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Grime vs. Punk at Tate Liverpool

Is Grime greater than Punk? Join artists, musicians, journalists and educators for a series of workshops, performances, and lively debates with ON RECORD Festival.

At this year’s On Record Festival, a one-day event will consider what has had the most enduring impact on music and culture – grime or punk? Discussions, live music, art, photography and fashion workshops will take place on Saturday 6 November and tickets are free.

On Record, a festival celebrating and exploring Black music on Merseyside, and the role it has played in communities over the past 70 years, is currently running from Sunday24 October – Sunday 7 November and brings together a wealth of original commissioned events, collaborative music projects & live performances.

Liverpool Tate On Record

“The parallels between Punk and Grime as sub-cultures that started in core communities but ended up having so much influence and impact on mass culture can not be denied,” says the event curator, Yaw Owusu.

“However, Grime has continued to thrive and evolve, even as many of the core elements have been co-opted and consumed in the mainstream – arguably leading to Grime becoming a larger cultural movement than Punk.

“With GRIME > PUNK we wanted to explore these ideas via discussion, artistic responses and performance.”

Yaw Owusu

“The parallels between Punk and Grime as sub-cultures… can not be denied.”

Yaw Owusu.

Working alongside University of Liverpool academic Lennon Mhishi, On Record will present its creative response to  Glasgow-born, Brussels-based artist Lucy McKenzie’s current exhibition which highlights themes that have interested the artist throughout her career, including international sport, the representation of women, gender politics and music subcultures.

Grime > Punk includes a discussion on how Grime has developed as the biggest music culture movement since Punk. Hosted by cultural leader Saskilla, the panel includes music industry stalwarts, journalist and author Laura Brosnan (Hyperfrank), DJ G33, artist, local leader KOJ, and music artist Manga Saint Hilare.

Tate Liverpool

Liverpool artist Sumuyya Khader will provide an artistic response to Lucy’s work – creating a modern-day interpretation in her own style, and local photographer Anthony Wilde will create a collection of portraits that reflect the Grime subculture within Liverpool.

Designer, Artist and LJMU BA Fashion Programme leader, Andrew Ibi and Cathy Reilly, LJMU Fashion Support Officer will lead a workshop resulting in the creation of modern-day outfits that mix Grime and Punk fashion into something that bridges both subcultures.

The event will close with a Grime / Punk mashup set by DJ G33 and performances by local Grime artists Koj and Pelumi (P3LZ) and special guests Roll Deep‘s Manga and Birmingham’s Dapz on the Map. Afterwards, there will be a special Late at Tate, featuring sets by DJ 2Kind, and G33.

Further information:


Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB


6 November 2021 at 12.00–18.00

Booking is essential. Reserve your free ticket HERE

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