THE ROXY CLUB - Sponsored by Shaftesbury
Location: 41-43 Neal Street
Andy Czezowski, Susan Carrington and Barry Jones set up the Roxy in December 1976, specifically to promote punk music. At the time there was no other club dedicated to the new genre, which was rejected by the media and the music industry. Don Letts was the DJ and every major punk band played here apart from the Sex Pistols (and in early 1977 Malcolm McLaren was deliberately 'resting' them to increase their mystique). As punk became more popular the landlord sought to raise the rent and there was a change of management in April 1977. The Roxy continued for another year until rents really started to rise in the area. Bands that appeared there in the first four months of the club's life included: The Adverts, The Boys, The Buzzcocks, Chelsea, The Clash, Cock Sparrer, The Cortinas, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, The Damned, The Drones, Eater, The Jam, The Lurkers, Masterswitch, The Models, Johnny Moped, The Only Ones, Penetration, Police, The Rejects, Sham 69, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Slaughter & the Dogs, The Slits, The Stranglers, Subway Sect, The Vibrators, Cherry Vanilla, Wire, X-Ray Specs and XTC.
Sources: The Times; M Dempsey, Punk Rock – 100 nights at the Roxy (1978); P Marko, The Roxy London WC2: A Punk History (2007)