The glory days of pirate radio will get a rewind at the Southbank Centre this weekend with an afternoon looking at the legacy of London’s illegal stations.

The free event will include documentary footage and DJ sets from Sarah HB and Jasper the Vinyl Junkie, both formerly of pirate radio stations LWR and Kiss FM, and Dave VJ of Invicta, Solar and Kiss.

The impact of the pirates on their communities and on broadcasting in general will also be discussed in interviews with Dave VJ and Lindsay Wesker, authors of Masters of the Airwaves, a book chronicling the 1980s pirate scene, and Gordon Mac, who led Kiss FM on its journey from squat-based pirate to one of London’s big licensed stations.

Head down to the Southbank’s Foyer Spaces this Sunday (April 26) from 2pm to 8pm. The afternoon is part of the Southbank’s Changing Britain series looking at the drastic economic and social upheavals from Thatcher’s Britain to 1997.

Eager historians should also check out Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s, a travelling exhibition currently at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent until May 9, and Rollo Jackson’s pirate radio documentary Tape Crackers.



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