NET LOSERS: Social Media, Anonymity and the Issue of Trust
Aug
23
3:00 PM15:00

NET LOSERS: Social Media, Anonymity and the Issue of Trust

British democracy is being damaged by the toxic tone of online debate. Bullying, harrassment and misinformation are an everyday occurence. Debates get derailed. Marginal voices get bullied off twitter. Sensible voices on newspaper comment pages are buried by abuse and irrelevance.

Does all this mean it's time to question the way we think about anonymity online? What limits could we place on the ability of anonymous users to derail debates or harangue others? How can we make life more uncomfortable for trolls, whilst safeguarding freedom of expression and whistleblowing?

CleanUpTheInternet.org.uk is a new organisation looking for answers to these complex questions. Join a panel of experts to explore the issues together.

CHAIR: Taniel Yusef

Speakers:

Stephen Kinsella

Mike Butcher

Caroline Orr

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Future Environment: Desert Britain. How our water supply is running out - and faster than we realise
Aug
23
4:30 PM16:30

Future Environment: Desert Britain. How our water supply is running out - and faster than we realise

Chaired by Anita McNaught

“Around 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the ‘jaws of death’ – the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to change things’ - Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

We won’t be a green and pleasant land for much longer. Anyone looking at the weather and rainfall data can tell you that parts of Britain are heading into permanent drought. Combine that with population growth and development in the driest parts of the South East, a culture of little respect for water conservation, and a privatised water industry under pressure to produce profits when all the inputs are heading into the red zone. Is there any action we can take now to mitigate against our coming water crisis?

Prof. Trevor Bishop

Managed the 2012 UK drought as national duty commander and is now part of the planning team for long term (2100), future drought and flood sustainable adaptation.

Prof. Sarah Bell

Stuart Roberts

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House of Comedy with Tanyalee Davis, Elle Bert,  Darcie Silver, Daniel Edison & Phil Kay
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

House of Comedy with Tanyalee Davis, Elle Bert, Darcie Silver, Daniel Edison & Phil Kay

Tanyalee Davis

Tanyalee Davis is a 3 foot 6 inch standup comedian who inspires, enlightens, and entertains her audiences while headlining at comedy clubs, colleges, and comedy festivals throughout North America, the UK, and other parts of the world with her own unique perspective and somewhat racy brand of comedy.

Elle Bert

Elle’s comedy career started in August 2016 at an open mic night in Southampton when after a few too many gin and tonics she wrote her name down “as a joke”. The joke paid off as the audience liked the cut of her gib and the venue even asked her to return the following week as comedy had always been seen as the “dark horse” of the open mic circuit.

Since August 2016 Elle had performed and compered all over the country to audiences as small as 2 and as big as 600. She’s been on the same bill as some comedy greats and even ran her own monthly comedy night at The Stable in Winchester. She’s picked up awards, won gong shows and even gained a world record along the way.

Winner Solent Comedy Gong Show - 2017,Winner Fifty 50 Entertainment Gong Show - 2017, Funny women - One to watch - 2017,Guinness World Record - Longest Running Stand Up - 2018, Winner Blackout at Up The Creek - 2018, Bath New act Finalist - 2018 & 2019

Darcie Silver

Finalist of LGBTQ Comedian of the Year and winner of the G&B Girl-Power Grant Darcie is one funny woman. With one liners & short jokes covering being trans and just about everything else imaginable she’s been described as one of the most exciting new comedians on the circuit. Her material is occasionally so dark you can’t quite believe she’s saying it. She doesn’t disappoint.

“Very Funny Stuff” - Russell Kane

“Transgender icon in the making” - Tony Slattery

“Very Talented Joke Writer” - Garry Delaney

Phil Kay

Phil Kay burst on to the comedy circuit in 1989, when he won the new act contest So You Think You're Funny in only its second year.

His unpredictable, freestyle approach won him a Perrier nomination in 1993 and the award for best stand-up at the 1994 British Comedy Awards, and he was given his own Channel 4 show, Phil Kay Feels..., in 1997, which was recorded in front of a live audience to try to capture his manic energy. Phil has been seen all over the TV with Russell Howard’s good news being one of these!!

