Get Out Of Control Tour
Hastily arranged special xmas date to compensate for the cancellation on the 20 October, the opening night of the tour.

there is no known sound source for this gig

See reviews - any further info would be much appreciated.


"HIYA!" SHOUTED JOE STRUMMER, punching savagely a big Chnstmas balloon decoration hanging from the ceiling above his head. A sweating hall full of Ulster's punk population leapt in the air with a great roar. The Clash had come back to Belfast.

The roar continued more or less unabated throughout the hour-long set, which also saw a lot of frenzied gobbing. At one point Mick Jones had to stop playing to unclog his strings.

There were two Saturday shows originally scheduled for Queen's University Student's Union - which had tried to stage the band's aborted Ulster Hall gig in October, but which was also stymied on that occasion by insurance problems (see Thrills 29.10.77). This time around, only one Clash performance actually got off the ground, the first one falling down over a travel hold-up after The Clash apparently missed their plane.

About 650 punks bought tickets for Saturdays show. Each ticket was accompanied by a personal note from student organiser Eamonn McCann, appealing for cool on the part of the audience, "so that other punk concerts might be possible in the New Year."

The entrance hall to the union looked almost like a pet shop as the show got underway. Tables groaned under assorted belts, buckles, leads, studded collars and safety pins, all taken off fans as they came in and each carefully labelled with the owner's name.

The Clash lashed into their programme at sub-sonic speed, throwing almost unnoticed Northern Ireland asides into familiar songs (`Police And Thieves" became "Police And Priests"), and pausing only to wipe down between numbers.

The set finished on "Garageland", which seemed to catch the crowd by surprise. It took them a full 30 seconds to realise that the show was indeed over, and the mighty roar then started up again with a vengeance.

The band came back onstage almost immediately with "London's Burning", only it was now called "Belfast's Burning". The audience went ape. By the final encore `number, "White Riot", the bouncers were no longer able to hold the front-line control, and several people broke through onto the stage to share vocals with Strummer. He passed the mike to one to finish the song for him.

The band left the stage as chaos became general.

When they got outside the fans were in for a shock. In the normally middle-class Elmwood Avenue four or five armoured Land Rovers were pulled up, ringed with police carrying rifles.

The crowd, which had shown no hint of aggro throughout the evening, stood about in groups, looking bemused. The police, several with rifles held on the hip, moved amongst them, presumably looking for the expected violence. None came.

Suddenly a ligger at the back of the crowd, jumping piggyback on his mate's shoulders, became the target for action, and a handful of cops rushed in to collar him He was hustled off into one of the waiting Land Rovers.

As the punks moved off down University Road the Land Rovers kerb-crawIed beside them, occasionally stopping for armed constables to lump out and stand guard at street corners. If it was provocation, as some of the fans muttered, it didn't work. Most of the crowd seemed to be in 2 hurry to get to a party somewhere.

The success of the Clash concert means that Queens will now be able to go ahead with their projected New Year programme. First confirmed date is January 26 for Buzzcocks.




Complete Control
Jail Guitar Doors
Clash City Rockers
Last Gang in Town
The Prisoner
White Man in Ham Palais
Capital Radio
Tommy Gun
Police and Thieves
I'm So Bored with the USA
Janie Jones
Whats My Name
Belfasts Burning
White Riot

Set list gathered from reviews

NME gig review opposite

NME Belfast 78 gig review
the 78 review has a bried mention of this hastily aaranged 77 gig.

See also The Clash -
Visual Documentary pg30 para.1

See also Riot of Our Own pg20

ZigZag December 1977
Cover - Index - Editorial -
...Strummer attacked at the Marquee
Derby & Cardiff reviews Kris Needs 1 2
Tour review Robin Banks
The Lous 1 2

Oct 77 - Unknown Fanzine
... page 1 ... page 2 ... page 3

MM Front cover only
Heroes and Villains
Bowie in London, The Clash in Belfast

Who's In Love With Janie Jones?
Interview by Caroline Coon,
Sounds, October 1977
DURING THE hot summer of 1976, a No. 31 bus jolts through Notting Hill Gate. On the top deck is Mick Jones, humming a riff. He ...

Greatness from Garageland
Peter Silverton, Trouser Press, February 1978
UNANNOUNCED, TO SAY the least, a kid in boots, suspenders and short-cropped hair clambers through the photographers' pit and up onto the stage of London's Rainbow Theatre. Benignly ignored by band, stage crew and security alike...

Clash Landing
Search and Destroy Fanzine
Clash Interviewed by Annette Weatherman and Vermilion Sands
A lengthy interview with Joe, Mick & Paul in 1977. It was published in Search & Destroy mag out of San Francisco. It was the first word of the Clash in print in the U.S. Birmingham Rag Marktt & Sweden gigs referenced.

