Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 11 December, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be looking at slightly more recent history, as I’ll be talking about the Electric Circus in Collyhurst.

Last week saw the sad news of the death of Pete Shelley, founder member (with Howard Devoto) of Buzzcocks. Given that Buzzcocks (allegedly) signed their first contract on the bar of the Electric Circus, I thought it seemed fitting to give a bit of attention to the dilapidated bingo hall in Collyhurst that, for a short time, was the heart of Manchester’s punk scene. Tucked away on the corner of Collyhurst Street and Teignmouth Avenue, Electric Circus towards the end of 1976. During its short life, it hosted gigs by bands such as Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Fall, The Clash, The Jam and Warsaw (who went on to become Joy Division). It also hosted The Sex Pistols at a time when they were pretty much banned from playing in the UK.

I’ll be talking a bit about the history of the club, but also about the surrounding area. How did a club like this come to be located on Collyhurst Street? And how did it fit in (or not) with the rest of the area? Find out more on Tuesday’s show!

In addition to this, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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