FREEDOM: Pussy Riot punk prayer commemoration event, London

Pussy Riot benefit London FEB 2013

FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/events/474135362649184/

Live: MIDAS FALL + AU PALAIS + SKINNY GIRL DIET + CAT BEAR TREE

DJs: CHVRCHES + KARIN PARK + NEUROTIC MASS MOVEMENT + THE VOYEURIST + SHEEN

Speakers: KERRY MCCARTHY MP + MIKE LERNER + MASHA KARP

Time: 6pm – 11pm *Set times coming soon…

Entry: Advance tickets £5 (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/208245) / on door £6.

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SHATTERJAPAN (www.facebook.com/SHATTERJAPAN) and POPULAR (www.facebook.com/populargroup) present this special non-profit event.

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 and POPULAR have collaborated to bring you 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.

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LIVE BANDS:

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. Canada meets the UK…

SKINNY GIRL DIET (www.skinnygirldietband.tumblr.com)
One of the most exciting new all-girl bands in the UK and representing the capital city, these Riot Grrrls know how to roar!

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.

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DJS:

CHVRCHES (www.facebook.com/CHVRCHES)
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) – check it out!

KARIN PARK (www.karinpark.com)
Swedish electro genius Karin Park released her fantastic album “Highwire Poetry” in 2012, a year when 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)
Six-piece London band who are on the up and up

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SPEAKERS:

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.

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— Protect your arts communities and FREE PUSSY RIOT!

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