Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Putin's World Disorder: With Luke Harding

What is Putins global strategy? Is there really one? Is it about opportunitism? Is it about money? Or it is just about 'strategic relativism - causing chaos among his rivals so he looks good?

With Luke Harding (The Guardian, Author of 'Collusion') John Sweeney (Investigative Journalist and Author) Oliver Bullough (Author of 'Moneyland, Why Thieves and Crooks now rule the world) and Zarina Zabrisky (Author of 'We, Monsters,' 'Iron' and 'Explosion', journalist)

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Aug
24
5:30 PM17:30

No Refuge and The Refuge Woman (Performance)

No Refuge- the real life story, by Maeve McClenaghan and Jasmine Andersson:

In late July Maeve and Jasmine read a Facebook post that would send them on a long investigative journey - from dirty council flats, to bland hotels, to town council steps. They followed the stories of women fleeing domestic violence and found them let down by the system designed to support them. On the way they met Cash [writer/performer of The Refuge Woman]. In this talk, Maeve and Jasmine explain how they ran an eight month investigation into the state of domestic violence. 

The Refuge Woman by Cash Carraway: 

Cash is a self-confessed refuge connoisseur. She knows the refuges with the best counsellors, clothing donations and the ones closest to the heartiest of ‘all you can eat’ buffets.  Now she’s just set foot in what she has decided is her final refuge, a safe house in Retford. It’s run by a woman with a Farage tattoo and is located opposite the Bernard Matthews factory - it isn’t exactly how she imagined escaping from abuse, but now she has a young daughter to consider she’s out of options.

Inspired by real life events, this spoken-word performance provides snapshots of life in a women’s refuge, as Cash attempts to rebuild her life from scratch in a world where the smell of turkey carcasses signal freedom and an Argos suitcase contains everything they need to start again

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Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Nicole Acquah: One Women Show

A one woman show exploring the relationship between identity, power and language. Through poetic storytelling, the show tracks the journey of the “N word”, from the Portuguese/Spanish origin, to its use today. As the story unfolds, we will explore the exploitation, reclamation and celebration of words.

“N*gger” is part scripted, part improvised and part English, part Portuguese, placing a history of conflict and reclamation side by side.

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Aug
24
9:30 PM21:30

Derek Day

 Derek Day is a screaming, 23 year-old Los Angelino solo artist from Eaglerock , CA that infuses the power of Rock N' Roll N' Other Genres (R&B,Soul,Progressive Rock,Punk) who engages with and captures the audience theatrically. He's on the lead, licky, riffy, stylistic Electric Guitar to accompany his lead, burning, gritty, soulful contralto Vocals. Finally releasing his first EP in Spring 2017, he's been performing over 10 years with influences ranging from Led Zeppelin through Coltrane, stopping for minute at Tom Waits, to Kendrick Lamar meets GN'R while Stevie Ray Vaughan has breakfast with Mercury n' MJ. It's always a BLAST!

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Aug
24
to Aug 25

Lee Baines III and the Glory Fires

Where The Glory Fires’ previous LP Dereconstructed (2014) sought to dismantle one-dimensional notions of Southern identity and culture, Youth Detention has a similar, but more personal intent. “It’s about dismantling myself and the narratives that I’ve taken on,” explains Bains. “It’s an examination of youth and the processes through which we begin to consider ourselves, our identities, and what various communities we belong to or are in tension with.” Often, the songs detail moments in which cultural boundaries and biases become apparent — scenes in which systems of privilege and oppression become visible, particularly as they relate to race, class, and gender. Everyday settings — a church, a ballpark, a cafeteria — are revisited again and again, to explore these fleeting moments of revelation from different perspectives and roles. It’s a record defined by accumulation. Stories, images, and thoughts pile up to create confusion and cacophony in the narrative.

Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Battletapes with engineer Jeremy Ferguson and producer Tim Kerr, Youth Detention captures the band in raw form. Each song was cut live to tape, with the four performing in the same room without headphones or baffling. The result is thoroughly human, with Lynn Bridges’ mix retaining the band’s live energy and looseness at the expense of a few out of tune strings. The Glory Fires’ music draws deeply from punk, but also soul, power pop, country, and gospel. It’s equal parts careful curation and geographic inheritance. “It’s the sound of my place,” says Bains. “I want to know it. I want to argue with it. I don’t want to be a band from anywhere that could be doing anything. For me, that’s what punk is about — figuring out who I am and how to be the best version of myself. I can’t do that by pretending to be something I’m not.”

The songs are deeply rooted in Bains’ experience of his hometown, Birmingham, AL. Youth Detention depicts a Southern city in the decades surrounding the turn-of-the-millennium: in the throes of white flight, urban disinvestment, racial tension, class struggle, gentrification, gender policing, homophobia, xenophobia, religious fervor, deindustrialization, and economic upheaval.

The lyrics could ring true anywhere, though. The South exists in the world and, like the South, the world is increasingly beholden to many of these same tensions and forces. The songs on Youth Detention are meant as small acts of resistance to those systems. Documenting minor moments — the refusal to sit quietly through a display of bigotry, the act of quieting down and listening to somebody’s struggle, sticking up for friends targeted for their difference — that, hopefully, serve as the beginnings of a more profound awakening.

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Aug
25
12:30 AM00:30

The Kut

Infused with the fuzz of 90's grunge and alt.rock, The Kut is the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist, Princess Maha. Live, they're a trio. Think Deftones, L7, Nirvana, Hole, Lunachicks, Incubus and Placebo. On record, they roar. Currently active on the UK and European rock scene, festival performances have included Download, Camden Rocks Festival, Rebellion Festival, Glastonbudget, Nice N Sleazy and Strummercamp among others, while tours have spanned the UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Voted into the winning spots of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll for 2014, subsequent EP releases have gained support from - deep breath - The Guardian, Metro, Scuzz, Kerrang! Magazine, Planet Rock, BBC Introducing Lancashire, Kerrang! Radio, Metal Hammer, Big Cheese, Q and Classic Rock, AXS TV and MTV-U USA. This year has seen The Kut featured as one of Kerrang! Magazine's Breakthrough Acts of 2017, while ‘The Kut EP' was released on 500 limited edition picture disc for Record Store Day 2017, also featuring at number 4 in Kerrang! Magazines Top 10 Record Store Day Releases, alongside Baby Metal and Gerard Way. This summer has already seen The Kut playing 21 UK mainland dates, as well as landing in the Semi-Finals of the UK Songwriting Contest. Currently in the studio finishing the debut album, The Kut play out 2017 with a handful of UK shows before the long awaited release.

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

The New Age of Consent: What #MeToo Means to Millennials

with Bryn Tod-Tims (Founder of #SprintForHer)

Amna Saleem is a freelance writer with words featured in places such as Glamour, BuzzFeed and Huck. You can also hear her on the BBC discussing mental health and sexual harassment. She is an obnoxious Scottish Pakistani intersectional feminist and not even a tiny bit sorry for it.

Jasmine Andersson is PinkNews' investigations reporter, and writes about LGBT rights, women's rights and working class issues for the website and as a freelancer for several national titles. At the end of last year, she co-founded the Second Source, an organisation that promotes awareness of the problem of sexual harassment in the media, informs people of their rights, and works with organisations to create change.

Emily Reynolds is a freelance journalist and author specialising in mental health, gender and science. She regularly writes for The Guardian, NY Mag, Stylist, the TLS and many more. Her first book, A Beginner's Guide To Losing Your Mind, came out last year; she is currently working on her second. At the end of last year, she co-founded the Second Source and is also a co-founder of the Words by Women Awards.

Robyn Vinter is founder and editor of The Overtake, an investigative news website for millennials, launched in October 2017. Robyn has written for the Guardian, BuzzFeed, the i paper, the New Statesman and a number of other national and international publications. In 2016, she was one of the founders of Words by Women, an awards for women in journalism and, in 2017, joined the founding team of the Second Source

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Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Fearless Cities: The Promise of Municipalism

Carolina García Cataño (co founder of Take The Squares, original member of the 15M movement, pioneer in the Spanish free software movement who is currently taking part in the refugee movement),

Bernardo Gutierrez (Part of Ahora Madrid and MediaLab Prado, journalist, author and
original member of the 15M movement),

Claudia Delso Carreira, (Member of Marea Atlántica, a municipalist group running the town of A Corunha, in Galicia),

Peter Macfadyen, (co-creator of Independents for Frome, the pioneering municipalist group in the UK running Frome town council since 2011, mayor of Frome 2014-2015).

