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Years Active: 
1976-1981, 1989-present

Buzzcocks are an English punk band formed in Bolton in 1976, led by singer–songwriter–guitarist Pete Shelley. They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, pop punk and indie rock. They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece". The widely covered "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" remains one of their best-known songs. The name "Buzzcocks" was chosen by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley after reading the headline "it's the buzz, cocks!" in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage; "cock" is Manchester slang meaning "mate" (as in friend/buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene.


Event Date Venue City Region Country
Buzzcocks 10/04/1979 Newcastle City Hall Newcastle Tyne & Wear England
Buzzcocks 10/05/1979 Glasgow Apollo Glasgow City Centre Scotland
Buzzcocks 10/06/1979 Edinburgh Odeon Theatre Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
Buzzcocks 10/07/1979 Aberdeen Capitol Theatre Aberdeen Scotland
Buzzcocks 10/08/1979 Caird Hall Dundee City Centre Scotland
Buzzcocks 10/10/1979 Ulster Hall Belfast County Antrim Northern Ireland
Buzzcocks 10/11/1979 Kelly's Portrush County Antrim Northern Ireland
Buzzcocks 10/13/1979 Cork City Hall Cork Munster Ireland
Buzzcocks 10/18/1979 Bangor University Bangor Gwynedd Wales
Buzzcocks 10/20/1979 Loughborough University Loughborough Leicestershire England
Buzzcocks 10/21/1979 Top Rank - Sheffield Sheffield South Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 10/22/1979 Derby Assembly Rooms Derby East Midlands England
Buzzcocks 10/23/1979 King George's Hall Blackburn Lancashire England
Buzzcocks 10/24/1979 Birmingham Odeon Birmingham West Midlands England
Buzzcocks 10/25/1979 St. George's Hall Bradford Bradford West Yorkshire England
Buzzcocks 10/27/1979 Manchester Apollo Manchester Ardwick England
Buzzcocks 10/28/1979 Manchester Apollo Manchester Ardwick England
Buzzcocks 10/29/1979 De Montfort Hall Auditorium Leicester East Midlands England
Buzzcocks 10/30/1979 New Theatre Oxford Oxford Oxfordshire England
Buzzcocks 11/01/1979 Guildford Civic Hall Guildford Surrey England
Buzzcocks 11/02/1979 Bournemouth Winter Gardens Bournemouth Dorset England
Buzzcocks 11/03/1979 Sophia Gardens Pavilion Cardiff South Glamorgan Wales
Buzzcocks 11/04/1979 Colston Hall Bristol South West England
Buzzcocks 11/05/1979 Hemel Hempstead Pavilion Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire England
Buzzcocks 11/07/1979 West Runton Pavilion West Runton Norfolk England