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Oh Yeah Music Centre seeking Northern Ireland's female punk stories for new exhibition

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast is planning to tell the female side of the Northern Ireland punk story which will be launched at the upcoming Women’s Work Festival.

Clothing, memorabilia, photographs, posters, badges and great stories are all being sought, with a selection being used to create a special exhibition at the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

This will be part of the centre's Northern Ireland Music Exhibition - the only permanent exhibition for popular music in NI.

The call-out for memorabilia takes place around the 40th anniversary of the big moments in the Northern Ireland punk story: the release of Suspect Device by Stiff Little Fingers (March 1978), the first punk gig at the Harp Bar on Hill Street (Victim and The Androids, April 21 1978) and the first single release on the Good Vibrations label (Big Time by Rudi, April 1978).

Organisers say much of Northern Ireland's punk history has been well documented and has featured in the film Good Vibrations, but added the role of female fans and musicians needs to be researched in depth.

Charlotte Dryden, from Oh Yeah, said: “The story of Belfast punk is well documented and has inspired countless bands and music lovers around the world.

"The NI Music Exhibition has successfully celebrated and honored the bands and the scene, but admittedly very few females have featured. It has been an ambition of ours for a while to dig deeper into the story by seeking out the women from this particular era of punk.

"We have no idea how many stories will come to us, but we know they are out there. This is a very exciting project for us and we can’t wait to see what comes from this call out.”

 The Northern Ireland Music Exhibition runs from June 5 - 10 as part of Women's Work Festival.

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