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[PICTURES] Reading Festival 2014: flashmob dancing, bass faces and secret Dj sets!

Tina Kang's picture Posted by Tina KangYouth Marketing and Communications Officer
 

Reading Festival was PHENOMEPICZING !

Okay, so I just made that word up but it really should be in the Oxford English Dictionary because there are no other words could do Reading Festival justice.

Reading Festival 2014
The ActionAid Reading Festival 2014 crew!
Photo: ,Daniel Watson/ActionAid

 

Phenomepiczing: (adjective)

Pronounced: phenom-epic-zing

1. Word used to describe something that is phenomenal, epic and amazing at the same time. First used to describe Reading Festival 2014.

Synonyms: bangin, incredible, amazing, even-better-than-reading-festival-2013-only-joking-we-can't-compare-them-reading-festival-is-always-amazing-but-this-year-it-was-honestly-so-so-incredible

Thanks to our incredible team of dancing-rapping-campaigning-raving volunteers we said Bollocks to Poverty with thousands of festival-goers and people were absolutely LOVING the Music Speaks track.

Reading Festival 2014

Our volunteers stickered, tattooed, chatted to, and pulled bass faces with absolutely everyone and anyone!

Reading Festival 2014

If you haven't already got the track, download it now from itunes, or you'll be the only one who hasn't!

Seriously, I will sell my left leg if you can find me one person who went to Reading Festival this year who hasn’t heard of Music Speaks.

Only messing, I need that leg for all the new dance moves i learnt in our epic surprise Flashmob Dance to the track. Yes, that's right, we learnt how to dance for Music Speaks. Step aside, Beyonce because you ain't got nothing on the Bollocks to Poverty Amateur Dance Crew!

Reading Festival 2014

Somewhere alongside all of our crazy campaigning, we even managed to get some down time in our exclusive workshops with beatboxers and MC's...

Reading Festival 2014

But that is literally the ONLY photo of everyone taking it easy.... how could we, when ENTER SHIKARI came along for secret signing and DJ set in the ActionAid tent?!

Reading Festival 2014

Reading Festival 2014

And the crowd went wild for Tony Blaize when he performed Music Speaks to a jam-packed ActionAid tent...

Reading Festival 2014

Reading Festival 2014

Massive shout outs to all our DJ's and MC's who got the crowd hyped up and saying Bollocks to Poverty!

Reading Festival 2014

And if you STILL don't believe me when I say that Reading Festival was absolutely Phenomepiczing, feast your eyes on just some of the amazing artists who showed their support for ActionAid...

Big up Lee from Pulled Apart by Horses, Dougie from McBusted (yes, ladies, Dougie!!), The Horrors and... PAPA ROACH!

for loads more celeb action over the next few weeks and to get in the know about what else went down at the festival...

Photos: Dan Watson Photography
 

The one place you can’t miss at Reading Festival

Amanjit Dhillon's picture Posted by Amanjit DhillonYouth Social Media volunteer
 

Going to Reading Festival?

Well, there’s one destination beside the stages that you can’t miss: our Bollocks to Poverty tent.

Reading Festival 2013.

Here's why you should check us out...

1. Secret DJ sets

We have kick ass artists/bands who come and do secret DJ sets when you least expect it! What better way to keep the party going after the main stage closes!

Reading Festival 2013

2. Mind blowing stunts

We always have something exciting in store for the Reading Festival crowd, and this year we’ve got something ‘stunty’ planned that will rock the Reading field! Surely you don’t want to miss out on that!Reading Festival 2013.

3. Giant jenga, anyone?

During the day our tent is full of fun and games. So, if you’re into giant jenga, foosball, arts and crafts or just chilling back on a bean bag, we’ve got the vibes you want right near your tent doorstep.Reading Festival 2010

4. Your Reading Festival photo

No phone battery? Muddy camera? Don’t worry… we love taking photos! We’re well known for our outrageous signs and hilarious photos. So come along and join in, get a photo, hold a sign, wear a wig, whatever you want! You’ll be sure to make an appearance on our Facebook page after the festival!Reading Festival 2013

Want to get exclusive content from bands at Reading Festival?

Add us on Snapchat (@ActionAidBTP ) to get realtime backstage videos!

Photo credits: Daniel Watson, Greg Funnell.

Gaza Crisis: six things you can do to help

Oriana Lauria's picture Posted by Oriana LauriaYouth Digital Mobilisation Officer
 

You‘ve seen it in the news, it’s been all over your Twitter and Facebook.The horrifying pictures of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are flooding our newsfeeds and we can’t ignore the devastation. It's innocent people who are bearing the brunt of the suffering.

Israeli military strikes on Gaza have killed more than 1900 people, and many thousands more have been injured or forced to flee their homes.

The killing and destruction must end.

destruction and  damage

ActionAid is part of the Disasters Emergencies Committee. Together we’ve launched a crisis appeal to support the people of Gaza. We are also calling on the UK government to push harder for a lasting end to the violence and for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza.

Here are six things you can do to help the people of Gaza in crisis. Please, take action and spread the word for others to join us.

With a few minutes

With serious dedication

Join the ActionAid team by taking part in our ActionAid’s collections for the DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal on Monday 18th August at Bank and London Bridge stations.

To sign up to one of the collection slots, please put your name against a time here.

Should you have any questions, please email events@actionaid.org.

