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London festival celebrates diaspora punk

Big Joanie, Screaming Toenail, Best Praxis and Cecilia are confirmed for the third edition of Decolonise Fest, and a fundraiser has been launched to bring Crystal Axis and Weedrat to the UK

Decolonise Fest will take place over two days in June. Happening in South London, the DIY punk festival is collectively organised by and for people of colour and features art shows, craft workshops, panel discussions, vegan food and music.

“We want to celebrate the diaspora punx that are creating right now,” say the organisers, “acknowledge our elders and the doors they opened for us, and make room for more DIY diaspora punx to take centre stage and make noise.”

The line-up so far includes Best Praxis, Th’Sheridans, Electric Fire, Handle, Screaming Toenail, Whitelands, Anatomy, Cecilia, Power Balance and Big Joanie.

In addition, a JustGiving page has been set up to raise money for fees and travel costs to ensure two more bands are able to perform at the festival: US band Weedrat from Albuquerque, and Kenya’s Crystal Axis from Nairobi.

They're also calling out for more punks of colour who want to get involved in the event. Email for more information: info@decolonise.org.uk

Decolonise Fest runs from 29–30 June at DIY Space For London. Early bird tickets are on sale now. In the meantime you can check out Crystal Axis's track “Leopold”.

Update 6 June 219: Due to funding issues Crystal Axis will no longer be performing at the event. The crowdfunding campaign to help pay for Weedrat's travel expenses continues.