Punk to celebrate 40th anniversary with year of events

Sex PistolsThe 40th anniversary of punk is to be celebrated in London with a year-long series of events across 2016.

Gigs, talks, films, exhibitions and museum displays are all part of Punk London, a year-long celebration of the culture.

Not only will the scene’s roots in London be explored, but also its on-going influence on fashion, film, politics, identity and music.

Punk London will kick off with the Resolution Festival from 4 to 14 January 2016 at the 100 Club, the world-renowned music venue that hosted the legendary two-day 100 Club Punk Festival in September 1976.

Stuart Hobley, head of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), said: ‘Punk smashed its way onto the UK’s music scene in the seventies, with its base largely in London, and profoundly changed not only music but art, fashion and culture forever, giving many disillusioned young people a voice for the first time. Punk is as iconic to the UK’s heritage story as Stonehenge and the British Museum and we’re delighted to support the Punk London cultural programme and want to encourage people across the country to celebrate their own punk heritage in 2016.’

Jeff Horton, 100 Club, said: ‘Punk London is a chance to celebrate the period of music history that excited like no other. Angry, rebellious, loud and brilliant. It turned the world to colour and changed society forever.’

Other organisations involved in Punk London include the British Fashion Council, British Film Institute, British Library, Design Museum, Doc ‘n Roll Films, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Live Nation Merchandise, Museum of London, The Photographers’ Gallery, Rough Trade, PYMCA, Premier and On|Off, Roundhouse and Universal Music Catalogue.

Anyone wishing to host an event can register at punk.london/diy.

Further details will be announced throughout 2016 at punk.london.

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