Panel to be chaired by Birgitta Jonsdottir (Original member of Wikileaks and producer of the Collateral Murder film, co-founder of the Icelandic Pirate Party and member of parliament, internationally renowned advocate for digital rights and published poet)

IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEW INTERNATIONALIST

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Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Vadge of Honour: Comedy Lecture

Purple Ostrich are rocking the comedy stage at Byline Festival again this August with a brand new (and currently unnamed) comedy lecture looking at the rollercoaster of a year that's passed. They're asking men 'you ok hun?' and talking new found vaginal strength. Expect songs, dances, reenactments of terribly sexist film scenes and political commentary. Round two, fight!

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Aug
26
12:15 AM00:15

Amy Odell

Amy’s philosophy is centred on the power of music, in its purest form, to both awaken and heal. An indie folk singer and songwriter, her approach to music has been described as organic, emotive and intensely spiritual with her voice delivering power and invoking mysticism.

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Aug
26
1:00 AM01:00

PowerDress

The London based singer/songwriter stepped into the limelight with her debut single “Torture”, blindsiding the scene with her revitalizing brand of lipstick pop. 'Torture' is an addictive segment of 80's pop with an uppercut of contemporary-fused 90's dance that incorporates feel-good synths and a sensational bass-line that compliments Foster's charismatic and beguiling vocals ravishingly.

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Aug
26
11:30 AM11:30

Homeless People in their Own Words: With the pavement

In partnership with the Pavement Magazine

Chaired by Mat Amp . A spirit forged in the DIY English cultures of punk, reggae and acid house and formative years spent in Nigeria (the other country I’m from). My lived experience of homelessness included stints sofa surfing, squats, shooting galleries, the street and finally hostels. Now a writer for the Pavement as well as working for Groundswell.
 

With Ian Judson, a previously homeless journalist

Rosie Roskoph, who wasn’t born yesterday. She was due but never arrived. If and when she does it’s likely she’ll join the Peace Force. Possibly the Armoured Peace as she’s likely fond of revolution and the protection may be handy for times when she’s likely to have nowhere safe to sleep. 

Nicola Baird is an environmental journalist who also teaches journalism. She started editing the Pavement in 2018 and has also written/edited 10 books (most recently Why Women Will Save the Planetfor Friends of the Earth/C40)

Anne Cooper has worked on creative writing projects including at the V&A, The South London and Maudsley Hospital and St Mungos Recovery College. She was writer-in-residence at Cressingham Gardens, a council estate facing demolition and working with residents produced the book 306: Living Under the Shadow of Regeneration. She is the author of Touched and the antiwar poem 21st Century Guernica, She has performed widely including at the Bowery Poetry Club NYC.

Denise Collins I became homeless when my relationship broke down and that lead to a domino effect of everything falling down in and around my life...

 

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Aug
26
2:30 PM14:30

Gypsies and Travellers in their own words

Speakers from London Gypsies and Travellers will talk about their experiences and
the work they are currently doing to challenge prejudice and negative stereotypes,
support community activism and use participatory mapping to gather better
evidence.

ILINCA DIACONESCU
Policy Officer
“I coordinate LGT’s strategic policy work, seeking to increase opportunities for
Gypsies and Travellers in London to have a say in decisions that affect
them –particularly in terms of housing, planning and health inequalities. My work
aims to gain recognition of the community’s knowledge and expertise, which is
essential in order to achieve fair and inclusive policies.”

MENA MONGAN
Community Engagement Officer
“I’m an Irish Traveller from London and I came into my job after volunteering for my
community. I challenge everyday discrimination against my people. My job involves
encouraging Travellers to speak out for their rights and get involved in LGT
campaigns and programmes.”

BETSY MOBEY
Youth Engagement and Campaign Support Worker
“I am a proud English Romany from nomadic roots, with a background in
performance and specialist makeup, advocacy and activism. I know too well the
deprivation many of us face on a day to day basis. I’m at LGT to strengthen the
Gypsy, Romany and Traveller voice, countering ignorance and injustice through
campaigning work, community workshops, one to one mentoring and policy
implementation.”
 

