Tonights show is dedicated to Pussy Riot. On Friday three of its members, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and received a two-year prison sentence.
This followed the playing of a Punk Prayer in a Moscow Cathedral which urged the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin. This was protest was urging the separation of church and state within Russia. They have used music to shine a light on the corruption and moral bankruptcy of Putin and his regime. They have reminded us of the power that music can have to challenge Governments and the ruling classes, to provoke change and to spread ideas. It reminds us of the importance of free speech and the right to free expression.
We played two songs tonight the ‘Punk Prayer’ and also their new single ‘Putin Lights up the Fire’
Pussy Riot has acknowledged that the collective’s name is a reference to the riot grrrl movement and that the bands that came out of this movement have been an influence on them. Riot grrrl was the work of a handful of people in Olympia, Washington, and Washington DC, who sought to update punk rock resetting it within a feminist context. The name came from a fanzine and was lead by two key bands Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. In the UK Huggy Bear represented the Riot Grrrl releasing a double A side album with Bikini Kill called ‘Our Troubled Youth’. If you haven’t heard these bands albums check them out.
So on tonight’s show we played
Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip: Great Britain
R Stevie Moore: Here Comes Summer Again
Azelia Banks: 212
Bikini Kill: Rebel Girl
Graham Coxon: The Truth
Pussy Riot: Punk Prayer
Pussy Riot: Putin Lights up The Fire
Sleigh Bells: Born to Lose
Band of Skulls: The Devil Takes Care of His Own
Bratmobile: Cherry Bomb
Kasabian: Processed Beats
Flobots: One Last Show
The Shins: Simple Song
The Sheepdogs: Feeling Good
Crystal Castles: Not in Love
Huggy Bear: Aqua Girl star
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