Punk In The East 2016: Norwich’s six-week event celebrating 40 years of punk kicks off this weekend

Punk montage. Photo: Annette Hudson

Punk montage. Photo: Annette Hudson - Credit: Archant

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Punk this weekend in the Norwich Lanes with an event unlike any other, showcasing memories from Norwich, Norfolk and beyond.

Comedian Charlie Higson (centre) was lead singer in one of Norwich's first punk bands the Right Hand

Comedian Charlie Higson (centre) was lead singer in one of Norwich's first punk bands the Right Hand Lovers. Here he is at the best loved punk pub in Norwich, The Woolpack on Muspole Street c1978. Photo credit - Roy Lucas - Credit: Archant

Over the course of six weeks a range of events will be taking place in Norwich to celebrate 40 years of punk, kicking off on Saturday, October 22, the same day the first UK punk single, New Rose by The Damned, was released all those years ago.

The scrappy movement will be commemorated by Punk in the East through an exhibition trail, series of gigs, film screenings and talks held in the medieval alleyways, streets and open spaces of the Norwich Lanes, which were once a stomping ground for local punks.

Highlights will include previously unpublished photographs, many of which will be shown in the very venues they were taken in at the time.

Punk fans will also have the chance to see rare posters, concert tickets and fanzines at the Museum of Norwich in the Bridewell, as well as original clothing window displays.


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Saturday's events will begin with the exhibition trail, an obvious treat for music lovers, but also a fascinating insight into the social history of the city.

Later in the evening Ruts DC, formerly known as The Ruts, a London based reggae-influenced punk band who have previously played sold out shows across East Anglia, will be taking to the stage in Norwich Arts Centre, performing music from their new album, Music must Destroy. Three local punk DJs from back in the day will also be on hand to provide additional entertainment throughout the evening.

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Punk in the East will run from Saturday, October 22 until Saturday, December 3, culminating on the day that iconic punk band, The Sex Pistols were banned from playing Norwich at the University of East Anglia 40 years ago.

• For more information on Punk in the East, visit www.punkintheeast.co.uk

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