The London Music Scene In The 1980s

By Daan Deol Last edited 30 months ago
The London Music Scene In The 1980s

With the emergence of the New Romanticism movement and daring fashion choices, the 1980s was a defining era for the music. From Bowie to Cobain to Mercury, here is London's 1980s music scene.

Madonna at Camden Palace, 1983
Source Madonna Scrapbook
My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, 1988
Source Bfi
Reggae record sleeves on the wall at Dub Vendor, Clapham Junction, 1988
Jesus and Mary Chain at the Ambulance Station, 1984
Source Playlist Ist
Peckings Studio, Askew Road
Happy people at the Land of Oz party at Heaven nightclub
Source Mashable
Bowie checks out a fan's music collection in Park Royal
Source Bowiesongs
Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux, Pauline Black, Poly Styrene, and Chrissie Hynde, August 1980
Source Pu Nk and Stuff
The Fall in HMV Records
Source Si Wolstencroft
The Asylum Club, 1986
Source Pu Nk and Stuff
Pet Shop Boys in King's Cross
Source Electric Pet Shop Boys
Kurt Cobain signing autographs at the Rough Trade record shop, 1989
Source History of Sound
U2, Hammersmith Palais, 1981
Source Old London
David Bowie, Wembley Arena, 1983
Source London Historians
Freddie Mercury at Wembley Stadium, 1986
Source Blendergallery
Boy George
Source Haberdashernyc
Bauhaus film their Ziggy Stardust video at The Roundhouse
Source Playlist Ist
Groove Records on Greek Street
Source Rob Baker
Ska twins, Chuka & Dubem, 1981
Source Rbma
HMV on Oxford Street, 1985
Source Hmvgetcloser
Guns n Roses made their UK live debut at a sold out Marquee Club, Oxford Street, 19 June 1987
The Batcave Club in Meard Street, Soho -- a noted Goth hangout
Source Therawskin
Ray's Jazz Shop on Shaftesbury Avenue
Source Rob Baker
Club Hell, Steve Strange, 1980
Source Redbullmusicacademy
Sir Jules Sound Table at Gossips, Dean Street
Source Rob Baker
New Romantics at The Blitz Club, 1980
The stage at Live Aid, Wembley, 1985
Source Vintag
Live Aid, Wembley, 1985
Source Vintag
Bono, Paul McCartney, and Freddie Mercury. Live Aid, 1985
Source Lost in History
Mods dancing to Etta James' Mellow Fellow
Source Tony Schokman

Last Updated 14 February 2017