C86 – 20th anniversary of indie landmark

Legendary NME cassette gets live celebration

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Two shows have been announced at the ICA, celebrating 20 years of the rise of indie, from when ‘indie‘ still meant independent.

Taking place at the end the month, Uncut favourites Roddy Frame, Gokart Mozart and The Pastels are among the line up.

The two-day indie extravaganza is being put on by three of the most influential independent record labels of the last two decades – Heavenly, Rough Trade Shops and Domino.


They are looking back at the C86 legacy with these live concerts, film screenings and an exhibition of related paraphernalia.

It will all be taking place at C86’s original birthplace, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the ICA.

Back in1986, the NME put on a week of gigs at the ICA, announced as a showcase for this new breed of ‘indie’ music. NME branded it C86, compiling 22 new British bands on a cassette of the same name – featuring, among others, The Shop Assistants, Pastels, The Wedding Present, Stump and Primal Scream.


The full 2006, C86-revisited line-up will be:

The Magic Numbers, Gokart Mozart, Vic Godard & the Subway Sect + DJs St Etienne and Jeff Barrett (Heavenly Recordings) (October 27)

Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera), Phil Wilson (Junebrides), The Wolfhounds + DJs The Pastels (October 28)

Tickets are on sale now, priced £22.50

Booking: is by telephone only – 020 7930 3647 (12noon-9.15pm daily)



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