The legend that is Terri Hooley

Today Belfast City Council paid tribute to the city’s very own ‘godfather of punk’, the legend in his own lifetime that is Terri Hooley.

As part of the third annual Belfast Music Week, Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson has unveiled a special plaque on the site of the former Harp Bar, celebrating the role which both Terri Hooley and his Good Vibrations record label have played in the musical life of the city and of Northern Ireland.

In the 1970’s with the opening of his record shop in Belfast City Centre, Terri discovered a new generation of bands who were inspired by the ideals of punk rock. A generation who wanted a fresh start, and had alternative ways of thinking and Terri, a child of the Sixties, understood the value of this growing community.

Through his record label, ‘Good Vibrations’, named after his shop, Terri released many great records, perhaps the most famous being ‘Teenage Kicks’, which was recorded at Wizard Studios.

The plaque was unveiled at the site of the old Harp Bar, a venue that Terri helped to organize as a home for the young bands. The small stage upstairs at the Harp Bar was a home for acts like Rudi and The Outcasts, Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones and The Defects.

Check out this video of Terri as he gives a tour of ‘his’ Belfast.

On Sunday (November 11th), a special event celebrating Terri Hooley’s life in music will mark the end of Belfast Music Week. Taking place at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, it will feature performances from The Defects, Protex and other special guests, as well as a screening of edited highlights from ‘Good Vibrations’, the recent biopic about Terri and the Belfast punk scene, and a DJ set from the man himself. Admission to this event, which begins at 8pm, is free. For more information, visit or telephone (028) 9031 0845.

Post Author: Belfast Times