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Belfast Punk Experience: Walking Tour, Workshop, Gig

Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 2LG
Punk Tour Guide Dolores at the Oh Yeah Music Centre


Come explore the story of punk in Belfast! Since bands like The Outcasts, Rudi, Stiff Little Fingers, Ruefrex and Victim erupted onto the scene in Belfast back in the late 1970s, Belfast punk has held a special place in music history, near and far.

This brand-new activity, organised by Creative Tours Belfast, offers a chance to savour punk in an afternoon. Meet at the city's music hub, the Oh Yeah Music Centre, for a guided look around the fascinating punk memorabilia and artefacts in the display cabinets of its NI Music exhibition. Next, take a short walking tour around the nearby area to explore legendary punk rock sites in Belfast's '70s punk story, including the Harp Bar, The Pound, one Good Vibrations record shop home and more. Your guide Dolores will paint a picture of a night out in Hill Street back in 1979, sharing her own stories of punk gigs back then - as well as introducing you to a few of the excellent punk bands performing today.

Returned to Oh Yeah, and after a light lunch, it's time to get hands-on and sample the DIY ethos of punk in a workshop activity. There'll be support from facilitators who have textiles expertise and have worked at a range of rock camps, including for Girls Rock School NI. Participants will customise their own punk designed t-shirt, using a screen printer, fabric paints, safety pins and more, and will also make up their own badge. A soundtrack of local punk band music, old and contemporary, will help to inspire you!

After your creative work, settle down for a blistering live performance at Oh Yeah by local contemporary punk band, Gender Chores, to round off the punk experience.

Take away the t-shirt and badge you have designed and made, together with recommendations if you want to find out more about Belfast's punk music.

Participants must be over 16.

This event is supported by funding from Tourism NI Market Led Product Development Programme 2022-23.

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