Punk.London: From 1976-2016, 40 years of difficult conference


  • Launching immediately, a year-long pageant highlights the persevering with affect of the genre-busting cultural phenomenon

  • Celebrating historic moments to modern-day affect, from icons to followers

  • London’s cultural organisations inform the story of punk by way of artwork, design, movie, style, literature, images and naturally, music

40 years in the past, youth tradition in London – and in cities and cities across the nation – was turned the wrong way up with the arrival of punk.

Three chords, a DIY angle, ripped denims and security pins subsequently turned the archetypes for a phenomenon that challenged the established order and provoked outrage. However punk has all the time been greater than a t-shirt or a bit of loud music: it is an irrepressible angle and spirit that continues to be quintessential to London’s id.

As Malcolm Mclaren stated: “Punk will all the time come again in new types all the time as a result of the angle is so very excellent; it’s to do with individuals doing issues for themselves, controlling their very own strategies and their very own tradition.”

Punk.London is a year-long pageant of occasions, gigs, exhibitions, performances and movie that celebrates a motion that modified the face of music, tradition, artwork, politics and style eternally.

All through 2016, Punk.London will remind us of the subversive however enduring affect that punk has had since 1976. Occasions embrace the Roundhouse’s punk weekender forty years on from when the Intercourse Pistols and The Conflict gate-crashed the Ramones’ dressing room after which modified fashionable music eternally. Different highlights embrace Don Letts’ movie season drawing on the range of punk; the British Library pulling from the world’s largest punk fanzine archive; Tough Commerce’s one-off collaboration gigs, to a punk themed closing get together on the Design Museum.

Punk.London isn’t just about historical past, it’s a probability to take a look at punk as an on-going catalyst that continues to encourage, refuse categorisation and spark creativity all over the world. From tattoos to membership tradition, Hip Hop to literature, graphic design to trend.

Regardless of the tagline ‘stay quick, die younger’, Punk continues to defy stereotypes and break down boundaries, from female-led bands coming to the fore, like The Slits and The Raincoats, to its affect that has permeated artwork and design just like the graphics innovator Neville Brody, to trend via the genius of Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood and uncompromising visible artists like Bob and Roberta Smith. In music at the moment, that punk spirit is alive and kicking with bands like Slaves and Sleaford Mods and Grime artists comparable to Skepta and Novelist.

Individuals can discover out about extra upcoming occasions, discover London’s punk websites on a Punk London map and how one can placed on their very own DIY occasions at www.Punk.London.

Punk.London programme itemizing:                        

Punk Rock Hip Hop Mash-Up at Chelsea School of Arts Milbank – 19 – 31 January 2016 An exhibition of Janette Beckman’s punk and hip hop images and mash up collaborations with British and US artists that includes unique iconic pictures of The Conflict, Intercourse Pistols, The Jam and The Specials.

Tattoo London on the Museum of London – 29 January – eight Might 2016

Getting underneath the pores and skin of what it’s wish to be one of many capital’s prime tattoo artists and see bespoke London-inspired tattoo designs. Like Punk, tattooing is one in every of London’s most influential subcultures and the 2 have lengthy been related.

Misplaced in Music on the Print Area Gallery – 5 – 17 February 2016

The Photographic Youth Music Tradition Archive (PYMCA) showcase a photographic monument to the subversive and transformative nature of membership tradition. A testomony to the hedonistic revolutionaries who proceed to gasoline a revolutionary sub-culture, this can be a very important documentary on British music.

On|Off: London Trend Week Punk Exhibits at Vinyl Manufacturing unit – 19 – 21 February 2016

Within the fearless pioneering spirit of punk and with explosion of color and vibrant rhythmic flavour, On|Off will mild up its residence within the coronary heart of Soho celebrating the easiest of rising expertise, each on and off the London Style Week schedule and return to the Vinyl Manufacturing unit with these very particular punk exhibits.

Doc´n Roll Movies Presents Sounds of London – February – March 2016

As a part of a season of cinematic examination of the capital’s musical historical past, the Sounds of London programme options Q&As with a few of Punk’s key figures, in addition to the world premiere of Right here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits.

Rockarchive’s A Chuck of Punk at Barbican Music Library – 2 March – 28 April 2016

Rockarchive founder and world famend music photographer, Jill Furmanovsky, opens her archive to share her primarily unseen assortment of anarchic Punk photographs. That includes The Buzzocks, The Conflict, The Intercourse Pistols and lots of extra, A Chunk of Punk is a photographic celebration of 1970’s subversive tradition.

Dennis Morris: PiL – First Challenge to Metallic Field on the ICA: 22 March – 17 Might 2016

As designer of the long-lasting PiL emblem, in addition to their first single, album and well-known Metallic Field, this exhibition focuses on the seminal work Dennis Morris undertook with John Lydon’s PiL between 1978 and 1979.