Daniel Edison

If you like one-liners, you'll love Daniel Edison.

With wordplay in abundance, he is one of the best and most prolific joke writers out there. Some of his jokes are silly, some are surreal and some are just downright clever.

Daniel has showcased his talent at comedy clubs all over the UK and has performed stand-up comedy on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

"Excellent new comic - confidence of a pro. Much better than I was when I was at his stage." - Romesh Ranganathan

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Nabz Pat
Aug
23
9:00 PM21:00

Nabz Pat

Nabz Pat's stand up is blend of observational comedy mixed with her own experience of being South Asian and Muslim in Brexiting Britain. On YouTube, Nabz produces a series of sketches and monologues through her popular online persona of Aunty Shagufta, putting identity politics and culture in a cheeky line of fire. Last year, the digital online magazine "The Scout" described Nabz as the "British Samantha Bee" when they named her as one of eight Creative Muslim Women on YouTube to look out for, alongside Dina Tokio, Mona Hayder and Tazzy Phe.

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Ebson
Aug
23
10:00 PM22:00

Ebson

EBSON is an exciting talent emerging from the thriving London music scene, drawing on deep rooted soul sensibilities that resonate through blues infused vocals and a fearless engagement to grand themes of power, struggle and the journey of realisation.

An ear for multi-layered arrangements and the insight of a storyteller, EBSON takes inspiration from the world around him, combining to create a distinctive sound that is as much a product of the environment we live in as it is the personal experiences and insights of one man.

"Powerful and spine-tingly soulful, it's hard not to be moved by the gravity of feeling behind his voice." WONDERLAND MAGAZINE

"A rising phoenix bringing order to the streets." THE 405

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Professor Gramophone
Aug
23
to Aug 24

Professor Gramophone

Purveyor of music vintage and modern vintage.


The Professor’s dance sets take the best of traditional swing, jive and vintage remixes for an experience that is loved by everyone from the young to the young at heart. Playing both a traditional and a non traditional set, his music is cutting edge retro at it’s finest.

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DJ. Smutty
Aug
24
12:30 AM00:30

DJ. Smutty

Stephen Dennis Smith (born 5 July 1959, East London, England), is a British musician, one of the founding members of Levi and the Rockats rockabilly punk band, from Los Angeles, California, United States, discovered by Leee Black Childers, tour manager of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and The Stooges. He appeared on the Rolling Stones’ book of the most influential people in pop history. Currently Smutty is based in Iceland where he works as a DJ.

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Why Does the Media Ignore Women in Sport?
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Why Does the Media Ignore Women in Sport?

Chair - Maggie Murphy, Lewes FC Women’s new General Manager

Suzy Wrack, women’s football journalist

Claire Rafferty, commentator & former player, was a hugely experienced defender in the WSL, having recently just retired from West Ham United. She is Chelsea’s longest-serving player and has played at the World Cup and Olympic Games for England and Team GB respectively.

Outside of football, Claire has an economics degree from Loughborough University and alongside her playing career held down a part-time job as a financial analyst for Deutsche Bank from 2012. Having recently retired at the end of last season, Claire has taken up her new role of Partnership Sales Manager at former home club Chelsea FC.

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Being the Story - Harnessing the Power of Lived Experience
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Being the Story - Harnessing the Power of Lived Experience

If we turn on the news, open a newspaper, look online we are constantly reminded of the issues facing society in the UK. However, more often than not, we aren’t hearing about them from the experts who have experienced them.  There are people in our communities who are full of insights and ideas for solutions to create lasting change.  But are they being listened to? Are their voices being heard?

Being the Story www.beingthestory.org.uk is an immersive storytelling experience to inspire new ideas, challenge perceptions, and stimulate conversation on the big social issues. Being the Story provides a platform for people who don’t normally have one, to share their story and ideas in front of a live audience.  In the long term Being the Story aims to diversify the voices we hear in the media by nurturing and supporting these new voices and working with them beyond the event to be media savvy spokespeople.  Being the Story at Byline Festival will feature the thought-provoking insights of extraordinary individuals whose stories need to be heard. 

