Pet Shop Boys Symposium

  • Glyn Davis (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


I co-organised this two day symposium with Dr Jonny Murray (we're both based in the School of Design). The event marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the debut album by the Pet Shop Boys, 'Please'. It provided space to explore the many contributions made to British popular culture - and beyond - by the band, across the fields of music, theatre, film, and design. The symposium consisted of two days of keynote talks and panels of papers, a film screening hosted by the Filmhouse, and a DJ set at the Wee Red Bar. The keynote speakers were Professor Stan Hawkins (University of Oslo), Lucy O'Brien (UCA), and Professor Scott King (UAL). Speakers travelled to speak at the event from countries including Singapore, the USA, Germany, and the Netherlands. 60 delegates took part in the event. The screening at the Filmhouse had around 150 attendees, and was introduced by Jonny Murray. The symposium was covered by The Sun, The Times and The Guardian; it was namechecked in articles and reviews in The Sunday Times and The Observer.
Period24 Mar 201625 Mar 2016
Event typeSymposium
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • Pet Shop Boys
  • popular music
  • graphic design
  • promo videos
  • electronic music
  • synthpop
  • British Culture