During the 70's, along with Dave Clark and Chris Dixon, I was involved with Grass Eye magazine and the Manchester music scene.
We got into promoting gigs and concerts to bolster the funds of the magazine - as at one point we were two grand in debt (getting on for £26,000 in 2012 money!)
We started off with pub gigs and graduated to regular weekly nights at The Magic Village and Mr. Smiths, where we ran the original Electric Circus (the late-seventies one just lifted the name!) I've attached an ad from the May 23-June 6 1970 edition of Time Out (North West)
Some of the 'artistes' we had the pleasure of working with:
Barclay James Harvest
Bill Creem Band
Climax Blues Band
Edgar Broughton Band
Formerly Fat Harry
Jan Dukes de Grey
Ken Campbell Roadshow
Mott the Hoople
Spider Mike King
Tea & Symphony
Van der Graaf Generator
I remember seeing May Blitz at the Electric Circus. We also used the place for the end of term gig for Mather College. We booked Vinegar Joe.
When I was at Field Park College we bought a job lot of poster blanks that had the Electric Circus singer image on (as per membership card). We had the printer chop the text off. Job lot as the printer was unpaid, so happy to get rid of them.
We had them reprinted advertising disco nights (sorry!)