Three of the most iconic British Free Festival bands all playing on the same bill! Last year they decided to get together and do a tour, one of which was a last minute Cambridge date. This year they have decided to do it again with just 2 dates of such an incredible line-up, this being one of them.
Set times and order of play will be decided by the bands on the night.
If you didn’t already know, here’s some blurb about each of these legendary bands.
RADICAL DANCE FACTION
Radical Dance Faction (RDF) were founded by Chris Bowsher in Hungerford, 1986, and were originally known as ‘Military Surplus’. The band experienced many line up changes, and Chris remained the only original member up to the time RDF split up in the late 1990’s. RDF’s music combines punk, dub, and ska, with Chris’s spoken lyrics. Subjects such as the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in ‘Chinese Poem’ & the the battle of the bean field. Chris witnessed first hand the Hungerford massacre, describing his experience in the songs ‘Hungerford Poem’ and ‘Hot on the Wire’. RDF were a regular act on the UK free festival scene prior to the 1994 Criminal Justice Act and were part of the crusty and anarcho punk movement. They were signed to ‘Southern’ records & toured Europe extensively. In August 2006 Military Surplus/RDF reformed and have played at many festivals and gigs since including headlining the Soundscape Solar Stage in Scarecrow Corner at Strawberry Fair in 2017.
They released a new album – Daydream Dystopia – this year.
BACK TO THE PLANET
Back To The Planet formed while squatting together in Peckham, London in 1989, and attracted a following throughout the early 1990s. They played four consecutive Glastonbury Festivals and many free festivals, including the Deptford Urban Free Festival and the Castlemorton Common Festival in 1992. BTTP were vociferous in their resistance to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
Their music blends elements of ska, dub, punk, and dance music. Their first album, Warning the Public, was released on their own record label, Arthur Mix Records, based in Hither Green. In 1993, the band signed to Parallel Records, and released a chain of singles. BTTP split not long after the release of Messages After The Bleep in 1995, to pursue personal music projects.
BTTP performed a reunion gig at the Red Star Bar in Camberwell on 10 December 2006 and haven’t looked back since! They played Scarecrow Corner at Strawberry Fair in 2017 and released new material on the ‘Kick Out’ EP in September of the same year.
UK punk/ska pioneers Culture Shock are fronted by legendary anarcho poet, Dick Lucas, also of Citizen Fish and The Subhumans fame. “Attention Span” is the band’s first new material since their reformation in 2013 & it picks up in fine style from where their legendary 1980’s “Go Wild”, “Onwards & Upwards” & “All The Time” releases left off. The tried & tested Culture Shock formula of hard hitting anti-establishment social commentary married with super infectious, raw & ragged punky ska rhythms never sounded better in fact!