Former Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett Speaking at NGG 2018!

Natalie Bennett was the leader of the Green Party from 2012-2016. Living in Sheffield, she is continuing with full-time Green politics – including with the European Greens – and she’s continuing the struggle to stop Brexit. A graduate in agricultural science, she has a particular interest in security of food, income, and housing. And she’s a champion of the universal basic income, which can ensure no one needs to fear not being able to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head. Natalie will be giving two talks in the Campaigns area over the course of the weekend.

 Food and Farming:

When it comes to food, Britain lives in a monoculture. More than half our calories come from just four crops, grown from seed mostly supplied by a couple of giant multinational companies that also supply chemicals and fertiliser in quantities that are trashing our wildlife, waters and soils. Farmers are forced into this system by the handful of giant supermarkets supplying “cheap food” that costs us a great deal while they collect handy profits.

This has to change – and that’s good news because the kind of changes needed can not only create an ecological transformation of our countryside, but create huge numbers of small business and employment opportunities.

 

Universal Basic Income:

With zero-hours contracts, insecure employment and crippling benefit sanctions, many people are today finding themselves penniless, and dependent on food banks and friends for basic survival. “Bullshit jobs” occupy many of us, and automation threatens a job-poor future. 

All of these issues have helped push the idea of a universal basic income to the forefront of public debate. Natalie argues that this is a policy that can achieve not only security, but much, much more: the opportunity for people to use their lives well – develop their skills and abilities as artists, as small business people, as carers and community workers.

 

https://www.natalie4sheffield.org/

 

Stocker/Eyes

Complementary musical approaches fit together to create Stocker/Eyes, with the staccato-like linear drum rhythms interwoven with layers of elongated electronics and melodic guitar motifs. Depictions of a giant’s labouring footsteps lumbering along, sometimes frantic and sometimes leisurely and random, but always searching for something. These are enveloped by atmospheric electronic sounds and stratospheric granular pitches, a culminating representation of the unhinged societies we see in the Earth Asylum today.

https://stockereyes.bandcamp.com/album/earth-asylum

https://www.facebook.com/stockereyes/

Feathers McGraw

Feathers McGraw are: Barney Tabor, a classically trained fiend and vagabond, Robin Timmis, a fiddle-toting dervish and musical force of nature, and Alex Chadha, a charity shop chord-man of the worst stripe.

An enthusiastic trio, you may have seen them stomping down the Rocky Road to Dublin, or bemoaning their recent transportation to Tasmania, betrayed by a lady of the night, but, however afflicted, you’ll no doubt have enjoyed their lack of professionalism and frank disregard for the dense jungles of originality.

Performing an array of folk classics, as well as their own vibrant compositions, Feathers McGraw will not only arouse your suspicions, tickle your curiosities, and fidget with your soft parts, but also get you stamping your feet, bellowing along, and cheering with undiminished joy when they finally get off the stage and leave you in peace.

So, if these roustabouts happen to be offending in a beerhall near you, I suggest, in all impartiality, that you get off your backside and go and behold the spectacle, if only so you can be an effective witness in the ensuing court case. You may be disappointed, but you may also be drunk.

https://www.facebook.com/feathersmcgrawband

Mobius Loop

Mobius Loop create gloriously eccentric gypsy folk stories, fusing world music and conscious rap with eruptions of free-form dance charged with an intimately powerful and intense energetic live performance. Mobius Loop are on a mission to raise positive vibrations, projecting an organic co-operative voice for humanist spirituality, vegan philosophy, grassroots philanthropy, true democracy and alchemical magic, in the name of Hemp Redemption and the infinite unknown.
Mobius Loop began on 08/08/08 and so the band are celebrating 10 years in August 2018. Managed and nurtured by singer/songwriter soul mates Alex & Katie, Mobius Loop have independently toured 10 European countries, written over 50 songs, released our 1st album, created sustainable hand-made merchandise, performed at many of the UKs best alternative festivals, graduated together with 1st class honours degrees in Experimental Music from University of Central Lancashire, won VegfestUK’s 2016 Vegan Song Competition, collaborated with some phenomenal artists and musicians and have hosted numerous family-friendly donation based music events around the UK promoting creative expression, celebrating diverse community, demonstrating healthy living and galvanising the Hemp Redemption.

Dirty Flowers

Born out of Manchester’s jam scene and nurtured by its underground culture, Dirty Flowers were formed in January 2014 when singer/bassist Nathan Barratt needed a band to play a one-off gig at the Roadhouse. Since then the band have performed at various events including Alchemy Festival, Another Fine Fest, Freekuency Festival, Envirolution, The Workhouse Party and Northern Green Gathering.

Influenced by funk, rock, hip hop, dub, jazz and psychedelia, these mean petal-faces are characterised by strong riffs, tight grooves and catchy melodies. Screaming saxophone, wailing guitar solos, heavy bass lines and atmospheric divinity invoke a fun, powerful and exciting energy, made all the more potent by the band’s wild and contagious stage presence. But it’s not all showmanship; as intense and captivating as they are to watch, their penetrating lyrics carry depth, wit, and cheeky little hooks which grab the balls of your mind, body and soul, making for an all round complete and engaging experience. 🙂