Back by popular demand after a sell-out first appearance in January (where we raised over £600 for Devon & Cornwall Food Association), the EDL are coming back to Exeter! ...The English Disco Lovers that is! Yet again we’ll be gathering under one roof to boogie in the name of diversity and to raise money for charity. Dust off those flares and release that chest hair for a supreme shakedown in a glitzed out Cavern - wigs and silly shades provided. Expect disco classics and a few surprises from the UK's favourite anti-racism, pro-disco movement.
This time we’ll be going until 3am with a tweaked lineup aimed at bringing you more disco for your buck. Remember to get your tickets in advance - we had to turn many people away last time around, which seemed against the disco spirit.
ALL PROCEEDS TO REFUGEE SUPPORT DEVON
DOORS 9PM - 3AM
£1 SHOTS BEFORE 10PM
£5 advance | £3 on the door before 10pm | £6 after
The English Disco Lovers movement aims to reclaim and redefine the much hated EDL-acronym. They humorously subvert the three letters, drawing on the positivity of the Disco music genre and the history of Disco as a haven for minorities. The movement attempts to tackle Islamophobia and racism in an engaging and unusual way, by spreading a message of equality through music.
Read Exeposé's interview with EDL founder Alex Jones here: http://exepose.com/interview-english-disco-lovers/
Since the group's inception they have amassed 60,000 Facebook likes, 10,000 Twitter followers and Google-bombed the search term 'EDL'. They have performed at Glastonbury, Shambala, Kendal Calling and Boomtown Fair - spreading their “Don't Hate! Gyrate!” message and also been shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2013. Last year the English Disco Lovers were even featured in a music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYPpbfs5Vn4), which was nominated for the UK Music Video Awards and received support from Nile Rodgers! Most recently the group have been putting on disco nights for charities across the UK!
Refugee Support Devon was formed in 2001 in response to the people seeking asylum in Britain due to conflict in their own country. It supports growing numbers of refugees who have settled in Exeter or who migrate here from other cities. Through an information and enquiry service, advocacy, English classes, leisure and sporting activities and a womens' outreach project, RSD provides practical support for refugees in adapting to life in the UK. It also aims to encourage the positive participation of the wider community and to raise awareness in the general public about the misinformation and prejudice surrounding asylum seekers and refugees.