Fancy a depressing start to Easter? Then don your ‘Meat Is Murder’ t-shirt and head along to the Smithsfest at the ICA on 29 and 30 March!
Curated by Amy Lamé, this two day festival will cover the entire Smiths ouvre with talks, art, film and performances that will consider the band’s impact on British culture, and their iconic position as the key players in the pop counterculture of the 1980s (here’s hoping that their serial songwriter and Johnny Marr’s landlady Kirsty MacColl gets at least an honorary mention).
Highlights of this two-day extravaganza of teenage angst include:
Quiffosexual Cabaret – a performance inspired by the chief daffodil-wielder himself
Morrissey – Saint Or Sinner? A talk between Amy Lamé and the author of Saint Morrissey, Mark Simpson
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – a late, late screening of the seminal kitchen-sink drama which influenced much of Morrissey’s work
The Enduring Cultural Significance of The Smiths – discussion and an audience Q&A led by Danny Kelly, ex-editor of the NME
Throughout the weekend the discs will be kept spinning by Duckie favourites The Readers’ Wives and there will also be an exhibition of Tom Sheehan’s photography, as well as a Smiths-inspired bar that will be there all weekend. In honour of Morrissey, the ICA Cafe Bar will also be veggie-only this weekend.
Tickets can be picked up at the ICA Box Office or by telephone on 020 79303647. A multi-buy ticket that provides entry to all events is £45 (£35 concessions) and costs £30 for ICA members.