Punk 1976-78 on the British Library: 13 Might to 19 September 2016

Beginning with the impression of the Intercourse Pistols in 1976, this free exhibition will discover punk’s early days within the capital and reveal how its exceptional affect unfold throughout music, trend, print and graphic types nationwide. Showcasing a variety of fanzines, flyers, recordings and document sleeves from the British Library’s collections alongside uncommon materials from the Jon Savage Archive at Liverpool John Moores College, Punk 1976-78 will have fun the enduring affect of punk as a radical musical, inventive and political motion.

Stoke Newington Literary Pageant: Three-5 June 2016

The pageant will host a collection of occasions that includes a few of Britain’s most influential writers and cultural commentators. In addition to taking a look at Hackney’s position within the delivery of the punk motion (Malcolm McLaren and Sid Vicious grew up in and round Stoke Newington), it should discover the connection between punk, reggae & ska, the way it influenced – and continues to affect – style, movie, design and politics means past its temporary however incendiary years within the highlight.

Punk style exhibition at London Collections: Males: 10 -13 June 2016

London Collections: Males will rejoice punk with an exhibition that includes contemporaneous punk trend in addition to many examples of the best way through which it has influenced trend within the final forty years. Each journal from i-D to Dazed owes at the least one thing to the youth quake of punk, whereas its affect may be seen in all places from Vogue to Vice, and in collections from Alexander McQueen to Katie Eary.

Punk show on the Museum of London – June and July 2016

Held in Present Area, the museum’s topical show space, this show of garments, fanzines, pictures and ephemera will give attention to the quotidian, highlighting the cultural expression that got here to outline punk within the day-after-day. Early in 2016 the museum will work with Central Saint Martin’s college students to seek out surviving punk objects so as to add to the museum’s present assortment.

Punk Weekender at The Photographers’ Gallery: 23-26 June 2016

The Punk Weekender includes an exhibition of iconic photographs from photographers Derek Ridgers, Anita Corbin and the PYMCA Archive, plus an unique efficiency from punk legends The Raincoats. There are additionally talks and occasions celebrating the spontaneity, spirit and variety of punk tradition and its presence inside Soho. TPG’s programme explores how and why the DIY/avant-garde spirit led to a variety of punk subcultures and a reinvention of private id and expression.

Punk Fest on the Design Museum: 25 and 26 June 2016

With this much-loved establishment closing its Shad Thames doorways in 2016, what higher option to finish than with two days of artistic disruption celebrating of certainly one of London’s most distinctive design actions, with fanzine-making workshops, music, spoken phrase and different occasions shaping a becoming final weekend for museum.

Punk Weekender on the Roundhouse: 9 and 10 July 2016

Virtually 40 years on because the Ramones performed their seminal gig on the Roundhouse there shall be two days of music and spoken phrase fuelled by and rooted within the vitality and power of punk. With world-class poetry, prose and musical programming celebrating the legacy and persevering with affect of Punk together with a Ladies in Punk day in partnership with the British Library.

Don Letts presents Punk on Movie at BFI Southbank: August 2016

All through August 2016 BFI Southbank will host a season of movies curated by the movie director, DJ and musician Don Letts. The season will draw a lot wanted consideration to the range of the punk motion by way of a broad vary of documentary and archive footage, in addition to a particular African Odysseys occasion highlighting the intersections between the Jamaican music scene and punk. With contributions from key commentators, and an thrilling choice of movies, some not often seen on the large display, the BFI Southbank’s PUNK season can be a spotlight of the PUNK London celebrations. The complete programme for the season might be introduced within the Spring, however within the meantime head to BFI Participant to observe Punks on the Kings Street in a free brief movie Dying is Their Future that includes Vivienne Westwood and The Slits singer Ari Up.

Tough Commerce 40 in-store and venue gigs: March to October 2016

Opening in 1976, the Tough Commerce store turned a real cornerstone of punk – a store, label, unbiased distributor, radical assembly place and far more. In honour of the store’s 40th anniversary, they may host a collection of collaborative occasions, celebrating the participatory camaraderie of each the store and punk’s unique spirit.

With extra occasions added all year long, take a look at www.Punk.London for the hottest itemizing and comply with #PunkLondon.

Punk.London is backed by a few of London’s main cultural organisations – carrying an irony that they recognise – together with British Trend Council, British Movie Institute, British Library, Design Museum, Doc ‘n Roll Movies, Institute of Modern Arts, Reside Nation Merchandise, Museum of London, The Photographers’ Gallery, PYMCA, Premier PR and On|Off, Tough Commerce, Roundhouse and Common Music Catalogue.

Punk London is funded by a £90,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and supported by the Mayor of London, however in line with punk’s DIY ethos, people and organisations throughout the nation are being inspired to create their very own occasions. Anybody wishing to host an occasion can discover out extra on the Punk London web site at