“Scene is like a magazine version of Melody Maket – its terrific”
Marc Bolan’s manager said that. Well, so says the editorial for this Irish music, entertainment and fashion magazine.
Ex New Spotlight columnist, Pat Egan, worked for Scene as did Hotpress chief Niall Stokes and, at a later stage, Dave Fanning. Although there is a definite ‘rock’ angle to this mag (compared with the other Irish weekly from that time, Starlight) it still features articles and adverts on Irish showbands. (eg The Memories in colour -see below)


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A couple of adverts used in previous posts were taken from this issue of Scene.
Engraved Medallions
Night Clubs Cork

Update August 2012:
Thanks to Ed Butler who sent in this photo of the cover of Scene (in A3 format) from March, 1977. Ed says,  “…it then went A4 glossy for an issue or two, then folded when Hotpress launched”.


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  1. Surprisingly glossy looking – I have a few copies of “Scene” from late76/early 77 which are A3 newsprint – became a glossy A4 magazine for as far as I remember one or two issue in mid-77, then ceased and was superseded by “Hotpress”.

  2. Interesting. Thanks Doojen. Don’t remember the A3 version.

  3. According to Dave Fanning’s (dreadful) autobiography, he took over editorship of Scene around the time most of the staff (Stokes et al) went off to start Hot Press. Scene’s backer was keen to keep the magazine going. It went A4 format and glossy and lasted a few more issues before folding. It was a very small team, 2-3 writers and a photographer. I have one issue (Joan Armatrading on the cover) – happy to trade PDFs!

    1. Hi Eamonn, thanks for that info. Will get in touch re: armatrading pdfs 🙂

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