Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Explore the History of Punk at Festival

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Explore the History of Punk at Festival

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Environment editor @hendrover

THE heady days of punk in the provinces is to be celebrated as part of this summer's Whitley Bay Film Festival.

The festival runs from August 10 to September 3 and includes a two-day event at the Exchange in Howard Street in North Shields from August 25 highlighting the film, art, design and attitude of punk rock.

There will be a live show from punk band Penetration, a free exhibition on the genre and a rare showing of the 1980 film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle on the big screen.

To mark the 40 years since their founding in Ferryhill in County Durham, Penetration will be playing at the Exchange on August 25, with projected archive pictures and film footage.

The band released singles like Don't Dictate and Firing Squad, plus two albums - Moving Targets and Coming up for Air.

There will be a solo set by Jilted John (Graham Fellows), who will also be appearing on August 24 at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats with his Southern Softies show.

On August 25-26 The Exchange will also stage an exhibition which includes: | Historic punk - Graphic material curated by punk historian and graphic design specialist Russ Bestley | Pauline Murray's original handpainted and dyed clothing, press cuttings and photographs from throughout her career dating back to 1977 with punk group Penetration | An exhibition of Punk Art, curated by Gaye Black, former bass player for the Advert.

August 26 sees a screening at the Exchange of The Great Rock n'Roll Swindle, based on the Sex Pistols, with a panel discussion.

In the first two weeks of August, The Exchange will exhibit punk inspired artwork from Tyne Metropolitan College students titled The Future Belongs To Yesterday - Visual Concepts For An Exhibition Of Punk Art & Design 1976 - 1979. …

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