A benefit concert to raise fund for organisations who are committed to preventing the rise of the far-right in the UK. All proceeds will go to Hope Not Hate and Stand Up to Racism.
BAND OF HOLY JOY
BOHJ are a six-piece of drums, bass, guitar, visuals, sixties organ and vocals who make a beautiful racket and fill the room with light and wonder. In 2017 they released the album Funambulist We Love You, a literary examination of the malaise set forth by Trump, Brexit, the rise of the far-right and a general disenfranchisement from most post-war liberal values.
The BOHJ sound is hard to describe, but they are lovers of The Subway Sect, The Jefferson Airplane, Mary J Blige, Grey and Funkadelic. They are signed to the Tiny Global label alongside fellow travellers the Nightingales and The Blue Orchids and have a new album coming out called Neon Primitives on May 20th 2018.
Born and raised in Wylam, Northumberland, Helen McCookerybook was the bass player/singer with Brighton indie band The Chefs and guitarist/singer with Helen and the Horns in the 1980s. Both of were favourites of BBC Radio 1’s John Peel. After a break to raise a family, she returned to the stage as a solo artist with a new set of songs, and since then has toured the UK regularly, releasing four solo albums.
Helen has recorded with artists such as Gina Birch of the Raincoats, Vic Godard, Lester Square, Martin Stephenson, and Arrest! Charlie Tipper. Her 2017 solo album, ‘The Sea’ received airplay from BBC6’s Gideon Coe, and was supported by a 30-date tour around the UK from Ullapool to Brighton. Her duet with Vic Godard, a cover of the Francois Hardy song “Rendezvous D’Automne’ was played by both Marc Riley and Gideon Coe this year. She will be releasing a 7” single in autumn 2018 supported by London and Scottish dates, with another tour in 2019.
OLDFIELD YOUTH CLUB
Introducing Oldfield Youth Club…..formed in the Autumn of 2018 the OYC is made up of 3 quarters of critically acclaimed 1980's pop group The Last Party(2 No. Peel Sessions and Melody Maker Single of the Week with their debut single ‘Mr Hurst’).
Featuring Simon Rivers (Bitter Springs), Neil Palmer and Kim Rivers, this trio play thoughtful catchy pop with rich lyrics and great melodies.
The idea behind OYC was to pare down and simplify Simon’s songs and as a result most of them are short and powerful and very direct, with the trademark outstanding River’s lyrical content.
The band have cut their teeth on a few gigs now ...supporting The Nightingales in Middlesbrough,The Bitter Springs in London, and more recently Austerity in Brighton.
They are currently working on their debut album ‘The Hanworth are Coming’ featuring tracks aired at the live shows… ‘Our Flowers will Grow', 'A Kind of Loving in a Loveless Town' and ‘Bob Grant’.
ARREST! CHARLIE TIPPER
The band began life in 2013 as The Charlie Tipper Experiment, releasing the debut album “Mellow On” and a couple of terrific singles. In 2015 they gained a new member and changed their name to The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy, embarking on a 6-track mini-album “Ten” and a series of EPs which culminated in the release of the 2018 compilation “The Astonishing Rise of Charlie Tipper”, which received some great reviews in the online music press.
In 2018 the band recognised the addition of a seventh member by changing their name again, the “Arrest” in the current moniker being a nod towards their forthcoming movie soundtrack “Themes from Blizzard”, a story of various lives (criminal and otherwise) which come together in a snowbound motel during a fierce blizzard.
The band mixes the personal and the political to good effect, always with a melody and bringing noise or quiet as required. The influences of the American avant guard can be found, with the likes of the Velvet Underground, Galaxie 500, the Go-Betweens and Shack, all to be found mixed in amongst the real originality of their songs and sound.
2019 will also see the release of their fourth album “Red”, and set off on tour with the promise that all their earnings will be donated to anti-fascist organisations Hope Not Hate and Stand Up to Racism.