Lowkey continues his long term support for the Palestinian cause by releasing a song and accompanying video filmed mainly at the protest outside the Israeli Embassy in London recently. Thousands of protestors took to the streets in Kensington after continued airstrikes on the Gaza strip by Israeli forces. They were also massing their troops along the border with Gaza which is illegally blockaded by the racist apartheid state. Also contributing to the song were comedian Frankie Boyle, Maverick Sabre, film director Ken Loach, Khaled Siddiq and Mai Khalil
Meanwhile this years Eurovision song contest has drawn widespread criticism by it’s choice of location. Last year the Israeli entry won the event so it is to be hosted in Tel Aviv a city that is is the subject of a widespread artistic boycott due the Israeli state’s abysmal human rights record. Many believe that Israel should not even be admitted to the competition given that it is not is Europe and violates international law on a daily basis. So the London Palestine Solidarity Campaign has joined forces with Artists for Palestine UK to host an alternative event on the same night with Lowkey and Mic Righteous headlining.
In a press release the organisers said:
We present a full evening of entertainment from prominent artists and performers, who will raise the roof for Palestine in protest of Eurovision taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel!
Israel cannot hide military occupation and apartheid behind the glitz and glamour of Eurovision. Tens of thousands across the world have joined the Boycott Eurovision 2019 campaign; to highlight Israel’s abuse of Palestinian human rights and pinkwashing tactics used to try and mask its crimes.
Join us in supporting the call from the Palestinian people to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel until Palestinians enjoy the same rights and freedoms that belong to all of us!
Join the Party for Palestine and protest Eurovision taking place in Israel!
All proceeds from the event will go towards building our campaigns for justice in Palestine. 🇵🇸
DOORS OPEN: 8:30pm
“Arguably the biggest name on the UK hip-hop underground scene” The Guardian
Lowkey has announced his long awaited return with news that will be music to the ears of every hip hop fan in the land. After a hiatus which saw the British-Iraqi hip hop artist take time off to focus on studies and activism, he blasts back into view with brand new music for 2019 – announcing a new album and first single from it.
Mic Righteous Official
Having opened for US Hip Hop heavyweights including Wu-Tang Clan, The Game, J.Cole, Slaughter House, Talib Kweli & 2 Chainz, Mic Righteous‘ debut EP Open Mic went straight in at No.1 in the UK Hip Hop charts and No.2 in Ireland, Australia and Sweden. Fresh from being on Charlie Sloth’s Fire in the Booth, Mic Righteous is rebranding himself as Mic Reckless. Known for his heartfelt lyrics and powerful flow, Mic Reckless is undoubtedly one of the best rappers of our time!
Wolf Alice (DJ set)
An evocative North London alt-rock outfit, Wolf Alice deftly mixes folk, grunge, and electronic elements with vintage ’90s indie rock. The band’s second studio album, Visions of a Life, It debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, received universal acclaim from music critics, ranked as one of the best albums of the year by multiple publications and won the 2018 Mercury Prize. They are known supporters of Palestinian human rights and the BDS movement. This will be a rare opportunity to see them perform an exciting DJ set!
Hawiyya Danced Company was founded in 2017 as an all-women’s collective, based in London. Their main focus is raising awareness on the occupation and oppression of Palestine. Hawiyya draws upon Dabke (Levantine Traditional Folk Dance) with Contemporary Dance to create narrative works that tell stories of the oppressed and of the resistance that is lived. Hawiyya endeavours to honour Palestinian cultural through the celebration of Dabke in performance and participation.
Jenan Younis is a London based comedian of Middle Eastern heritage. Her comedy has been described as a “slap in the face”. Don’t sit within arm’s reach. She can be heard regularly on the BBC Asian Network’s ladies panel shamelessly plugging her shows in between tackling the big issues in current news as well as providing the best vocal impersonation of Stacey Dooley. WORLDWIDE. “Sharp, hip, smart comedian – not to be missed!” The List/ 99 comedy club finalist 2018/ South East comedian of the year finalist 2018/ Funny women finalist 2018/ BBC new comedy award nominee 2018
*More performers TBA*