Presentation on theme: "Dr. Philip Long and Prof. Mike Robinson"— Presentation transcript:
1 Morecambe's Pretty Vacant: resort revitalisation through punk rock festivals Dr. Philip Long and Prof. Mike RobinsonCentre for Tourism and Cultural ChangeSheffield Hallam University
2 What does 'Punk' bring to mind? PogoingSpittingSafety pins and fishnet tightsSwastikas and violenceHeroin chicMohican hairstylesLoud and discordant musicAnarchy and nihilism"Actually we're not into music, we're into chaos"Steve Jones, The Sex Pistols 1976
9 Punks as welcome guests 'once again we can be proud of an excellent summer season that saw thousands of visitors come to the area to enjoy the vast array of events. For the next summer we have even more to offer. We are particularly delighted to welcome the Punk Festival back to Morecambe'Lancaster City Council, Leader's Review of 2002
10 Welcoming Youth Sub-Cultures to the Seaside in the 1960s ('Mods and Rockers')
11 The Case of the Morecambe Punk Rock Festival Location and attractions:- views across the Bay- 'city, coast and countryside'- a regenerating resort- a well resourced and diverse festival programme
12 Morecambe's heyday: The 'Taj Mahal of the North'
22 Morecambe's decline: the 'third worst place to live in the UK' 'Poor old Morecambe. The seaside town they should never have opened. Where a silent and grey day comes as a blessed relief from the gales of black depression that generally batter its desolate promenade...The town would be almost entirely empty if it wasn't for the fact that the DHSS has put its Bed and Breakfasts to good use in housing the Northwest's homeless and hopelessly addicted' (Jordison, S. and Kieran, D. (2003) The Idler Book of Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in the UK. London: Boxtree: 142)
28 Morecambe's revival: a Punk Festival for the 21st Century
29 Punk Rock, So What? Research Questions on Sub-cultural Festivals Venue selection – why Morecambe?(International) audience characteristics and changes and how the audience communicatesChanges to festival formats over the yearsHow sub-cultural visitors are received by local residents; youth; politicians; business people; the police; the local media; the local tourism sector (pubs, cafes etc.)How sub-cultural visitors perceive and experience the destination and the festivalWhy the sub-cultural phenomenon persists and in what variations.