Mac and Katie Kissoon – Cloud Nine, Trinity Church Hall, Priestgate – 16th March 1974

Madness – Wirrina Stadium – 23rd April 1980

  • supported by the Go-Gos

Magma – Great Hall, Oundle School – 16th June 1974

  • French progressive rock band

Magna Carta – Key Theatre

  • supported by Bridget St John

Magnum – Cresset, Bretton – 18th October 1992

  • supported by Gotthard

Major Lance – Wirrina Stadium – 23rd June 1973

Major Lance – Wirrina Stadium – 19th March 1976

Mama’s Boys – Wirrina Stadium – 1989 ?

  • supporting Hawkwind

Manfred Mann – Corn Exchange – 4th January 1964

Manfred Mann – Palais, Wentworth Street – 14th November 1964

Manfred Mann – Palais, Wentworth Street – 8th May 1965

Manfred Mann – Palais, Wentworth Street – 30th October 1965

Manic Street Preachers – Embankment (Radio One Roadshow) – c.June 1994

The Manics on stage at the Embankment

Marianne Faithfull – Palais, Wentworth Street – 12th June 1965

Marillion – Bull & Dolphin, Bridge Street – 12th November 1981 [cancelled]

  • the “Saliva Tears Tour” gig was cancelled in favour of a performance at the 101 Club in Clapham where only four people turned up and the band ended up having to pay for the hired PA
  • Original hand written gig-list from band

Marmalade – A1 Club, Wittering – 22nd April 1967

Marmalade – A1 Club, Wittering – 12th August 1967

Marmalade – Stamford Meadows (Marquee) – 8th June 1968

Marmalade – Baston Playing Field (Marquee) – 3rd August 1968 

Marmalade – Daltons Warehouse, Dalmark House, Eye – 5th July 1980

  • with The Honeycombs

Mastodon – Cresset, Bretton – 1st December 2005 

Matt Monro – Embassy Theatre – 23rd April 1961

McFly – Embankment – 11th July 2004

  • supporting Busted

M.D.Corps – Wirrina Stadium – 1988

  • with Wardance, As It Is, The Voice and Le Tricot Rouge

Men They Couldn’t Hang – Wirrina Stadium (“Peterborough Against Apartheid Festival”) – 2nd May 1987

Men They Couldn’t Hang – The Park, Park Road – 6th June 2008

Mental As Anything – Wirrina Stadium – 1980s

The Merseybeats – Corn Exchange – 26th December 1963

The Merseybeats – Palais, Wentworth Street – 31st July 1965

The Merseybeats – Palais, Wentworth Street – 20th November 1965

The Merseybeats – Anabelles, Bridge Street – 8th November 1978

Michael Shenker Group – The Park, Park Road – 26th July 2007

  • set list was Assault Attack, Ready to Rock, Let It Roll, Lights Out, Into the Arena, But I Want More, Too Hot to Handle, Only You Can Rock Me, Armed and Ready, Attack of the Mad Axeman, Arachnophobiac, Doctor Doctor, Rock Bottom

Mick Abrahams Band – Halcyon, Atherstone Avenue (Cloud Nine) – 12th October 1971

  • Mick Abrahams was the guitarist in the original Jethro Tull before splitting over “musical differences” to try with his own band

Mickie Most – Corn Exchange – 17th August 1963

Midge Ure – Cresset, Bretton – 26th November 2009

The Migil 5 – Peterborough Cabaret Club, Queen Street – 5th November 1966

Mike Berry & The Outlaws – Corn Exchange – 17th February 1962

Minor Arcana – ABC Theatre – 1987 ?

  • with John Cooper Clarke

The Mock Turtles – Shamrock Club – c.1990

Moody Blues – Palais, Wentworth Street – 24th April 1965

Mott The Hoople – Cloud Nine, Grand Hotel – 4th January 1970

The Move – Whittlesey (“The Barn BBQ Concert & Barn Dance”) – 3rd June 1968 (No Show)

  • due to appear on the Sunday as headliners but never turned up !

The Move – Baston Playing Field (Marquee) – 14th June 1969

  • line up was Carl Wayne (vocals), Roy Wood (guitar), Trevor Burton (bass), Richard Tandy (keyboards), Bev Bevan (drums)

The Mud  – Baston Playing Field (Marquee) – 24th May 1969

  • supporting Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

Mud – City Youth Centre, Lincoln Road – 14th April 1973

  • sadly this gig was cancelled at the last minute and the promised re-arranged date never happened as chart success took the band onto bigger things in bigger places !

