NOT SO SILENT NIGHTS
You’re spending a night under the stars somewhere, and your friends and family are donating in their £ ’000’s…
So its only right that we bring you what we can, to keep the smile on your face, and the warmth in your bones.
Throughout the evening, we’ll be streaming two channels for your viewing, listening, singing, laughing and quizzing pleasure.
We’ll send you the links by email on the night, and publish them on our FaceBook group pages, but here’s what we’ve got lined up for you...
Please note: some content is not suitable for children.
THE PILLOW PARTY
As seen on Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Mock The Week (BBC Two), comedian Andrew Maxwell is your host for the night. Well known intellect – he won last year’s Celebrity Mastermind – a regular on R4’s News Quiz, and (who can forget his appearance?!) on IAC,GMOOH, Andrew holds the ears of both the youth and older audience. We think he’s perfectly placed to get all ages to stand up and be counted.
THE EXCLUDEDUK CHILDRENS CHOIR
James Mank famously went viral with his Twitter ask to Rishi Sunak. He’s back, this time with more than 40 fellow ExcludedUK children, led by the fabulously talented Kate Cameron, and in a video put together by the very freelancers Sunak continues to leave out in the cold.
Unlike him, we include everybody, so with accompanying BSL and Makaton, watch and listen as they kick off our carol service with the perfect song…
Read in Parliament the other day – thanks Munira Wilson! – the beautiful children’s book, Mouse and Bear, is written and illustrated by talented ExcludedUK member Kev Payne.
Inspired by the plight of those excluded from the government’s COVID-19 financial support, this entertaining story, beautifully illustrated with a lovely moral at its core, is available to buy from the ExcludedUK shop
Since bursting onto the comedy scene in 2002, Jojo Sutherland is an unstoppable comedy force.. Known for being able to expertly garner laughs from every subject she touches on and is the current holder of the 2020 Scottish Comedy Award for Best Show. Expect comic observations packed with unpulled punches.
London based Emmanuel Sonubi has only been on the comedy circuit for what feel like five minutes and he’s already building a reputation as one to watch out for! Having gone from open spot to headline act and a TV debut in an incredibly short space of time - he is now often booked out nearly a year in advance. Don't worry though. His name is down. You’re coming in.
Green is an engaging story-teller, known for his face of elasticity and energetic stage presence. A former schoolteacher, Green swapped the whiteboard marker for a mic, and hasn't looked back since. His effervescent charisma and hilarious characterisations, along with his knack for crowd-work, have established him as a regular at some of the biggest clubs in the UK.
OH MY GOD! IT'S THE CHURCH
"Oh My God! It’s The Church is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, but also as familiar as your grandmammy’s biscuit tin. Nominated for ‘live act of the year’ at the 2017 festival congress awards, this leftfield church service has their congregation rolling in the aisles and dancing on the pews! With shotgun weddings, absinthe baptisms and hymns to set your soul on fire, it truly is a church service like no other. Fronted by insane preacher the right reverend Michael Alabama Jackson, their mission from Gawd is to bring people together through funk, soul, disco and their holy water- absinthe… lots and lots of absinthe.
The emerging duo described by Lyric Mag as “the most exciting live act in the UK” didn’t earn that reputation by accident. Having each spent years in punk rock bands, Jack & Robert - better known as Holloway Road - bring that same mentality and independent mindset to their work as one of the most talked-about new international artists in the country scene, unafraid to take their music to wherever fans are.
Well... it wouldn't be Christmas without a good ol' singalong. Cheer up the neighbours, get festive on your doorsteps, and clear your carolling throats. We'll provide the backing track and the words: You provide the voices.
The Online Virtual Pub Quiz: Live and direct to your smartphone, from the comfort of your own... tent?
THE SURVIVAL SESSION
For something to do, ex Capital and now Radio Jackie’s DJ Neil Long decided to broadcast some parties during Lockdown and it, err, kinda took off…
From getting busted by Facebook, to a brilliant move by Mixcloud allowing thousands of DJ's to now broadcast legally, to pro graphics and branding made, to a foul mouthed back chatting voiceover girl, to odd things being left in his front garden, it would be hard to say that Lockdown Long (cute huh), has been bored! So we present broadcast quality sound, interactivity and an experience that feels oddly, and deliciously familiar. And funny. And poignant. And exciting.
One-time punk, Frank Turner has more recently turned his attention to folkier, more acoustic music. Transforming himself into a successful, internationally charting, award-winning singer and songwriter of consequential folk-punk-pop rebel songs, Frank has spent the last nine months actively and vocally supporting his crew, campaigning on behalf of everyone else’s, and raising money for all of them by recording tracks and putting on live streams. Frank and Neil will chat about that, and all things live, and premiere his latest fundraising single, Road Crew.
If you've laughed at something on the telly recently, the odds are high it was written by this Anglo/Irish, South London based, ex-plumber. Star of Radio 1’s ‘Loose Talk’, Kevin Day has performed all over the world, and yet quite extraordinarily still hasn't been nominated for the Perrier Aware at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Feet make wonky Britpop for a new generation. And if that description doesn't help, try this, from frontman, George: “We think about what the obvious thing to do is, then just tweak it completely.” Summer 2020 would have been their best yet, booked as they were at both the Isle of Wight and Glasotnbury Festivals. Catch them instead on the Survival Session as they talk instead about all things vegetarian Christmas.
See what I mean? The obvious, tweaked.
For everyone in the wedding sector – from couples whose weddings have been impacted, to businesses whose livelihoods are under threat, #whataboutweddings campaign to lobby government and highlight the critical need of our wedding sector for clarity, parity and choice as we navigate our way out of the pandemic. But weddings are about the DJ, the first dance, and Uncle Barry, sliding on his knees across the floor…
Performed as a sequence to create a flow of movement, and combined with conscious breathing, Sun Salutations are a fantastic way to energize and wake up the body first thing in the morning. Join ExcludedUK member, Maria Hennings-Hunt as she leads us in a quiet, moving meditation to restore and revitalise as we head into another day.
BIG FISH LITTLE FISH / JUMPIN' JACK FROST
Big Fish Little Fish is a family rave – a creative and exciting music and dance party for the post-rave generation of parents and kids.
Drum & bass music wouldn’t be what it is without Jumpin Jack Frost. Brixton born and bred, his childhood was soundtracked by the soul, funk, reggae, and foundation hip-hop that would, a couple of decades later, become the building blocks of jungle.
What better way to start your Saturday, than being jumped – I mean danced – on by your kids?!
A NEW DAY?
Join Team Silent Nights as they put the kettle on, rub their bleary eyes, and consider what next for ExcludedUK, #WeMakeEvents and all those who've been left out in the cold not just for the previous night, but for the last 9 months.