To celebrate our upcoming exhibition, Rock Against Racism: Militant Entertainment 1976-82, we’re hosting a launch party!
Featuring legendary reggae and dub artists from the era, Adrian Sherwood and guest vocalist Rhoda Dakar.
+ Support from BBC Introducing favourites, Hot Wax.
+ DJs Wendy May vs Remi Vibesman.
+ Poets & Special Guests TBA
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EARLY BIRD £10
FIRST RELEASE £15 Unreleased
SECOND RELEASE £20 Unreleased
FINAL RELEASE £25 Unreleased
About the line-up
For more than three decades, Adrian Sherwood has been consistent in breaking new ground with his productions. The founder of the fiercely independent cult label On-U Sound, Adrian’s name is celebrated by anyone with an interest in dub, reggae, punk, post-punk, industrial, bass music and experimentalism. Unsurprisingly a musician’s musician, Adrian has produced and remixed everyone from The Slits, to Nich Inch Nails, Depeche Mode to The Fall, Blur to Einsturzende Neubauten, Primal Screen and more. More recently his remixing and production skills are sought after by Dubfire, Mark Lanegan and Leftfield to name a few.
Adrian has built up a colossal body of work whose diversity is hallmarked by his unique bass-anchored sound. And his name draws reverence or his unparalleled works with collaborators such as Prince Far I, Lee Scratch Perry, Horace Andy and Mikey Dread.
Rhoda Dakar made her first public performance at the age of 9. Growing up opposite the Ram Jam Club in Brixton, with a father who was a Jazz Singer and Actor, Rhoda immersed herself in music from a young age. She had front row seats for David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane Tour at the Lewisham Odeon in 1973 and saw the debut UK show from The New York Dolls the same year. She hung out with the “Bromley Contingent” in the Punk boom and was close friends with Cook & Jones from The Sex Pistols.
After being introduced to Nicky Summers by Shane MacGowan, Rhoda joined The Bodysnatchers as lead vocalist. After only a few concerts the band were signed to 2-Tone Records and released their debut single “Let’s Do Rock Steady” – a cover of the Dandy Livingstone song. The Bodysnatchers supported The Specials, Toots and the Maytals and The Selecter before splitting in 1980.
Rhoda Dakar featured on the “More Specials” album by The Specials and then released “The Boiler” single billed as Rhoda with The Special A.K.A. featuring Nicky Summers. Rhoda joined The Special A.K.A. for 1984’s “In The Studio” album where she co-wrote the Elvis Costello produced “Free Nelson Mandela” single.
After guesting with Dr. Robert and Madness (on their “The Liberty of Norton Folgate” album in 2009) Rhoda recorded the “lost” album by The Bodysnatchers in 2014 billed as “Rhoda Dakar sings the Bodysnatchers”.
Remi Vibesman’s passion for music started aged 9 when his parents took him to the Festac 77 month long Festival, known as the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture held in Lagos, Nigeria. The month-long event showcased over 16,000 participants, including Fela Kuti, Stevie Wonder and many more artists on the international stage.
He began his career in the industry through the creation of WaxCity Music, a vinyl record store in London. He started the independent record labels Big Cheese Recordings, Freshmess on Wax and Phat Vibes Recordings pushing the independent soul, acid jazz, house, trip hop, nu jazz and hip hop scene internationally. He worked professionally as a recording artist creating productions under the names, The Retravibe Movement and Phunk Not Punk and Hookian Mindz. The music received heavy DJ rotation by such international DJs as Norman Jay and Soul II Soul leader Jazzy B.
More recently he’s the man behind HiddenBeach, an events organisation & collective promoting music as diverse as Afrobeat, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Disco & House. He works with both local and international artists and DJ’s including more recently Crazy P, Kraak & Smaak, The Young Disciples’ Femi Fem and Horse Meat Disco’s DJ Severino. Remi Vibesman also fundraises for charity by performing yearly 24hr non stop solo vinyl DJ sets in his hometown of Hastings and holds the unofficial world record for the number of times completed with a vinyl only DJ set.
For as long as Wendy May can remember, life was never going to be straightforward, she always knew it would hold more than her South London working class roots would have her believe. Music saved her from a life of boredom and poverty, firstly becoming the “punk buyer” for Virgin Records in Swansea & then Manager at Notting Hill Gate branch at a time when the Clash, Elvis Costello and the like were regular customers. She filled her life with gigs, and eventually in the early 80’s she joined the hillbilly punky ska band The Boothill Footappers. Label mates with Billy Bragg and the Housemartins, they toured extensively and had a radio hit with their first single “ Get your feet out of my shoes” hailed by the NME as “ the thinking woman’s answer to Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by your Man”.
After extensive touring and some John Peel sessions they eventually signed to Phonogram and made an album in 85, which featured the legendary John Martyn on guitar.
Taking 10 musicians out on the road in the back of a van eventually took its toll and the band broke in 86.
Wendy went on to start a clubnight at Kentish Town’s “Town & Country Club” on Friday nights called “Wendy May’s Locomotion” which regularly pulled in 2000 clubbers and is featured in Nick Hornby’s book “ 31 Songs” as he was a regular and big fan.
Seen as a welcome alternative to some of the pretentious clubs in London at the time, there was no dress code and the music was soulful, wild and real. Frequented by the likes of Madness, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, it became home from home for Camden boys The Pogues. Norman Cooke aka Fatboy Slim did one of his first ever DJ sets warming up for Wendy when he was just the bass player with The Housemartins, and Phill Jupitus first took to the decks at her club!
In ‘87 she co-presented the last series of The Tube for Channel 4 with Jools Holland & Paula Yates whilst also being the only female DJ & “youth presenter” on London’s Capital Radio, giving live sessions to up & coming bands.
DJing for the past 35 years, including Glastonbury, Miner’s Strike benefit gigs, tours with various bands and comedians, she is still happiest dancing behind the decks spinning her favourite records from her collection!
Now living in Hastings, you can find Wendy May every month on Eddie Piller’s Totally Wired Radio Station, at the now legendary Chez 66 club in Soho, Modcast & Locomotion nights and also as a guest DJ at many a club/gig across the South of UK
Tipped as one to watch, Hot Wax have already had their material played on BBC Radio Introducing, BBC Radio 6 and Radio 1.
They’ve also got the attention of successful and critically acclaimed songwriter/ drummer/ recording artist, Joel Amey of the Brit Alt – rock and Mercury Prize winning band, Wolf Alice. Joel bigged the band up and picked them as one of his favourite new artists when talking to Jack Saunders during Jack’s popular Radio 1 show…… “Oh man! If they’re doing this now, the world is their oyster!” – Joel Amey.
The band have a number of festivals and gigs booked over the summer, one of which they’ll be supporting fellow Hastonians, Kid Kapichi.
Words from Audiotrope.
This exhibition starts Saturday 18 September 2021 until Sunday 9 January 2022 and is organised by RAR-RAP (Rock Against Racism – Research ‘n’ Archive Project) and De La Warr Pavilion. RAR-RAP participants include Andy Dark, Debbie Golt, Ruth Gregory, Wayne Minter, Kate Webb, Lucy Whitman and Jo Wreford.Click here to find out more
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Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
From the Brighton area:
Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 8pm. After this time parking is free.
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Facilities for disabled visitors
- Ramped access at the front of the building
- A low counter at the Box Office and Information Desk
- Disabled toilets on two floors
- A lift to all floors
- Accessible galleries on both floors
- An accessible Café
- Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
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- Ramped access into the Studio
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Facilities for the hard-of-hearing
- An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
- British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.