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"Punch Records was founded in the Perry Barr area of Birmingham in 1997 by Ammo Talwar MBE. The agency began as an Black music record store, and quickly became a major hub for artists and DJ culture, pioneering sales for vinyl and mixtapes of various genres such as UK Garage - tapes like Sun City, La cos Nostra and Harmony were very popular in the late 90s.

In its early days, Punch hosted legendary DJ competitions in the region and organised large scale events. This led to working with major labels including Def Jam, Bad Boy, Island and Rawkus supporting global artists in UK campaigns. At this time Punch was also a pioneer in the UK Garage scene, hosting regular events at Birmingham's legendary Que Club.

In 2002, the success of the record store led Punch to relocate to Birmingham's Creative Quarter, the Custard Factory complex in Digbeth and following on from its early success, Punch began to host events for young people as part of what would grow into Punch's famed outreach programme to develop talent within the city."

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Dave Harwood
07 May 2024 at 09:57
I found this address in the 'Great Barr Observer' dated 2nd May 1997:
“Punch Records of Birchfield Road, Perry Barr (opp. Crown & Cushion) 0121-356 2755.”
... and this piece in the 7th May 1999 edition:
“Hip hop, house and jazz funk is on the timetable at a Perry Barr record store for teenagers on an innovative new course to give them life skills. Punch Records in Birchfield Road are putting on a series of DJ classes as part of the education project aiming to take young people out of the classroom. The ten-week scheme now being run by Underwood School in Erdington will help young people who spend more time out of school than in.”



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