6th June - 31st August
Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 8pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am - 11pm
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX 
Festival Village below the Queen Elizabeth Hall 

Youth Club Archive presents One Nation Under a Groove, a 3 month exhibition at Southbank Centre’s for the Festival of Love. The exhibition explores the key role youth movements and subcultures play in forging relationships, friendships, families and communities. Covering the rich history of the tribes, subcultures, sounds and style that span the generations and genres. 

The exhibition includes 120 iconic images from the PYMCA featuring over 50 photographers including Gavin Watson, David Swindells, Janette Beckman, Normski, Phil Knott, Derek Ridgers, Chris Porsz and Richard Braine.

A screening room showing the highly acclaimed Music Nation series by Dazed Digital alongside documentaries from independent film-makers including Will Robson-Scott, Simon Wheatley and Nick Cunard. Guest collections from British Record Shop Archive, Fiona Cartledge from Sign of the Times, Steve Proctor resident DJ at Shoom, Jon Swinstead, Wayne Hemingway and the Hyman Archive. 

The exhibition also includes interactive areas including; 

  • Youth Club photo-booth in collaboration with Simple Booth
  • Design your own custom t-shirt on 27” touch screens with YR Store
  • Free drop in badge making workshops 
  • #COLLECTIVEMEMORY installation 
  • Our Soundtrack installation. Listen HERE  
  • Live art from guest artists including Inkie, Mark Wigan and Panik
  • Street Photography workshops 



10 April 2015, 10:00am - 12 April 2015, 23:00pm / Level 2 Foyer (Blue Side) at Royal Festival Hall 

Breaking The Mould explores the explosion of youth culture from the 1950s to the present day. Curated in association with Southbank Centre's Youth Ambassadors, the exhibition looks at tribes, sub-cultures and music across different eras.

From the Teddy boys of the 1950s to the mods of the 1960s, the hippies of the 1970s and the punks of the 1980s, youth culture is constantly shifting and changing as the world around it changes.

The changes you see in the fashions and styles worn by individuals in these pictures link to changes going on in the wider world and in popular culture. They reflect social, cultural and political shifts of everyday life.

All the images seen in this exhibition are drawn from PYMCA (Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive). PYMCA is the specialist image and research library for global youth culture, lifestyle and music.

This archive of over 55,000 photographs is sourced from all over the world, documenting the lifestyles, fashions, hairstyles, music and subcultures of young people from the 1940s to the present day.