Our History

Punch Records began in 1997 as a record store sourcing hard-to-find vinyl for the black music scene. We grew organically over the next decade, delivering workshops and large-scale community based projects such as; SoundFutures and DJs for Life. We shut our shop in 2004 and moved to Birmingham’s Custard Factory complex, to work with emerging artists like RoxXxanLady Leshur, Decypher, RT and DJ Jezta. We also toured groundbreaking new heritage projects such as; The Art Of Afrobeat, Fight The Power and Soho Road to the Punjab – our landmark exhibition on the history of Bhangra music which has toured the UK and USA for over a decade.

In 2006 Punch launched BASS: our flagship programme and the UK’s leading festival of urban music outside the capital. Taking place across two weeks each year, BASS is an invaluable platform for us to champion black culture and celebrate the wealth of talent found in young people. Today Punch is an award winning Arts Council England national portfolio organisation.

Find out more; download our Punch timelines here: 

1997 - 2001

1997 – 2001

2001 to 2006

2001 to 2006

Record Shop