Poland 1978

Poland, Summer 1978

Hi Mick,

I've been trying for a long time to complete Polish dates but I have no reliable source to make it for sure. Press cuttings f.e. are saying they played the town of Bydgoszcz on 31st July but in fact they were in Bydgoszcz on 30th July - and this is confirmed. Through all these years I had no information about the gig in Swinoujscie near Szczecin but just recently I've found a fan, Jan Krok, who was there and took colour photos. Jan was in the army then (a military sailor at Swinoujscie base). He does not remember the exact date though.

I'll try to do my best to ask everybody here once again and try to find through the press, journalists, etc new sources and maybe I succeed one day.

What we do know for sure:

Slade were in Poland from 24 July 1978.

They landed back at Heathrow 16 August 1978 - see Dave Kemp photos.

First gig was in Sopot - 24 July - Monday

Last gig was in Wroclaw - 13 August Sunday

They played:

Sopot - 24 and 25 July
Kolobrzeg 27?
Szczecin - 28 July
Swinoujscie - 29?
Bydgoszcz - 30 July
Poznan - 1 and 2 August
Hala Sportowa, Łódź - 3 August
Warszawa - 4 and 5 August
Krakow - ???
Tarnow - 9 August
Katowice - ???
Opole - ???
Wroclaw - 13 August

Ticket from Sopot (first gig in Poland).

I have a source saying they played also the town of Kolobrzeg but there's no date. It could have been between Sopot and Szczecin or Swinoujscie.


Slade themselves said they played Gdansk also but it might be mistake cause Sopot is very near to Gdansk. There are 3 linked towns one there: Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia - we call them Trojmiasto (Tri-town).
Poster from Bydgoszcz.

Somoeone told me years ago they played Gdansk - Hala Oliwia but I have no other source to confirm but if they did it it could have been just after Sopot gigs on 26th July - then Kolobrzeg (27), Szczecin (28- this is definite) and Swinoujsce (29) - assumptions only.

Friday - 4th August - Torwar, Warszawa. 
Warszawa is the Polish name of Warsaw. Torwar is the name of the venue they played in Warsaw. There were two gigs at Torwar in Warsaw - 4th and 5th August 1978. (I witnessed both) First (Friday) was far better, last encore was Cum On Feel The Noize and I was just in front of stage, 5 metres from mister Holder (security kept us in distance from stage).

There are photos taken by Grzegorz Zielinski who sadly passed away in 1985. Grzegorz also filmed (with no sound) about 1-2 minutes of this gig (last notes of Hear Me Calling) with a 8mm camera. I've seen this film many times but sadly after Grzegorz's  death we all lost contact with his parents and nobody knows if the film still exists and who owns it.

Saturday 5th August - Torwar, Warszawa
The Saturday show included M'Hat M'Coat as an encore just after Mama Weer All Crazee Now and before the last one Rock'nroll Medley which was played before COFTN on Friday. Sadly I met friends who persuaded me to sit with them at the very end of the hall using small opera-glasses to see them better. It was one of my biggest stupid moves in my life! I had a place in front of stage and I moved at the end of the hall.

Earlier, before this gig, I met Slade personally for the first time in my life. It was at Forum Hotel in Warsaw. First I met Nod and Don having a coffee together with two girls inside, then Jim, just after he came down and left the lift and Dave at the end when everybody was in the bus waiting for him. I had my first autographs in my "Slade in Flame" notes book and never again used the pen they used to sign!

I did not speak English back then so I had no chance to chat with any of them but Noddy screamed "Hooray, hooray" when a newlywed couple appeared in front of the hotel and IT WAS THIS VOICE live and kicking just one metre from me!

Don was very friendly to us fans, I've noticed it.

I don't know who the photographer was on this day, all I know is that he wasn't a Slade fan.

The magazine, Synkopa, was released after the tour - it is stated in first sentence that Slade WERE touring Poland and there is a photo taken from one of the Warsaw's gigs. We don't know particular date but it was a monthly magazine (or maybe quarterly?).

The cutting with wrong dates (some of them were wrong) is from the newspaper called "Sztandar Młodych" (The Banner of the Young) - communistic paper for young people (a little bit "freedom of speech" in it) and it was released before the tour (stated at the end of first paragraph that Slade WILL tour Poland). Still we don't know the proper date of release.

Black and white is from Warsaw 5th August) and probably the author of those two pics I've sent you earleir is seen on this one.

The colour one is the most mysterious photo we have. It was sent to us with a description "Slade in Kalisz 1978". Kalisz is a small town on the way from Poznan to Warsaw (closer to Poznan). Kalisz WAS NOT on the list of places Slade played in Poland but you never know (like Swinoujscie).
If they were in Kalisz it should have been between Bydgoszcz and Poznan but it's only my assumption. Otherwise it is not a photo from Kalisz but from somewhere else.

Four tickets from 1978 - fronts and backs. Two of them were mine (bilet Torwar)
Pio Walecki

two more pics from Warsaw gig - 4 Aug 1978.

The author Grzegorz Zieliński (passed away back in 1985) added a paper stamp of Polish Slade Fan Club to both pics.

