Time: 3 – 4pm
Date: Saturday 17th September
Venue: Signature Brew Haggerston
To celebrate the fifth Decolonise Fest we decided to bring back some of the most exciting artists who have played over the years to get their thoughts on the impact Decolonise Fest has had on the punk scene, what it’s like to play for a majority POC audience, where they are now in their career, and what Decolonise Fest means to them.
Amelia Clarke – Kerrang Radio (panel chair)
Amelia Clarke is an energetic creative presenter fuelled by pop culture and the rock / metal scene. Amelia has made it her mission to increase the visibility of alternative black people in the mainstream. Presenting for Kerrang! radio Amelia brings humour, excitement and energy to the Kerrang! radio rock chart show every Saturday, playing the tunes she grew up with. You can catch Amelia every Saturday from 10am – 1pm, counting down the heavy hitters of the week.
Estella Adeyeri – Big Joanie
Estella Adeyeri is the bassist of Big Joanie, a Black feminist punk band whose passionate live shows and punk rock ethos have led to them becoming one of the most talked about bands on the UK live scene. The band formed in the heart of London’s DIY punk scene in 2013 and acts as a space where its members can be completely themselves as black women. Big Joanie released their debut album Sistahs in 2018 to wide critical acclaim on Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz’s label Daydream Library. They have since toured with acts like Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and Gossip, and are currently working on their second album. Estella is also a member of the Girls Rock London team as well as an organiser for Decolonise Fest.
Momoe Tasker – GUTTS, Immigruntz
Momoe i manu ae ala atea’e Tasker is a Samoan-Chinese/British multifaceted punk artist. Born in Taitoko, raised in London, her work reflects her experiences as an afakasi agitator. Momoe’s work investigates feminism, abuse, decolonisation, cultural identity and the marginalisation of women of colour through hand block printing/paint/textiles and live performance as vocalist/shared songwriter in GUTTS (queer sax punx band) and drummer in Immigrruntz (qtbipoc punx band) in addition to her own solo punk-disco project titled Sapasui Suga. Through creative activism Momoe aims to start conversations and strengthen solidarity.
Born in Trinidad of Indian descent, the London based Ms Mohammed is fast becoming known for pushing boundaries with her lyric writing, genre-expanding music & powerful live gigs-armed with her distinctive fender bender guitar style. Known for her solo work and recently as a guitarist in the South Asian punk band The Sex Patels. To quote guitarist and front man of Asian Dub Foundation Steve Savale: “MS Mohammed is a genius. Dana is doing new things with three strings! There’s no one out there like her. She’s got soul.”
Ms Mohammed’s music is a daring mix of Punk Bluesy Soul & sultry blistering Alt-Fusion Indie guitars. The warmth of her heritage flows through her melodies with Rock outer edges. Intoxicating Trinidadian Soca riddims & Indian percussion come together driving the beats into your soul. Fusing her unique sound of seamless Island Punk Rock ‘n’ Dhol world she’s created—a world without borders that has you thinking & dancing at the same time. She unites us to celebrate our similarities as well as our differences. An ode to, and taking forward the legacy of the Riot Girl movement with all the conviction and strength of a modern day twist.