British Punk Set For Year-Long London Celebration

Punk. London festival will mark “40 years of subversive culture” with a host of events throughout 2016. Plus! Get the latest MOJO for the story of how it all began.

British Punk Set For Year-Long London Celebration

FORTY YEARS OF British punk are to be marked by a year-long festival centred around London. The cover of MOJO #267, celebrating 1976 and all that.

The succinctly titled Punk. London will embrace a series of events, including gigs, exhibitions and films, across the British capital over the coming months to celebrate “40 years of subversive culture”.

Highlights include a punk weekender which will retake the Roundhouse (July 9–10) 40 years after The Clash and Sex Pistols stormed the Ramones’ dressing room at the Camden venue. The event will combine music and spoken-word, with the line-up set to be announced soon.

Elsewhere, punk chronicler and collaborator Don Letts is hosting a film festival at the BFI in August, bringing together documentaries and archive footage from the era, while the British Library (May 13 – 19 September) and the Museum Of London (June and July) are also planning to stage punk-related exhibitions in 2016.

Record shop Rough Trade, one of the original distributors of punk music, is weighing in with in-stores and gigs throughout the year, while in June both The Photographers’ Gallery (23-26) and the Design Museum (25-26) will be hosting weekends of talks, exhibitions and more.

For full line-ups, ticket details and more, visit www.Punk.London.

Plus! In our new issue (February ’16 / #267) MOJO returns to the birth of British punk, with a month-by-month look at 1976, the year that changed culture forever. Includes new interviews with the scene’s prime movers and more. As a taster read John Lydon, né Rotten’s thoughts on the Pistols’ incendiary debut single, Anarchy In The UK.