The third one with Nod's face is interesting because of the metal badge Slade Fan Club lying on the photo. This badge was the one ot the only three copies made for Grzegorz, Paweł Gosk and me back in 1981. I wore my copy on my leather jacket and lost it somewhere in between The Trumpet and The Robin 2 in 2008


Łódź, the third largest city in Poland, is a cultural phenomenon and a fascinating place inhabited by distinguished artists, scientists and industrialists. Since the early 19th century it has been a cradle of cooperation between four nations: Poles, Germans, Jews and Russians. They all coexisted in harmony and worked together in order to build Łódź as a powerful place to live – a Promised Land for newcomers.
In the 1830s German weavers and cloth makers migrated to Łódź in great numbers; the German industrial culture also played a significant role in the development of the city.
The Jewish community at the turn of the 20th century was estimated at over two hundred thousand. The Shoah, the darkest episode in Europe’s history, took the lives of all the members of the Jewish community in Łódź. The road of death led from the ghetto in Łódź to the Nazi death camps in Oświęcim (Auschwitz) and Chełmno (Kulmhof).
The Russian presence in Łódź (for more than one hundred years) is related to the time when Poland did not exist as a state and the city, paradoxically, experienced its moment of dynamic development. Today Łódź is also known for the famous film school and its graduates including Roman Polanski.
Hala Sportowa, is the Municipal Sports and Recreation Centre in Łódź - a hall and entertainment facility also known as "Palace of Sports", that was built in 1957 by the design engineer, Witold Prochaska from Gdansk University of Technology.
It has a capacity of 9 thousand people and is the fourth largest venue in Poland.

Warszawa (a.k.a. Warsaw), the capital of Poland is a meeting place for politicians, economists and artists of all nationalities. It’s 1.7 million inhabitants are known for their sense of humour and hard-working tradition. It took them 15 years, with the help of the entire nation, to rebuild their beloved city — 84% of which was razed to the ground during World War II.
The scenic Old Town and its Market Square, with its mansard-roofed houses, attract artists and tourists. Here, the wine cellars and elegant restaurants are buzzing, and there is always a table waiting for new guests.
Like other major cities in Europe, Warsaw offers a great variety of entertainment, including theatre, cabaret shows, film festivals and concerts by famous opera soloists, pop stars and classical music performers.
Today Warsaw is a city with many faces where tradition mingles with modernity.

Gdańsk is one of Poland’s oldest cities with a history going back a thousand years. It has an important place in Polish consciousness as the location of the start of World War II and where the fall of Communism in Central Europe began. This is where the famous Solidarity movement started, protecting worker’s rights and, later, the symbol of resistance against the People’s Republic. Together with neighbouring Gdynia and Sopot, Gdańsk forms a large metropolitan area called Trójmiasto (Tri-city). It is a place rich in cultural and architectural relics.

Cracow, famous for its historical monuments of culture and art, is Poland's former royal capital. Besides history, art and an atmosphere all of its own, Cracow offers visitors entertainment and leisure. International festivals and other events are held either in the Main Market Square or at the foot of the Wawel Castle.

Wrocław lies in the centre of the Silesian Lowland, where the Oder River branches out to form 12 islands. Thanks to these islands there are more than 100 bridges in the city. Seen from a tour boat, Wrocław looks like a city on the water.
The historic capital of Silesia is one of the lagest and oldest of Poland’s cities. Over the centuries it has belonged to Poles, Czechs, Austrians, Hungarians and Germans. The mix of religions and cultures has contributed a great deal to the city. Wrocław has 17 theatres and concert halls.

Poznań is perceived as the historical capital of Greater Poland — a region in central-western Poland. In terms of population, it’s the fifth largest Polish city.
It carries many ages of tradition, reaching all the way back to the 10th century, and the beginnings of the Polish nation.
Nearly 38 percent of tourists visit the city for business. They participate in fairs, conferences, and trainings. Tourists aiming for sightseeing and recreation are the second biggest group.
Poznań is the centre of industry, trade, logistics, and business tourism. Slightly less appealing to investors than Warsaw, it’s still one of the most attractive investment locations in Poland in terms of reliability. Poznań hosts the annual Poznań International Fair — Poland’s oldest and largest event of this type.
Malta is also the host of multiple concerts and art events, associated with a famous international festival, which has been gathering enthusiasts of experimental theatre for 20 years.

Many thanks to Pio Walecki who made his research available for me to use and was also kind enough to translate the text for me. The photos are courtesy of  Jan Krok, who took the Swinoujscie colour photos and the Warsaw photos were taken by Grzegorz Zielinski, who sadly passed away in 1985. 

Polish Tour: Summer 1978 (known dates)

02/07/1978 Opera Leśna, Sopot Festival - Poland
15/07/1978 Hala Sportowa, Łódź - Poland
21/07/1978 Tvedhallen - Tved, Denmark (Support Lola)
23/07/1978 Køge Byfest (Køge Civic Festival) - Koege, Denmark
24/07/1978 Sopot, Poland
25/07/1978 Sopot, Poland
27/07/1978 Kolobrzeg, Poland (to confirm?)
28/07/1978 Teatr Letni, Szczecin, Poland
29/07/1978 Amfiteatr, Swinoujscie, Poland (to confirm?)
30/07/1978 Amfiteatr Zawisza, Bydgoszcz, Poland
01/08/1978 Hala Arena, Poznań, Poland
02/08/1978 Hala Arena, Poznań, Poland
03/08/1978 Łódź, Poland
04/08/1978 Torpar, Warszawa (Warsaw)
05/08/1978 Torpar, Warszawa (Warsaw)
??/08/1978 Kraków, Poland
09/08/1978 Centrum Kształcenia Ustawicznego, Tarnów, Poland
??/08/1978 Hala Baildonu, Katowice, Poland
??/08/1978 Opole, Poland
13/08/1978 Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland

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