1981-02-14 The Rainbow, London, England, UK

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Ex-Blitz kids Steve Strange and Rusty Egan organised a "People's Palace St. Valentine's Ball" at the Rainbow. Vince Clarke managed to secure this gig[1], and Depeche Mode were paid £50.[2]. Depeche Mode was the opening act, followed by Ronny, groups Shock and Metro, and Ultravox was the main act. Naked Lunch was also supposed to perform, but cancelled due to some kind of stage accident that happened before. Marc Almond from Soft Cell was in attendance.

An uncredited DM member said in fanzine "Stand & Deliver", published in June 1982:

"We played at the People's Palace thing in London a while ago which was supposed to be a futurist thing. We thought the idea was really good, to have all these people into the same thing, under one roof for a night but with Ultravox as the surprise guests, it turned into just another Ultravox concert."

Andy Fletcher said to Trouser Press in May 1982, "When we supported Ultravox at the Rainbow, they were soundchecking for about five hours."

Ticket scans


  1. Source: Jonathan Miller's 'Stripped'.
  2. Source: shapersofthe80s.com You can read a report of that night there.