Mud – Crossfields Social Club – 1980s

Mungo Jerry – Laxton’s Field, Paston – 19th August 1972

  • The Paston Community Association had announced ambitious plans to hold the biggest “pop festival” Peterborough had ever seen, suggesting acts to include Slade and T Rex. This gig was seen as a tester to see whether music fans would fill the 1,500 capacity marquee.
  • “Laxtons Field, for those that don’t know was a big field down Fulbridge Road, where the parkway now is. Think Mungo Jerry were there in about 1970, and seem to think it was a free event, though can’t be sure on that. Also remember one of the security guards, who I knew at the time, being beat up by a gang of hells angels!”
  • “Mungo Jerry played a one off gig off Fulbridge Road when he was living with Cat Stevens. I believe he also wrote the song “In The Summertime” because of his happy times in Peterborough.”
  • “I remember Mungo Jerry having a concert, there was a big circus tent in the fields. I lived in Wordsworth Close at the time and could see it from my mums bedroom window. We could hear the music very well.
  • “When Mungo Jerry were playing a concert in Peterborough we (the motorcycle club I was in) went to watch but we were rounded up by the cops before the concert began and carted off in paddy wagons back to the city center and then released. Of course the bikes were 8 miles away !”

The Name – Red Lion, Clopton – Various 1979 Dates

  • see Riff-Raff

The Name – Cresset Concourse, Bretton – 7th July 1979

  • with Riff Raff

The Name – Cresset Concourse, Bretton – 11th December 1979

The Name – Focus Youth Centre, Dogsthorpe – 19th April 1980

The Name – Focus Youth Centre, Dogsthorpe – 10th May 1980

  • supporting Purple Hearts

The Name – Fleet Centre, Fletton – 22nd May 1980

  • supporting The Chords

The Name – Key Theatre Glasshouse – 6th July 1980

The Name – Gladstone Arms – 5th August 1980

The Name – Cresset, Bretton – 23rd January 1981

  • supported by The Rackets

Napalm Death – The Park, Park Road – 17th December 2011

Nashville Teens – Palais, Wentworth Street – 20th February 1965

Nashville Teens – Embassy Theatre – 22nd October 1966

  • support to Small Faces and The Hollies

Nashville Teens – Technical College – 29th March 1969

Nashville Teens – Churchfield Farm, Oundle – 20th June 1969

Nashville Teens – LaScala Nightclub – 23rd-25th February 1981

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Cresset, Bretton – 17th December 1991

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Cresset, Bretton – December 1992 ?

New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Shamrock Club – c.1990

New Hearts – Oundle School, Great Hall – 1977 ?

New Model Army – The Park, Park Road (“Club With No Name”) – 25th April 2001

  • set list was Stoned, Fired and Full of Grace, Fate, Over the Wire, Stranger, R&R, Aimless Desire, Wonderful Way to Go, No Greater Love, Orange Tree Roads, You Weren’t There, Vanity, 225, Purity, Flying Through the Smoke, 51st State, Archway Towers, Get Me Out. Encore: Brother, Ballad of Bodmin Pill, Sheena Is a Punk Rocker, A Liberal Education, No Rest

New Seekers – ABC Theatre – 4th May 1973

  • compered by DJ Alan “Pick of the Pops” Freeman

Nicky Thomas – Drill Hall, London Road – 23rd February 1973

The Now – Marcus Garvey Club – April 1977 (and subsequent dates)

  • Peterborough’s first punk band who rehearsed and played debut gigs at the Marcus Garvey Club on St John’s Street before hosting and supporting several of London’s punk bands such as the UK Subs, Suburban Studs and The Slits (see ticket below).
  • the band played numerous gigs at other places such as the Bull & Dolphin, the Norfolk, the Elephant & Castle and the Key Theatre

The Now on stage at the Marcus Garvey Club in 1977 [photo: Allen Adams]
Flyer for The Now’s support slot with The Slits on 21st July 1977 [thanks to Steve Rolls]
The Now – South Grove Centre, Woodston – 3rd February 1978

