2016 is the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk in the UK, and is being marked by a year of events, gigs, films, talks, exhibits and more celebrating 40 years of punk heritage and influence in London (www.punk.london).
'We couldn't let that pass without getting involved - so this year's centrepiece outdoor stage in the rear courtyard at the White Hart in Salisbury Square is themed as the PUNKY REGGAE PARTY, after the Bob Marley song of that name,' says festival chairman Kev Saunders. 'As the title suggests, I'm assembling a line-up of punk, reggae and ska bands and I'm very chuffed to announce that our headline artist is singer songwriter and bona fide punk pioneer Glen Matlock, the original bassist and chief songwriter with the Sex Pistols!'
Glen's contribution to the Sex Pistols, and thus culture itself, is well documented. Penning the anthem Pretty Vacant, arguably the most famous punk song ever, Glen wrote the music to all the Sex Pistols classics, including Anarchy In The UK and God Save The Queen. The Sex Pistols, however, represent only a fraction of Glen's legacy. His next band, the Rich Kids, put out one of the most influential albums of the late 70s, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers, packed full of rock 'n' pop gems. Working with Iggy Pop, (who recorded Glen's song Ambition), during the 80s kept him sharp and sought-after with a body of work during this period giving rise to releases by bands such as The Spectres and Hot Club.
Glen's appearance is only possible thanks to Media Alive who are funding the stage and transforming the White Hart's courtyard into a multi-media visual celebration of all things punk from music to film and fashion. Hertford Museum will also be present exhibiting some of their archive of Hertford's own surprisingly rich punk heritage.
Here's what Darren Kefford, Media Alive Creative Director has to say about it!
'I have always been amazed by the creative talent that exists in this area. It's a major factor as to why we chose to base our full service creative and media agency right in the centre of it. The Musical Mystery Tour is a fantastic event which we have attended and enjoyed over many years - so when we heard of an opportunity to be involved in a special stage celebrating 40 years of Punk I simply had to go for it. Growing up and studying amongst such an explosive period of British creativity is something I feel extremely privileged to have experienced. Everyone takes something from that period but the lasting impression it made to me was �don't let anyone tell you you can't!� i.e. If you're passionate about something, make it happen. Today that sentiment is the foundation for our agency.
Who says business and pleasure don't mix! We're creating a logo for the event and backdrops for the "Punky Reggae Party� stage area at the White Hart. It's also a great excuse for me and my band to be playing a short set covering some of my vinyl heroes from that period - so see you all there and please pogo responsibly'.