FREEDOM: PUSSY RIOT PUNK PRAYER COMMEMORATION CONCERT

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SUN 24 FEB, 2013 (6 – 11PM) @HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN, LONDON

 Advance sales £5 (www.wegottickets.com/event/208245) / on door £6

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 On 21 February 2012, members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot performed a “punk prayer” in a Moscow church for which they were arrested, detained for several months and eventually sentenced on 17 August 2012 to 2 years imprisonment. With two of the three members remaining imprisoned (Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha“ Alyokhina), SHATTERJAPAN (www.shatterjapan.com) and POPULAR (www.popularcompany.co.uk) have collaborated to create a whole evening of entertainment, including people from the international music, film and political worlds, to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the punk prayer performance and to celebrate freedom of expression.  With 4 live bands, 5 DJ sets by bands, and 3 speakers, the night promises to be a non-stop stream of music and culture, with artist participation from Canada, Sweden and all across the UK.

LIVE BAND LINEUP

 MIDAS FALL (www.midasfall.com): Led by the hauntingly melancholic vocals of Elizabeth Heaton, Edinburgh-born and Manchester-based Midas Fall have sculpted a distinctive sound, combining elements of electronica and post-rock to create taut, shimmering soundscapes. Their 2010 debut LP “Eleven. Return and Revert” enjoyed critical acclaim internationally, with the opening track featured on the BBC drama “Lip Service.” This year sees the release of their long-awaited second album “Wilderness” on the eclectic Monotreme Records label.

AU PALAIS (www.aupalaismusic.com): Au Palais are a brother-sister duo from Toronto operating in London.  They are currently completing their debut LP, an expansion of their dark, brooding, pop music that they first revealed on their Tender Mercy EP.


 
SKINNY GIRL DIET (www.skinnygirldietband.tumblr.com): SGD are sisters Delilah and Ursula Holliday, and Amelia Cutler. One of the most exciting new all-girl bands in the UK, these Riot Grrrls know how to roar!  “It would be easy to link the girls to the Riot Grrrl movement and its recent resurgence, but the band take as much inspiration from bands like Dinosaur Jr and The Ramones as they do Bikini Kill and L7.” (Dave Rowswell)

 CAT BEAR TREE (www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand): Deriving their name from a kick ass cat and a cowardly bear, Cat Bear Tree are a London-based trio whose indie, melodic, sometimes poppy, sometimes punky tunes nod to indie alt acts like Sleater-Kinney, Electrelane and Warpaint. They’re currently gigging across London and beyond whilst preparing for the release of their debut EP.

DJ LINEUP

 CHVRCHES (www.chvrches.tumblr.com): This brilliant Glasgow electro band are set to take the UK by storm, having recently made it to the last five in the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, and are about to embark on their headlining UK tour. The music world is CHVRCHES’ oyster. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry joins us on this special evening. Lauren also co-founded TYCI, a collective run by women with a blog, zine, radio show and monthly live event in Glasgow (www.tyci.org.uk)

KARIN PARK (www.karinpark.com): Swedish electro genius Karin Park released her fantastic album “Highwire Poetry” in 2012, a year in which she supported Gary Numan and enjoyed a UK headlining tour. Karin brought the house down with her DJ set at Hoxton last year – we’re looking forward to her shaking that roof again.

NEUROTIC MASS MOVEMENT (www.facebook.com/NEUROTICMASSMOVEMENT): This seminal London band plays with clichés and transforms ordinary ideas into savage beasts, never afraid to make fun of themselves and their immediate environment. Their EP “EMPIRE OF TIN” will be released end of March 2013.

THE VOYEURIST (www.facebook.com/TheVoyeuristMusic): Singer Sarah Nag and guitarist Richard “Rusty” Ruston make up this dark electro pop duo from London, who have supported the iconic likes of Peaches, Grimes and The Ting Tings, also remixing for MEN (JD Samson), Kool Thing and Au Palais.

SHEEN (www.facebook.com/sheenband): This London band’s multi-layered, psychedelic, reverberant soundscapes marry the ethereal brilliance of Sigur Ros with the discordance and sonic annihilation of My Bloody Valentine; the analogue dynamics of Pixies with the spatial and textural panorama of Broken Social Scene.

 SPEAKER LINEUP

KERRY MCCARTHY: Kerry studied Russian, Politics and Linguistics at Liverpool University. Elected as the MP for Bristol East in 2005, Kerry is now a Shadow Foreign Minister. Her portfolio includes human rights, migration, international crime and the drugs trade, as well as UK relations with China, the Far East, South East Asia, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Kerry is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Russia, and as part of her work on human rights she attended the Pussy Riot trial in Russia in August last year. Since the imprisonment of Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, Kerry has been working closely with the Performers’ Alliance and is one of Pussy Riot’s strongest advocates in the UK.

MIKE LERNER: Mike Lerner is a 2012 Academy Award-nominated producer/director (documentary “Hell and Back Again”) and co-producer/director of 2013 Sundance award-winning film “PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER”. Over the course of six months, Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin filmed this documentary feature, telling the incredible story of the three Pussy Riot members Nadya, Masha and Katya who were given a two-year prison sentence for their 40-second “punk performance.” With unparalleled access, the film looks at the real people behind their now-famous colourful balaclavas. We will screen a clip of the exclusive footage at this event.

MASHA KARP: Masha Karp is a trustee of Rights in Russia and a London-based freelance journalist with a special interest in relations between Russia and the West. Masha was Russian Features editor (1997-2009) and a producer (1991-1997) with the BBC Russian Service.

Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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