Formed in Wythenshawe, Manchester, Slaughter & The Dogs were one of the first punk rock bands in North West England. They supported The Sex Pistols at their now-legendary gig at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall on 20 July 1976. This concert, more than any other single event, spawned Manchester's punk scene. That scene was concentrated around the Electric Circus club and gave encouragement to several bands, The band were frequent visitors to London, and became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of The Roxy. They played their first concert in January of the same year, supported by The Adverts. They headlined twice in February and once in March of some year, supported by Johnny Moped. In April of some year they were supported by The Lurkers. Their live renditions of "Runaway" and "Boston Babies" were included on the Harvest Records compilation album Live at the Roxy WC2. Later The band headlined 'Holiday in the Sun' in 1996 with bass player Nigel Mead and drummer Noel Kay. The new line up with Mark Reback on drums and Dan Graziano on bass continues to record, tour and headline music festivals around the world.