The Wilde Club came into existence on 17th January 1989, promoting literally hundreds of indie/alternative bands, mostly at Norwich Arts Centre, but also at the now defunct Fat Pauly's (also a few at the Waterfront and the Ferryboat) The Club was the Brainchild of Barry Newman aka Baz McHat, and was also run for a while by Oli Redmayne and a host of volunteers.
The first night (17/1/1989) was at the Norwich Arts Centre with Shine!, The Bardots, Catapult and 14 Iced Bears.
Bands who played include Inspiral Carpets, Bob, Ride, Kit, Colorblind James Experience, Four Brothers, Boo Radleys, Moose, Slowdive, Catherine Wheel, Death By Milkfloat, Slab, Thee Hypnotics, Head Of David, My Bloody Valentine, Mudhoney, the Shamen, Nirvana, Curve, Cud, Mega City 4, Ash, Sleeper, Cornershop, Stella Maris, The Male Nurse, Magoo, Johnathan FireEater, China Drum, 60Ft Dolls, Heavenly, Snuff, Dawn Of The Replicants, Half Man Half Biscuit, Tiger, BabyBird, Muse, Oasis, Doves, Snow Patrol, Delgados, Urusei Yatsura, Prolapse, Coldplay, Lemonheads and many more.
During the nineties and early noughties most of Norwich and Norfolk's Indie and alternative talent cut there teeth at the Wilde Club at some time or another, The Wilde Club also ran Wilde Club Records and later another label, called Jawbone Records
One famous incident often associated with The Wilde Club, was the much reported Manic Street Preachers gig in 1991, after which Steve Lamacq interviewed Richie Manic, during the interview, He cut "4Real" into his arm with a razor blade.This was in fact a band that Barry turned down, it is believed that the gig was co-promoted by Deaf Jeff and John and Redsound who regularly provided the PA and engineers at NAC, Likewise the Stone Roses was not put on by the Wilde Club, but believed to have been promoted by Nick Raynes.
On Saturday 17th January 2009 there will be a gig at Norwich Arts Centre to celebrate the Wilde Club's 20th Anniversary.