Episode 4 – At The Mermaid – Punk’s Not Dead

In the last episode of our ‘At The Mermaid’ podcast we explore the impact the venue had on those that attended and performed there.

For reasons that seem unclear, Daz Russell stopped promoting shows at the Mermaid, some thought this was due to licensing, health and safety, or even the crowd outstaying their welcome in Sparkhill. Daz Russell’s Floating Concerts moved to city centre venue the Kaleidescope. For many of the people we spoke to, it just wasn’t the same anymore. Nothing lasts forever, the crowd were changing, punk was changing, during this period subcultures evolved fast. But what is clear is that the Mermaid had a lasting impact; a personal impact, and a musical impact. 

“It was a vital place, a very creative place, and I’m glad that it was there, it mattered” 
Stig C Miller (Amebix)

Conflict at The Mermaid – Photo courtesy of Chris Davis

Listen to episode 4 – ‘At The Mermaid – Punk’s Not Dead’

The podcasts + publication were produced by –
Interviews, research, writing and podcast narration: Sarah Lafford
Artistic Director/founder Home of Metal: Lisa Meyer
Design: David Hand
Podcast Producer: Alice Rosenthal 
Essay: Kez Whelan
Capsule Team: Kate Self + Rosie Tunley

Thanks to all the contributors
Alan Wedgbury, Ben Andrews, Chris Davies, Christian Burton, Derek Eynon, Ian Lee, Jason Hodges, Johnny Doom, Julie Barton, Justin Broadrick, Mark Farmer, Mark Freeth, Matthew Knight, Ming de Nasty, Nicholas Bullen, Paul Catten, Rik Smithies, Steve Charlesworth, Steve McCready, Steve Watson, Stig C Miller, Stuart Minal (Swag), Tim Richardson

Thanks to our Home of Metal volunteers and those that joined us for the co-creating session and helped to shape the direction/content for this project.

Funded by Historic England