Feature by Sarah Williams.
Welcome to Part Three of our Punk Rock Weddings Weekender! In our final instalment, we talk to Claire Core and Craig McGarry, who got hitched at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas. They’re huge punk enthusiasts and regulars at many of the big gigs around the country. Although they live only a few miles from Shout Louder HQ in Suffolk, I run into them more often at events like MPF, Wonkfest and Rebellion.
Craig’s originally from Rochdale, whereas Claire’s born and bred in Suffolk. They are one of the most heartwarmingly lovely couples you could possibly imagine; whenever I see then they’re utterly enamoured with one another. The story of how they got together is beautiful and, after meeting at a punk festival, it seems only fitting that they should get married at one too.
Firstly, tell me a bit about yourselves. How did you first get into punk?
- Claire: My sister and cousins got me into punk when I was 7 years old and it’s always been a big part of who I am. I have a huge love for punk in all its forms and really enjoy discovering a new favourite band. Current favourites include Pears, who never fail to exhilarate live, Pizzatramp, Direct Hit! and, of course, I’m a huge Wonker.
- Craig: I got into punk and metal when I was in high school, hanging out with friends skating and going to the odd gig here and there. There was a punk night locally that we went to regularly as getting served was a cinch. Loved it all since then. I’m a huge Misfits fan and an unashamed AFI devotee. I’ve also got a bit of a thing for most psychobilly as well as with celtic or folk punk.
You guys have had a fairly speedy advance through this love stuff. That’s no bad thing! Talk us through how you met.
- Claire: It was at Manchester Punk Festival 2016 after the bands at the Zombie Shack. Craig was bouncing around trying to make everyone have MORE FUN, as he is inclined to do, and I propositioned him. I liked his dance moves and his big daft face.