In London, punks will be punks – even in a national ‘period of mourning’ | Entertainment News


LONDON — In London, punk’s not dead.

Though most everything from musicals to comedy performances across the city were canceled in observance of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a punk festival still raged on this past weekend.

And at a time of national mourning for the deceased figurehead of the British Empire, the event was provocatively named Decolonise Fest.

It doesn’t get more punk than that.

“Punk’s role has always been to challenge and aggravate the status quo,” said Stephanie Phillips, one of the festival’s founders and organizers, in the days leading up to the festival.

Since the 96-year-old queen’s death Sept. 9, TV channels and newspapers have focused on crowds who’ve swarmed London to pay homage to her.


Decolonise Fest is a reminder that not all of the queen’s former subjects feel the same way.

Challenging and aggravating

In Britain, challenging the status quo has often meant challenging the monarchy.

It did in 1977, when the now-iconic London punk band Sex Pistols released “God Save The Queen.”


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