The Now – Herlington Centre, Orton Malborne – 25th February 1978

  • played with fellow local band The Destructors

The Now – Focus Youth Club, Dogsthorpe – 14th October 1978

  • supporting The Drones

The Now – Unity Hall – 9th November 1978

  • supporting The Deep Throats

The Now – Technical College – 10th November 1978

  • supporting Gobblinz

The Now – Regional Swimming Pool – 12th January 1979

999 – The Park, Park Road – 16th September 2007

  • watch 999 performing “Nasty Nasty” on stage at the Park HERE

Nutz – Focus Youth Club, Chestnut Avenue – Early 1970s

Ocean Colour Scene – Met Lounge @ The Cresset, Bretton – 15th April 2007

Ocean Colour Scene – Cresset, Bretton (acoustic set) – 12th April 2008

  • set list was Robin Hood, The Riverboat Song, Mechanical Wonder, Mr. Brown, This Day Should Last Forever, No One at All, The Song Goes On, Profit in Peace, I Wanna Stay Alive With You, The Word, Foxy’s Folk Faced, Hello Monday, Soul Driver, It’s My Shadow, Chelsea Walk, Better Day, One for the Road, The Circle. Encore: Travellers Tune, The Day We Caught the Train

Olivia Newton John – Embassy Theatre – 1972?

  • support to Sacha Distel

Olly Murs – Embankment – 2nd June 2013

The Only Ones – Focus Youth Club, Dogsthorpe – 7th October 1978

The Osmonds – Cresset, Bretton – 18th April 2012

  • Jimmy, Merrill and Jay Osmond only
  • show was originally booked for the Broadway Theatre but was switched when the Broadway closed

The Overlanders – Palais, Wentworth Street – 19th February 1966

Ozo – Technical College – 1st April 1978

  • appeared with Edge

Parva – The Park, Park Road (“Club With No Name”) – 2000

  • became the Kaiser Chiefs in 2003

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra – Key Theatre – 18th March 1977

The Pasadenas – Wirrina Stadium, Bishops Road

Patto – Halcyon, Atherstone Avenue (Cloud Nine) – 6th October 1971

  • progressive jazz-rock band signed to the Vertigo label

Paul Jones – ABC Theatre – 22nd October 1966

  • support to Small Faces, The Hollies and Nashville Teens

Paul Jones – ABC Theatre – 23rd May 1968

  • support to The Hollies

Paul Young’s Toggery – Palais, Wentworth Street – 26th December 1966

Pendragon – Key Theatre – 22nd September 1985

  • supported by Nottingham based duo Twice Bitten

Pete Best Four – Legion Hall, Whittlesey – 29th January 1965

  • former Beatles drummer

Pete Murphy (ex. Bauhaus) – Wirrina Stadium – 1988 ?

Pete York – Bull Hotel, Westgate – Mid 1970s

  • Premier drum demonstration / gig on behalf of Treasure Music

Peter and Gordon – Palais, Wentworth Street – 22nd May 1965

Peter Andre – Market Deeping School – early 1990s

Peter Hammill – Oundle School, Great Hall – 26th May 1974


Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers – Corn Exchange – 25th May 1963

Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers – Palais, Wentworth Street – 10th October 1964

  • supported by Freddie Fingers Lee & The Shriekers

Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers – Palais, Wentworth Street – 28th August 1965

Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers – Palais, Wentworth Street – 28th March 1966

Peters & Lee – ABC Theatre – 20th March 1976

Petula Clark – Embassy Theatre – 15th April 1962

  • with Emile Ford & The Checkmates and The Allisons

The Pink Fairies – Technical College – 22nd December 1972

The Pioneers – Soul 68 Club, Bull & Dolphin – 27th May 1972

The Pioneers – Cloud Nine, Trinity Church Hall, Priestgate – 12th January 1974

The Piranhas – Cresset, Bretton – 14th March 1980

  • supported by The Name & The Hornets

The Pirates – Technical College – 15th March 1979

PJ Proby – Palais, Wentworth Street – 10th April 1965

Plumb Loco – Peterborough Technical College – 1970s

Pop Will Eat Itself – Tropicana, Bishops Road – 1987

  • supported by  Hire ‘Em Fire ‘Em & The Jilted Brides

Pop Will Eat Itself – Cresset, Bretton – 2nd November 1990

PP Arnold – Baston Playing Field (Marquee) – 7th September 1968

The Pretty Things – Palais, Wentworth Street – 19th December 1964

The Pretty Things – Palais, Wentworth Street – 25th September 1965

Proclaimers – Cresset, Bretton – 11th August 2013

The Prodigy – Wirrina Stadium – 13th September 1991

Public Enemy – Wirrina Stadium

Purple Hearts – Wirrina Stadium – 1986

  • Mod All Nighter

Purple Hearts – Focus Youth Centre, Dogsthorpe – 10th May 1980

  • supported by The Name

The Quads – Wirrina Stadium – 28th March 1980

  • Brum Beat Tour with The Gangsters
  • The gig was cancelled !

