Chaired by Kamin Mohammadi, with Gilles Van Kote (Le Monde), Molly Cato and Monique Hawkins, a Dutch woman asked to leave Britain after 24 years of living in the UK post Brexit, who will share her real experience of how unfair the system can be for the 3 million EU citizens in the UK
Join John Cleese as he chats with Peter Jukes on the sofa about Britishness, the media, and why he's leaving the country
A Conversation between Prize Winning Author of 'Collusion' Luke Harding and Orwell Winning Journalist Carole Cadwalladr on evidence of Putins' interference in the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit Referendum, exploring to what extent the Trump and Brexit campaigns actively colluded with Putin.
Singer/Songwriter Damon Michael Gough emerged into the public consciousness in 2000 with his Mercury Prize winning album ‘The hour of bewilderbeast’ displaying known by stage name Badly Drawn Boy s an english indie singer/songwriter. His awards include Mercury Prize Winner (2000) and NMEs best solo artist (2001) and is back touring for the first time in over 5 years.
Join us all for the Opening Show! We're opening the festival in style with lots of surprises! See you there!
Swedish born DJ extraordinaire with 11 years of experience behind the decks of some of Swedens hottest venues. Former Resident DJ on the beautiful island of Cyprus with some played venues including the UK owned Super-club The Castle Club. Current Resident DJ of Park Lane, Gothenburg Sweden. Tastes in music ranges from the harder electronic genres like minimal and tech house to Hip-Hop, Pop and EDM.
Lousy Nic simply does not leave any dance floors empty.
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),
Brett Hennig (Co founder of the Sortition Foundation and author of 'The End of
Bernardo Gutierrez Gonzalez (Part of MediaLab Prado, journalist, author and original member of 15M and Indignados movement)
Rasmus Nordqvist (Co-founder of the successful Alternative Party in Denmark, politician)
Panel to be chaired by Chris Spannos (Digital Editor for New Internationalist magazine).
IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEW INTERNATIONALIST
Nick Davies, formerly of the Guardian, Author of 'Hack Attack' and 'Flat Earth News', Alaphia Zoyab (Avaaz) Ivor Gaber (Professor of Political Journalism) with a key note speech by Tom Watson (deputy leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport)
Chaired by Mary Fitzgerald (open democracy)
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 June Sarpong (MBE) followed by a panel discussion with Bonnie Greer (OBE), Kam Sandhu (Real Media), Rushanara Ali (Labour Party MP) and chaired by Shenaz Bungawala.
Keynote speech by Baroness Warsi(Former Co-chair Conservative Party) followed by an interview with her by Naz Shah (Labour Party MP)
Three actors and a cellist perform this award winning one-act play from acclaimed Romanian dramatist Matei Visniec. As the cellist gets louder and louder, the rest of the cast plot to overthrow him, in a raucous yet tightly-wound look at intolerance and ignorance.
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 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 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 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.’
In association with MEND - Chaired Brian Cathcart with Miqdaad Versi (Muslim Council of Britain), Richard Peppiatt (Film Maker formerly Tabloid journalist), Shenaz Bungawala (Aziz Foundation) and Isobel Ingham-Barrow
In Association with MEND
Lisa Maxwell interview's Gary Lineker (OBE) discussing immigration, Brexit, press reform and England's performance in the World Cup, and answers the question "Why don't you just stick to football?"
A combination of pop, rock, jazz, soul and blues one hesitates to give a label to the art created by Kat and Co. If one did exist it would be Urban Blues, and Kat and Co.'s atmospheric, sassy and seductive creations are imbuing the blues with a relevance and dynamism for some time lost.
Is the trans Atlantic alliance still needed?
With Kier Giles, Micheal Goldfarb and other TBA
With Chris Wylie (Former head of Research at Cambridge Analytica). John Ford (former 'blagger' for The Sunday Times) Dan Evans (former News of the World journalist) and Shahmir Sanni (former volunteer for Vote Leave) chaired by Naomi Colvin (UK lead for The Courage Foundation.)
By Crowdsourcing the Commons
In an Especial Carnival Congress
Byline Festival Goers Hereby Commit to Devise
A BILL OF WRONGS
To Present to Her Majesty the Queen
At the State Opening of Parliment
DAILY PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLIES AND A
FINAL CONSTITUTION CONVENTION
Birgitta Jonsdottir (Poetician, Icelandic Pirate Party)
Jamie Kelsey (Occupy London, New Internationalist)