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bunker35.jpg Now that’s what I call indie

An exhibition – and some gigs – celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first gig of Sunderland’s Bunker Project has gladdened my very heart.

35, eh? The big 3, 5. It makes you think. It especially makes me think about why guitarists - such as Paul Maven, pictured here at the Sunderland Music Collective practice room at Borough Road in 1981 – are not nearly as cool looking these days. But this exhibition – entitled No Glue/No Glass Bottles – will look back over the last 35 years and take in photography, fanzines and various other bits of ephemera and video screenings, as well as spoken word events and live performances.

Organised by The Bunker 35 group, the program seeks to celebrate the historical importance of the collective and the birth of the city’s Bunker Project. Collective member and coordinator Alan Christie: “The Bunker collective played an important part in young people’s lives in 1980s Sunderland, giving hopes and purpose to the ever growing legions of the unemployed.” Pop Recs’ Dave Harper: “The Sunderland music scene has, by hook or by crook, remained steadfast in its DIY ethics and continually produces product born of necessity. The Bunker remains pivotal as somewhere you can be and create wonderful music and wonderful art.” Keep abreast of that can-do aesthetic with a weekend of gigs at Pop Recs on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September that will launch the exhibition.

No Glue/No Glass Bottles, 8 September-January, Pop Recs Ltd, 27 Stockton Road, Sunderland. facebook.com/pg/PopRecsLtd