What were the Pirate Radio stations?
Dozens of stations popped up from the roofs of tower blocks during the 1980s, an era defined by Margaret Thatcher, in a bid to escape racial discrimination and economic marginalisation. Radio stations like Kiss 94.5 FM, Horizon, Radio Invicta and Dread Broadcasting Corporation (DBC) empowered musical communities that felt ignored by commercial stations. They also focused on a single music genre - a first in UK broadcasting. Some of these outlawed stations were forced to broadcast only at weekends as the authorities were more likely to crackdown on broadcasting 7 days a week.
This ICA exhibition tracks the history of several pirates stations and spotlights their legacy in contemporary music and broadcasting today. Lovers of Blondie, the Police and Lionel Richie won't want to miss this celebration of all things 80s.
|What||Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s, ICA|
|Where||Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
26 May 15 – 19 Jul 15, 11am – 6pm, except Thursday, 11am – 9pm
|Price||£1 with Day-Membership|
|Website||Click here for more details|