On November 29th, get down to The Prince of Wales, Brixton (formally Brixton Clubhouse), for the English Disco Lovers’ latest charity disco! The subversive anti-racism group, making EDL stand for equality, acceptance and love, will be supporting the Brixton community with profits going to local charities, the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime campaign and PPC (Positive Parenting and Children)! The English Disco Lovers will be working with 17-24-30 and Lambeth council on a Hate Crime Awareness campaign, using money made by the event.
The disco lovers started online, spreading their “Don’t Hate! Gyrate!” message through Facebook and Twitter, whilst Googlebombing the search term ‘EDL’ with their own website.
They’ve danced at counter-EDL demonstrations up and down the country, accumulated 57,000 Facebook likes and 10,000 Twitter followers, played at Glastonbury and Kendal Calling, as well as being shortlisted for The National Diversity Awards 2013.
“Daft Punk and others may have made disco the sound of the summer, but this EDL are making the genre about more than just getting lucky.”
Oliver Keens, Time Out London
An incredible host of DJs will be lending their talents to the cause. You can expect sets from Faze Action’s Simon Lee, Larj Hans & OK Jones, Tony Dunne, Danny Dixon, Thee Liv and Stacey Dee Collins.
As always, the English Disco Lovers will be bringing the community together, not only to dance, but to support local charities! After expenses, profits will be split between two valuable causes:
17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign is a non-profit organisation run completely by volunteers.
Their primary focus is to remember and mark the anniversaries of the London Nail Bomb Attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho and to support the communities that were attacked in order to unite people against all forms of Hate Crime.
With World AIDS Day two days after the event, we’ll also be donating to PPC (Positive Parenting and Children), who support children, young people and families living with HIV and AIDS, in order for them to participate fully in society free from discrimination and ignorance.
PPC has developed a reputation as a pioneer in developing user-led, child centred approaches to HIV and AIDS and is now one of the leading specialist HIV children’s agencies in the UK providing services for children, young people and families. They also aim to increase awareness and reduce stigma by campaigning and advocating on behalf of children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.
Faze Action are often referred to as the ‘dons of nu-disco’. Their 1997 debut album ‘Plans and Designs’ for the highly respected Nuphonic Records included the much-lauded, cello-led classic ‘In The Trees’ cemented their position as dance floor innovators and incited what would later be labelled the disco revolution. ‘In The Trees’ is now widely regarded as the nu-disco track which epitomised the genre and has not yet been surpassed.
Faze Action have also crisscrossed the globe as DJs and as a full live act to deliver music that ignites the dance floor in unexpected ways. The many countries that have experienced this include the USA, Australia, Japan, Brazil and even Vietnam and Tunisia and also many festivals including Glastonbury, The Big Chill, The Big day Out and Fuji Rocks.
Faze Action comprises of brothers Robin Lee and Simon Lee. Robin is the musician/producer and Simon is the DJ/producer.
Currently working on their follow up to the ‘Stratus Energy’ album which promises to take their nu-disco blueprint into new electronic territory.
Larj Hans & OK Jones
Larj Hans – Hailing from Norway, Larj picked up his love for disco at an early age living out the dark Nordic days on a strict diet of Abba and pickled fish. A brief move to Philly cemented this love for anything with a slap base, sexy lick or groove ridden melody. On his return to Europe Larj settled in London town with nothing but the shirt on his back and 4000 disco seven inches to his name. He was lost. What could he do next? Then it dawned on him. Larj recruited the help of his long-time friend and disco adviser OK Jones and together they began the work of documenting the disco his many years of 7 Inch collecting had brought to his musical table. The outcome. Well it’s certainly more than a little funky. 7 inches of love every step of the way.
…danced to Disco first time round. More recently he’s been playing at Delirium at Dalston Superstore, the Broken Disco Room at East Bloc’s WAR along with Futurism at Bar Music Hall. His first production as Alex In Wonderland (with Andy YamWho?) is out now on MidnightRiot 5.
Working at Soho’s Groove Records and influenced by legendary 80#s parties such as Soul II Soul @ The Africa Centre & The RAW Club, Danny started to dj predominantly playing the New Jersey house sound (Tony Humphries, Blaze). From there he explored the roots of house; Disco, Boogie, Philly and Loft Classics which still heavily influence his sets. Danny can be found once a month at We The People’s Lounging night at Cafe Cario in Brixton.
Thee Liv started dancing before she could walk, inspired by her Father’s vast and eclectic vinyl collection of Motown, Soul, Funk and Philly Sounds. Now. with her own enviable mix of Soul, Boogie, Philly and Disco, Thee Liv djs along with Danny at ‘We The People’ Cafe Cairo.
Stacey Dee Collins
The musical knowledge gained from decades of soaking up the ever evolving sounds of house, garage and other genres led to an invitation to try DJing at the Tramp (Dalston Superstore) night and residency status soon followed. Stacey is a strong believer in disco being a uniquely unifying genre and you can expect everything from forgotten classics to nu disco and beyond!!
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