The search is on for five bands to perform at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre in November as part of a collaborative scheme to explore the role of libraries in the future.
Funded by Arts Council England – in conjuncion with Central Bedfordshire Council Libraries and Bedford Creative Arts Library – three new pieces of work will be created by eight commissioned artists.
One project – Dump it on Parliament Revisited – harks back to Dump it on Parliament, a 1986 Luton compilation cassette where young alternative musicians B.A.N.D (Bedfordshire Against Nuclear Dumping) came together against a proposed nuclear waste dump in Bedford.
Artists Roshi Nasehi, Leighton Buzzard-based Dash McDonald and Demitrios Kargotis want to revisit and celebrate this piece of alternative local history and start a conversation between exciting new groups and original band members from Bedford’s post punk scene.
Rob Callaghan from The Twitch, one of the original compilation contributors, said: “Parliament deserves to be dumped on again and again.”
Composer, singer and sound artist Roshi, who was born in Wales of Iranian parents, said: “The bands will be invited to play one of their own politicised and counter-cultural songs as well as a cover version of an original track.
“So if you’re a band with a musical way of voicing your issues, let us know.”
His recent work includes Kuwaitscapes, a sound commission about Kuwait’s traditional boat history.
Dash and Demetrios – known as DashnDem – explore new ideas and create dialogues with the general public in their own environment.
They exposed politicians’ methods in Imagine Being a World Leader for Dundee Contemporary Arts.
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