Said Liquidator loved to gig and as this list shows, would play anywhere: Byker Police Station Social Club, Norham Youth Club, Blaydon Shopping Centre, student house parties in Fenham...

Date

Venue

Comments

19.01.88.

Newcastle Riverside

Played as part of the Hitback package to promote the recently released EP.

21.01.88.

Newcastle Broken

Played support at the first Woosh Night. The next week was headlined by My Bloody Valentine.

22.01.88.

Carlisle Front Page

Played as part of the Hitback package to promote the recently released EP.

29.02.88.

Newcastle Riverside

A private party

20.05.88.

Newcastle Boston Bean Company

Residency

25.05.88.

Edinburgh Queens Hall

Survival Benefit

27.05.88.

Carlisle Front Page

Support to Andy White

04.06.88.

Newcastle Eldon Green

Anti-Racist Benefit

10.06.88.

Newcastle Boston Bean Company

Residency

17.06.88.

Newcastle Boston Bean Company

Residency

20.06.88.

Newcastle Cooperage

Kev's Birthday Party.  Susan's & Alan's last gig.

28.08.88.

Edinburgh Negotiants (Fringe Festival).

These Edinburgh gigs were Jo's first appearances. We also had Richard standing in on percussion.

28.08.88.

Edinburgh Edge (Fringe Festival)

 

29.08.88

Busked in Edinburgh

Prince's Street and later the Oblomov Pub.

29.08.88.

Edinburgh Edge (Fringe Festival)

We met Tim for the first time. He was on leave from the army and visiting his cousin in the city.

16.09.88.

Darlington Arts Centre.

Jenny's debut and also Rolf's on percussion.

17.09.88.

Newcastle Grey's Monument

Newcastle Free Festival

06.10.88.

Busked in Newcastle and Wallsend

We busked in a series of local pubs to promote the next night's gig at the Buddle. We started in the Baltic, went to The Rose in Wallsend, and then finished off at the Free Trade.

07.10.88.

Wallsend Buddle

Karen's return but Jenny still appeared on a couple of the new songs.

13.10.88.

Newcastle Polytechnic

Labour Party Benefit. Karen was taken ill so Jenny was drafted in at short notice as cover.

28.10.88.

London Mean Fiddler

 

29.10.88.

London Mean Fiddler

(Jo's last before leaving Newcastle to go to University). On the first night, we had a run in with the owner, Vince. There was a crowd of people assembled outside the venue unable to get tickets for the main hall - we were playing in the acoustic room and only getting paid for the tickets that we sold ourselves so we thought we got out there with our instruments to busk and try to make some extra sales. The bouncers had said go ahead, but when the owner saw us on his closed circuit TV he came rushing down and cancelled our performance. However, he didn't think to actually lock us out of the venue so we played anyway.

11.11.88.

Carlisle Front Page

Debbie's debut on clarinet.

25.11.88.

Byker Police Station Social Club

(Andy's debut on violin). The set included a dub reggae version of Z Cars, which seemed to go undetected by the audience.

15.12.88.

Newcastle Broken Doll

(Andy's last.)

21.12.88.

Newcastle Free Trade

 

14.02.89.

Newcastle Broken Doll

 

22.02.89.

Morpeth Courthouse

 

01.03.89.

Tynemouth Surfers

 

09.03.89.

Newcastle Redhouse.

 

16.03.89.

Norham Youth Club

 

19.04.89.

Morpeth Courthouse

 

28.04.89.

Blyth Mason's Arms

A bizarre night; playing to pogoing punky punters.

23.05.89.

Edinburgh Wilkie House

Survival Benefit

27.05.89.

North Shields Fish Quay Festival

 

10.06.89.

Sunderland Kazbah

 

14.06.89.

Newcastle All Saints Church

First Wave Festival press launch

14.06.89.

Tynemouth Surfers Bar

 

08.07.89.

Newcastle All Saint's Church.

(Tony's last gig. He left to form a series of his own bands. The first few were: The Wendy House, Big Arts and then Pump Pump Squirt.) This performance was our second part of our contribution to the First Wave Festival. We provided the P.A., lights, bar and stewards. Elaine Cusack was compere for the night.

09.07.89.

Fenham Nunsmoor Park

(Rolf's debut on bass, and Steve Hillier's on percussion). First of a series of gigs in parks and shopping centres, funded by the local council.

15.07.89.

Blaydon Shopping Centre.

 

17.07.89.

Busking tour in York

Began in York at lunch time. Travelled down to Monmouth that night and all descended upon Karen in Osbaston.

18.07.89.

Busking tour in Gloucester

 

18.07.89.

