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LONDON ROCK BANDS CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AMIDST BREXIT RESTRICTIONS

22nd February 2017

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Four emerging London rock bands are joining forces to organise a charity event “Music without Borders” to highlight the ramifications placed on international musicians since the UK EU referendum result.  Dani Hart, ‘From the Cave’ Carl Olander and ‘Fuzzwalker’ were compelled to act after Chilean singer/songwriter, producer Dani Hart received an email from the Home Office stating her work permit would be revoked with immediate effect.

“It was a shocking and traumatic email to receive.  I was two years into my three year Professional Musicianship degree in London. I’d formed a band with fellow London residents, we were gigging, picking up a fan base and suddenly I had no means to support my studies or living costs.  My part-time job was my only source of income. Huge family sacrifices had to be made in order to be able to finish my last year”, says Dani.

Even though Brexit is still under negotiation, it has already started to manifest uncertainty globally.  The creative industries were identified as one of five key sectors in the government’s industrial strategy consultation. Dani and her friends from the London based band ‘From The Cave’ formed the “Music without Borders” collective to address the issue with a positive approach. “We are the ambassadors of a new generation of multi-national bands. We stand together; we shall cross every wall to demonstrate, through our music, that national diversity can only add to the development of a culturally, more-integrated and equalitarian, empathic society – one we all dream of but which seems so slippery at times”.

Eight nationalities are represented amongst the performing bands coming from UK, continental Europe and Latin America. Genres move from the catchy indie rock of ‘From the Cave’, the impressive talents of singer/songwriter Carl Olander, the Brit-rock at the hands of ‘Fuzzwalker’ and to the Latin grooves of Dani Hart. All of the bands have used the DIY approach and ethos to create a significant buzz.  Their EPs and video clips have received more than 7000 views.  Whilst all bands play constantly in the London underground scene, they will present exclusive material for “Music without Borders”. 

The event has been supported by one of the main underground north London rock venues ‘Surya’.  100% of the ticket sales will go to the Rock MOT Cancer and UK Cancer Research.  Early bird “Music without Borders” tickets are available now – tickets on the door cost £6.

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Lucy Evers

As an ex-student of BIMM Brighton and a Vocalist in a Math Pop band Orchards, Lucy has an overview of the student experience that applies to you all. Lucy’s passions for music, journalism and photography all coincide here to showcase; live shows, top tips to living a student lifestyle and the general beauty of the city you live in. She wants you to get a down to earth overview of your BIMM student experience.