2018, the second year of Fred Perry's current partnership with London's iconic 100 Club, following a year that saw the like of The Fall, Thurston Moore and Black Grape perform memorable gigs at the unique venue. As well as established icons 2017 also included the most pioneering young talent on the scene, including Cosmo Pyke, Bakar, The Big Moon, HMLTD, Goat Girl and Fat White Family.
Thankfully, 2018 was just as impressive with John Lydon taking to The 100 Club's stage for the first time since Sex Pistols, impressive gigs from Shame and Goat Girl, and, a new music all-day festival, All Our Tomorrows.
We look back on a great year of unique gigs and live music.
Shame / Sistertalk / Black Midi
Undoubtedly the most exciting band around as the new year began, Shame released their wonderfully titled debut album 'Songs Of Praise', performing the album in full at SubcultureLive. Support came from Sistertalk and Shame's own favourite London band Black Midi, as well as a DJ set from peerless tastemaker Steve Lamacq. Shame were placed at Number 1 on the highly prestigious Rough Trade Albums Of The Year 2018 by the close of the year.
The Big Moon / Girl Ray / Georgie Jesson / Woom
The incredibly buoyant presence of The Big Moon topped the bill of the first of two gigs in June. The diverse line up also included experimental and pioneering music from Girl Ray, Woom, and spoken word performance from Georgie Jesson.
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No sooner had the dust settled from The Big Moon's turn on The 100 Club's stage, another June gig gave us the near historic moment of John Lydon performing at London's 100 Club, the first time that the punk icon had done so since Sex Pistols' appearance at 1976's legendary two-day 100 Club Punk Special. The evening's musical heritage was completed by a DJ set from former Clash bassist Paul Simonon.
Black Midi Headline at All Our Tomorrows, The 100 Club, London, October 2018
All Our Tomorrows
London's mysterious Black Midi make another appearance on SubcultureLive's stage to headline Fred Perry Subculture's new music all-dayer. The 12 band line-up featured the best emerging bands, showcasing the groundbreaking creativity of British youth. Denzel Himself, Puma Blue, Skinny Pelembe, Kojaque, Alaskalaska, DylanCartlidge, Sons of Raphael, Black Country New Road, audiobooks, Jockstrap and Jerskin Fendrix completed the live line up, with DJs: Phil Taggart, Jamz Supernova, Tom Ravenscroft and Queen Kong playing through the changeovers throughout the day.
As well as happenings at London's 100 Club, SubcultureLive nights also took place in Milan, Tokyo and Osaka. Swindle, Jack Jones, and Puma Blue performed in Fred Perry shops in Japan, while rising underground DJ, Peggy Gou, headlined a night of DJs including sets from, Capofortuna, Hunter/Game, Pisetzky and Rollodexx at Milan's Tocqueville 13.
Goat Girl / audiobooks / Naima Bock
Wrapping up another year at The 100 Club, December's gig saw Brixton's current heroes, Goat Girl, return to SubcultureLive, this time as the headliner, 18 months after supporting The Fall in 2017. It marked a triumphant end to the year for the band, with their eponymous debut album being rated as one of the best of the year. Also returning, audiobooks marked the launch of their debut LP as the second band on the bill, preceded by Goat Girl's own Naima Bock performing as a solo artist. The evening was topped off by a DJ set from the legendary Jarvis Cocker.
Photos by Ellen Offredy and Phoebe Fox.