Starting at the end of July, Liverpool will start to celebrate 40 years of punk with a series of events hosted by LIMF under the 76-16: From Eric’s to EVOL banner.
Liverpool was a strong city for counterculture during the late 1970s with Eric’s bringing in British acts and some of punks giants at the stage including acts like The Clash, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and even held early acts for groups like New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark before the club closed in 1980 during a gig by The Psychedelic Furs with The Mighy Wah! supporting.
On Wednesday 20th July, an esteemed panel event The Story of Punk & Counterculture will take place at the DISTRICT in the Baltic Triangle to talk about 40 years of counterculture, talking about the music, fashion and everything in-between. The panel includes host John Robb, Paul De Noyer (Journalist & Author), Pete Wylie (of The Mighty Wah!), Pauline Murray (of the punk outfit Penetration), Craig Pennington (Publisher of Bido Lito! & Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia Director) and Jayne Casey (Legendary art director within the Liverpool punk/new wave scene of the ’70s). The event will last 150 minutes and will just cost £10 to attend.
Just a few days later on Saturday 23rd July, the music will start loud. From Eric’s To EVOL will takeover the entirety of the Arts Club for a night of amazing live music focusing on classic and current new wave/punk acts. Set to preform are headliners punk icons Buzzcocks, Liverpool’s own CLINIC, Poltergeist, Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies, Feral Love, VEYU, Lying Bastards, Queen Zee & The Sasstones and Organ Freeman.
The following night, From Eric’s To EVOL moves to the O2 Academy for the final night of the celebration this time focusing on Liverpool acts. On the bill are headlining act The Lightning Seeds, Pete Wylie & The Mighty Wah!, The Clang Group (who feature Clive Langer of Deaf School) and Sugarmen for what will be an amazing night of live music.