1983 - UEA at 20 1983 - UEA at 20


Following on from the recent #meat20 doo dah we thought we'd dig out our own and others memorabilia from gigs on the campus in 1983.

Turns out 1983 was particularly great vintage!



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1983 - the full list:

28 Jan Echo and  the Bunnymen , £3

01 Feb The Disrupters                                   

14 Feb Animal Nightlife, 60p

17 Feb Lenny Henry Disco, £2.75

19 Feb  Roy Harper                                        

26 Feb  Misty in Roots (reggae), £2.75

27 Feb  Thompson Twins   + Unity Series, £2.75

02 Mar  Kevin Turvey and the Young Ones comedy ft. Rik Mayall,Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer 

04 Mar   Hypnotist Peter Casson                                

12 Mar   Eurythmics    + The Choir, £2.50

15 Mar   Marillion        + Peter Hamill, £2.75

17 Mar   Tears for Fears  + Verba Verba, £3

21 Mar    The Undertones  + Cook da Books, £3

28 Apr     Spear of Destiny   + Kowalski, £2.75

29 Apr    Little Steven (Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist), £3

04 May   Kajagoogoo, £3.50

09 May   Steve Hackett, £3

13 May   Clint Eastwood and General Saint, £2.75

19 May   Weapon of Peace, £2.50

20 May   The Questions, Tracie, The Craze, £2.50

22 May   Kissing the Pink, £1

26 May  Joboxers, £2.75

29 May  Clock DVA, £1

02 Jun   Motorhead  + Anvil, £4.50

03 Jun   China Crisis         + Howard Jones, £2.75

07 Jun   Elvis Costello      + The Time + Screen 3 + Unity Series, £4.50

06 Oct   Level 42, £3

07 Oct   ents disco, 75p

08 Oct   Judie Tzuke        + Any Trouble, £3

12 Oct   60’s Disco, 75p

15 Oct   Cambridge Footlights comedy tour ft. Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis& Nick Hancock, £2.50

17 Oct   The Alarm, £2

18 Oct   Paul Young    + Passion Puppets, £3.50

21 Oct   Peter Zenner Hypnotist, £1.50

22 Oct  Joboxers     + Bang Go Boom, £3

27 Oct  Paul Haig, £1

28 Oct  The Truth, £1

04 Nov The Greatest Show on Legs (TOTP dancers), £1.50

05 Nov Lindisfarne   + Alan Hull, £3

16 Nov Aztec Camera                                   

19 Nov Richard Thompson                                         

20 Nov Public Image Limited, £3.50

23 Nov John Cooper Clarke   Poet                                           

25 Nov S.P.K. (The Barn), £1.50

02 Dec Tears for Fears  + The Escape, £4

03 Dec Slade, £4

06 Dec Steve Nieve, Free

08 Dec Imagination, £4.75

09 Dec Gary Glitter, £3.50

10 Dec The Farmers Boys, £1

11 Dec Boomtown Rats, £3

Psychedelic Arena Psychedelic Arena

Recent treasure: the poster from a mightily electric gig on campus back in 1972 - kindly sent in by Fred Robinson

Below, see some of the other groovy posters we could find from some of our earliest gigs at UEA


The three particularly beautiful posters above were sent through by UEA alumnus Phillip Simons. They're by artist Al Schmidt.

"Al Schmidt was a student at UEA - probably from 1967-1970 and I think he did fine arts. He did a lot of silk screen posters for gigs and also played blues harmonica. You probably know that posters were the main way of advertising events at UEA in the old days. Trouble was that they were so good that they were constantly being stolen from the noticeboards. To prevent this, the posters were stapled down and then slashed to make them useless to art thieves. So you may not find many pristine examples around." 

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Norwich Bands - Family Tree 1979-1983 Norwich Bands - Family Tree 1979-1983


Local Norwich Bands - Family Tree 1979-1983

Kindly provided by Nick Nation

See some of the wonderful photos sent through by photographer and alumnus Mark Hodgson from the local scene in Norwich at that time in the Photo Booth


The Gig that never happened The Gig that never happened

The gig below was cancelled:

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Anarchy in the UK tour poster Sex Pistols contract with UEA













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Concrete Post Concrete Post

A Brief History of Concrete

There have been a number of student publications produced since 1963...

Concrete celebrates 25 years in its current incarnation in April 2017. The paper was in fact created in 1973 but was replaced by Phoenix in the 1980s – with copies currently carefully preserved in the UEA archive. But there have been other titles over the years. See the timeline below which attempts to put things in order and take a look at the online archive here


1973 Concrete created

1980s Phoenix 

1992/93 Happenings 

1992 - present Concrete relaunched 

1993 - 2010 The Event – entertainments magazine

2010 - present Venue – cultural pull-out magazine 

Other titles include:

Skop, Decanter, Chips, Can Opener, Mustard Magazine and Kett

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1980s Norwich Music 1980s Norwich Music

Norwich had a bit of a music *moment* in the '80s...


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Enjoy the ticket stub collection kindly supplied by UEA alumnus Bill Grisdale

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