With a couple of pounds to spare

A little money goes a long way during a crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza desperately need food, water, shelter and medical treatment. Whatever you have to spare is really welcome.

 

 

*Please, note: the content in this link does not necessarily reflect the position of ActionAid

Photo: Anas Hamra/ActionAid

Show us your 'bass face' for #MUSICSPEAKS

Tina Kang's picture Posted by Tina KangYouth Marketing and Communications Officer
 

Your bass face can help change lives.

#MUSICSPEAKS bass face

Yes, I’m talking about that ridiculous face you pull when the beat drops on a banger and you and the bass line are suddenly BFF’s. Dnb heads across the globe know exactly what I'm on about.

Bass legends Chase and Status and MC Rage mentored our 'Music Speaks' competition winners – Tony Blaize and Jembe Tatu – to create their life-changing track called Music Speaks. Check the full story and believe the hype!

We’ll be reppin the track in the Reading Festival ActionAid tent this year with a launch party that will blow people’s ears off and leave everyone hobbling around the next morning with post-skanking muscle ache.

Throughout the weekend we'll be also be asking festival goers to show us their best 'bass face' for  #MUSICSPEAKS. Watch this space for the best (and worst) bass face photos.

You don't have to be at Reading Festival to get in on the action.

We want to see YOUR bass face selfie to help us spread the word about #MUSICSPEAKS and how ActionAid are changing lives through music.

Don’t know your bass face from your duck face? Fred the Raver can give you a few pointers - he knows!

An absolute blinder of a bass face at 1.02!

Not quite nailed it yourself yet?

Here's a 'how to' guide for pulling a bass face:

 

  • Phase 1: Ensure your face is completely neutral.
  • Phase 2: Begin a gentle head nodding action to the rhythm of the music. Act casual – you got this.
  • Phase 3: Wait for the beat to drop…wait for it….no not there….*embarrassed premature bass face - hope no one notices*
  • Phase 4: Screw up your facial features and nod enthusiastically in an approving manner. You and the bass line just bonded. Your features will move in directions you didn’t know they could move in. Don’t resist it. Don’t be afraid. Close your eyes for extra impact. That's right, feel the flow...feel the rhythm.... you're winning.

                             TAKE YOUR BASS FACE SELFIE NOW!!!

  • Phase 5: Resume normal facial expression. Feel pleased with yourself. Continue nodding your head to  the rest of the music knowing that you have mastered your bass face for #MUSICSPEAKS.

Oh and yes, it's meant to be funny!

Follow the movement:

#MUSICSPEAKS bass face

 

How Chase and Status are helping ActionAid change lives through music

Lisa Telfer's picture Posted by Lisa TelferYouth Activism & Events Officer
 

We got HUGE NEWS people!

Our mates and bass legends Chase and Status and MC Rage have mentored our Music Speaks competition winners – Tony Blaize and Jembe Tatu to create their life-changing track ‘Music Speaks’ for ActionAid.

Music Speaks will be released on iTunes from 25th August and all proceeds from the track will be donated to ActionAid!

Chase and Status saying Bollocks to Poverty at Reading Festival 2013

Here’s your very first sneak peek of the Music Speaks track and film – so what if we're biased? It's a BANGER!

How is Music Speaks changing lives?

Growing up in Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya is seriously tough. The extreme poverty and lack of education and jobs leads many young people into drug abuse, violence or prostitution.

Winnie (23) is a singer from Korogocho:

"Some parents tell their daughters to sleep with men to get money so that the family can eat."

Winnie performing at an ActionAid festival in Kibera slum, NairobiWinnie performing at an ActionAid festival in Kibera slum, Nairobi

With support from Reading Festival, ActionAid and Koch FM – a radio station that fights for the education and healthcare in the slum – set up a project and built a recording studio called Music Speaks.

Now, young people in Korogocho have a platform to make beats, lay down vocals and learn new skills to fight their way out of poverty.

Phillip (25) is a reggae musician:

“Music Speaks has changed my life.”

Phillip in Korogocho slum where he livesPhillip in Korogocho slum where he lives

The Music Speaks competition

Just when you thought Music Speaks couldn’t get any bigger, we dropped a MASSIVE competition with Reading Festival and Under The Radar, giving an unsigned UK artist the chance to collaborate with Kenyan artists from Korogocho slum… AND be mentored by the multi-award winning Drum and Bass powerhouse Chase and Status!

As you can imagine, the competition went off!

Singer/songwriter Tony Blaize (24) absolutely killed it at his audition and was crowned our UK winner.

Meanwhile, over in Kenya, Enoch (18), Andrew (20) and Brian (18) battled it out on the Koch FM airways to earn their group Jembe Tatu a place on the track too. Before Music Speaks, Jembe Tatu were involved in drugs, robberies and gang violence.

Andrew (20) from Jembe Tatu:

“I knew my life had to change when a gun was put to my head.”

Jembe Tatu in the Music Speaks studio in Korogocho slumJembe Tatu in the Music Speaks studio in Korogocho slum (L to R: Brian, Andrew, Enock)

Now they’ve dropped crime for music and are even smashing sets at local festivals!

How you can change lives through music:

 

Download Music Speaks, available on iTunes from 25th Aug.
Come to the Music Speaks launch party at Reading Festival on Friday 22nd August in the ActionAid tent and see Tony Blaize perform live!

Photos: Daniel Watson/ActionAid, Kate Holt/ActionAid