Lost Destination

Screen prints celebrate Britain's lost iconic music venues

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

If you're looking for something to fill a space on the wall that's more sophisticated than a tour poster, but still connects to music and British subculture, or perhaps reminds you of a formative night out in your own history - then take a look at these excellent Lost Destination screen prints designed by themed print specialist Dorothy, and illustrated by Stephen Millership.

Inspired by the style and optimism of British travel posters form the 20th Century the series of five colour litho prints includes representations of four iconic music venues - now lost to the ravages of time and urban renewal.

Few nightclubs and venues have a history as widely documented as that of Manchester's legendary Haçienda, the spiritual home of Tony Wilson's Factory Records and New Order. The Haçienda was central to the rise of the Acid House and Rave subcultures and was undoubtedly the place to be for the Madchester scene. It closed in 1997 and was demolished by developers in 2002 to be replaced by an apartment building.

The Wigan Casino was regarded by many as the heart of Britain's Northern Soul Scene - from 1973 to 1981. It was even named 'Best Disco in The World' by Billboard in 1978! In 1981 the local Council refused to extend the lease and the Casino was sadly demolished the following year.

The Eel Pie Island Hotel was located in London's River Thames. The nineteenth century hotel became a Jazz and Blues venue in the 1950s, before becoming a thriving rock venue in the 60s that would host performances by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath and Hawkwind. The building burnt down in 1971, but its influence was evident for many years with the nearby Eel Pie Studios (formerly owned by Pete Townsend) operating up until recent years. The island has a contemporary claim to fame as well with Mystery Jets forming on the island in 2003.

The London Astoria began its life as a cinema in the 1920s, before becoming a theatre and eventually a nightclub, and a live venue in 1985. In its musical heyday it would be the site of memorable gigs from a new era of emerging disruptors, including Nirvana, Manic Street Preachers and Radiohead. The venue was also home to the G-A-Y nightclub. The club was closed and demolished in 2009 to clear the route for the London Crossrail.

As well as music venues, other popular (or unpopular - depending on your viewpoint) icons of British architecture are represented in the extensive series of prints.

For sport fans, the late twin towers of Wembley Stadium are joined by Highbury, Maine Road and Roker Park to represent much loved grounds.

The divisive elevations of Ernö Goldfinger's Trellick Tower, the shortlived Birmingham Central Library and the mysterious 'golfballs' of RAF Fylingdales are among the modernist and brutalist buildings immortalised in series.

To find out more, and browse other subculturally literate goods to adorn your living space, from horror themed star charts to Weller/Jam road signage - visit Dorothy's website.

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