“It’s often been said that the reason punk was more popular in the north of Ireland than anywhere else in the world, is because we needed it more.” Words from Marty Martin, the guitarist for Belfast’s punk rock band Toxic Waste, which affirms North Ireland’s place in punk history as one of the most credible meccas of punk. Having thrived throughout the mi-90s to early 2000s, Belfast saw the uprise of the sub-culture of punk as a response to the great divide between between Catholics and Protestants.
While the punk movement spread across the world, developing its own localized form and style, the core ethos of what is punk–the get the fuck up and do it your own damn self–attitude remained the stronghold of the scene, for both sake of expression and necessity. Thanks to photographer Ricky Adams, we now get a glimpse inside the small window into Belfast’s punk scene through his new book titled Belfast Punk: Warzone Centre 1997 – 2003, that centers itself around the Warzone Centre–a punk mecca that saw everything and then some during its prime. Check out a few excerpts from the book throughout, and head here to find out more on the book.