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Sunday 20 May 2018

Pussy Riot Set To Help Discuss Dance Laugh Create & Change The World @ Byline Festival In East Sussex

Following last year's success, Byline Festival returns to Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, and once again promises festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. 

The festival is for anyone who is interested or concerned about fake news, post Trump truth, the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal and the current state of politics. Also it includes immersive theatre, the New Orleans Circus, art, music, and dancing.

An audience of over 5000 is expected to attend and witness the likes of headliners Pussy Riot, as well as the Bad Press Awards hosted by National Treasure John Cleese.
Pussy Riot's strident feminism and anti-Trump and Putin stance is in keeping with the activism and attitude of this unique festival with its tagline: Dance, Discuss, Laugh and Change The World! 

The collectives' Nadya Tolokonnikova said: 

"(I want) to break the wall that separates prisoners and normal people. Or, should I say, so-called normal people who don't really understand that at any given moment something can happen and you could find yourself in prison suddenly, because sometimes corruption happens. You could just be in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Byline Festival recaptures the spirit of early festivals like Woodstock that had more of a sense of purpose and authenticity. 

There are opportunities to create films, news articles, podcasts and dramas at the festival with leading writers, journalists and directors or you can just enjoy the comedy and music. 

John Cleese and Hardeep Sing Kohli are leading the comedy performances. Additional participants and speakers include June Sarpong, Hugh Grant, Bonnie Greer, Alexei Sayle, Kate Mosse, Gary Lineker, A.L. Kennedy, Joanna Scanlan, Andy Hamilton, A.L.Kennedy. 

One-hunderd-and-twenty music acts are confirmed including Blow Monkeys, DJ Nihal, The Vapors, Rhoda Dakar, Tom Hingley and The Priscillas.

Three big talk tents will include leading journalists, politicians, experts and activists from around the world who will be tackling and hopefully helping to solve today's big issues.

There are lots activities for families. The House of Fairy Tales is bringing their kid's Media Planet Adventure and News Room to the festival, with daily shows created by kids for their parents. Outdoor activities include rock climbing with experienced instructors and wide games in the forest run by our Festival Games Master.

For those looking for something a little more relaxed, the peaceful Woodland Spa will provide a wide range of spa treatments including hot stone massages, reflexology and deep tissue massages led by a team of fully qualified local therapists. A wander through to The Gallery in the Trees will provide a scenic atmosphere, including photojournalism hanging from branches of trees in the middle of the forest.

London's legendary media Frontline Club will recreate its famous bar on-site at Byline Festival, as well as our forest bars and an array of independent food stalls..

Byline Festival at Pippingford Park, East Sussex, from Friday 24-27 August 2018. For more info CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


Snow Patrol are set to return with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

From an angel and a tennis player to a joyfully paint-splashed lady, Hangleton and East Brighton residents have been creating life-size 'avatars': colourfully painted, cut-out figures that explore who they are or who they would like to be for a Brighton Festival project called Looking Through Each Other's Eyes.

Rituals is the ambitious new album from Australian musician Amaya Laucirica (who played a storming set at last weekend's Brighton's Great Escape Festival). Her work blends the swirling contours of the Cocteau Twins with the wistful melodies of The Go-Betweens and the sonic depth of Yo La Tengo. 

John Finnemore has followed a well worn path and is pretty much your definitive BBC Radio 4 comedian; studied English at Cambridge University and cut his teeth in the Cambridge footlights rising to become its vice president in his final year. After graduating, he performed in Sensible Haircut with the Footlights team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000.

Following band frontman Mike Peters' major undertaking for last week's Record Store Day – which saw him perform at record shops in London, New York and Los Angeles in a three-stop transcontinental trip within twenty-four hours – The Alarm announce the release of their new album Equals.

A special ceremony is being held next month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

My first visit to The Spire. As you may have guessed from the name it was once a church (St Mark's Chapel, in East Brighton). This one has been converted to an arts venue. It still looks very much like a church though, just missing the pews and altar etc and of course, it has a stage… and wonderfully, and at least on this night, a foyer with seating and a bar.

It was always a pleasure for The Brighton Magazine to host The Beat's Dave Wakeling, when he performed in the city as part of the 3 Men & Black collective (alongside Jake Burns from Stiff Little Fingers and Pauline Black and Nick Welsh from The Selecter).

A new play by Townsend Theatre Productions relives the extraordinary true story of the Grunwick Strike, a dispute that challenged the way women and immigrants are treated in the workplace.

Brighton based gallery 35 North Contemporary Fine Art is set to host Deanland, a new exhibition of original work by painter Alexander Johnson and photographer John Brockliss. 
Pic by Paul Mansfield

The Rock House Festival 2018 brings together learning disabled bands and upcoming and established music-makers from Brighton and beyond for a day of live music at Green Door Store, Brighton.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018, in Brighton - one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.
Pic by Miles Davis

King Charles III is a future history - our present monarch has been laid to rest, and Charles, after waiting patiently for the crown, finally succeeds. So begins Gary Cook of his visit to witness King Charles III, at Brighton Little Theatre.

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