Sunday, December 4th, 2011

reverend billy and the occupy movement [podcast]

The Reverend Billy came to London one autumn weekend to connect Occupy London with Occupy Wall Street. He landed, made his way to St Paul’s and found himself sleeping in Emily James’s vacant tent [complete with inflatable mattress under the bells of the cathedral]. He gave a rousing sermon livelinked with our friends in New […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Understanding Politics Through Eurovision

Today we have been busy working out the lyrics to Belarus’ entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. Seems a reasonable break from looking Indian cotton farmer suicide statistics. Twenty-year-old Anastasiya Vinnikova sings the praises of her homeland with a Stalinist disco swagger. The audience nods with sycophantic gusto. “You’re my passion, do it old-fashioned / […]

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The Great COP15 Can-Can

Artists and activists will gather in the saunic sweat of Dalston’s Cafe Oto this Friday to revive “Cafe Carbon“, a musical devised by The Gluts for the COP15 demonstrations this past winter in Copenhagen. The Gluts are Gina Birch, Kaffe Matthews and Hayley Newman. Gina’s a founding member of The Raincoats, I once lay in […]

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Bohemian Rhapsody / Muppet Show

Shake off those winter blustery blows with this. Rock on…. as featured on Queen’s Absolute Greatest album

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Frolicsome Foals at Dour Festival

“Bonjour!” A hearty French greeting delivered in a Flemish accent. With stages like “Le Petit Maison dans la Prairie” and notice boards in French, Flemish and English, you’re a long way from Glastonbury. Punters, bands, staff and food vendors deftly skip from one tongue to another. Just the sort of thing to make you feel […]