Wednesday, 29 July 2009
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Thursday, 23 July 2009
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Saturday, 18 July 2009
Full version of today's londonpaper column. I had to cut it down, but if you're up for some edutainment tomorrow, United Underground is us.
On The Scene
Activism isn’t just about protesting or waving a banner, believe it or not music and clubbing can play a role too. Demonstrating this is United Underground, a new event launching on Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH), Southbank Centre.
A partnership between Riz Ahmed (the award winning actor and MC), Ctrl.Alt.Shift (an experimental initiative for young adults who want to tackle global injustice), British Underground (an arts development agency) and Southbank Centre, United Underground is using music, film and art to highlight different ways of becoming an activist.
“I wanted to put on something that brings in a crowd who might not normally go there, and inject the amazing spaces with a fresh underground energy - we're storming the gates and changing the furniture around a bit so everyone feels like they can live here…” explains Ahmed. “The event is about re-connecting music, and other arts forms to activism in a way that is bold and doesn't feel stale or swept under the carpet.”
The event, which kicks off at 5pm, will also be the first club party to be held on the roof of the Southbank. Acoustic sessions from soon-to-be-massive acts including MPHO, Jamie Woon, Maverick Sabre, Gabriel Prokofiev and Theoretical Girl, will be broken up with talks from people who get active in their own unique ways. Speakers on the line-up range from film directors Peter Kosminsky and Noel Clarke, to Iran's Twitter demonstrators and war torn Baghdad’s gay rights activists.
“We've got a stellar lineup of some of the biggest acts around who have all waived their performance fee because they believe in the idea of a party that aims to get people thinking and active. Ultimately this is a conscious rave and festival wrapped up as a rooftop party - but still at a credit crunch beating £5 a ticket.”
For those who don’t like too much fresh air, inside the QEH club promoters Man Make Music, Dirty Canvas and Urban Nerds are coming together to showcase the best of what they bring to the London dance scene, with talent including Afrikan Boy, Bashy, Ice Kid, Lowkey, True Tiger, DJ Djinn and many more putting in appearances. Also ready to keep you occupied are the Craftivists who will teach you how to stitch and sew your own activism materials. Film buffs can also watch climate change flick The Age of Stupid, Rendition and a series of shorts from Ctrl.Alt.Shift and Film London while they’ll be a live fanzine being created for revellers to take away on the night - anyone can get involved by simply twittering, taking a picture on their mobile or dropping a review of a DJ set to the news desk on the night.
With the evenings proceedings rounding off at 11pm, if you’re looking for an afterparty, join the Super Furry Animals Freak Out, an all night acid warehouse party hosted by the band themselves. The Furries will be returning to Corsica Studios, Elephant Road, SE17, straight after their Somerset House show with mates Cherrystones, Andy Votel and Pete Fowler. Tickets are £10 on the door. Finishing at 6am it makes for an epic finale.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Wiley just sent me a verse for The Streets 'Swine Flu' too... watch this space for that coming soon...
Hattie Collins put me onto this... apparently she's giving away loadsa tunes at www.msdynamite.co.uk too. I like this alot but still waiting for something to beat Ramp.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
When Bless first showed me the treatment for this video I wasn't sure they'd pull off the subliminal's (watch and you'll see what I'm talking about), but it's NANG. Good luck on this one boys. Ps I've clocked the whistle thing you've added to the tune...
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
A rooftop party at the Southbank Centre.
Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre / Saturday 18th July 2009, 5pm – 11pm
£5 all day.
Southbank Centre Ticket Office 0871 663 2538
Music plus activism.
You don’t have to leave London for a summer festival experience. Across the spaces of Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall - including the re-opening of the roof as a venue space - hosted by Ctrl.Alt.Shift, British Underground, Southbank Centre and actor and musician Riz Ahmed/ Riz MC, United Underground is a unique mix of cutting-edge street culture, music, artwork, fanzines and film set against a backdrop of new-school activism.
The event has been specifically created to promote active engagement with new music and its potential as a catalyst for change.
What’s happening where?
On The Roof will be some of London’s hotly tipped live acts, and best-loved underground club nights. We will also present an impressive lineup of speakers from across the cultural and campaigning spectrum, talking activism and their way of doing it – from film director Peter Kosminsky, gay rights campaigners from Baghdad, to Plane Stupid.
