The year that Punk arrived in force, courtesy of the likes of Sham 69 , Penetration and the Jam . Friday night was Punk night , with the “Old Fart ” brigade dominating the Saturday and Sunday slots. According to some sources the bald headed hordes of the Sham Army apparently bottled some of the other acts and the Friday evening degenerated into something of a shambles towards the end (which if this did happen , was in some ways, highly symbolic ) .
An extremely obscure 45 minute Punk orientated video was produced called ” The Kids are United ” ( which , given the circumstances , was a somewhat ironic moniker ) , this featured Penetration , The Pirates, Sham 69, Ultravox and the Jam . From what I have seen , it appears that almost all these bands went down well and there was a quite a bit of pogoing down the front. The audience was a mix of subcultures, no real hard core punks in evidence on the footage seen so far. Overall the punk bands were received well if not rapturously ,clips of most of the acts have recently appeared on Youtube.