With The Canary TBA
Birgitta Jonsdottir (Wikileaks, Icelandic Pirate Party), Brett Hennig (Sortition), Francesca Bria (has made Barcelone an open source city with Ada Colau's BCEnComu) and Rasmus Nordvist (ex fashion student squatter/co-founder of successful Alternativet Party in Denmark)
TBA - Nick Davies, Vince Cable, Alaphia Zoyab (Avaaz), Peter Oborne and Tom Watson, deputy of the Labour Party
Is concentrated ownership of Media companies the main problem with biased news coverage? With HSBC interfering in Daily Telegraph news coverage and allegations of payments to the Evening Standard, do corporations wield too much financial power? Are things going to get worse with online giants like Google and Facebook?
Keynote speech by Baroness Warsi followed by an interview with her by Naz Shah
Formed from the ashes of 70s/80s punk bands, with songs that throw out the anger at what is now with the optimism of what is possible, Phoenix Chroi fit the bill for byline. Over the last Phoenix Chroi have been touring extensively and played with prestigious acts such as: Richie Ramone, The Avengers, and Menace, as well as various punk rock festivals.
Best known for their number 1979 single ‘The Sound of the Suburbs’, The Members are a British punk rock band that, to our delight, got back together in 2007. Since reuniting the band has played over 90 shows, including 3 European tours. Current members are Jean Marie Carroll, Chris Payne, Calle Englemarc and Nick Cash.
The Priscillas are North London all-girl power-pop/glam/garage punk band. Formed in 2003, their singles have been played both nationally and overseas. They have played at festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival, and continue to play across the UK as well as Europe.
The Vapors are an English new wave power pop band from Guildford. They initially together between 1978 and 1981. They had a top ten hit with the song 'Turning Japonese' in 1980, which reached No. 3 in the UK singles chart. Thankfully, after 34 years, The Vapours, David Fenton, Edward Bazlagette, Steve Smith and Michael Bowes, have reunited and the public’s reaction has been nothing less than ecstatic.
The Blow Monkeys were notorious in the mid-80s, with hits such as ‘Digging Your Scene’ and ‘Live Today Love Tomorrow’’. Their new wave/sophisti-pop style distinguished the band from the rest. This led to one of the most glamorised bands of their time. With much success, the band reunited with five more albums after 2007.
Pussy Riot are ones not to miss at Byline Festival 2018. This Russian feminist protest punk rock group have been causing a stir in both the music and political scene. The group have been staging unauthorized provocative guerrilla performances in public places, not only to make for some radical music videos but also to turn the global eye to their anti Trump/Putin message and promotion of feminism and LGBT rights. Their most notorious performance (to date) was when five members of the group staged a performance inside a Moscow Cathedral protesting the Orthodox Church leaders support for Putin during his election campaign. This not only resulted in in three members being arrested for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” but also sparking a world wide debate, catching the eyes of Sting, Yoko Ono and Amnesty. It’s obvious to say that they won’t be taking Trump or Putin lying down.
The Kar-Pets are an Inspiral Carpets tribute band with a difference (or a similarity) frontman Tom Hingely was actually the lead singer of Inspiral carpets 1989-2011 who, during their glory days, played alongside their Manchester counterparts, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses. The Kar-Pets are touring with the classic songs such as ‘This is how it feels’ ‘Saturn Five’ and ‘Dragging me down.’