Punk'd! Why This Summer Is All About The Misfits

​A slew of shows have arrived to celebrate 40 years since mohawks ruled


A new wave of fashion created in the spirit of punks, misfits and anarchists now reigns supreme. Less about a textbook recreation of a past moment – and let's be honest, terms like 'grunge' and 'punk' are often used as catch-all clichés – the current mood is more about a subversive state of mind. With the increasingly influential Paris and New York Afropunk festivals gaining momentum every year, and the rise of the new rebel making an appearance on the AW16 runways, we track the evolution of the scene's most modern iterations from SS15 to now…

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Start with Punk 1976-78 (till 2 October) and explore the subculture at the British Library. Head to the Roundhouse (9-10 July) for a music line-up of grunge, then let punk forefather DJ Don Letts curate your summer films at the BFI. 

Then download White Lung. Not your average punk band; the on-stage presence and fierce lyrics brought by front woman, chief hollerer and leopard- print lover Mish Barber-Way make them much more than that. Vancouver-born Mish and band now reside in LA, where she leads a double life as a musician and a journalist for Vice and Rookie, writing about pop culture, sex and her love for Noel Gallagher. For the band's fourth record, Paradise, they raided their archives of stories they'd heard on their travels. There are some tender moments on the album, but don't worry: White Lung still know how to bring their double-quick drumming and screaming sentiments such as 'You have dragged us here to watch as you drown.' Paradise is released 6 May.

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