Sounds Of Solidarity : The Power & Politics Of Dance Music
Backdrop : Sounds Of Solidarity will pro-actively celebrate the power of underground dance music and club culture to connect communities, drive diversity and bring joy to many. In aid of Northern Pride and the Syrian crisis (via International Rescue Committee) there will first be a free social event with live music, a panel discussion, art installations and an LGBTIQ history month talk at Cosmic Ballroom. We will then unite for an extended session in late night dancing in the very same space (2200-0400) with SAOIRSE, SIREN (London) and Room 4 Resistance (Berlin) collectives from the panel completing a lineup of exceptional techno & house music pedigree. Enjoy our Away With The Mixer : SAOIRSE feature before she sends you all skew-whiff with her much coveted record bag. Saffron Kershaw-Mee, the marginalised genders officer for Newcastle University SU will also join our panel.
Friends old, new and soon to be, this is truly a joyous opportunity to learn, share, explore new friendships and revel under the raucous power of this music we hold so dear. £6 early-bird available now, with more expensive tickets containing an optional larger charitable donation also on offer.
Through installations and discussion, we will be focussing on:
1. Ensuring safer dancing spaces for LGBTIQ communities, women and marginalised groups.
2. Gender and racial imbalance in music
3. The current and historic social benefits of underground parties
4. The protection of music/arts/community venues
5. Sustainability & environmental causes including the boycott of palm oil containing products.
6. Practical action points on what we can all do to help these causes
All profits will be donated to charity and we believe passionately that by coming to meet, discuss and dance together we can protect and improve upon this culture which brings us together – and can therefore be used to bind us together for the future. We know the dancefloor, through a unification of people under one sound – one voice, so to speak – holds a unique power in uniting people of different backgrounds, beliefs & sexualities.
Room 2 will supported by Temi and DJ Mel Webb, two selectors who we know have substantial experience of keeping Cosmic Ballroom lifting and are truly passionate about these causes.
Backdrop unite sonically curious, open-minded souls through extended sessions in wild & muscular music. We strive to provide a safe space for dancers to escape reality and trip together. Backdrop is open to everybody but not for everybody, the prejudiced or intolerant are not welcome. Expect exceptional partying, friendly people and mind-melting records.
Chatting to SAOIRSE : Away With The Mixer
““Expectation is the route of all heartache” Shakespeare said that and that fella knows what he is talking about, if you love music then you’ll never regret dedicating yourself to it. Whatever happens, happens.”
SIREN Collective. Photography by Francesca Allen.
“We hope to make a platform that promotes women and non-binary people and create a community of people who attend our events.”
“a Berlin-based queer forward collective focused on community-building and creating space & visibility for women, gender queers, non-binaries, trans people, black people & people of colour in Dance Music. Room 4 Resistance takes place every 2 months at ://about blank.”
Saffron Kershaw-Mee is the Marginalised Genders Officer for Newcastle University. Their campaigning for nonbinary and increased gender inclusion on campus is much needed, alongside creating content on YouTube about mental health, lgbtqia* and gender issues. Their story and insights recently went viral online on the BBC after featuring a video about their nonbinary identity, the video gained over 800k views and 2500 shares. They will be speaking on our panel (& dancing with us all afterwards) and we are very grateful for their help.