Necker Island

Necker Island

Richard Branson buys Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands for $180,000 – mainly to impress a girl called Joan Templeman. It works and she marries him.

Necker is now part of the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio.

The Venue

Virgin buys The Venue - a music club at 160-62 Victoria Street in London, modelled on New York's The Bottom Line. The first gig, on 1 November, features Graham Parker and the Rumour.

The Venue later plays host to such acts as Iggy Pop, Ramones, The Smiths, Depeche Mode and Devo until it closes in August 1984.

The Venue flyer