Misha Glenny - McMafia Standup
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Misha Glenny - McMafia Standup

Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit BBC TV series, is known to millions and in this illuminating talk, Glenny will shed further light on the Russian mafia, giant drug cartels, corrupt intelligence agencies and cyber hackers that pose an increasing threat to global security in the 21st century.

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Kevin Rowland (Dexys) - DJ Set
Aug
23
6:30 PM18:30

Kevin Rowland (Dexys) - DJ Set

Leader of the iconic Dexys Midnight Runners, now Dexys after their successful comeback in 2012 after 25 years hiatus, Kevin Rowland’s musical genius has made him a highly respected and in-demand DJ.

Playing for adoring audiences at clubs and festivals across the UKthroughout the years, Kevin has also compiled the “Made to Measure compilation for Motown.

For the past decade, Dexy’s legendary frontman and artistic visionary has developed a different class of DJ set, expressing a deep love of classic anthems and an uncanny ability for uncovering neglected pop gold.


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Opening Show -  Extinction Rebellion Funeral with Citizens of the World Choir,  John Mitchinson, Peter Jukes and Stephen Colegrave
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Opening Show - Extinction Rebellion Funeral with Citizens of the World Choir, John Mitchinson, Peter Jukes and Stephen Colegrave

Extinction Rebellion will stage one of their memorable iconic protests against ecocide, a Funeral for the Earth. With the help of Citizens of the World Choir. A choir for people who are refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and friends. They provide a safe space for refugees to express themselves through music, as well as creating a diverse, friendly social community.

They will be joined by host John Mitchinson and the founders of the festival - Stephen Colegrave and Peter Jukes to welcome everyone and kick off a fabulous three days

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Extinction Rebellion Funeral with Salena Godden and Birgitta Jonsdottir
Aug
23
8:30 PM20:30

Extinction Rebellion Funeral with Salena Godden and Birgitta Jonsdottir

One of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. A BBC regular, Salena Godden has written and presented several arts and music programmes – a film of her poem Titanic was aired as part of BBC poetry programme We Belong Here. A short-fiction Blue Cornflowers was shortlisted for the Guardian Short Story Prize 2016. Her essay Shade was published in 2016’s literary sensation The Good Immigrant, which won the Reader’s Choice Book Of The Year Award. A new piece Skin was commissioned for The Essay and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in February 2017. Her live album LIVEwire showcases a broad range of her work and has attracted rave reviews since launching with indie poetry label Nymphs and Thugs. The LIVEwire limited edition vinyl launches with the N&T ‘Summer of LOVEwire’ UK tour in spring 2017.

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The Feeling
Aug
23
10:00 PM22:00

The Feeling

The Feeling are a famous English rock band of true class and star quality. They have played sell-out tours across the country, taken four UK Top 10s and spent six weeks in the Singles Charts. Their albums have arguably garnered even greater success, with their two top 10 albums spending ten weeks at the top of the charts.

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Samba Party
Aug
23
to Aug 24

Samba Party

TRIBO is an international non-profit cross-cultural drumming and dance music project whose philosophy aims to educate young children and adults encouraging their creativity. Through the power of music, TRIBO Project makes each individual feel that they can nurture their own creative life force without having to be musically trained or gifted and develop skills which will enrich their lives on multiple levels. They join us tonight straight from Notting Hill Carnival.

Supported by DJ Chris Sullivan

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Nadya Tolokonnikova, Carole Cadwalladr and Luke Harding discuss Putin and the Subversion of Democracy
Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

Nadya Tolokonnikova, Carole Cadwalladr and Luke Harding discuss Putin and the Subversion of Democracy

What are the warning signs of autocracy? How do you know the oligarchs are taking over the media, the police, the judiciary? How do you stop rights being eroded and dissent being silenced?

Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot

Carole Cadwalladr from the Observer

Luke Harding from the Guardian

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Whitewashing climate action: where are the voices of colour?
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Whitewashing climate action: where are the voices of colour?

Chaired by Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

World over, the poorest and most oppressed communities have long felt the sharpest impact of climate breakdown and environment degradation. In countries rich and poor, the poorest suffer most. Be it polluted water, devastating storms, deadly factories spewing killer chemicals, or swathes of indigenous lands and rainforests stolen for industrial extraction. World over, people of colour in poorer countries have resisted, raised the alarm and challenged powerful vested interests.

Yet the stories we tell about climate action and resistance rarely feature people of colour. We portray environmentalism as a modern Western phenomenon. Why is this?What role does the media play in setting these narratives? Do white journalists see heroism and resistance only when it happens on their doorsteps or the activists look like them? What would climate reporting look like if national newsrooms were truly diverse? Come and join our panel of journalists, activists and climate experts to discuss the role of people of colour in telling stories about climate change and the environment.

