Blyth Power – Red Rose Club, Finsbury Park, London, N4 – 18/10/85


Some Of Shelly’s Hang Ups / God Has Gone Wrong Again / Corialanus / Chevy Chase / Blow The Man Down / Bind The Kings In Chains / Bricklayers Arms / The Rookery / Caligula / The Mermaid / John O Gaunt / Emmanuel / Probably Going To Rain / Smoke From Cromwells Time

Sorry got into the 1985 Blyth Power spirit, so here is another post, the second in a matter of days, featuring said band. This time a mixing desk tape of a gig set in the Labour Club (Red Rose), halfway along Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.

A Jon ‘Fat’ Beast night, big bellied and bearded sound engineer for The Red Rose Club, The Crown And Castle in Dalston, Chats Palace in Homerton.

Went onto do the sound at the Three Crowns (now a Tapas Bar) in Stoke Newington, The White Horse in Brixton and most famously ‘The Timebox’ nights at The Bull And Gate in Kentish Town. Even more famously he promoted and engineered Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine gigs in these venues and became their extra member world wide when the band became more popular. More than likely still engineering them if that band are still performing around the world.

This gig on a wet night in Finsbury Park was another blast of metaphorical sunshine on an otherwise dreary day, even though I am pretty sure All About Eve did not perform as advertised.

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  1. lee23
    March 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Was at the brighton gig on the 6th, great night, catchy punk-pop at its best

  2. gerard
    March 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Jon Fat Beast was also, IIRC, a champion Scrabble player. His best trick was to stick a biro in his belly button and go round saying ‘I am a dalek’

  3. Harvey
    March 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Wow! I was actually at that gig!!! I don’t remember it being hugely well attended, either.

    Blyth Power were then (and still are) my favourite band. They’re one of the few bands who in my opinion have improved over the years. I actually tend to prefer their more recent stuff, although the old stuff like this still cuts it.

    On the subject of Jon Beast, does anyone remember the fanzine he used to produce called simply “Beast”? I’m 99% certain that I bought a copy at that very Red Rose Club gig.

  4. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    March 31, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Yeah it was not full by any stretch…finding and putting up these photos I noticed a couple of crowd ones which I decided not to put up. Maybe I will at some point, you may be in them Harvey!

  5. Harvey
    April 1, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    If I was, it would be very interesting to see! Due to my chaotic lifestyle at the time, there can’t be that many photos of me from that period in existence.

  6. quigley
    April 6, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Cheers for this, any chance of some later gigs with other songs?

  7. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    April 7, 2008 at 1:34 am

    I only go up to the second line up era tapewise with Protag, Steve Corr, Sian, Josef and Sarah. Will put some 1987-88 stuff up in post 86 section soon enough no doubt mate.

  8. jon fat beast
    jon fat beast
    March 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    All about Eve played three songs that night.

  9. Tjerk
    October 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Huge Blyth Power fan from Holland here, love them to bits and stumbled on this gold mine of a website through google. Thanks so much for making my day… er… week?… month!

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