As part of the lead-up to Sofasonic Festival, a weekend of online events happening 17-19 July 2020, we’re releasing an array of playlists on Spotify that have been carefully curated by artists & friends of the festival for your listening pleasure.
Following playlists by Radwan Moumneh, Mark Titchner, QUEEF, Gazelle Twin, Matt Ridout, Khyam Allami and Molly & Mabel – on the day Sofasonic kicks off, we’ve got quality listening material for you courtesy of Marcus, co-founder of Decolonise Fest – a London based annual DIY punk festival collectively organised by and for punx of colour.
Decolonise Fest is collectively run by a group of activists, militant community organisers, musicians and artists who came together in 2017 to create a festival unlike any other; one that connects BIPOC punx in global struggles against the legacy of colonialism.
“We are DIY Diaspora Punx. We are reasserting our place in punk and want to showcase the amazing, creative and talented contributions punx of colour have made to the punk scene since its inception. We are loud and proud and demand the space we deserve – decolonising our past to decolonise our future.” – from the Decolonise Fest Manifesto
Take a listen here…
Statement from Marcus, co-founder of Decolonise Fest:
“Throughout lockdown I’ve been resting, learning, plotting and listening. I cannot wait to go to some gigs and get back on tour again. This playlist is a decolonial sonic disruption to the normal punk and heavy music playlists you will find. All the tracks are created by Black, Indigenous and people of colour from around the globe. Some of these artist have played decolonise fest and some of them will come and play one day. I hope you can listen, learn and grow from this playlist.”
Join Marcus tomorrow, as he takes part in a panel discussion on the importance of musical communities and ecosystems, and how we pave the way for their growth – alongside Luke Turner (The Quiteus), Cathy Pellow (Sargant House), Chris Reeder (Rocket Recordings) & Lisa Meyer (Supersonic Festival)
SATURDAY 18 JULY // 19:15 BST