Queen – Town Hall – 17th August 1973

  • the band’s appearance came only four weeks after their first album had been released but the Peterborough trip came as a break from the recording of their second album, Queen II !

  • “I was 35 at the time of the gig. The night out was organised by work colleagues from RAF. The venue was not that big as I recall… with eating places… theater stage type. I remembers lots of amplifiers, very contrasting lighting, costumes were black and white as I can remember. The frontman was walking across the stage with the microphone on the stand… Good response from the audience as I recall. The concert was 60 to 90 minutes long. I thought they were good enough to play in a larger venue and could go a long way !”
  • Set list was Procession, Father To Son, Son And Daughter, Ogre Battle, Hangman, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, Jailhouse Rock, Shake Rattle And Roll, Stupid Cupid, Be Bop A Lula, Jailhouse Rock (reprise). Encore: Big Spender, Bama Lama Bama Loo
  • Me and my mate watched them rehearse in rehearsal rooms in Westgate – did not have a clue who they were or how famous they were going to be!
  • Local bands “Pini” and “Savage Rose” were support
  • “on the way to the gig, the band stopped off at the off-licence in Ledbury Road where I had a part time job. The manager said they all looked like girls ! Freddie was very camp (as always) and bought bottles of wine. I ran outside to check out the sign writing on the transit van and it said “Queen”.”
  • “Unfortunately someone turned on a fire hydrant in the Town Hall after the Queen gig which flooded the basement so no more concerts were allowed at the venue. I also remember that a girl with Queen who operated a follow spotlight had her arm in plaster.”
  • One of my friends was a bouncer there that night. He told me that Queen had to stop the show as a fight broke out between skin heads and rockers!!!
  • “I was the Savage Rose bassist until a couple of months before this gig ….. it was their first gig after I left. I was a huge Queen fan at the time so you can imagine how I felt! I still went to see them though and I have a clear memory of standing next to Brian May watching my old band”.
  • I remember my Mum told me the gig was on but I was working at the BBC in London and had plans that weekend. A couple of weeks later we met the band in the BBC Club at Television Centre after their appearance on TOTP. I seem to recall that a friend had to sign them in as the weren’t members! Freddie remembered the Peterborough gig as he’d loved “the wonderful marble staircase darling” (this was before he started calling everyone darling)!

Queen – Great Hall, Oundle School – 7th October 1973

  • Gig was cancelled at the last moment as Queen had performed in London for the BBC In Concert series at Golders Green Hippodrome on 13th September for broadcast on BBC on 20th October. The band’s first overseas gig, in Germany, took place six days after the scheduled Oundle show and this was more likely the reason why the band pulled out.
  • Gig was booked by Oundle School’s “Rock Society”
  • Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was an Oundle School pupil at the time, stated that the band had pulled out because they had “gone big in America overnight”
Queen – Oundle 1973 – Ticket
2nd surviving ticket !

Queen – Nene Valley Railway (video shoot) – 1989

  • recording video for “Breakthru”
  • watch the video HERE
Queen on the Nene Valley Railway

Quiver – Peterborough Technical College – 1970s

R Dean Taylor – Wirrina Stadium – 5th July 1974

  • show was cancelled “due to illness”

Radha Krishna Temple – Grand Hotel Ballroom – 22nd February 1970

Radiators From Space – Technical College – 14th October 1977

  • supported by Gobblinz

Radiohead – L’Aristos Arena, Newark Road – 6th October 1992

  • very early gig supporting The Frank & Walters
  • “we got there as just as Radiohead struck their last chord ! We’d been out postering for promotions at the Shamrock Club. At the time, Radiohead were £250 to book !!!”

