Crawley, Worth Abbey (UK)




"We soon started writing our own songs and, on 18 December 1976, we played our first gig at a place in Sussex called Worth Abbey. It was an acoustic set, we sat on the floor and played bongos. We weren't called Malice for this one actually because, in order to get the booking, we had to pretend we were a folk band!" Robert Smith (Ten Imaginary Years, 1988)

"It was acoustic - Laurence played bongos, and it was all instrumental. We may have been paid as well. Certainly in food and beer - in itself, no small attraction." Michael Dempsey (Clinical Prescriptions, 2003)

There is another story from Martin Creasy at Cure Concerts website.


Martin Creasy, Robert Smith, Porl Thompson, Michael Dempsey, Laurence Tolhurst


Worth Abbey
Paddockhurst Road
Crawley, West Sussex
RH10 4SB
United Kingdom