If there’s one band that you could probably take and turn into a mini arts festival without actually playing a note of their music it is The Smiths. From their cover art, through to their musical influences and passion for films, The Smiths are still IMO the most interesting British pop band of the last 30 or so years.
So no surprises then that the ICA have chosen the band for a festival at the end of March. With Morrissey and Marr still putting the dampeners on any reunion talks this is probably as close as you’ll get to the band this year.
The details haven’t been fully announced but the ICA website says
Over a two day festival comprising talks, performance, art and film, Smithsfest will survey the artistic and cultural impact of The Smiths, one of the most iconic, seminal and controversial guitar bands in the history of pop music.
Among the stuff confirmed so far is the London debut of Terry Christian’s solo show Naked Confessions of A Recovering Catholic while Mark Simpson, author of Saint Morrissey, will be in discussion exploring the question Morrissey: Saint or Sinner?
From our perspective though the highlight will be a double-bill of the superb films Taste of Honey & The Leather Boys both of which will be introduced by legendary 60s actress Rita Tushingham.
There is some less cerebral stuff too including the chance to get a Moz Makeover with Open Barbers, and confront MozTerMind: ask him anything about the Smiths/Morrissey and he knows the answer! DJs The Readers Wifes play a Smiths inspired set, plus there’s an exhibition of exclusive Smiths and Morrissey photographs by legendary rock photographer Tom Sheehan.