‘Is There Anyone Out There?’ Documenting Birmingham’s Independent Music Scene 1986-1990

3rd-27th May 2016, Parkside’s Atrium Gallery

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Paul Long, Jez Collins and Sarah Raine from BCU’s Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Studies have been working in collaboration with Birmingham-based promoter and photographer, Dave Travis, to produce the upcoming exhibition ‘Is There Anyone Out There?’. This exhibition surveys the nature and value of The Click Club, hosted at the Burberries nightclub on a pre-regeneration Broad Street, locating it within the context of a wider set of cultural and economic activity. 2016 sees the 30th year of the Click Club: an opportune moment to celebrate the space and scene it represents.

A central venue on the touring circuit, the club showcased bands such as Primal Scream, Fuzzbox, The Mighty Lemon Drops, The Charlatans, Mighty Mighty and Killing Joke, becoming one of the key nights in the Birmingham alternative music scene. Setting many bands on their way to national recognition, The Click Club also provided a space for the expression and regional adaptation of a range of subcultural styles, inspired and influenced by these particular surroundings. Drawing on the personal archive of Dave Travis, this exhibition engages with posters, magazines, contract sheets, video and audio recordings, ticket stubs and set lists, in addition to a photographic record of the club, detailing a dynamic space and time.Burberries

The Click Club holds a very special place in my memories of the time. It was a brilliant experience, full of hugely talented and dedicated people from the bands to the promoters, record shop workers and owners to indie and rock kids out for a good time.

A Click Club regular.

In addition to working with Dave’s personal archive, the curators have engaged with the club’s community of regulars, who continue to produce their own archives of memory and memorabilia on and offline, including individual and group memories in both curatorial interpretation and the development of an exhibition catalogue. Through the use of a range of archival materials, the Parkside Gallery will host the spaces, people, bands, music and ephemera created by the four years of culturally and musically influential nights at The Click Club.

In collaboration with Vivid Projects post-punk season and the BFI National Archive, BCU will also be hosting This is Now: Film and Video After Punk, a major new touring project that looks at artists’ film and video from the post-punk era (1978–85). During this event, Video Killed the Radio Star will be screened at BCU, followed by a panel discussion and tour of the exhibition. Dates to be confirmed.

Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research www.bcmcr.org

Havill & Travis www.havillandtravis.com

Birmingham Music Archive www.birminghammusicarchive.com

Vivid Projects www.vividprojects.org.uk

BFI This Is Now www.thisisnow.org.uk

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