the @UEAgighistory Twitter feed.
2015 - BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
UEA was lucky enough to have a free music festival hosted by BBC Radio 1 on nearby Earlham Park. UEA events staff helped out in the performers' dressing rooms in Earlham Hall (home to UEA's School of Law) and enjoyed the happy vibe. Performers included Slaves, Taylor Swift, Muse, Snoop Dog, Foo Fighters and Florence & The Machine, Charlie XCX. Spot yourself in the crowd?
Recognise the back view here? Were you at any of the events above? Get in touch!
Selection of photos by UEA alumnus Tim Richards - all images subject to copyright
Ian Dury 1978
Pere Ubu 1979
Fairport Convention 1978
Gang of Four 1979
The Cure 1978
The Specials 1979
Wilko Johnson 1979
Anglia for Africa - Hawkwind 1985
Anglia for Africa - Dean Friedman 1985
Anglia for Africa - Various (incl. The Farmers Boys!) 1985