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Rebel Soul bring a unique blend of politics and party to the Dina venue

24 January 2019

A mainstay of annual mixed arts and music festival, Shambala, Rebel Soul use events to increase awareness of contemporary issues, whilst raising funds for grassroots campaigns and causes. The event comes to Sheffield’s Dina Venue this Saturday for a full day and night programme, combining a series of talks and workshops (1.30-7pm) with an all-night music schedule (8pm-6am). In between the thought-provoking day of political discussion and the night’s sweaty hedonism, you can refuel with a wholesome vegetarian or vegan meal, which will be served between 6-8pm.

Daytime programme (Free)

The talks cover important contemporary issues, including a focus on the ever-controversial practice of Fracking, as well as discussions on the UK housing situation with guests from the London Renters Union and ACORN, a community-based union active in Sheffield and other cities across the UK. There is also a DJ workshop for female/ non binary/ trans persons, hosted by Tam Tam (of the Equaliser Collective), who works to empower and enhance the talent of those not fully represented in the electronic music scene. Such learning opportunities are an important foundation for addressing inequalities in electronic music/ club culture, a scene where festival lineups, annual DJ Polls and club rosters are still dominated by men.

Night time programme

There will be plenty of different vibes and genres packed in across the course of this marathon 10 hour session. The early part of the night will showcase bands, kicking off with Folk three-piece The King Driscolls,and math pop punk trio Ganglions. After this relatively breezy start, the night is set to build in energy as feminist post-punk band, Dream Nails, perform the headline set at the peak of the night. DJs take centre stage as the night progresses, with sounds of UK Funky, “percussive bashy stuff”, bass and techno seeing everyone through to the early hours. Get in the mood with this 30 min-long mix of tribal house and driving techno from Barang resident Nimble Jack

If all this sounds like a bit of you, pick up your tickets now from the link below (the daytime talks are free, so you can just turn up. Tickets for the night programme start at just £7).