The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall will showcase a buzzing lineup of new short film talent gathered by Film London talent spotters, plus feature films from Andy Serkis and Eran Creevey in the Purcell Room. Also in the Front Room, Ctrl.Alt.Shift will be putting together a fanzine, in real time, documenting the night - with contributions from punters (pics taken on your phone, blogs, poetry) as well as pre-sourced contributions from activists and artists.
This is a not-for-profit event. The idea is to showcase creative talent, throw an eclectic party, and encourage participation in fresh ways.
Confirmed acts include:
Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
Dirty Canvas ft. Ice Kid
Urban Nerds ft Illaman, Rattus Rattus, Klose One
Speakers Corner ft. Lowkey, Shortman
The Official Secrets Act
Nathan Flutebox Lee
Original event artwork by Sarah Maple
Confirmed Speakers discussing why they bother, and how:
Box office topping, BAFTA rising star and writer/ director of Kidulthood and Adulthood
Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Their current ZerodB campaign opposes the use of music as torture.
Acclaimed multi award winning film director and self confessed political trouble-maker.
Speaking about Iran’s protests and the opportunity and limits of new media in direct action.
London 4 London
A brave city wide initiative where all clubbers donate £1 to charity on October 3rd – the founders talk about how they’re taking action.
London Coalition Against Poverty
Mixing case work with direct action and fighting for the housing rights of London’s poor.
The Chair of Iraqi LGBT discusses the challenges and dangers of gay rights activism in Baghdad’s warzone
He was a human shield in Gaza and witnesses the killing of his friends, now he organises exploited call centre workers into unions.
Films curated by Mia Bays, Film London
Including holy tipped short films, music videos from up coming talent, and feature films RENDITION, and THE AGE OF STUPID. Plus shorts from Ctrl.Alt.Shift.
British Underground British Underground is an arts development agency that champions and promotes UK music abroad. www.britishunderground.net
Riz Ahmed aka Riz MC is an actor (Road to Guantanamo, Britz, Dead Set, Shifty), and a musician (Post 9/11 Blues, People Like People, Radar) who has played Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival, BBC Electric Proms, topped underground music charts and enjoyed extensive Radio1 airplay. www.myspace.com/rizmc
Ctrl.Alt.Shift is an experimental initiative engaging a new generation of activists for social justice and global change. www.ctrlaltshift.co.uk
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Met Jason last night. His Giggs impression killlllled it!
Also starring the back of my head...
Interview we did 'in character'.
This woman makes me cry. One of the best vocalists EVER.
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
My second collabo with Sb-TV and RWD TV, got so much love for my brothers Sb and Luke Gingerkid...
While politicians debate the role of Twitter in their political lives, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has teamed up with Bebo in a bid to tackle issues bothering the digital generation.
Bebo's Big Think ties in with the governments campaign Building Britain's Future and is being plugged as an opportunity for young people across the UK to say what they want. All you need to do is log onto www.bebo.com/bigthink, submit your question and kick back until the end of the month when five individuals will be picked to represent in a face-to-face discussion with Brown at Number 10 Downing Street. In a further twist, the debate will be hosted by T4's Rick Edwards and filmed for Bebo, who now boast over 9 million users.
"If we're trying to build a better Britain for the future, then the people whose opinions really count, but aren't often heard, are the young people who are going to be growing up and living in that same future," Rick Edwards told RWD. "Having Gordon Brown's ear will be a fantastic chance for these young people to shape some of the government's thinking. On a personal level I'm also hoping to get a photo with Mister Brown. I say 'Mister Brown' - hopefully by then we'll be on first name terms. Swapping numbers, that sort of thing.”
As for Gordon, he said: "Building Britain’s Future is the start of a process to engage with people on the big issues facing our country today. Bebo’s Big Think is a great concept and I am really looking forward to hearing what people have to say.”
Submit your questions HERE
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
This is my interview with Tulisa & Dappy. You even get to see my head once taking a picture of the LIVE crew.
I'm also looking forward to Tulisa's birthday party. Now what to buy the girl? I haven't been 21 for a while still...