It’s 40 years since the ‘World’s First Science Fiction Music Festival’, Futurama took place in a former tram shed, Queens Hall, in Leeds (Sept 8th/9th 1979)
The incredible line-up featured PiL, Punilux, Joy Division, Hawkwind, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire and many many more…
On September the 6th Punishment of Luxury return to Leeds, almost 40 years to the day, for a gig at Brudenell Social Club.
Here’s Neville Luxury’s recollections of the night…?
In the beginning of the gig, there was darkness and water covered the surface of the floor and in time there was light in the form of lasers courtesy of the kind and very helpful Hawkwind.</p> <p>Watching Joy Division was a good experience which was better than when we walked into the dressing room. There were two portacabin type structures and we just noticed the first letter P on the sign so we boldly entered and entered where Punilux had never gone before and into a new and strange world….and it was cold and hostile and the inhabitants did not seem inclined to communicate …this was first indication that we were in wrong place.</p> <p>Of course we had landed in the land of PiL and their image was evident on and off the stage.</p> <p>We had a great gig although the light eventually began to diminish from behind us during our encore, apparently because of the preparation of the next act who were the people we encountered in the dressing room.</p> <p>Their performance was excellent and I was impressed by John Lydon’s approach which to me seemed like a combining of a Jack Shepard play with a Bertolt Brecht effect. in any event it was unique and original.</p> <p>When the gig was over the light eventually settled on the waters above the black plain and we realised that we were amongst a large crowd and we had all experienced an end of a decade event and beginning of a new Futurama. Created by John F Keenan
Neville Luxury 29/8/2019