19 Jan - 5 Feb 2023

FRETS presents Hungry Beat


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4th Feb 2023
£28.00 includes booking fee
Age restrictions
18+ years
Celtic Connections 2023

Enjoy a day and evening of subtle dislocation in celebration of the book, Hungry Beat: The Scottish Pop Underground Movement.  In the day, join panels discussing the independent post-punk movement in Scotland and watch Grant McPhee's The Glasgow School film. In the evening hear live performances by The Hungry Beat Group (with guest vocalists) and Restricted Code.

Hungry Beat was written by Douglas MacIntyre, Grant McPhee and Neil Cooper and published by White Rabbit. The cultural contribution made by 2 Scottish independent music labels, Fast Product and Postcard, is immense . Bob Last, Hilary Morrison, Alan Horne and Edwyn Collins helped to create a confidence in being Scottish that had not existed in pop music. Or the arts in general in Scotland. Their fierce independent spirit stamped a mark of quality on everything they achieved. As did their role in the emergence of regional independent labels and cultural agitators, such as Rough Trade, Factory and Zoo. Hungry Beat is an oral history of these labels and the Scottish post-punk period. 

The Hungry Beat Group perform 2 sets featuring songs associated with the Fast Product, pop:aural, and Postcard Records period in post-punk Scotland. Members are from Aztec Camera, Article 58 and Josef K . They perform songs by these groups plus The Mekons, Scars, Fire Engines, Orange Juice, Jazzateers, Vic Godard, and more. They are joined by guest vocalists including Robert Hodgens and Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells), Fay Fife (The Rezillos), James King (The Lone Wolves), Tam Dean Burn (The Dirty Reds), and Dave Carson (Boots For Dancing).

Restricted Code have recently reformed and play a set of the songs they released on the pop:aural label, produced and managed by Bob Last.

“A new book that captures the excitement and chaos of Scotland’s independent pop underground movement” (The List)

Venue details

350 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3JD
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