Coup Bristol Activist Fund Benefit Gig and Pussy Riot Fundraiser

by Persons unknown
on Monday 22 Oct 2012

type: Feature
topic: Miscellaneous
region: Bristol
event time: Saturday 27 Oct 2012 21:00
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Influential hip hop act The Coup make their Bristol debut this month, as part of a short UK tour, their first since forming in the early 1990s.

The event is a fund-raiser to set-up a fund for helping local activist groups/people put on events etc. There is also a meeting being arranged on the Sunday where the Coup will meet local people to talk about their role in Occupy Oakland and the impact that Occupy has been having in the states. The Trinity event on SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER features an evening performance with a full live band, as well as a FREE daytime gig for Under 16s at 5pm.

Not heard of the Coup? Where have you been? Next to Public Enemy, they are probably the best known political hip hop band in the world. The group first exploded on to the scene in 1993 with their debut album Kill My Landlord, a beautifully subversive blast of hip-hop that utilized Boots Riley’s gifted wordplay and addressed topics ranging from racism to police brutality and class warfare. Described as one of the “10 most influential people” by Vibe Magazine, Riley has collaborated over the years with Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Atari Teenage Riot and more. He is a prominent figure in the Occupy Movement, participating in actions and speaking out throughout the world.

Free Pussy Riot! - Benefit
Weds 24th October - 8pm @ Bristol County Sports Club, 40 Colston St, BS1

On 17th August 2012 Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevitch were sentenced to two years imprisonment for their involvement in a Pussy Riot action at a Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow.

In a protest that was halted in less than a minute, Pussy Riot performed this song -

As queers, feminists, anarchists, punks, activists, performers we stand in solidarity with their actions, and we will continue to support them as they fight for freedom from the prison walls of a penal colony and a repressive nation state. Arrests, detention, court hearings, legal representation and campaigning costs lots of money - all profits from this event will be donated to their ongoing struggle.

Riley is a born radical. Raised in Oakland California, his parents were active in the civil rights struggle. His father was a member of the NAACP and the Progressive Labor Party and participated in the San Francisco State University strike. “He never pushed his views on me,” Riley says.  “But I also knew that I would never be in trouble for my politics. I knew that when I organised a walk-out in high school I didn’t have to worry about my parents being mad at me.”

Since The Coup’s formation, they have released five visionary albums, each forging a different and equally inventive sound. The constants throughout have been Riley’s shrewd social observations and the group’s relentless energy exemplified on stage by the electrifying presence and Tina Turner-like stylings of long time singer Silk-E.

Their latest offering Sorry To Bother You is the long awaited follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed album Pick A Better Weapon, which the Mojo described as “smart, sensual, self-loving and self-critical, pissed-off and hilarious” and moved Billboard to call the band “the best hip-hop act of the last decade”. The album, which features guest appearances by Vernon Reid, Anti-Flag, Killer Mike, Jolie Holland and Joe Henry, merges a punk urgency with danceable beats and social commentary. It might draw from the past but it never sounds anything other than futuristic.

The Trinity event also features up and coming Bristolian rapper Buggsy and UK hip hop legend DJ Skitz. At a recession-busting £10 this represents unbelievable value for money. For both Bristol’s legion of hip hop heads, and anyone interested in the ideas behind the Occupy Movement, this is a gig not to miss.

Latest tunes:

Magic Clap.

The Guillotine

THE COUP "Land Of 7 Billion Dances" Turf Feinz, iDummy, Ladia

Tickets available at


Bristol Ticket Shop Ticketweb Skiddle

Bristol Record Shops: Idle Hands (Stokes Croft), Rise Records (Queens Rd., Clifton), Cooshtie (Park St. Clifton), Genesis (Stapleton Rd. Easton)

There will be some in the Plough, Easton this weekend as well.

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This is going to be a great gig and a rare chance to see one of the best revolutionary Hip Hop bands around.



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