Monmouth Punch House

We were used to hustling for gigs but this one was quite exceptional. We asked the landlord's permission to play to the people sitting outside his pub that evening. His only condition was that we first clear it with the sergeant at the local police station!

19.07.89.

Busking in Bristol then Bath

 

19.07.89.

The Loft in Bath.

The busking tour ended prematurely the next day as our beloved blue bus ground to a halt just outside Bath. The AA relay service took 12 hours to get us back to Newcastle.

23.07.89.

Newcastle Leazes Park

Karen had stayed in Osbaston so Jenny was back on stage for the rest of the Summer.

28.07.89.

Bedlington Community Centre

 

30.07.89.

Fenham Nunsmoor Park

 

04.08.89.

Bebside Welfare Centre

 

26.08.89.

Blyth Festival

We were on the same bill as Primal Scream, The Pastels, Cud and numerous north east bands.

27.08.89.

Heaton Park

 

02.09.89.

Sunderland Kazbah

Giles coined the phrase, "Said Liquidator: the thinking woman's crumpet"

21.09.89.

Jesmond Lonsdale

Anti-Poll Tax benefit

24.09.89.

Newcastle Luckies Bar

 

28.09.89.

Newcastle Rendezvous Café

Cabaret A Go Go Night

30.09.89.

Heaton Community Centre

Anti-Poll Tax benefit

14.10.89.

Blaydon Shopping Centre

 

14.10.89.

Coral's Party, Brighton Grove, Fenham.

 

21.10.89.

Blaydon Shopping Centre

 

28.10.89.

Newcastle Polytechnic

With Glad in a Lesbian and Gay Liberation fund raiser.

08.11.89.

Newcastle Walkers

 

09.11.89.

Newcastle Broken Doll.

 

10.11.89.

Fenham Inn On The Park

 

17.11.89.

Fenham Inn On The Park

Children In Need Benefit

19.11.89.

Wallsend Ship In The Hole

 

21.11.89.

Newcastle Free Trade

 

25.11.89.

London Mean Fiddler

 

30.11.89.

Durham University

Steve Hillier's last. He went onto form his own band, The Joans. Much later he made it into the charts with Dubstar.

01.12.89.

Gateshead Caedmon Hall

Tim made a guest appearance on percussion

29.01.90.

Newcastle Broken Doll

We played support to the Dinner Ladies for a gig we promoted and squeezed 120 people into the venue.

01.02.90.

Sunderland Kazbah

Tony's new group, Wendy House, supported us on their debut gig.

04.02.90.

London Mean Fiddler

La-Di-Da Records night

05.02.90.

Whitley Bay Victoria Hotel

 

10.02.90.

Inkeri's Party, Ellesmere Road, Fenham

 

11.02.90.

Edinburgh Negotiants

 

15.02.90.

Newcastle University

 

22.02.90.

Newcastle Arts Centre.

We brought Laverne And Shirlie up from London as support and also added The Wendy House to the line up.

23.02.90.

Wallsend Ship In The Hole

Another gig with Laverne and Shirlie supporting.

08.03.90.

London George Robey

 

09.03.90.

Hatfield Polytechnic

Laverne And Shirlie were to play support but had to pull out as their bass player left suddenly.

10.03.90.

London Powerhaus

We played support to the Dinner Ladies as the return gig for the Newcastle date we'd given them recently.

24.03.90.

Newcastle Broken Doll

 

31.03.90.

Edinburgh Negotiants

 

04.04.90.

Edinburgh Finsbury Park

 

05.04.90.

Glasgow Traders

Two Scottish dates organised by local promoter Craig Tannock and sponsored by McEwans. I think this was the only time the band got to stay in a hotel!

27.04.90.

Wallsend Buddle Arts Centre

 

05.05.90.

Anna's Party, Nun's Moor Road, Fenham

The Fenham house party gigs got so crowded that we needed a line of beefy friends at the front to keep the revellers back so we didn't get squashed. The police arrived to answer complaints about the noise so we went into our reggae version of 'Z Cars'. They took it well and said they wished they had had parties like this when they were young and left us to carry on.

17.05.90.

Edinburgh St. James Oyster Bar

 

20.05.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

The first of a series of gigs at the Garden Festival. It was time consuming as we usually spent most of the day there passing the time between our two sets but the money was good and would fund the recording of the 'Rise' album.

22.05.90.

Newcastle Broken Doll

 

26.05.90.

Edinburgh St. James Oyster Bar

Telethon Benefit

27.05.90.

North Shields Fish Quay Festival

 

03.06.90.

Wallsend Ship In The Hole

 

07.06.90.

Newcastle Civic Centre (Outdoors)

Rain Forest Benefit

15.06.90.

