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Punkettes - share your memories and memorabilia with Oh Yeah Music Centre

 P is for punk

LADIES, were you at the Harp Bar's first punk gig on April 21 1978? Did you get your punk on at the Viking and the Trident in Bangor? Or did you find your teenage kicks at the Casbah in Derry? 

If so the Oh Yeah Music Centre wants to hear from you. The centre wants to tell the female side of the Northern Ireland punk story and is appealing for memories and memorabilia in the form of photographs, clothing, posters and badges.

A special exhibition will be created at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast as part of the Women’s Work Festival.

Many of the big moments in the local punk scene took place in 1978 - the release of Suspect Device by Stiff Little Fingers (March 1978), the first punk gig at the Harp Bar on Hill Street (Victim and The Androids, April 21 1978) and the first single release on the Good Vibrations label which was Big Time by Rudi (April 1978).

Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said the story of Belfast punk is well documented and has inspired bands and music lovers.

"The NI Music Exhibition has successfully celebrated and honored the bands and the scene but admittedly very few females have featured. It has been an ambition of ours for a while to dig deeper into the story by seeking out the women from this particular era of punk. We have no idea how many stories will come to us, but we know they are out there. This is a very exciting project for us and we can’t wait to see what comes from this call out.”

The exhibition will run from June 5-10 and the centre asks that punkettes get in touch before May 11.

For more info contact charlotte@ohyeahbelfast.com

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