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The Clash, Buzzcocks, Subway Sect, Slits: Coliseum, Harlesden, London

Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, 9 April 1977

THE GRANDLY-NAMED COLISEUM in Harlesden, London, turned out somewhat grander than most people expected. It's no fleapit, more a small local theatre — complete with balcony and rows of tatty red velour seats — which has seen better days. The place is falling apart, but it's alive. West Indians regularly pack it for showings of uncensored Kung Fu movies, and gaudy Indian film posters illustrate the foyer. It is the ideal venue for the Clash — their first gig in two months.

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