NME front cover only
The Clash - Lester Bangs falls in Love

Oct 20 Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
cancelled, see A Riot of Our Own p20
Oct 21 Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
support The Count Bishops. Small review of Dublin at the foot of the Belfast review: The Clash in Belfast, Caroline Coon, Sounds, October 1977 ... Dublin poster
Oct 22 Eric’s, Liverpool
with the Toilets
Oct 24 Kinema, Dumfermline
Oct 25 Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland
Oct 26 Clouds, Edinburgh, Scotland

Clouds was the upstairs part of Coasters (now called the Cavendish) where strummer played again with the clash busking in 1985 and with LRW in 1988 - Coasters itself is pretty small and both the upstairs rooms are tiny.

Oct 27 University, Leeds
Oct 28 Polytechnic, Newcastle
Oct 29 Apollo, Manchester
Oct 30 Victoria, Stoke
'77 was with Richard Hell & the Voidoids and the Lous, and was manic, pure 'punk', backstage after the gig Mick was all over the place taking photos, Joe was very ill, white, exhausted, but still gave time to us kids for photos. Mick Jones took my address to send me some prints but apparently they never came out ( no flash or some other such problem). They really were the friendliest band I met at the time and invited everybody back to their hotel after. I couldn't go (my mum was waiting in the car to take me home - no, really! I didn't tell them that though). I was 15 at the time. Changed my life (that old cliché). The concert was on a par with The Ramones two months later for excitement, energy. (redian2)
ticket reverse with autographs
another ticket

Oct 31 Leicester University
Nov 1 Top Rank, Sheffield
Nov 2 University, Bradford

Bradford University Student Union, Bradford, UK

Nov 3 Kings Hall, Derby
Nov 4 University, Cardiff, Wales
Follow Derby link for Kris Needs review of Derby and Cardiff.
Nov 5 Exhibition Centre, Bristol
This is listed as the 10th in most cases, but it was in fact the 5th which makes sense near Cardiff. Bath University gig was cancelled. Ticket ... Poster

The November 5 gig at the Bristol Exibition Centre, (now the Watershed arts centre) with The Void-oids, was a strange affair with the staff, selling left over sarnies, from an event that afternoon. I think the band could cope with spit & warm beer, but cheese bap missiles were unheard of during the time. I recall the French band, The Lou's - appearing first, then poor old Richard Hell, (who, I recall, hated the gobbing) didn't know that Marky Ramone, played drums on this tour.

Later on, chatted to Jonesy, who recanted the story of being chased by Ted's, when last in Bristol. These "Teds" turned out to be jealous punks, (Mick had stolen one of the disgruntled punks girlfriend)Anyway, I had a lot of fun travelling around the UK, meeting some great people.

Nov 6 Market Hall, Carlisle
Nov 7 Top Rank, Birmingham
Nov 8 Tiffany's Coventry
Original schedule listed Coverntry gig on the 8th as Locarno
Nov 9 Winter Gardens, Bournemouth
the clash gig at the bournemouth winter gardens november 9th 1977 , stole the headlines locally as it was the first time a punk band had played at the winter gardens and a full scale riot took place between two gangs in the audience that night . When jonathan ross interviewed joe strummer in july 2001, an e mail asking if joe he rememberd the gig was read it out to him, he did remember the gig and talked about it on air . Bournemouth council almost banned punk bands from playing the winter gardens after that night , but the buzzcocks and the undertones managed to play gigs there in 1979 .
Nov 10 Exhibition Centre, Bristol - moved to 5th
This date is listed on posters as 10th but over written in pen as Saturday 5th November.
Nov 11 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Nov 12 Pavilion, Hastings
Strange stormy night. Other piers had been blown down that night!
Nov 13 Top Rank, Southampton
Nov 15 Elizabethan Ballroom, Belle Vue, Manchester
often circulated as Elizabthan Suite, it is in fact a full gig which was filmed by and for Granada TV and included Souisie and the Banshees as support.

Snippets were screened twice on the So It Goes TV show (Dec 77 and Nov 78) (and repeated again in 1990) and circulate on video and audio.

Other than the So It Goes source, no other source exists. It is thought Granada don't know where it is either and that the Dec 78 footage may have come from Tony Wilsons own collection.?

Also see A Riot of Own p31.

Dec 11 Apollo, Glasgow
Dec 13 Rainbow, London
Supported by the Zones and Sham 69, suported by Rat Scabies 2 of the nights
Dec 14 Rainbow, London
supported by Sham 69??, suported by Rat Scabies 2 of the nights
Dec 15 Rainbow, London
support Lovers of Outrage, suported by Rat Scabies 2 of the nights
Dec 19 Belfast McMordie Hall, Queens University Students Union
first night cancelled due to transport problems (Dec 19th??)
Dec 20 Belfast McMordie Hall Queens University Students Union
the story goes that 2 shows were to be done on the one night to make up for the cancelled Ulster Hall fiasco back in October. Only one show went ahead. the venue was changed on campus. Support The Lous. (Dec 20th??)