Dingwalls celebrates 40th anniversary with monthly gigs promoted by Playhard

Dingwalls is one of the legendary venues in London. It was key in the punk period and key in early days of the Manchester takeover- I saw some really important gigs there, like the Smiths in 1984 and all those Roses and Happy Mondays gigs at the venue when they were unknowns. My band at the time, the Membranes, played a show there with Pulp supporting us in 1989.

Since 1973 an eclectic array of talents including The Strokes, Coldplay, The Drifters,  Gilles Peterson, The Stranglers, Gallows, Ellie Goulding and most recently Noel Gallagher, Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons have also graced the Dingwalls stage. Bands like Blondie, The Clash and The Sex Pistols have all played and hung out there, and are part of the firmament.

To celebrate the club multi media, live streamed event organisers, Playhard are to put on a monthly gig starting with punk
legends SHAM 69, Camden Dingwalls 40th Anniv 17 Jan   special guests Bibelots, Where’s Strutter, The Din.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. One of my all time, best ever, you had to be there gigs was the Gun Club at Dingwalls. Packed, dirty, sweaty – venue, crowd, band in perfect harmony. Jeffrey Lee RIP

  2. You go to a concert with a certain expectations , when they go over, beyond, and above that, I can not even believe there are words for such happiness and bliss in the human vocabulary. Such was the feeling after listening and watching the performance of Sham 69 featuring Jimmy Pursey at Dingwalls last night


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