Press Release - The Grosvenor - Saturday 30th July

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Press Release - The Grosvenor - Saturday 30th July

Postby markR » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:08 am


A fundraiser for the campaign against benefit cuts-
17Sidney Rd SW9 OTP

8 until LATE
£5 /£2 Concessions


Campaigning organisation Mad Pride is staging another in it’s recent series of events to help raise public awareness and much needed funds for campaigning activity –in relation to the changes being made to and cuts being made in the welfare benefits system and the implications of this for people with mental health difficulties.

Acts are performing without fees in support of this important cause, which is a cause of real concern to those affected – takings will be used to support more events in the future and donated to various disability and mental health campaigning organisations that are actively campaigning about these changes and cuts.

Featured acts are:
VALERIE & HER WEEK OF WONDERS an eclectic collective of London based musicians – who take their name from the title of Viteslav Nezval’s 1935 surrealist novel performing their unique brand of ‘twisted folk and ‘melancholic pop’. Fronted by the celestial voice of songwriter Catherine Gerbrands. this band incorporates about as many instruments as you can think of – strings and electric guitar intertwine, musical saw and bowed glass murmur and ring while fire extinguishers clang, through it all Catherine’s eerie yet sugar- sweet voice spins out dark, urban fairy- tales to the twisted menagerie of all the people she’s ever known. Also featuring former ‘Swell Maps’, ‘T.V.Personalities’ and ‘Angel Racing Food’ member – and highly regarded in his own right JOWE HEAD- The cold and beautiful pastoral gothic of VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS will certainly NOT provide the ‘soundtrack to your summer’ but guarantees to score your most disquieting crepuscular reveries.

SON OF PSYCHO YOGI – an acoustic solo set from Chris Yogi – the founder and songwriter of the musically diverse and eclectic band, known for their rejection of any one musical form- PSYCHO YOGI –who have played numerous gigs in prestige venues and at many festivals and have over time released a number of albums and who featured on the MAD PRIDE fundraiser for the ‘Holocaust Day’ at the Montague Arms in New X in February.

Long established SE London wordsmith ZOLAN QUOBBLE will appear as one third of the astounding ONE TRUE DOG trio – which also features well known SE London face, the promoter of the regular ‘Shopping Trolley’ events at the Montague Arms in New X and one half of cult legends ‘The Bert Shaft Orchestra’ Elwell on driving psychedelic bass and Mr Pete Karcut who will carve surreal sonic landscapes with his trusty laptop.

Brilliantly original and quirky ‘survivor’ singer songwriter DAVE RUSSELL – will also be making an appearance with his own brand of angular ‘punk folk’- a much respected veteran of the poetry and small gig circuit and the MAD PRIDE stage over many years (check out his stoking’ version of ‘Pretty Vacant’ on the now rare original MAD PRIDE ‘Nutters With Attitude’ CD) – always value for money- Look out in particular to his paean to the ‘Burglars of Britain’ (the salt of old Albion’s Land) and the hugely appropriate ‘Crackdown Tribunal.’

Award winning Eccentric Australian Poet CATHY FLOWER – is another highly respected figure on the performance poetry ‘scene’ known for her many gigs and frequent performances on Resonance FM – She has recently published a new booklet of poems which will be available on the night – Another veteran of MAD PRIDE events and the BONKERSFEST we are always pleased to invite CATHY back to grace our stage.

ANAKZEUS – the band fronted by poet / singer CAM TAN the dynamic force behind the RAW Poetry organisation – highlighted in this years London Fringe Festival - well known for her regular events in North and East London and on the small gig scene around London – We are pleased to invite CAM for her first appearance on a MAD PRIDE platform – here with her recently formed band who recently performed their debut in a North London Church. A fusion of sonic weaponry, touching (or hitting) the core of the heart- a feeling in the gut and under the skin, it’s about story telling and will leave you trembling with good vibrations. ANAKZEUS bring dimension, dream and drama- through the medium of one hypnotic snare, an underworld / underwater resounding bass, two explosive guitars and chanting vocals ranging from throat singing to humming bird arias.

We are very grateful to the venue management for the free use of the venue and it’s facilities with the sound engineer also provided for free – This and the fact the artists are performing for nothing allows us to maximise the income takings that will be used to donate toward campaigning activity against the changes and cuts to welfare benefits and towards the costs of staging other such fundraising events.

It promises to be another night of the usual high quality and originality for a vital cause.

THE GROSVENOR is located nearby to Brixton and Stockwell tube stations and Brixton BR station –
And is close by to many bus routes including night buses.

For more information on Mad Pride and other disability and mental health organisations campaigning and raising issues about welfare benefit cuts and changes contact – - or contact 077 577 15035

For more information on the venue contact -

For more info on the artists check out
One True Dog
RAW Poetry
Dave Russell
Cathy Flower

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Re: Press Release - The Grosvenor - Saturday 30th July

Postby maddogz » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:16 pm

Did anyone on here attend? I was under section so couldn't go. Would be good to see some photos.


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