London Mean Fiddler

We supported Bob. Our new van, brown and cramped, gave up on the return trip. The AA had to get us home again, devastatingly, not in time for England's World Cup match!

21.06.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

Tony stood in for Rolf during the first set). Debbie and Rolf just made it back from Amsterdam to walk straight on stage to play the second set.

25.06.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

 

05.07.90.

Jesmond Lonsdale

Anti-Poll Tax Benefit

09.07.90.

Alton College

Comedian Mark Thomas supported

22.07.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

 

24.07.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

 

04.08.90.

Blaydon Shopping Centre

 

05.08.90.

Gosforth Park

The actual park and not the hotel.

11.08.90.

Whitley Bay Panama Dip

 

16.08.90.

Newcastle Cooperage

Anti-Poll Tax Benefit. Jenny rejoined for what had become her regular summer sojourn.

18.08.90.

Gateshead Shopping Centre

 

19.08.90.

Heaton Park

 

21.08.90.

Newcastle Free Trade

 

22.08.90.

Newcastle Reds Bar

 

23.08.90.

Edinburgh Phoenix (Fringe Festival)

 

24.08.90.

Edinburgh Phoenix (Fringe Festival)

 

25.08.90.

Edinburgh Oyster Bar (Fringe Festival)

 

26.08.90.

Edinburgh Negotiants (Fringe Festival)

 

24.09.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

 

29.09.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

 

05.10.90.

Durham University

Freshers' Ball

06.10.90.

Blaydon Shopping Centre

 

13.10.90.

Gateshead Shopping Centre

 

16.10.90.

Gateshead Garden Festival

 

20.10.90.

Newcastle Broken Doll

 

26.11.90.

Newcastle Polytechnic Ballroom

Anti-Poll Tax Benefit. We supported Martin Stephenson and The Daintees. Hot Licks Cookies were also on the bill.

06.02.91.

Red's Bar, Newcastle Polytechnic

 

14.02.91.

Newcastle Broken Doll

Karen had left the band and Jenny couldn't step in as she had her 'A' Levels coming up so we found Sam through an advert placed in the Poly: this was her debut performance.

15.02.91.

Newcastle Live Theatre

Green Party Benefit

25.02.91.

Newcastle Cooperage

Anti-War Benefit. Sam left the group, having decided it wasn't so much fun after all.

16.03.91.

Newcastle Broken Doll

Sam returned to help us out for one night and decided it was fun after all and agreed to play on as many dates of the forthcoming 'Rise' tour as she could get to.

30.03.91.

Norwich Good Companions

 

31.03.91.

Leicester Que Passe

 

01.04.91.

Bedford Angel

 

02.04.91.

Leicester Royal Mail

 

03.04.91.

Dewsbury Duke Of York

Sam joined the tour

04.04.91.

Goole, The Alex

 

05.04.91.

London Rock Garden

 

06.04.91.

Harlow, The Square

 

16.04.91.

Bolton Oscars

We supported Bob, Bob and Bob

18.04.91.

Ashton Witchwood

 

19.04.91.

Nottingham Boat House

 

20.04.91.

Hull, The Swallow

We were actually booked to play somewhere else in Hull but we turned up at the venue to find that we had been blown out and a heavy metal band was playing instead. Rather than hustle for the support slot we looked through the yellow pages to find another venue. We ended up having an incredible night in a social club in the middle of a housing estate. The main band, (who played country & western), allowed us a good slot and even paid us, which was heart warming in itself particularly after our experience earlier that day. The audience were just as accommodating and this was one of the most amazing nights we ever had.

24.04.91.

Carlisle Front Page

 

16.05.91.

Newcastle Broken Doll

 

23.05.91.

Wallsend Buddle

 

20.06.91.

Gateshead Metroland

The venue was a fun fair and the stage was located somewhere under the roller coaster!

18.8.91.

Newcastle Leazes Park

Debbie and Rolf arrived back from holiday in time for the performance. Just before going on stage, Kevin and I told them Stevie was leaving the band. It was a sad day made worse that we were making our final appearance without a flute player. Despite all of that and that we hadn't rehearsed since our last gig, two months ago, we played surprisingly well. There are no tapes or photographs from the day: I remember the weather was good and there was a decent sized crowd but none of the regulars were there. Tim appeared on percussion for the first set but even he couldn't stay for the final set. We didn't fade out self consciously though: we put everything into a final, very animated, rendition 'Tall Paul'. Of course it meant nothing to people in the park who happened to be taking a Sunday stroll, but for us it was our grand finale - the end of gig 139!

Note: The booklet accompanying the CD anthology erroneously states 149 gigs.

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