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14 Sep

The Free Movement For All fundraiser & infonight on Friday 10th September at the Star and Shadow Cinema was an ace night, there was a friendly atmosphere, the bands were all on great form and delectable food and cakes were provided.

The night was partly in aid of the No Border Camp in Brussels, and funds were also being raised for The English Language Conversation Group, an informal group held at the Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, where volunteers to help people learn and practice their language skills are always welcome.

The night began with a screening of ‘Outside of EUrope’, a documentary by Wide Open Exposure. The film documents the harsh realities of the European border regime, and the impact of the exclusionary policies of the EU.

This was a great introduction to the issues which will be the focus of the upcoming Brussels No Border Camp, 25 September – 3 October. Preparations are now well underway for the Camp, with the latest programme and location information online here.

After the film, Milky Wimpshake played a brilliant set, with some good onstage banter from Pete Dale, tight garage punk-pop songs and amusingly undiluted lyrics.

ONSIND (One Night Stand in North Dakota), singing, guitar playing, spot-on lyric-writing, great guys from Durham had the audience demanding more of their lo-fi, anti-folk punk-pop gems. Their anti-capitalist, anti-consumerist, queer, anti-sexist etc melodic songs performed with humour and enthusiasm were shout-a–long political feelgood nuggets.

The Verbal Terrorists and DJ Jupiter provided top quality hip hop bursting with onstage energy, slick beats, amazing rhymes and songs ranging from criticising the financial system (in the most lyrically catchy way imaginable!) to praising people for taking a stand.  After a few more well known ones like ‘The Dance of the Money Men’ and ‘Risin Up’ they treated the audience to a new tune they’ve been working on which was every bit as satisfying as you would expect from them and the dancing didn’t stop. Thanks to the  quality line-up and committed acts the night managed to mix serious issues and proper fun.

With thanks to all who supported the night.

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