punk


We were the first band to vomit in the bar

Posted on November 16th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 1 Comment

Like it or loathe it, the punk movement of the 1970s is a major part of Croydon’s cultural heritage

I don’t like punk rock, never have done and never will. It’s one of the few musical genres that I’ve lived through and was of an age to be involved in but I didn’t get it.

‘Musicians’ with pantomime names like Sid Vicious and Jonny Rotten and … Read More »



Event review: Jamie Reid’s Short Sharp Shock at RISE Gallery

Posted on May 24th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

Is Jamie Reid’s ‘old Croydon’ a frightening taste of what’s to come? asks Bernadette Fallon

His work sits within a tradition of English radical dissent and he’s been compared to William Blake. He’s stirred up local governments with claims of corruption and his satiric Suburban Press publications from the ‘70s have achieved cult status, as have his iconic Sex Pistols covers. He’s an artist with a strong … Read More »



A year on the land, a day on the Turf: fundraising for the arts in Croydon

Posted on April 4th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

This wasn’t The Shawshank Redemption– it was Croydon on a Saturday afternoon

My neck burning in the curiously unseasonal March heat, I suddenly realised I had been digging for an unknown length of time. Everyone around me seemed in a similar trance. This was not, however, a scene from The Shawshank Redemption, but a large group of volunteers in the centre of Croydon on a Saturday … Read More »