Pink Floyd gig at Norwich Lads' Club sparks search for music fans from 1970s in Norwich

By Ben Miller | 01 April 2011
Pink Floyd on a visit to Norwich Lads' Club
The gig list for Norwich Lads’ Club in 1971 was one any rock fan would cherish, counting Pink Floyd, Yes and Traffic among the visitors to the popular King Street venue.

Established in 1924, the club stayed open until 1996, only moving when the building had to be rebuilt between 1943 and 1951 after being ravaged by fire.

Boxing, wrestling, rollerskating and jazz were also regular fixtures there, and oral history project King Street Community Voices wants former frequenters to pass on their memories in a special summit at the city’s Dragon Hall aiming to record their memories.

“There must still be lots of people around who saw some of the gigs at The Lads' Club,” reasons Project Co-ordinator Natasha Harlow.

“Some were bands that went on to be international superstars like Pink Floyd, but we're just as keen to hear from people who saw smaller, cult bands over the years, or enjoyed boxing at the club.

"We really want to make the point that history isn’t just about ancient things. In future years people will want to know about events and people from recent times.”

  • King Street Community Voices meeting takes place at Dragon Hall on April 27, 4pm-6pm. Refreshments will be provided.
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