The Sub Rooms in Stroud launches series of pop-up cultural events

Launching this March 2023, the Sub Rooms and Pop Up will introduce SubCulture, a new series of events featuring contemporary music, films, books, live talks, exhibitions and more in Stroud.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
See Lush's Miki Berenyi, Happy Mondays Bez and Fat White Family's Lias Saoudi this March 2023.

Dance, learn and be entertained at the Sub Rooms in Stroud throughout 2023, when Pop Up presents SubCulture - a new series of events that will bring the best of contemporary music, books and writers to the town.

Kicking off the new programme of events at the vibrant, community arts centre is the 'SubCulture' weekend, taking place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023, bringing together a selection of stories from cultural margins.

Visitors can expect to see Miki Berenyi of the alternative rock band Lush performing live, as well as talking about her life and celebrated autobiography which has been voted Rough Trade Book of the Year with BBC's Samira Ahmed; Bez from the Happy Mondays will talk about his new book Buzzin', which is packed with madness and redemption; along with the cautionary tale of the Fat White Family Ten Thousand Apologies, told in finely-tuned prose by frontman Lias Saoudi. 

Eventgoers can also see the man who 'invented the 80s' Trevor Horn; as well as getting an in-depth look at some of music's most celebrated sleeve designers; how the Beatles and Bond shared a birthday and not much else; the crepuscular, hidden story of Goth; and much more. 

And if that wasn't enough, there's an entire rave sub-programme at Studio 18, focusing on the UK free party scene of the late 80s and early 90s, culminating in a five-hour party featuring the original DiY Sound System and DJs, as well as panels, exhibitions and film screenings - including a special preview screening of Aaron Trinder’s anticipated Free Party: A Folk History.

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