Club hosts punk revival gig

Kanada Kommando
Kanada Kommando

A WIGAN music venue will take a trip down memory lane to relive the days when it served as a hub for a popular music revolution.

Indiependence on King Street West, will be remade into its original form as punk club Trucks for a night re-living the heyday of three chords, safety pins and politically radical swagger later this month.

Trucks, which opened in 1978 and became Wigan’s premiere punk venue until it closed its doors in 1983, played host to many of the movement’s finest bands as well as giving local bands their chance to shine.

One of those acts, The System, will return to showcase once again their anarcho punk sound, with covers band Kanada Kommando, featuring gig organiser Paul Haunch, also playing on the re-union night.

The night will also feature a punk disco with DJs spinning the movement’s finest tunes well into the early hours, while the organisers are also putting together a nostalgic film of footage from the original Trucks to show during the night.

Singer and guitarist Paul said: “We are excited about combining bands and a punk disco on the Trucks site. The System were a regular performer at Trucks and it will be great to have them back. The disco will comprise a punk set that has been requested via Facebook, with over 140 requests already made by fans. We will also be projecting video and photo clips of Trucks nights throughout the event so if you were there in the day you may well appear in our film show. We have been overwhelmed with the positive support we have received. It will be a great night.”

The club played host to many of the punk scene’s most celebrated and notorious acts, with the likes of Crass, The Exploited and Discharge all making the journey to Wigan to perform alongside the borough’s own acts.

Since its closure in 1983 there have been several previous attempts to hold reunion events, with Paul and Indiependence DJ and promoter Russell Wood ensuring the event would go ahead in the same building as the original club.

The System and Kanada Kommando will play the Trucks reunion gig and disco at Indiependence, on King Street West, on Saturday.