The Clash that sparked Belfast’s punk movement…

IT’S 30 years since the Battle of Bedford Street kick-started the punk movement in Belfast, well, according to the legendary Terri Hooley anyway. Terri’s organised a gig in Lavery’s Attic tonight to celebrate the anniversary of the time the Clash nearly played in Northern Ireland. However, the council banned the 1977 gig, resulting in a riot outside the Ulster Hall. “It was the night that kick-started the punk revolution,” said Hooley, the founder of Good Vibrations records (see video) who signed the Undertones and Rudi.