Why Punk?

Punk's early days in Derby.




A talk about the music, the feeling & the audience

13 May 2024

Free Event –

(booking necessary through website)


WHY PUNK? is a talk about the music, the feeling & the audience in Punk’s early days in Derby.

Hosted by Aaron Williamson with a panel of Derby-Punk and provincial-Punk connected figures, the event will celebrate, discuss and contextualise the early punk movement, scene and attitude in and around Derby.

The talk will bounce off the archive materials, gig lists and photographs explored in QUAD’s current exhibition, ‘Jubilee City – Derby Punk in the 1970s’.

Come along and discover Punk’s impact on Derby’s youth culture – how it happened then, and how we can re-engage with that Punk energy now. Find out about Derby’s electric, alive and grubby place in the history of Punk.

‘WHY PUNK?’ is part of our Heritage Lottery Fund Project- Dancing Through Time – From Pop to Punk in the City of Derby, in which we’re creating a massive social and photographic archive of Derby’s rich music, club & dance scenes in the ’60s through to the early ’80s.

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