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Aug
26
5:30 PM17:30

The Modulus Quartet

Modulus Quartet is a London-based ensemble specialising in performing original string quartet repertoire written in close collaboration with a number of international composers. Drawing on its collective experience, the quartet seeks out music of an individual style, developing creative relationships with composers and artists. The quartet explores new ways of presenting music, performing in unusual venues and incorporating visual arts and multi-media technology.

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Aug
26
10:30 PM22:30

Don Mescall

Don’s songs have sold on over 10 million records worldwide. A versatile and subtle songwriter his songs have been sought out by pop, country, folk and classical artists. As well as being a successful songwriter Don is also an accomplished performer whose lilting melodies and profound lyrics amount to a deeply moving musical experience.

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Aug
26
to Aug 27

Mickey Beans

Mickey has toured the world as as the keyboardist for the band La Roux for the last ten years; a composer of documentaries and also a solo artist. Her live solo performances are few and far between, but are not quite like the usual singer/piano player.

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Aug
27
12:15 AM00:15

Mark Anthony

Mark Anthony grew up in Finsbury Park, North London where he began his deep interest in and music. 

Through his love for music, he met a rapper from South London called ‘Hi Breed’and a singer from West London called ‘Paul Lee’. After many years of hanging out together and sharing a deep passion for music, they eventually formed the music group ‘The Meds Collective’.

The Meds Collective then teamed up with London based producer 'BA Nusance' and recorded a catalogue of tracks together.

In May 2012; The Meds Collective released their debut album ‘Heartbreaks & Remedies’ and in January 2013; released their debut EP ‘Change’. These releases were followed up with various tours and shows in & around the UK.

Their busy gig schedule and media presence, saw the group build up a core fan base around Europe and beyond. The group eventually split in September 2014. Now Mark is playing solo gigs, come and see his late night set at the Forest Forum.

 

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Aug
27
1:00 AM01:00

PieBoy

This four piece indie group take influence from the likes of Oscar Jerome, BadBadNotGood, MacDemarco and The Streets. Having been on the scene for a year, PieBoy have just recorded their first EP with their single "What She Wants" due to be released a week before their appearance at Byline Festival! Come and see Sunday night off with the act that's going to make you dance the night away! (Plus it's Paul Thornton's, lead singer's, birthday! Come and celebrate with the band!)

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Aug
27
10:00 AM10:00

Guerrilla Environmentalism

Chaired by Nick Mabey (TBA)

Emma Goodwin - Landworker’s Alliance south east representative and paleo Coach Emma Goodwin is a small holder with a passion for real clean food. 

John Cherry - Host to Groundswell movement of land management

Philip Greenwood - Land Manager. Sacred Earth Community Benefit Society

Vicki Hird - Award winning author, expert, strategist and senior manager working on farm policy, environment and food issues for over 25 years.

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Aug
27
2:30 PM14:30

Modern Slavery

Introductory remarks by Helen Taylor Thompson - Chaired by Bela Arora (Professor of Global Governance and Vice Chair of the British American Project) with;

Eric Ngalle Charles (an award winning poet and playwright who fell victim to human trafficking)

Justine Currell (Executive Director at Unseen UK)

Angelina Rodriques (has two decades of experience in victim support) 

Paul Griffiths (Vice President of the Police Superintendents Association and was the senior investigating office in the case of a white British male who was held as a slave in Wales for 13 years) 

Steve Kenzie (Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact in the UK/IRE)

It is estimated that there are over 40 million victims of modern slavery across the globe. Sadly we do not need to look far to find people in the UK who are victims of this heinous crime. There are approximately 13000 victims in the UK. On this panel, you will hear about the investigation into the case of a white British male who was held as a slave for 13 years in Wales but also hear the voice of a survivor of human trafficking who is now an award winning poet. You will also hear about the work being done to support victims of modern slavery, locally and globally. 

Currently, the cost to the criminals is low and the reward remains high. The panel will ultimately remind us how vulnerable we all are and how easy it is to fall victim to a crime that generates $150billion annually in profits.

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