Terrorbyte from Beta Birmingham looks ahead to the 10th anniversary of Drop Beats Not Bombs - a party with a purpose in Birmingham. Catch Harley on the Basstronics Stage with DJ Switch, Shamanic Technology, Spenghead, Skanky Panky Records and Beta Test Records live.
It seems so unreal to say that Drop Beats Not Bombs started TEN years ago but that is the truth of it.
So much has happened in that time, so many ups and downs behind the scenes, and I'm sure in all of your lives too. Blimey, there wasn't even Facebook, Twitter, smartphones or a coalition government back then.....
We have all come such a long way in the past decade but at the same time nothing has changed. Looking around, what do we see? More war, more death, more pain. Are the lessons ever learnt? Perhaps, when we all marched on London in February 2003 we should have done more than we did. Our mere presence and voice was not enough then and the lack of any change in direction from our elected government has had a significant effect on the protest movement as a whole, in my humble opinion.
Even so, I felt it would be wrong to let the ten year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and the very first Drop Beats Not Bombs event go by without us coming together again. So Saturday 4th May we will ride the Drop Beats Not Bombs beast once more. The event will run from 9pm-6am.
I have a road in Birmingham all ready to be closed off with a warehouse space next to it. It has never been used before and, as we did so many times with Drop Beats Not Bombs, we will show Birmingham something new.
There will be one live main stage within the warehouse and five other stages out on the closed off street. There will be food stalls, pleasant and friendly security and as many info stalls as can be mustered. If you want to contribute something please do get in touch.
Tickets £10 www.theticketsellers.co.uk
TYPHOON WAREHOUSE : Live Stage
Nova - Too Many Ts - Major Triadz - Alternative Dubstep Orchestra - B.I.D. aka The Bootlegger - Earth Is Flat - Jam Tidy - PCM - Enigma Dubz - 2 Smokin DJs - The Beatbox Collective - Sicknote - Feva - Hey Zeus - DJ Shorty - hosted by MC Taz
SECTION 18 - Drum and Bass Stage
Jordan V - Mutated Forms - Mistanoise - TNT & Vytol - PMX - Tim Ryan - Raw Theory - Andy Massive - Toomz - Scarce - Richie Swift - Dat Kyid - Snypa Riley - MC PM
BETA BIRMINGHAM - Basstronics Stage
Barbarix - Shamanic Technologies - ADJ - Beta Test (live) - Spenghead - DJ Switch - Kryme - Skanky Panky Allstars - Leon Trimble
MAKE WONK NOT WAR - House Stage
Danny Mekanik - Kelvin Andrews - Lovebeats - Craig Chambers - Martynappropriate - JO-EE-T - Dixon Pickles - Akahum Ft Melodie Forrester
WONKEY HI-FI - Roots & Dub Stage
Wonkey Hi-Fi - Automaton Ft Cheshire Cat (live) - Iman Issachar - Don Carlo - Pure Phase - Daddy Hovis & The Biscuit Tin Selectas - I-Mitri - Version Girl
CUSTOM MADE - Chill Stage
Adam Posh One - Jon Harris - Lenny OMP - Rob J - Marvin Carpenter - Big Andy - Mark Smallman - Ben Dunn - Bobby Bird
Plus full-on visual assault from over 30 of the UKs finest VJ crews