60th Anniversary of Fred Perry - A Review

 

Thursday 27th September 2012
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The 60th Anniversary Fred Perry event was a massive success at The Garage, Islington, featuring live performances from The Charlatans and Keel Her , and DJ sets from Terry Hall (The Specials), Don Letts and Norman Jay MBE.

The event started off with 150 Fred Perry guests viewing the screening of the Don Letts’ Fred Perry Subculture films which have been recently broadcasted on Channel 4, which depict the emergence of British youth subcultures over the last 60 years. Fred Perry clothing has had a historical relationship with Mods, Rockers, Skinheads, Soulboys, Punks, Ravers and Britpop, being the original sportswear to streetwear clothing.

Don Letts was then invited to the stage and introduced by Richard Martin from Fred Perry, followed by a live Q & A session with Luke Turner (The Quietus), where Don answered questions about the films and commented on British subcultures of today.

The queues outside the venue were mounting up at this point, and the main room soon filled up while Terry Hall welcomed everyone with a DJ set. Everyone was keen to watch Keel Her who, along with her band members delivered an effortlessly cool stage presence with their blend of no-fi surf pop. This was followed by a DJ set from Don Letts.

An hour long performance of a very special retrospective of The Charlatan's musical output followed, including The Only One I know and North Country Boy which had the crowd  enthusiastically singing along with Tim Burgess who delivered an incredibly fervent show, clearly enjoying every moment. Following on from the recent success of the publication of his autobiography earlier this year, Tim Burgess' new solo album 'Oh No I Love You' is out on October 1st on O Genesis Recordings. The album’s release is followed by a UK tour, starting in Aberdeen on October 18th, taking in The Union Chapel in London on October 24th before finishing in Belfast on 27th.

The Charlatans pulled in an all star crowd with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt in attendance to enjoy an incredible performance and celebrate 60 years with Fred Perry. Matt Berry was also on the roster of special VIPs, turning up with Eddie Piller whose Acid Jazz record label he is signed to. 

The Charlatans set finished after midnight, with Norman Jay MBE then DJing into the night with a set ensuring the crowd were kept worked up and dancing to great music.

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