The Action gigs 1965-1968

Welcome to another posting in a series of gig listings for 1960s bands. None of these lists is exhaustive and my idea is to add to them in the comments section below over time. They are here for future researchers to draw on and, where possible, I have added the sources used, whether they are newspapers or websites.  I have also added a few interesting bits of information and will add images in time.

I’d like to encourage band members to get in touch to share memories, or for anyone to send corrections/clarifications to my email: Warchive@aol.com 

Equally important, if you attended any of the gigs below or played in the support band, please do leave your memories below in the comments section for future historians to use. If you know of any missing gigs, please add them too, if possible, with the sources.

THE ACTION:

1965:

17 April 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush (poster) Billed as The Boys

5 June 1965 – Ticky Rick and Rang-A-Tang Club, Carnival Hall, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Hampshire & Berkshire Gazette) Billed as The Boys

 

15 July 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

24 July 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 with Peter Fenton & The Tasty Mob (NME)

 

19 August 1965 – Birdcage, Kimbells Ballroom, Southsea, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

21 August 1965 – Pontiac, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 with Sonny Childe & The Cool School (NME)

26 August 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Steampacket, Long John Baldry and Brian Auger Trinity (Dave Allen research)

27 August 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush with The Birds (Ron Wood’s 1965 diary)

 

5 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

12 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

16 September 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Goldie & The Gingerbreads (Dave Allen research)

19 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

26 September 1965 – Pontiac Club, Zeeta House, Putney, London, SW15 (Melody Maker)

 

15 October 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

21 October 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and Johnny B Great & The Quotations (Dave Allen research)

23 October 1965 – Royal Links Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk with The Cheaters (Julie Fielder book: What Flo Said Next)

 

20 November 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

28 November 1965 – Tavern, Dereham, Norfolk (Eastern Evening News)

 

5 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Who (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live) Billed as The Boys

14 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Mark Leeman Five (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

17 December 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

24 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Roscoe Brown Combo (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

27 December 1965 – Goldhawk Social Club, Shepherd’s Bush (Melody Maker)

30 December 1965 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

31 December 1965 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

1966:

1 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

2 January 1966 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

4 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

8 January 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

18 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

21 January 1966 – Carousel Club, 1 Camp Road, Farnborough, Hampshire with The Soul Pushers (Aldershot News)

28 January 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

3 February 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

8 February 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Roscoe Brown Combo (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

13 February 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

15 February 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Bo Street Runners (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

18 February 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

27 February 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

 

2 March 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent (Melody Maker)

6 March 1966 – Black Prince, Bexley, Kent (Fabulous 208/Mick Capewell’s Marmalade Skies)

13 March 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with St Louis Union (The Star)

19 March 1966 – City Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with P J Proby, The Searchers, Thane Russell & Three and The Shelley (The Star)

29 March 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Loose Ends (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

30 March 1966 – Bromel Club, Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley, Kent (Melody Maker)

 

5 April 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

17 April 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (website: https://dungeonmods.wordpress.com/)

26 April 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Clayton Squares (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

29 April 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

8 May 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

15 May 1966 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

19 May 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Herd (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

28 May 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

14 June 1966 – Grand Black Daffodil, Odeon Ballroom, Chesterfield, Derbyshire (The Star)

18 June 1966 – Uxbridge Blues Festival, Hillingdon, Middlesex with Manfred Mann, Alan Walker Group and Steampacket (Hounslow edition of Middlesex Chronicle)

30 June 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Alan Bown Set (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

2 July 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

4 July 1966 – Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (Aldershot News) Says Straight from the Marquee in the advert

11 July 1966 – Catacombe, Eastbourne, East Sussex (Evening Argus)

12 July 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Creation (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

14 July 1966 – Assembly Room, Worthing, West Sussex (Evening Argus)

23 July 1966 – Starlight Ballroom, Boston Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincolnshire with Paul & Barry Ryan, James Royal Set, Rob Storme & The Whispers and The Ferry Boys (Lincolnshire Standard)

 

7 August 1966 – Agincourt Ballroom, Camberley, Surrey (Aldershot News)

23 August 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Clayton Squares (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

25 August 1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Bristol with Strange Fruits (Evening Post)

27 August 1966 – Bowes Lyon House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire (Welwyn Times)

 

2 September 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

3 September 1966 – California Ballroom, Dunstable, Bedfordshire with supporting groups (website: www.california-ballroom.info/gigs/)

6 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Graham Bell Trend (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

10 September 1966 – Dungeon Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

18 September 1966 – Redcar Jazz Club, Redcar, North Yorkshire with The Johnny Rogers Band (Dennis Weller, Chris Scott Wilson and Graham Lowe’s book)

23 September 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Syn (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

10 October 1966 – Top Rank Suite, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

18 October 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Episode Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

21 October 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire with The Move (Dave Allen research)

25 October 1966 – Venue in Croydon (Chris Broom book: Rockin’ and Around Croydon)

 

1 November 1966 – Borough Assembly Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks with The Neat Change (website: http://aylesburymusictown.co.uk/)

6 November 1966 – Le Discotheque, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

16 November 1966 – Eight-day tour of Scandinavia starts in Oslo, Norway (Melody Maker)

22 November 1966 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Episode Six (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

24 November 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

 

8 December 1966 – Concorde, Southampton, Hampshire (Southern Evening Echo)

10 December 1966 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research) Last gig as a five piece

17 December 1966 – Smethwick Baths, Bearwood, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

19 December 1966 – Ram Jam, Brixton, London (Melody Maker)

1967: 

27 January 1967 – 1600, Hereford, Herefordshire (Worcester Evening News)

 

3 February 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Marmalade (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

4 February 1967 – Dreamland, Margate, Kent with The First Light (East Kent Times & Mail)

9 February 1967 – Clifton Hall, Rotherham, South Yorkshire (South Yorkshire & Rotherham Advertiser)

18 February 1967 – Blue Moon, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (Worcester Evening News)

19 February 1967 – King Mojo, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

23 February 1967 – Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire with Systems Go (Frogg Moody and Richard Nash’s book Hold Tight!)

