I dont often take take much notice of this type of thing on Facebook, but this caught my eye and made me smile.
My first concert was The Bay City Rollers at Lewisham Odeon in 1975. I was 15.
A group of us who were avid fans decided we would go together. It was over an hour on the bus from where we met up to the venue. We all had the gear…short, wide trousers with tartan down the side and round the bottom. Stripy socks, clumpy shoes, braces and big hair! Thinking about it now we must have looked like a right bunch of nitwits, but we didn’t care! The atmosphere was palpable as we took over the back of the top deck of the double decker. Other fans boarded the bus and joined us as we got closer to the venue all so excited and wearing the uniform.
Of course the audience was pretty much all teenage girls and I do remember that when we weren’t singing, we were screaming…a lot! I’m sure I remember having no voice for several days afterwards. It is funny to look at their picture now because we were all in love with at least one of them…and they really aren’t that attractive! But they were a proper pop band with a Saturday night show and tunes you could sing along to. And your Mums didn’t mind them because they seemed innocuous – unlike some 70s bands who have been found to have less appealing traits. It’s possible that my love affair with a Scottish accent started with them too…it sounded sort of exotic to a teenager from South London.
Looking back I think it was probably a great start to my concert-going because I loved the feeling of being part of a gang all there for the same reason. I’m not sure I’d go and see them now, but it is a fab memory.
What about you? Who was your first concert?