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1977 08 05 photo Jofo Duplantier.jpg
a photo from this concert - copyright Jofo Duplantier
1977 08 05 photo daniel aime.jpg
a photo from this concert - copyright Daniel Aimé
1977 08 05 poster Antoni Carbo friend.jpg
a poster for this concert - photo used with permission
1977 08 05 ticket.jpg
a ticket for the concert
1977 08 05 backstage pass.jpg
Henry Padovani's backstage pass
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1977 08 bestadaugust.jpg

ads for this festival in BEST - July & August 1977
1977 08 05 ad.jpg
an ad for this festival in Rock & Folk - August 1977
Performance summary
Artist performing: The Police
Tour: 1977-1978 Pre-Outlandos performances
Venue: Arènes de Mont-de-Marsan
Location: Mont-de-Marsan, France
Support acts: SUPPORT ACTS
Ticket prices: 45 Francs for one day / 70 Francs for two days

On 1977-08-05, The Police performed at Arènes de Mont-de-Marsan in Mont-de-Marsan, France.


Recording information

There's an audio recording of this concert.

3 minutes of The Police's performance appeared in the movie Hot Cuts From Mont-de-Marsan.


This was the second and last time that The Police played a complete concert with both Andy Summers and Henry Padovani. They were one of many UK punk bands at Mont-de-Marsan's punk festival. Other bands who played at this festival were more famous then: The Clash, The Damned, The Jam (cancelled their performance) ...

The Police received 200 UK pounds for this gig. They played at 09:30pm in front of about 3000 people.

Alan Lee Shaw from The Maniacs remembered this day on Unplugged2, a French online punk fanzine (used with the author's permission):

"The Maniacs came on just before The Police as the hot sun was going down and the light was beginning to fade. I remember our performance went down very well with the audience. We had just got Henri Paul in the band as a second guitarist who was something of an up and coming star in French rock, at that time. We did our version of “Kick out the Jams” by the MC5, which seemed to go down well with the French. Unfortunately we had trouble with the bass amp that broke down. We were using 50-watt Hiwatt hired amps. Still, we did a good show. The French bands on the bill were pretty cool. I think Henri Paul knew more of them personally of course. Bijou was the most commercially popular at time but not a hardcore Punk Rock band. Little Bob Story was a really good garage rock band. I did know Little Bob, as he was a fan of the Rings, we were lucky enough to support his band at the 100 club in London a few months before. I also knew the French guitarist Henry Padovani well who was in The Police and on the coach with us at the time."

See also

External links

photo from The Maniacs MySpace website with Sting in the background


sources: Stewart Copeland's diary, ticket, French ads, Henry Padovani, UK magazine reviews, Stewart Copeland, Alan Lee Shaw, poster, Punk Sur La Ville! Le Premier Festival Punk De L'Histoire

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