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah 

Simmone Ahiaku 

Dalia Gebrial

Damian Gayle

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MJ Great Big Choir
Aug
24
2:30 PM14:30

MJ Great Big Choir

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.



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Joey Base
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Joey Base

A British-Congolese musician from Lewisham, London. Better known for his single's "Living In The Moment" which peaked at number 68 on the iTunes world chart and Playlisted by Spotify on the day of its release on the "New Music Friday UK" playlist whilst still unsigned and most recently "Summer Rain" Peaked at number 13 on the iTunes world chart. He is known for mixing genres such as Pop, Afrobeat, Afro house, Hip hop, UK RAP and Urban music

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Lowkey
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Lowkey

Lowkey, is a rapper and activist based in London, England. Born Kareem Dennis, this English-Iraqi rapper has been known for his strong political views. He first gained fame through the series of mixtapes he released as a teenager. He later made it onto the national album charts with his sophomore LP Soundtrack to the Struggle in 2011.

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Don Mescall
Aug
24
9:00 PM21:00

Don Mescall

An Irish singer and songwriter. In February 2017 Don received an Irish World Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting and Production in London. He also received the award for Songwriter of the Year at the Irish Post Country Music Awards 2017 on August 30 2017.

Following his success writing for other artists, Mescall released his own album ‘Lighthouse Keeper’, in November 2018, which went in at number 1 in the Irish Independent Album charts.


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The Priscillas
Aug
24
9:45 PM21:45

The Priscillas

The Priscillas have gained an awesome live reputation. Their shows leave audiences with huge grin, humming their catchier-than-flu tunes. They have honed their shows into proper events. They're not just the best all-girl band in the UK, but among the best bands in the country full stop. They make music to make the heart soar, the feet tap, and the jaw drop. On the cusp of rock n roll, punk and pop, they balance perfectly sweet tunes, sarky attitude, and romper stomping beats.

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Balaklava Blues
Aug
25
12:15 AM00:15

Balaklava Blues

Balaklava Blues is the brainchild of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, creators of the multi-award winning guerrilla-folk-opera Counting Sheep and leaders of the mighty Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Canada’s notorious 12 piece balkan-party-punk-massive. Falling somewhere between a traditional song cycle and a full blown multimedia techno show, the duo fuses Ukrainian polyphony and other folk traditions with EDM, trap, dub step, and more as a launching pad to explore the seemingly never-ending blues that have long emanated from the Ukrainian steppe.

Mark and Marichka composed all the music for Counting Sheep, a story of love and revolution. Balaklava Blues music is a reclamation of the violence perpetrated on the artists’ home country and they want to redesign and remix physical and psychological oppression and question how and why it continues to inform who we are and what we can become.


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Black Kat Boppers
Aug
25
1:15 AM01:15

Black Kat Boppers

Don’t miss this Hot Boppin, Groovin' 4 piece group playing Rockin, Roots Music with a Guitar, Double Bass & Stand Up Drums! Right across the board people seem to be lovin’ it – young, old, stupid, clever, hippies, punks, students, drop outs, mums, dads, drunks, weirdos, ravers, strippers, rockers, mods…Everybody loves that raw sound!

Black Kat Boppers hail from down on the South Coast Water Way in Southampton and are 4 fellas who love to play hard boppin’, jump up, rockin’ blues, dance music. Their influences include Rhythm & Blues, Jump & Jive, Ska, Doo-Wop with a lucky energy. Collectively, when all brought together, Black Kat Boppers sound is raw, authentic, sincere & unique.

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Democracy in Danger: Can Our Elections Survive Dark Money, Dark Arts and Dodgy Data?
Aug
25
10:30 AM10:30

Democracy in Danger: Can Our Elections Survive Dark Money, Dark Arts and Dodgy Data?

CHAIR: Malini Mehra

Damian Tambini

Andrew Ramsay

Ian Lucas has been Labour MP for Wrexham since 2001 and is currently a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

The Committee’s reports on ‘Fake News and Disinformation’ have been at the heart of uncovering the Cambridge Analytica Scandal and Ian has questioned Alexander Nix, Brittany Kaiser, Christopher Wylie, Arron Banks and a number of senior Facebook executives as part of the Inquiry.

Following Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, Ian wrote to Johnson asking him to direct Dominic Cummings, now adviser to the Prime Minister, to give evidence to the Select Committee, which he has, so far, refused to do.

Ian was Business and Regulatory Reform Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government and was a Shadow Foreign Office and Defence Minister under Ed Miliband. He has served on the Select Committee since 2015.

A lawyer by background, Ian represented Trevor Rees-Jones, the sole survivor of the car crash that killed the Princess of Wales in 1997, and has taken a close interest in press, media intrusion and the law ever since. 

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David Nott: The Indiana Jones of Surgery
Aug
25
4:30 PM16:30

David Nott: The Indiana Jones of Surgery

For more than twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major London teaching hospital.

