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Music festival celebrating punks of colour announces lineup

BACK: Decolonise Fest

BUILDING ON last year’s success, the DIY Diaspora Punx collective are hosting their second DIY punk festival, Decolonise Fest, in London from 22-24th June 2018.

The collective of musicians, artists and creatives formed in 2016 to organise Decolonise Fest, the UK’s first DIY punk festival made by and for people of colour.

Decolonise Fest was born from a shared frustration at the way the vital contributions made by people of colour to the past and present of punk culture are ignored and undervalued, as well as the complacency and racism that persist in DIY music to this day.

The first Decolonise Fest was truly unique, providing a much-needed space for punks from across the world to come together and celebrate their identity and its influence on their art.

Decolonise Fest 2018 will be headlined by US black queer punx Great Wight, with one more headliner still to be announced. The rest of the lineup features Bob Vylan, CAUSA, Fish Police, GUTTFULL, Kapil Seshasayee, Ms Mohammed, No Home, Secret Power, Shocks of Mighty and Stanfield.

The festival kicks off on 22nd June with an art show at 198 Gallery in Brixton, followed by 2 days of bands and workshops at DIY Space for London on 23rd and 24th June.

The DIY Diaspora Punx have outlined their aims for the Fest in their manifesto:

“Decolonise Fest celebrates all the brilliant Diaspora Punx, who we define as people who are descended (through one or both parents) from the original inhabitants of Africa, The Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, Latin America, Australasia, North America, and the islands of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean.

We are celebrating the Diaspora Punx that are creating right now; acknowledging our elders and the doors they opened for us, while also making room for more punx of colour to take centre stage and make noise. We are decolonising our past to decolonise our future.”

The full line-up will reflect the variety of music being made by punx of colour- from indiepop to doom metal to more traditional punk sounds. The festival will also feature film screenings, an art exhibition and workshops on activism, illustration and more.

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