Taking the stage this evening will include:

Simeon Moore Co-founder of DatsTV

Simeon is a writer, musician and advocate for young people. He was a member of a notorious Birmingham gang and now works to tackle what he sees as the glamorisation of gang culture, which gives young people aspirations to live negatively. He brings vision, creativity and influence to positively impact on their lives. @zimbosla www.youtube.com/datstv

 Travon Steadman

Travon works with Drive Forward Foundation, a charity that supports care-experienced young people into employment, He is a strong believer in the power of lived experience to drive change and progress; highlighting the struggles young people face under government protection @steadmantravon

 Bryony Albery

Bryony was a frontline worker supporting rough sleepers now retraining as a social justice lawyer to ensure our most vulnerable get access to justice.  @bryonyAlbery

 Anne-Marie Douglas  Founder Peer Power

Anne-Marie's belief in empathy and personal experience of peer led services led her to found the charity Peer Power in 2015. The empathy led charity works with children, teenagers and young adults who have experienced significant trauma and adversity. It aims to improve the wellbeing and career prospects for young people involved, and to support them to disrupt, influence and improve the services that support them.

 Steve Arnott Aka Redeye Feenix Hull Beats Bus Founder

Hull resident Steve Arnott was a struggling warehouse worker by day and hip-hop performer by night. After a chance encounter with award-winning documentary maker Sean McAllister, Steve was asked to get involved in a film Sean was making: A Northern Soul. He now runs the Hull Beats Bus, a social enterprise mobile recording studio committed to building confidence and giving young people the space to be creative through music and art workshops.

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Will Purdue
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Will Purdue

Will Purdue is a singer - songwriter influenced by all the great sad young men, such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. His music is an introspective throwback to the 1960's, with the lyrics and melodies taking centre stage.

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Cairo Moon
Aug
24
8:15 PM20:15

Cairo Moon

Frankie Forman is returning to Byline Festival with her latest venture, Cairo Moon. Her vocal tones are often compared to Lana Del Rey and Mazzy Star. With her musical influences being the likes of Billie Holliday, Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, Massive Attack, Tom Waits and Portishead, Frankie’s sound marks the dark place where Trip Hop, Soul and Bluesy Rock n Roll meet.

Frankie’s new project, Cairo Moon, is a more lighthearted chapter in her musical career. Formed with her friend Jack O Shea from The Vex, their sound is a stormy tribe of vintage spirits, melting a potion of 60’s Soul and ethereal Rock.

Performing at festivals such as Isle of Wight, Camp Bestival, Blissfields, Leefest, Danny Boyle's shuffle festival and Boomtown to astounding reception, Frankie Forman has truly left her mark on the music scene. Make sure you get down to the Future Dome to see her latest musical venture.

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Izzie Yardley
Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

Izzie Yardley

Izzie Yardley is an alternative folk artist based in London. The music is mesmerising - honest, poetic songs of life, death, humanity. Similarities have been traced to the likes of Feist, Laura Marling but with influences including Nick Drake, Etta James and Frank Zappa the blend of folk/jazz/soul is truly unique.
In a short time she has a earned impressive performance experience including playing Union Chapel with the highly celebrated ‘Letters Live’ and supporting Ethan Johns. Garnering interest from industry and musicians alike, this is just the start for Izzie.

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The WAG Club opens with a Jerry Dammers (Founder of THE SPECIALS and TWO TONE)
Aug
24
10:00 PM22:00

The WAG Club opens with a Jerry Dammers (Founder of THE SPECIALS and TWO TONE)

A British musician who is a founder, keyboard player and primary songwriter of the Coventry, England, based ska revival band The Specials, The Special A.K.A. and The Spatial AKA Orchestra. He also founded 2 Tone Records. In November 2006, Dammers was awarded an honorary degree from Coventry University, celebrating by DJing at the launch party of the Coventry branch of the Love Music Hate Racism organisation. In the same month, he attended a private viewing of a Harry Pye curated art exhibition in east London that featured paintings of bands and singers that had once been championed by the late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Dammers read out a four-page poem, in which he thanked Peel for helping his own band, and for supporting black musicians.

