On September 20th-21, 1976, eight punk bands played a festival at 100 Club on Oxford Street in London, England. This was at a time when punk was not only an underground music movement, but a movement that was relatively small.
Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Vibrators are listed among the acts at what 100 Club still claims as the first punk festival ever. You’ll notice most of the bands didn’t release their first albums until a year or two after the festival.
Here is a link to the full Youtube playlist, or check out some of the earliest releases from the bands on the festival below. Check out the full line up and a vintage playlist from the festival below.
- Subway Sect
- Siouxsie and the Banshees
- The Clash
- Sex Pistols
Night Two Line Up:
- Stinky Toys
- Chris Spedding & the Vibrators
- The Damned
No recordings of Subway Sect’s early period exist other than “Nobody’s Scared” from 1978:
Siouxsie and the Banshee’s first release was ‘The Scream’ in 1978; here is one of Morrissey’s favorite tracks on that album:
I mean, you’ve heard of The Clash, right? Their first studio and self-titled album was released in 1977, here is one of their first official releases:
‘Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols’ was released in 1977 but the Sex Pistols had a couple of singles released in 1976, including “Anarchy in the UK”:
Stinky Toys was a band from Paris with two official releases, a 7″ and LP in 1977:
The Vibrators backed Chris Spedding at this festival, ‘Pure Mania’ was their debut album in 1977; ever wonder where The Stiff Little Fingers got their name?
The Damned released two studio albums in 1977, including their debut ‘Damned Damned Damned’:
The final band was The Buzzcocks who released their first two studio albums in 1978; ‘Another Music in a Different Kitchen’ was their first.
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