A Dream of a Low Carbon Future

James Mckay from the University of Leeds will be giving a talk on his project A Dream of a Low Carbon Future in the Campaigns tent on Friday afternoon.

If you’ve ever wondered what the future will look like, if you are concerned about humanity’s impact on the planet – and don’t know how we can make positive changes – then this is a project for you.

We asked hundreds of school children, artists, writers, various members of the public, PhD students and academics to contribute pictures and stories of their visions of the future, and produced a graphic novel based on their ideas.

A Dream of a Low Carbon Future’ imagines the UK in the year 2150 – as a sustainable, low-carbon, prosperous society. It’s not a fantasy utopia – there are still conflicts and political problems: it represents a wildly optimistic but plausible vision of where we might end up if we can solve the problems resulting from climate change impacts. Importantly, the vision doesn’t shy away from imagining the kind of climate change impacts that scientists have predicted for the next hundred years or so.

The Grassroots Pedal Powered Stage line-up is here!

The Grassroots Pedal Powered dance tent is a truly people powered stage featuring the mighty Reaction Sound System.

The speakers are 100% people powered using 8 bike generators pedalled by YOU! The cyclists have to work together to keep power levels high – the harder you pedal the louder it gets! Reaction use their custom built solar rig to power the lights on and keep the decks spinning, resulting in fossil fuel free, full eco-vibes.

This year they have expanded their horizons and as well as the customary reggae, dub and jungle from the Reaction Crew, they’ve invited a selection of their pals to bring you funk, folk, afrobeat and disco – combining to give you some serious aural pleasure.

Expect bangers from the Reaction Crew, represented by:

Reaction Sound – DJ and main man playing anything from roots to dubstep


DJ Gremlyn – the mix master and vibe coordinator – the track is always right

High Lassie – high energy hip hop influenced dub and jungle, she can also lift heavy speaker boxes

Jedi Pete – a conscious flow of modern dub and roots

Treekle – Reaction’s jungle monster playing a selection of strictly dubwize tunes

V-ital – representing Italy inna England, bouncing dub and reggae to get you dancing

no.me – classic selections from an extensive record collection

Here are some of the other sounds you can expect over the weekend:

Behla (live) – beautiful live acoustic folk from the lovely Behla with her soothing voice. Listen to her here https://soundcloud.com/behlahutchinson

Lucy In The Sky – sure to be glitter and sparkles alongside the disco afrobeat and the odd cheesy anthem to get you in the mood

Scratch – representing York’s one love collective Irie Vibes, bringing you serious selections from 60s Jamaica to UK dub productions

Jazzy Jim – funk aficionado and one-man party, expect a set of funk, soul and afrobeat gems

Nottingjam Orchestra (live) – 15 piece funk jam band featuring Motormouf, what more can we say!

Sid Patel – the bass player from Lula and the Beebops will be delivering an eclectic DJ set of rarities and versions


Ms Fabulous – another member of York’s Irie Vibes crew. She likes to mix up syles and decades of reggae. From Calypso and Bluebeat to Dancehall and Mash-ups, taking in Ska, Rocksteady and Roots.

King David and Tixxy – From Roots to Dancehall, Ragga to Rub-a-dub, King David is guaranteed to get the crowd moving with the best and biggest tunes – past, present and future!


Special Ed – bangin’ drum and bass DJ and producer outta Scotland


Pariss Elektra (live) – flamboyant Neo Soul/ Future Soul musician from London currently living and studying in Leeds. Her music is Jazz orientated, with a large injection of Soul.


Dubjon – co-founder of the original Newcastle based Dub Outernational Soundsystem, now running his own 12v Bear Cub Soundsystem. He’ll be bringing his summer selection box for your pleasure.


Fran Wyburn

Fran Wyburn’s music is characterized by charming melodies and subtle instrumentation that provide a dreamy backdrop to her poetic lyrics and quirky story telling tales. Inspired by the 1960’s folk revival, her style is current, original and spirited. She has been gigging across the UK over the last 18 months charming audiences with her unique blend of folk and  warm personality and have collected a strong and passionate fan base.

April 2016 has seen the release of her much antipicated second EP ‘Postcards’ written as the Trio outfit of ‘Fran Wyburn and the Indigos; which is a beautiful collection of pensive and uplifting songs with harmonies to die for, melodies that dance the soul and lyrics that will speak straight to your heart.

