Teen Spirit: A Photography Exhibition Capturing Seminal Live Gig Experiences
28th August – 30th November 2016
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
In celebration of the British rite of passage of attending your first gig, Teen Spirit celebrates these formative years and lifelong friendships formed through the collective experiences of live music and forms part of the venue’s fifteen-year celebration of independent music and culture.
Co-curated by YOUTH CLUB and Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, the exhibition features photographers including David Swindells and Dean Chalkley and is a nod to the personal stories and profound moments that helped us find our first ‘tribe’, going on to shape our adult identities and creative vision.
From seeing your favourite band for the first time, to bravely embracing the chaos of the mosh pit, this collection of photographs from the 90’s and 00’s recognises the sense of belonging and friendships that are forged in this vital rite of passage.
Amidst a sea of online music discovery, Teen Spirit highlights the importance of nurturing gig culture and the essential roles of venues and festivals across the country in this process. A world where your brand new footwear comes home covered in gig scum and you enter your scene for the first time. And the feeling that nothing will ever be the same again…
The exhibition opens as part of ‘A Summer Affair’, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen’s bank holiday celebration of independent music and culture on Sunday August 28th. The exhibition runs until the end of November.
There will be a panel talk with the photographers on Wednesday 7th September (free with sign up via the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen website)
A Summer Affair (Bank Holiday Sunday 28th August)
Kicking off at 1pm on Sunday 28th August A Summer Affair includes an independent record market as well as a ticketed event for UK band Frankie & The Heartstrings who will be headlining the 300 capacity live room (supported by Johnny Foreigner) with Raw Meat hosting an after-party running until 3am with a DJ set from Everything Everything.
Spanning live, club and culture the party also marks fifteen years of the venue, which in the wake of countless club and venue closures is a solid reason to celebrate.