Youth subcultures were significant parts of people’s lives, it was how they dressed, what they listened to, and how they completely defined themselves.
At what age do you stop being part of a youth subculture. Do you one day just wake up, decide against the Harrington jacket, put the Doc Martens in the bin, and change your music taste entirely?
Festivals and events go on year after year, drawing people from all over the country, who were part of various youth cultures and subcultures. In this video mini-doc you’ll see the crowds and performers from Northern Soul events, and Ska festivals, followed by an interview with Chris Burton.
Chris was a pioneer of the Northern Soul subculture, having owned one of the original nightclubs to host Northern Soul all-nighters, The Golden Torch.
Before Wigan Casino, The Golden Torch was the home of Northern Soul attracting large crowds of young people. Unfortunately, ‘The Torch’, became a victim of its own success and was closed down in 1973 after Stoke-on-Trent refused to renew the club’s licence.
Music Credits: Maroon Town – ‘Bullit’
Want to see more:
Read – The Subculture-less Generation article
Listen – The future of youth subcultures?
Timeline – The story of British youth subcultures
Social Media – Take a look at the Subculture-less Generation’s page to see how the project developed
Survey – What do young people think?
Read – Extended version of The Subculture-less Generation article