*** tickets for Billy Bragg SOLD OUT ***
We’ve got together with Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village founder Simon Emmerson to launch the very first Bridport Winter Solstice Festival from 21-22 December: When The Light Returns.
Shake off the winter blues and get into the Christmas spirit with your friends on Wednesday 21 December when the mighty Dhol Foundation and guests The Bollywoodettes and Nachda Sansaar dancers take to the stage for a special Bollywood Night. Get here at the start of the evening for a FREE dance lesson.
The following day, Thursday 22 December, Billy Bragg will be here with specially-chosen guests for Whatever Happened To The Protest Song? an evening of music, discussion and film with special guest Grace Petrie.
Billy Bragg’s music blends elements of folk, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes, heavily centred on bringing about change and getting the younger generation involved in activist causes.
Despite a lifelong commitment to blending politics and music, Bragg remains humble about his impact: “You can’t change the world through music, but you can give people a different perspective on the world.”
Billy was instantly enthusiastic when the idea of the Bridport Winter Solstice Festival was first mooted so we’re delighted to welcome him for an evening of discussion, music and film, with special guests, for Whatever Happened to the Protest Song?
He’ll be accompanied on stage by Grace Petrie, a folk singer, songwriter, and activist who first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain.
Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered have won over audiences everywhere, and she has quietly become one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today.