Preview: DIY or Die at The 1in12 Club

Friday 21st September at The 1in12 Club, Albion St, Bradford. Doors at 8pm. £3 members/£4 non-members

Headliner for the opening night is Town Bike

For those living in the Bradford area, DIY or Die may already be a familiar term, that being the name of a monthly radio show broadcast on local station BCB which showcases the best in new underground, unsigned and love-not-money artists. The playlists tend to be a cantankerous mix of Riot Grrrl, punk, electro and pop interspersed with discussion on the latest happenings in the DIY and queer scenes: from music to zine-culture and back through the marvels of vegan cake making. Having conquered the airwaves, the group behind this show are now planning to conquer the real world this Friday to spread their love of all things home-made, and to provide Bradford with its’ first regular queer-friendly night out.

The choice of venue is an obvious one. For 31 years The 1in12 Club has been providing it’s members with refreshment and frivolity having never had a manager in the traditional sense. The club is completely owned and run by it’s members and has become a beacon worldwide for it’s DIY approach to organisation and acceptance of all who sway through it’s doors (Tories and Fascists excepted of course, the club being run along anarchist principles). This is a venue that proudly proclaims it’s values in 4 foot lettering on the outer wall to be “Liberty, Equality, Solidarity” and is a particular mainstay of the hardcore and anarcho punk circuits. Bands that have trodden the buckfast-stained stage boards in their formative years have included Bikini Kill, Carter USM and New Model Army.

The concept of providing a mainstream yet queer-friendly night is in response to what the organisers say is a lack of provision for those who identify as queer or transgender in the north. In a recent interview in How Do?! magazine they said “We want to have an alternative as we recognise that commercial entertainment, whether gay or straight, expects people to act in a certain way, especially in relation to gender, sexuality and appearance”. They go on to say that the night is primarily “based around having fun”.

This launch night will see 3 bands taking the stage interspersed with DJ’s playing DIY and underground music from the likes of Spoek Mathambo, Kreayshawn, Azealia Banks, Hottub, Old School Gossip and Woolf. The acts on the bill for this opening are Bradford based acoustic 3 piece Illusory Centre who describe their music as being progressive/alternate dreamy rock, followed by Durham punks-turned-pop Martha, a mash up featuring members of the excellent Fashanu and folk-punk legends Onsind. Headlining the night are Liverpudlian party band Town Bike bringing dancing to the masses through pop-punk songs about cycling and Dougie from McFly.

For those wanting to know more about this or future DIY or Die events, there is a blog at http://network23.org/diyordie where you can also download podcasts of the radio show.

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