Protomartyr and Scritti Politti line up for Rough Trade 40th anniversary shows

London label famously signed The Strokes and The Libertines

Rough Trade have announced a series of concerts to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the label.

The events are due to take place across London this autumn and will include performances from Scritti Politti, Angel Olsen, Happy Meal Ltd and John Grant.

The gigs are also set to include various collaborations with the likes of The Pop Group and Protomartyr.


The label was founded in 1978 by Geoff Travis when he opened a record store just off Ladbroke Grove. The Smiths, The Libertines and The Strokes were famously signed by the label.

Rough Trade has stores in London, New York, Nottingham and they recently rolled out their own monthly in-store magazine.

The label will stage the following shows:

The Barbican (October 22)

John Grant and Wrangler [ft. Stephen Mallinder]
Scritti Politti and Alexis Taylor
The Pop Group and Protomartyr


Rough Trade East (October 26)

Ten Fé
Aldous RH

Shacklewell Arms (October 30)

Baba Naga

Rough Trade East (November 2)

Happy Meal Ltd.
Goat Girl

Islington Assembly Hall (November 3)

The Raincoats and Angel Olsen

Moth Club (November 5)


Earlier this year Parquet Courts performed a number of tracks from their latest album at Rough Trade Sessions.

The Brooklyn rock band played a short set that included ‘Human Performance’ tracks ‘One Man, No City’, ‘Outside’, and ‘Paraphrased’.

Parquet Courts released their fifth album ‘Human Performance’ earlier this year through Rough Trade. It was their first piece of new music since the mostly instrumental ‘Monastic Living’ EP, released in 2015.


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