Art just the start for punk festival

Corrine Streetly with her artwork to celebrate Rebellion Punk Festival and (below) manager of HMV Blackpool, Neil Carpenter.
Corrine Streetly with her artwork to celebrate Rebellion Punk Festival and (below) manager of HMV Blackpool, Neil Carpenter.
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PUNK festival fever is spreading across Blackpool as the resort prepares to become awash with brightly-coloured mohicans, fishnets and rocker jackets.

Thousands of music fans are expected to descend on the town for the annual Rebellion Festival, which will be held at the Winter Gardens this weekend.

Manager of HMV Blackpool, Neil Carpenter.

Manager of HMV Blackpool, Neil Carpenter.

And one artist is working with those in the music business to make sure shoppers get into the spirit of the vibrant festival.

Corrine Streetly’s stunning artwork is being displayed in HMV on Bank Hey Street, which is now stocked with a variety of punk material and music in preparation for the event.

The 50-year-old, from Blackpool, said: “The festival has become an intrinsic part of Blackpool’s culture.

“During each festival I’ve soaked up the colours, sights & sounds in the Winter Gardens complex, watching the crowds of national and international die hard Punk supporters.

“There is a real energy, an exciting buzz of expectancy in the air at Rebellion, due to many people converging together in one small space, dressed to impress. I am very flattered to have my artwork displayed.”

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The Rebellion Festival will run from August 2 until August 5.

Neil Carpenter, manager of HMV in Blackpool, said: “It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like this.

“We wanted to get people into the spirit of the punk festival so thought it’d be great to display Corrine’s artwork.

“We are also stocking music from the bands that are playing such as the Buzzcocks, Public Image Limited, The Adicts, Conflict and Vice Squad. Someone 
visiting from London told me it was the best punk section they’ve seen.

“It’s a really credible festival and it’s brilliant for Blackpool.”

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