Poster for Who gig, Christmas Eve 1965

This was the first of four performances by the Who on the Pier. 'My Generation' had been released a couple of months before. Their fourth and final appearance on the Pier was July 20th 1969. Less than a month later – Aug 17th 1969 – they were playing Woodstock in America.

From the early 1960s the Pier ballroom enjoyed a resurgence as a musical venue for young people, where famous bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Tom Jones and Jimi Hendrix performed. The ballroom may have lacked atmosphere but it did have a capacity of 1,500, and it is widely alleged that 2,000 or more people attended some of the events. The fact that the ballroom was at the far end of the pier meant that noisy, boisterous teenagers would not bother anyone.

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