Punk It Up! Launch Party at Rough Trade Nottingham

Saturday, 20th May 2017

From 7:00pm to 11:30pm

This is a free event

Rough Trade Nottingham

We are happy to announce a series of events at Rough Trade curated by Punk It Up, a Nottingham based project celebrating 40 years of Punk, its legacy and continual impact. The free launch night features talks, live performances and DJ Sets.

7PM Start // 1AM Finish // Free Entry

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Caroline Coon
The London-born artist has worked in the vanguard of cultural movements that have caused storms of social change: the hippie 'peace and love' underground, second-wave feminism and punk rock.
Caroline Coon's design work can be seen in the make-up and style of The Stains and the musicians in the cult film that influenced the 1990’s Riot Grrrl movement, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains’ (Paramount 1982) on which she worked as a special consultant. She designed the Global Revolution poster for The Clash second album 'Give 'em Enough Rope' (CBS 1978). Coon's photographs are published around the world and her sleeve covers include The Clash's first hit single 'White Riot' (CBS 1977), The Police's first hit single 'Roxanne' (A&M 1978) and Babyshambles 'Janie Jones/Strummerville' (B-Unique Records 2006). '1988: the New Wave Punk Rock Explosion' by Caroline Coon (Omnibus Press edition published in 1982) is her inside 'as it happened' story of punk, with musicians and fans speaking for themselves. Caroline Coon managed The Clash from 1978 to 1980, through the UK Sort It Out tour and the USA Pearl Harbour tour.

Stephen Micalef
Stephen Micalef (aka Steve Mick) is a poet who wrote for the first ever punk-zine Sniffing Glue in 1976-77. Tonight he presents some of his work in a beautiful collection of new poems The Punk Kings of Dyslexia, limited to only 500 hand-numbered copies. Music journalist David Stubbs writes in the introduction: "he reaches back and presents in vivid verbal snapshots a picture of the London of the mid-to-late 70s, a moribund, often miserably violent place in which the first flickering stirrings of a new musical movement were beginning to break upward amid the rubble of postwar apathy and decline. He recalls the names, the faces - Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Shane McGowan, Bernie Rhodes - all legends, not all of them living but back then all jostling at square one, year zero, speculative gobs out of nowhere. Only 40 years ago, not far from here but the stuff of ancient legend. Steve was there. What he and they got up to changed everything."

Both will be 'in conversation with John Robb

John Robb
Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


First Wave
No nonsense Punk, carrying a powerful message of solidarity and acceptance for all, regardless of class or creed.
FFO: The Damned, Ramones, Clash, Ruts, UK Subs

Diablo Furs
Nottingham's Diablo Furs are the snotty, brattish grandchild of The New York Dolls and Richard Hell. Their fuzzy guitars, aggressive vocals and abrasive attitude are a breath of fresh air unpolluted by any computer aided trickery or artificially generated beats.
FFO: Fat White Family, Iggy Pop, Wytches

DJ Sets:

Bob Fawcett

Drummer with Nottingham's own original punk band Some Chicken


Bassist with Nottingham Garage punksters The Xrays

Sonia & Dean

Uncensored! Punk radio show Saturdays at 7 pm on Nottingham's community radio station NG Digital

Floor one of Rough Trade Nottingham is lift accessible, all welcome

7PM Start // 1AM Finish // Free Entry

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