Early Worm: First Steps of Spydeee and Genesis // Ben Waddington
Wed 3rd July // 6pm // 110 mins
Meet: Junction of Drury Lane and High St, Solihull B91 3ST
Amongst the opening events of Hull City of Culture 2017 was the huge retrospective of COUM Transmissions; the taboo-busting performance art collective that preceded the formation of Industrial music icons Throbbing Gristle.
However the story begins not in the communes and disused buildings of Hull but rather in the halcyon suburbs of Solihull. Friends Genesis P-Orridge (then Neil Megson) and Spydeee Gasmantell (Ian Evetts) - together known as Worm - attended Solihull School until 1968.
This walk through Solihull’s centre, ring roads, suburbs and dark woodlands reconstructs Worm's tale of teenage pranks, mods and beatniks, the influence of William Burroughs and of course the occasional black mass in the park.
Comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing essential.
Route includes a section of woodland with uneven and possibly muddy ground.
Early Worm first ran during Flatpack Festival in 2018