Railway Children – The Attic – 27th June 1991

Ralph McTell – Peterborough Folk Club, Whittle Way, Stanground – 25th March 1969

Ralph McTell – Grand Hotel, Wentworth Street (Peterborough Folk Club) – 8th June 1969

Ralph McTell – Town Hall (Peterborough Folk Club) – 8th January 1970

Raped – Bull & Dolphin, Bridge Street – 19th October 1978

  • supported by The Dole and Rudi

Rare Bird – Cloud Nine, Town Hall – 25th January 1970

Rare Bird – Focus Youth Club, Chestnut Avenue – Early 1970s

Rare Bird – Technical College – 15th November 1974

  • “the band were too drunk or drugged to stand up”

The Real Thing – Cloud Nine, Trinity Church Hall, Priestgate – early 1970s

The Real Thing – Wirrina Stadium – 18th June 1976

The Real Thing – La Scala NightClub – 28th March 1981

The Rebel Rousers – Various – 1960

  • Peterborough’s top rock’n’roll band in 1960
  • played Corn Exchange, Angel Hotel, London Road Drill Hall

Rennaisance – Technical College – 3rd February 1973

Rick Wakeman – ABC Theatre – 25th September 1980

  • set list was Arthur, Katherine Howard, No Earthly Connection, Anne Boleyn, Sea Horses, Geraldine O’Brien, Catherine Parr, The Spider, Merlin the Magician, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Swan Lager. Encore:
    White Rock

Rick Wakeman – Cresset, Bretton – 12th March 2001

Rick Wakeman – Cresset, Bretton – 30th May 2003

Rick Wakeman – Key Theatre – 3rd November 2007

Ricky Vallance – Corn Exchange – 22nd October 1960

Ricky Vallance – Stilton Country Club – 20th & 21st November 1970

Ride – Shamrock Club – 8th February 1990

Riff Raff – Bull & Dolphin – 25th May 1978

  • featuring Billy Bragg

Riff Raff – Wirrina Stadium – 18th September 1978

  • supporting The Stranglers

Riff Raff – Red Lion, Clopton – Various 1979 Dates

  • 30th April 1979, 11th June 1979 (+ The Name), 18th June 1979 (+ The Name), 25th June 1979 (+ The Name), 19th December 1979 (+ The Name)

The Rockin’ Berries – Corn Exchange – 15th February 1964

The Rockin’ Berries – ABC Embassy Theatre – 28th May 1966

  • supporting The Seekers

Rod Stewart (see “Steam Packet”)

Rolf Harris & The Digeroos – Corn Exchange – 17th January 1963

Rolling Stones – Corn Exchange – 21st September 1963

  • billed as “the South’s answer to Liverpool !!!”
  • tickets 6/6 in advance, 7/6 on the door
  • supported by local band The Dynatones
  • “cousin John was ‘Stage Manager’ at the Palais so he let us go and meet the bands. He treated the Stones to fish and chips at Turners because they pitched up hungry but with no money.”
  • “I remember I nearly rearranged Mick Jaggers mouth for shoving me in the back till I realised it was the band leaving the stage !”
  • “my Dad’s band ‘The Dynatones’ played the Corn Exchange with the Rolling Stones and told me they all went for fish ‘n chips. Sounds like the stage manager took them all out for some grub after the show. My Dad told me also that Mick Jagger was skint and couldn’t afford fish and chips !!!”

Ronnie Scott Trio – Elton Village Hall – 1975?

  • Peterborough Round Table gig

Roogalator – Technical College – 30th October 1976

  • London based pub rock band

Rory Wilde – Corn Exchange – 17th October 1959

Rory Wilde & His New Wildcats – Corn Exchange – 2nd April 1960

Rose Royce – Hickorys – 19th March 1985

Roxy Music – ABC Theatre – 4th February 1977 (see “Bryan Ferry”)

Roy Harper – Embankment – 1983

  • free “open air” rock concert with 2,500 present
  • organised by Minor Arcana guitarist Peter O’Donnell
Roy Harper on the Embankment stage
Roy Harper on the Embankment stage
T-Shirt from the event
T-Shirt from the event

Roy Orbison – Embassy Theatre – 1960s

Roy Orbison – Embassy Theatre – 17th September 1975

Roy Orbison – Embassy Theatre – March 1980

Rudi – Bull & Dolphin, Bridge Street – 1978

  • appeared with Raped ?