The conflicts he has worked in form a chronology of twenty-first-century combat: Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Congo, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Gaza and Syria. But he has also volunteered in areas blighted by natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal.

Driven both by compassion and passion, the desire to help others and the thrill of extreme personal danger, he is now widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. But as time went on, David Nott began to realize that flying into a catastrophe – whether war or natural disaster – was not enough. Doctors on the ground needed to learn how to treat the appalling injuries that war inflicts upon its victims. Since 2015, the foundation he set up with his wife, Elly, has disseminated the knowledge he has gained, training other doctors in the art of saving lives threatened by bombs and bullets.

War Doctor is his extraordinary story.

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Argonaut
Aug
25
8:30 PM20:30

Argonaut

Argonaut are purveyors of fiery female fronted alternative punk rock. The band released their self-titled debut in 2012, and unleashed their second album 'Try' in 2015. Their latest album 'Forever' was released last November, and they are highly influenced by The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Blondie, Pixies, Le Tigre and The Slits.

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Department S
Aug
25
10:30 PM22:30

Department S

Department S are best known for two top 40 hits “Is Vic There?” and “Going Left Right”. The band reformed in 2006 and have since then become a live must see live band playing numerous dates including Glastonbury, W Fest, Benicassim, Rewind, Green Man festivals and over 300 gigs in 9 countries playing along side Mott the Hoople, The Mission, The Godfathers, UK Subs, The Skids to name but a few

Current line up features the legendary Eddie Roxy and Pete Jones (Public Image Limited) on bass along with guitarist Phil Thompson (The Rezillos) and new drummer Simon Bowley joining from Eddie and the Hot Rods

2016 saw Department S release the 3 rd Department S album “When all is said and all is done” along with a single of the same name to rave reviews. October 2017 saw the release of another long player “45 Revolutions” (Singles 1980-2017). Work is currently underway for the next album due for release in 2020.

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Joey Base
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Joey Base

A British-Congolese musician from Lewisham, London. Better known for his single's "Living In The Moment" which peaked at number 68 on the iTunes world chart and Playlisted by Spotify on the day of its release on the "New Music Friday UK" playlist whilst still unsigned and most recently "Summer Rain" Peaked at number 13 on the iTunes world chart. He is known for mixing genres such as Pop, Afrobeat, Afro house, Hip hop, UK RAP and Urban music

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The Lump
Aug
26
12:30 AM00:30

The Lump

Hailing from Salisbury, the self-proclaimed kings of 'mongrel rock' and new saviours of rock 'n' roll' performing songs about all things Salisbury; its people, places and events. Songs of love, songs of hope, songs of anguish and one about a couple of dodgy Russian ‘tourists’.

Subtle as a flying mallet, a bit unpredictable but always fun!!

Their new CD, ‘A Quintessential English Scandal’ will be available at the festival

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Brexit from the other Side of the Cliff Edge - How Europe sees Us
Aug
26
12:00 PM12:00

Brexit from the other Side of the Cliff Edge - How Europe sees Us

CHAIR: Chris Keulemans

Evdoxia Lymperi

U.K. Correspondent for the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) since 2007 so British politics and current affairs are her bread and butter.

The last nine years have been turbulent times for the country, with a hung parliament, a Scottish referendum, the EU referendum, terror attacks, and, for the last three years, Brexit. In Greece, she’s “the Brexit lady on TV” or, “not her again” for those who are fed up hearing about it. Jokes aside, it’s the most complicated political problem of our times in this continent and she’s happy to cover it.

Jakup Krupa

Eric Albert

French journalist, has been based in London for 16 years. He works for Le Monde as well as the Swiss newspaper Le Temps. Quite reluctantly, he has become a Brexitologist during the last three years, watching with sadness and puzzlement Britain tearing itself apart. He did a documentary last year on Brexit for France 5 and he has even now become a British citizen. In 2015, before imagining Brexit possible, he published a short book about the English ("Les Anglais dans le doute", Ateliers Henry Dougier).


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Closing Choir - Urban Flames Choir
Aug
26
3:30 PM15:30

Closing Choir - Urban Flames Choir

An eclectic mix of energetic talent, Urban Flames was formed in September 2016 with 6 young singer-songwriters who had showed great promise during previous Urban Development Holiday Writing Camps. Fast forward to today and the vocal collective has grown from 6 to 20 singers aged between 14 and 18 years old.

The group write and arrange their own songs and have just completed their first 6 track EP, showcasing their ability to blend contemporary pop and urban music. The group have an infectious vibe when performing together with the live band that accompanies them. They came 2nd at Hackney Empire’s Alter Ego, their first ever live show and competed in the Music For Youth National semifinals up against the best under 21 musical acts in the country. They have been invited to perform at the final at the Royal Albert Hall in December

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