Punk bands wanted

Some of the artists involved in the Bedford Creative Arts Library as Laboratory project
Some of the artists involved in the Bedford Creative Arts Library as Laboratory project

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.

> If you’d like to be involved, email annieb@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk