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Hi, love the site, and enjoyed going through it, however there is a band missing who were quite prominent in Birmingham in the late 70’s early 80’s and that was a band called Strider. They were the resident band at the Mercat Cross every Saturday night throughout 78,79, and 80. ¬†Among their songs were “Cover Up” which they were hoping to release as a single. I’m sorry I don’t have much more information, but I seem to remember they were top class rock band and their encore (if I remember rightly) was Johnny B Goode. They were there the same time as Orphan, who were the resident band on a Weds I think and Special Clinic (or Clinic) who were the Thursday one. ¬†Another person (under Mercat Cross comments) mentions Strider, and remember them.

John Collins

Mercat Cross

Semi legendary pub/venue on Bradford St in the Digbeth area of the city. Renowned as the place where all the market traders/workers went drinking so it was always open at 4 am any day of the week. It could be quite lively!

Send us gigs you saw there and any photos, memorabilia!

Derek Eynon has sent in this picture of Stormer playing at the Mercat in 1981.

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