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This is not the definitive 1978 gig guide, please feel free to point out any inaccuracies, additions or recollections of any of these gigs.Contact me. Thanks to Susan Duggan for the hard work compiling this.
1977    1979

January 1978
20th.  LANCHESTER POLYTECHNIC, COVENTRY.
26th.  THE NASHVILLE, LONDON. set list
27th.  ROCK GARDEN, MIDDLESBOROUGH.

February 1978
14 - Queens University Belfast?........any confirmations welcome
16 - Hope and Anchor, Islington
17th. UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UNION.
20th. MOONLIGHT CLUB, LONDON.
21st. MUSIC MACHINE, LONDON.
24th. SANDPIPER, NOTTINGHAM.
25th. TEESIDE POLYTECHNIC, MIDDLESBOROUGH.

March
2nd.  THE NASHVILLE, LONDON.
4th.   THAMES POLYTECHNIC, LONDON.

7 - Music Machine, Camden
8th.   WINTER GARDENS, CLEETHORPES.
9th.   LANCHESTER POLYTECHNIC, COVENTRY.
16th. MR DIGBY'S, BIRKENHEAD.
17th. WEST RUNTON PAVILION, CROMER.
18th. ROCK GARDEN, MIDDLESBOROUGH.
20th. 100 CLUB, LONDON.
21st. THE METRO, PLYMOUTH.'NME & 'SOUNDS' GigGuides list this date as the The Metro, Plymouth rather than Brighton)
21st. NEW REGENT, BRIGHTON.

25- March (Easter Saturday) Sandpiper's, Nottingham
26th  THE GREYHOUND, CROYDON. 
31st  CLOUDS DISCO, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.

May
5 - University, Liverpool ( with Buzzcocks)
6- Friars, Aylesbury ( with Buzzcocks)
9-Pavilion, Bath ( with Buzzcocks)
10- Top Rank, Cardiff ( with Buzzcocks)

(Recording exists of Cardiff gig) Setlist
11th SANDPIPER, NOTTINGHAM.(Not in BUZZCOCKS Tour list / 'Sounds' Gig guide JOHNNY MOPED)
12- Tiffanys, Shrewsbury ( with Buzzcocks)
14- Locarno, Coventry ( with Buzzcocks)(recording exists)
17 - Limit, Sheffield
18 - City Hall, Newcastle (definite - I was there!)(recording exists)
19 -City Hall, Newcastle ? ( with Buzzcocks)
19 -St Georges Hall, Bradford ( with Buzzcocks) ?
20th BRACKNELL SPORTS CENTRE.
21- Top Rank, Southampton ( with Buzzcocks)
25- Town Hall, Middlesbrough ( with Buzzcocks)
26- Mayfair, Birmingham ( with Buzzcocks)
28 - Roundhouse, London ( with Buzzcocks)


June
1 - Rock Garden, London
1 - Stella, Dublin ( with Buzzcocks) ?
2 - Ulster Hall, Belfast ( with Buzzcocks) ?

2 - Town Hall, High Wycombe Can confirm your Penetration date of 2/6/78 at Wycombe
town hall is correct.My wife Colleen asked me ,Tim ,out atthat gig.She was a 14 year old punk in full Siouxsie make up, doc martins,fishnets,the works! I was ,according to her a 16
year old Paul Simenon lookalike!! Her immortal chat up line was " Ere you going to see the Clash at Friars?" We did go to the Clash gig and are still together,still listening to punk and celebrate the Penetration gig date as our anniversary. Think Scottish band,The Jolt supported.They played on despite gob,lager and abuse raining down on them! cheers
Tim & Colleen Watts

4- Apollo, Glasgow ( with Buzzcocks)
5- Music Hall, Aberdeen ( with Buzzcocks)
6- Odeon, Edinburgh ( with Buzzcocks)
9- Pavilion, West Runton
10 - London Dalston Cubies
17 - Eric's, Liverpool
( Recording exists)
21st. MARQUEE CLUB, LONDON.
23 - Limit, Sheffield
24 - Rafters, Manchester
27 - Barbarella's, Birmingham
30th. ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, LONDON.

July
3rd. THE PLOUGH, CHELTENHAM.
4 - Locarno, Coventry (Rock against Racism)
7th. THE NASHVILLE, LONDON.

August
18 - Rock Garden, Middlesbrough
19 - AJ's, Lincoln
20 - Lyceum, London
21 - Tiffany's, Hull
25 - Reading Festival
set list

October
14th. AJ's, LINCOLN.
19th. BORDEAUX, FRANCE. set list
27th. HUDDERSFIELD POLYTECHNIC.
28th. ERIC'S, LIVERPOOL.(2 Shows).
29 - Roundhouse, London
31st. BARBERELLA'S, BIRMINGHAM.

November
1 - Stowaway, Newport
2 - Bristol Poly.( with Spics)
3- Manchester, Factory
7 - 77 Club, Nuneaton (cancelled due to Neale's back injury)
8 - Reading, Bones
9 - Plymouth, Metro
10 - Uxbridge, Brunel
(recording exists)
Was this then?spotted this in a rock stories newsletter..Regards Gary H
Derek Ridgers recalls two "hard cases" on the council estate in Feltham he lived in, involved in chucking mud at Sikh families' windows etc. He invited them to a Penetration gig at Brunel University. "There was an intensely ominous and dangerous atmosphere when we arrived, due to the large number of skinheads present. About three songs in, a mob of about 30 of them invaded the stage, attacked the band and trashed their equipment. The gig was abandoned. I was in the middle of the melee taking photos, but the two hard cases from my estate spent the whole time cowering at the back. They were completely silent on the drive home. It was the first and last gig they ever agreed to go to with me. And our problems on the estate ended almost overnight."
11 - Northampton, Cricket Club
12 - Chelmsford, Cahncellor Hall
15 - York, Pop Club set list
16 - Leeds, Fan Club
17 - Scarborough, Penthouse
18 - JB's, Dudley
24 - Retford, Porterhouse
25 - Thames Poly. (cancelled and rescheduled to Aylesbury instead)

(recording exists)

December
1- Wolverhampton, Lafayette
2- Birmingham, The Gig Mayfair

3- Croydon, The Greyhound (Intrusion Fanzine www.Dreamtrove.com)
5- Norwich, St. Andrews Hall
7- Derby, King's Hall
8- Middlesbrough, Town Hall
9-Manchester, Mayflower
15-Cambridge, Corn Exchange
:Back in December 78 I saw my 1st band at Cambridge corn exchange, yes it was Penetration. I was just 14 yrs old and a school mate also wanted to go but his parents wouldn't let him. I took with me an ad for moving targets from nme hoping to get it signed and we snuck in round the back (remarkably easily) and I have Pauline and Fred's signature on it. It's always been the pride of my scrapbook. Steve

16- London, Thames Poly Thames Poly gig in November 1978 definitely wasn't cancelled - I was there! ( It was moved to Dec 16th) Still got half a ticket stub from it somewhere, support bands were The Pack and Gang of Four. I thought the live stuff on the Danger Signs single was recorded there. (True-Ed!)..The only things I can really remember from the night were that the Pack had to persuade their drummer not to leave half way through their set and that the Gang of Four singer got hit in the eye by the gobbing masses! Philip
18 - Newcastle, City Hall (definite - I was there!Susan)

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Philip's ticket from Thames Poly.
Tickets from Gary Blatch