FUTURAMA 4 - 1982 - Futurama Festival 2022


FUTURAMA 4 – 1982


How Deeside Leisure Centre and Ice Rink came to be used as major concert venue is one of the great rock ‘n’ roll mysteries of all time? Surprisingly, the Futurama was not the only big concert to be held there. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, it became a real alternative to the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, with huge gigs there by the likes of the Clash, the Jam, Gary Numan and Blondie. Some of the biggest rock bands in world played there including Kiss, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Black Sabbath. Even Bob Marley played there and what he must of thought of Deeside god only knows? Jamaica it is not. If it had been luxurious hall fair enough but with a huge rubber matt covering the melting ice, the place was cold, wet and miserable and looked like a leisure complex straight off the Chernobyl estate! Queensferry in the early 80’s could easily been part of the Eastern Bloc. Added to that the venue also had a reputation for extreme violence as the Welsh would often clash with their English counterparts at the gigs.

So, Futurama 4 was held there and it was a bit like a busman’s holiday for Liverpool bands. Because most scousers went to North Wales for their jollies anyway, they knew it was a quick drive across the Mersey, past RAF Sealand and before you could say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch you were in Wales. We think the whole of Merseyside came to this one. If you couldn’t make it back to wherever you had came from you could bunk down for the night in the sports hall next door. Again, the line-up was an amazing mix of post punk and positive punk bands ( later called goth bands) New Order were great but still coming to terms with being New Order. The Damned, who always put on a good show and were showcasing the ‘Strawberries’ album. Dead or Alive were divisive, Pete Burns was an amazing front person but DOA’s music was changing. No longer the goth-ier sound of when Wayne Hussey was in the band it was moving towards the hi-energy pop stuff they became famous for a couple of years later. Some of the smaller bands played in the foyer as you came in, the Alarm were local heroes but Southern Death Cult were brilliant, as were Stockholm Monsters, Danse Society, Durutti Column, Icicle Works, Sex Gang Children and Nico from the Velvet Underground on her harmonium.

Saturday 11/09/1982: Headliner New Order with Blancmange / China Crisis / Dalek I Love You / Dislocation Dance / The Alarm / Durutti Column / The Icicle Works / Brilliant / Naafi Sandwich / Three Courgettes / Blue Poland / Cook Da Books / The Wake / Cherry Boys / 3D: Fish In a Sea

Sunday 12/09/1982: The Damned with Dead or Alive / Southern Death Cult / Gene Loves Jezebel / Nico / Sex Gang Children / Stockholm Monsters / The Danse Society / The March Violets / The Membranes / The Room / Decorators / Orchestra Jazira / Vending Pact / Discobolisk / Zanti Misfits / Punching Holes