Gallery: Buzzcocks mix new material with classics in Manchester

Buzzcocks live in Manchester, October 2014 (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Buzzcocks live in Manchester, October 2014 (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever)

Punk pioneers Buzzcocks came home to Manchester last weekend for a gig at the city’s Ritz venue – relive the evening courtesy of Live4ever’s Gary Mather by clicking on the lead image above.

Buzzcocks are planning to release an album entitled ‘The Way‘ next month, and mixed some new material with the well-worn classics which helped to cement their reputation as one of the pioneering musical visionaries in the north of England during the mid-Seventies; it was the Buzzcocks who brought the Sex Pistols to Manchester for the first time in 1976 when the band played their now-legendary show at the city’s Lesser Free Trade Hall.

“Looking back on it now, what’s going on is like echoes of the Big Bang,” Pete Shelley has said of their influence. “You look around you in society and the culture; so many things would not have been the same if there never was punk rock. It’s strange; it’s like a science fiction novel. But to us at the time, it just sprung naturally.”

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