28 February 1967 – Ritz, Bournemouth, Dorset with The Bossmen (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

 

1 March 1967 – Bromel Club, Downham, Kent (South East London Mercury)

16 March 1967 – New Locarno Ballroom, Sheffield, South Yorkshire (The Star)

19 March 1967 – Nottingham Boat Club, Nottingham (Down at the Boat book)

 

1 April 1967 – Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts with The Cortinas (Steve Ingless book: The Day Before Yesterday)

3 April 1967 – Adelphi Ballroom, West Brom, West Midlands (Birmingham Evening Mail)

4 April 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Stalkers (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

7 April 1967 – Rugby Town Hall, Rugby, Warwickshire (Coventry Evening Telegraph)

14 April 1967 – Civic Hall, Wulfun Halls, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Vogues, Cyril Stapleton & His Band and Reg Bradley & His Band (Express and Star)

 

27 May 1967 – Hertford Balls, Oxford with Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Swinging Blue Jeans, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers and Hamilton & The Movement (Cherwell)

 

3 June 1967 – Victoria Cross Gallery, Wantage, Oxfordshire (Wiltshire Gazette)

13 June 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with The Prime Apples (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

24 June 1967 – Birdcage, Eastney, Hampshire (Dave Allen research)

 

8 July 1967 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Raynes (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

15 July 1967 – Floral Hall, Gorleston, Norfolk with St Willie Cool School (North Norfolk News)

 

1 August 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Timebox (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

7 August 1967 – Park Hall Hotel, Goldthorn Park, Wolverhampton, West Midlands with The Del Roy Good Good Band and Dual Purpose (Express & Star)

8 August 1967 – Holywell Community Centre, West Watford, Hertfordshire with Gene & The Cossacks (West Herts & Watford Observer)

19 August 1967 – South Bank Jazz Club, Grimsby, Humberside (Grimsby Evening Telegraph)

27 August 1967 – Rowley Rag, Whiteheath, West Midlands with The Acoustics (Express & Star)

 

5 September 1967 – Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, Dorset with Rick ‘N’ Beckers (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

9 September 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

23 September 1967 – Twisted Wheel, Manchester (Manchester Evening News and Chronicle)

 

3 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Timebox (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

23 October 1967 – Marquee, Wardour Street, Soho, London with Nite People (Tony Bacon’s book: London Live)

 

5 November 1967 – Kirklevington Country Club, Kirklevington, North Yorkshire (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

8 November 1967 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Mail)

1968:

21 January 1968 – Le Metro Club, Birmingham (Birmingham Evening Mail)

27 January 1968 – Club A Go Go, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (website: http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/club-agogo-newcastle-2/)

 

17 February 1968 – Britannia Rowing Club, Nottingham (Nottingham Evening Post)

 

9 March 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex with Next In Line (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

 

20 April 1968 – Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales with The Konda Group (website: www.45worlds.com/live)

 

3 June 1968 – Blue Lagoon, Newquay, Cornwall with Fantastics (West Briton & The Royal Cornwall Gazette)

22 June 1968 – Hastings Pier, Hastings, East Sussex (Roger Bistow’s research at Dizzy Tiger Music website)

13 September 1968 Roundhouse gig

29 November 1968 – East London Tech, London (Time Out)

30 November 1968 – Imperial College, London (Time Out)

 

13 December 1968 – Fishmongers Hall, Wood Green, Middlesex with Sundae Times (Melody Maker)

4 September 1968 gig

 

9 thoughts on “The Action gigs 1965-1968”

  1. So many of these incredible people’s lives touched mine then, and remembering them today makes so much of my life today still alive in my memories today. To all of you, thanks. As I grow old, I am enriched beyond measure today.

  2. 1st Jan 66 The Action also appeared with Chris Farlowe & the Thuinderbirds at “King Edwards Dance” – I have a copy of the poster but no idea of the venue !

  3. the King Edwards dance on 1st Jan 66 was the King Edwards School in Southampton according to the blurb that accompanies a ciopy of the poster on Pinterest site.

  4. THIS IS A GREAT LIST, but I have three questions:
    Are there any gigs listed when the band went out as AZOTH? And did the band record anything while using that name, i.e. before John Curd renamed them as ‘Mighty Baby’? And finally, is there a tape of the complete Glastonbury set? (John Berg, Seattle area)

    1. The only date they played as Azoth as far as I’m aware was Freakshow at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on Friday 5th August 1968. After that they reverted back to The Action. The poster for the gig still has them billed as The Action however.
      Don’t think any recordings were made at this time?

    2. Melody Maker has two references I found which talk about a name change but don’t say what it was

      The first is the 22 July 1967 issue, page 3, which says that Ian Whiteman joined last week and the band is due to change name. However, gigs in MM continued to be advertised under The Action name

      The second is in an October issue which says the band was due to announce the new name at their show at Saville Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue on 29 October 1967

  5. The Action played at Mr McCoys Club, Bottomly Street, Middlesbrough on Friday 11th March 1966. I was in the support band, Jazzboard. Mr McCoys was the best club in the area and hosted some of the well known touring bands of the day – The Who, Geno Washington, The Shevelles, Herbie Goins etc. I can’t recall much about the Action’s set. What I do remember vividly is the guys in the band playing American football at the beginning of the evening when the club was empty. Here’s the link to gig listing: – http://www.readysteadygone.co.uk/66-2/

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