Fran came to music after working in London for several years as a theatre practitioner and then setting off around the globe with her guitar on her back, returning a fully fledged songwriter. She further honed her skills at the prestigious Leeds College of Music, where worked with Ivor Novello Award winning Iain Archer (Jake Bugg, Gabrielle Aplin, Snow Patrol)

“Fran Wyburn has a unique, engaging voice and lyrical tales to share, a rising Yorkshire talent”

BBC Introducing West Yorkshire

“It’s a captivating listen and one I could happily lose myself in and well beyond the five tracks on offer on this EP”

Folk Radio Uk




Emma Black

For a number of years, Emma hitched and busked her way around mainland Europe honing her craft on the streets, in the bars and on the club circuit. A singer and piano player since early childhood, her new found passion for the guitar helped her quickly develop a confident style, coupled with a particular love for blues and folk music the path of songwriter and troubadour was set.

It’s a path that Emma has never really deviated from. Pretty much every review you read about her will comment on the beauty and clarity of her voice, her skill as a songwriter, the feeling in her playing. It is these attributes that have allowed her to work as a musician for nearly two decades. Firmly established on mainland Europe’s Roots Music scene, Emma tours consistently both as a solo artist and with her wide pool of musicians throughout The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium as well as performing in The UK, France and Scandinavia.

Playing all original songs and recognised as a musician who can deliver, Emma Black has been chosen to open for a huge range of bands and players including The Indigo Girls, Hugh Maskela, John Renbourne and Dr Feelgood and is often called in to guest with some of the finest blues and folk musicians playing in the UK and Europe today.




Reggae Take Over

Reggae Take Over is a tireless reggae sound with a mission of unity. First taking to the stage in early 2009, they have since played all over the UK and even Australia, ramming venues with diverse and energetic crowds. The crew has been privileged to support reggae artists like Frankie Paul and Marcia Griffiths as well as artists from the wider musical sphere, including Faithless and Zero 7.

Take Over love to provide a platform for artists, recently hosting roadblock sessions with big names like Macka B, Janet Kay, Nanci and Phoebe, Dawn Penn, General Levy, Top Cat, Tippa Irie, Brother Culture, Exodus, Naturalites, Daddy Freddy, Solo Banton, YT And Peppery.




Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson is a folk singer songwriter from Knutsford Cheshire. With a history in the business as a backing vocalist, she decided to finally debut her own songs in 2014. With an eclectic mix of beautiful
folk songs with a spiritually uplifting message, Helen is becoming a much sought after live artist at local festivals and gatherings. Helen performs live, both solo with a guitar, and occasionally with a larger live band. Rainbow of Colour is her signature track and it showcases her lyrical skill and beautiful melodic writing.





The Ukrainians

The Ukrainians grew out of a project started by 80s Indie darlings The Wedding Present. The group, at the instigation of guitarist Peter Solowka, decided to make one of their sessions for the BBC’s John Peel Show a Ukrainian one! Peter’s friend ‘The Legendary Len’ was drafted in as an extra member because he sang, played a scratchy, authentic village-sounding violin and was a student of Slavonic languages! The group recorded the first session and it was duly broadcast. Then Peel played it again…and again…and again!

What was intended to be a one-off bit of fun turned into a second session, at Mr Peel’s request. This session, which included Ukrainian mandolinist Roman Remeynes, was also played numerous times. As a result, there was pressure to release these first two sessions as an album, and so Ukrainski Vistupi V Johna Peela was born. Although the band only played an 8 day UK tour to promote it, it sold almost 70,000 copies worldwide.

The Ukrainians were formed in 1990 after the John Peel recordings (Ukrayinski Vystupy v Johna Peela, released 1989). Following the success of that release, the trio began composing and recording in Ukrainian as a separate band.

In 1991, their first EP, Oi Divchino, was awarded Single of the Week by British music weekly, NME.[1] Notably, the video for this release was filmed in pre-revolution Kiev making them the first western band to produce a video entirely in Eastern Europe.[2]

In the same year, Solowka left the Wedding Present, later claiming that he had been kicked out, the success of the Ukrainian project making him the scapegoat for the band’s lack of mainstream success.[3]

Since 1991, the band have released five studio albums as well as various live albums and EPs, all without chart success in the UK. They continue to tour regularly, especially in Poland and England. They celebrated 20 years of the band in 2011 with a tour of British Ukrainian clubs.





Radio Partizan

Radio Partizan are a Leeds based three piece band who play punk, post punk, new wave dub type stuff. They’re into trying to write sharp songs with great guitar riffs and radical politics.





Radio Partizan