Hope and Anchor, Islington

The Hope and Anchor is a public house on Upper Street, in the London Borough of Islington. During the mid-1970s it was one of the first pubs to embrace the emergent, but brief, phenomenon of pub rock. With the decline of this movement, the pub went on to become a leading venue in the punk rock movement.

The Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival, which took place between Tuesday 22 November and Thursday 15 December 1977, featured numerous pub rock, punk, and new wave groups. The recordings were issued as a live double album of the same name, which reached No 28 in the UK album chart.

The actual performance space at the Hope and Anchor was, at the time, a spartan and rather grubby basement space, alternately dank or overheated, and always smoky, but this in many ways suited the anarchic ideals of late-'70s live music. It was here that The Stranglers recorded their album Live at the Hope and Anchor. The English group Keane made its debut at the Hope and Anchor the 13 July 1998.

The Hope and Anchor is still a pub and venue today, though facilities have been improved. It also has pool tables on the first floor and a jukebox in the main bar. The pub was featured in the 1980 film Breaking Glass.

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