Along with the 100 Club, the Hope & Anchor in Islington's Upper Street, is one of London's few original punk venues still standing. It's had a new sound system installed and a bit of a sweep-up but is otherwise the same venue that it was back in '76 when The Stranglers recorded their Live at the Hope & Anchor album, where Joy Division and 'the U2s', X-Ray Spex, Madness, The Specials and tons more played and where The Damned recorded the magnificent video for punk's first chart single 'New Rose'.
Just over three years ago, Timmy and Debs DeRella started a new club called 'Rockaway Beach' - a place to meet and make friends, have a few beers and see some great bands. We've had sold-out nights with original punks - Brian James of The Damned, The Vibrators (original line-up and V2 lineup), Honest John (The Boys), the Urban Dogs -with a special guest appearance from Campino from Die Toten Hosen, Vice Squad, The Primevals as well as newer bands with punk influence worn proudly on their safety-pinned sleeve - Ming City Rockers, Heavy Drapes, Starsha Lee, Witchdoktors, The DeRellas, The Phobics, Dave Kusworth, Anita Challemah of the Cherry Bombs, The Peckham Cowboys, and many more..
We are proud to support two London based charities - Knox's Rock n Roll Rescue and Food for All - Feeding the Poor.