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Future Environment: What will we eat? Farming in a hostile climate
Aug
25
12:00 PM12:00

Future Environment: What will we eat? Farming in a hostile climate

Chaired by Anita McNaught

Britain imports nearly 70% of it’s food. As all the farming systems of the world are damaged irrevocably by climate collapse, Britain is going to have to fall back on its own resources. But look what this country is facing; drought, over-population, an exhausted topsoil in many of our principle agricultural regions and large-scale, oil-based farming methods, that are unsustainable by any reckoning. How and what can we grow to feed our population? Is more, or less intensive farming the answer? Are livestock the problem or part of the solution?

Stuart Roberts

Vice-President of the National Farmers Union, Stuart is a third generation arable and livestock farmer who has also worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency.

Colin Tudge

Biologist, Broadcaster and Author of books such as The Secret Life of Trees, Colin has now also co-founded the Campaign for Real Farming.

Josiah Meldrum

Co-founder and Director of Hodmedods, a British beans supplier.

John Lynch

is an environmental scientist at the University of Oxford. His work focuses the climate impacts of agriculture, especially livestock production, including new ways of thinking about and reporting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. He is also interested in the wider implications of what a more sustainable food system might look like, and how to get there

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MJ Great Big Choir
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

MJ Great Big Choir

Come and Sing with us!

Check out the groovy South London Choir led by the dynamic American composer and entertainer, MJ Paranzino..

This year’s theme is Musicals; from past old favourites to the new wave of ideas embracing the influence of England and beyond. If you would like to participate at rehearsal to join MJ’s GREAT BIG CHOIR, sign up and register with your contact details as you check in or just jump in on the day spontaneously when you see the time slot.

Just show up and sing!

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Future Environment: Who owns Britain? Land Ownership in a Time of Revolution
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Future Environment: Who owns Britain? Land Ownership in a Time of Revolution

Chair of Anita MacNaught

Levels of inequality in the UK are globally and unsustainably high. Control of land is increasingly concentrated in the hands of an untouchable and unaccountable elite. The climate crisis is going to exacerbate these tensions. 500 years ago, this might have prompted a revolution. Instead climate collapse could be that revolution. Can the countries land and property owners continue to shut out the poor and the dispossessed when they are also hungry and thirsty?

Guy Shrubsole

Author of Who Owns Britain? and Campaigner for Friends of the Earth, Guy has also written for numerous publications including the Guardian and New Statesman.

Prof Ian Hodge

Professor of Rural Economy at the University of Cambridge and and past President of the Agricultural Economics Society.

Antonia Layard

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Not another Fake News Cast Show
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Not another Fake News Cast Show

Deep Fakes - the latest threat to democracy?

The 2016 US election was defined by Fake News, Facebook dark ads, the Cambridge Analytica scandal & Russian interference. Will the 2020 election be defined by Deep Fakes? Or is their efficacy as a propaganda tool being overhyped? Gerry & Paul investigate the phenomenon in their typical darkly comic style.


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DJ Dobbo
Aug
25
to Aug 27

DJ Dobbo

‘Dobbo’ presents the Motown Soul Show Sunday’s 12 noon till 2pm, playing the best in Motown, Northern Soul and Gospel Music, and regularly featuring interviews with artists in the scene.

When not DJing at the station or events, she works as a learning, support assistant in further education for young adults with learning disabilities.

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Get With The Times
Aug
26
1:30 PM13:30

Get With The Times

It is sometimes called Britain's newspaper of record, but The Times is increasingly noted for its vendetta campaigns against minorities.

Katherine O'Donnell is a former employee who is fighting back against the bullying and discrimination she faced as a transgender woman working as the Night Editor of the newspaper's Scottish edition.

She took her experience to an employment tribunal this summer. Her remarkable legal case sheds light not only on a transphobic and misogynistic workplace environment, but how its effects can be seen in
the newspaper's coverage of transgender people.

Her case also shows how the editor John Witherow's prehistoric attitudes extended to pushing top reporters into publishing flawed stories about Muslims.

Join us to hear more about Katherine's experience and the potential for media workers to blow the whistle on bullying and bigoted coverage.

SPEAKERS

Katherine O'Donnell - Journalist and LGBTI rights campaigner
Christine Burns MBE - Author, editor of 'Trans Britain'
Robin White - Discrimination barrister

Chair: Tom Wills

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