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
One of the many joys of UEA Gig History has been the discovery of photographers who took shots of live music in the earlier days. Tim Richards, Trevor Benbrook and Mark Hodgson have contributed significantly to our archive and we want to thank them for this. The photo above is another from the Ian Dury gig at UEA in 1978 and we are privileged to show it here.
"My negatives of Ian Dury were really over developed because my thermometer was faulty, so a lot of them aren't printable. However, flicking through them gives you a real sense of the bonkers mad anarchy of the gig with all the props and clothes - top hat, big umbrella, badges, ragged cloths, feather duster on a stick, small Chinese umbrella, water spray in mister mode, budgerigar on a ladder (?!) drummer wearing a cartoon dog mask, stuffing silk scarfs into his mouth and pulling them out, water spray in jet mode, etc. etc. - plus the music! Punk Music Hall! Extraordinary."
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