Malicious Telecommunications have released a compilation tape of some great bands, and are donating some of the proceeds to the DSFL kitty. They describe it as:
“A C90 full of assorted punky, with proceeds after assembly costs and fees going to DIY Space For London. On Side A, interviews with Melbourne’s UV Race and Richard Phoenix of Constant Flux (a charity which supports musicians with learning disabilities), with music from Snob, Big Joanie, Witching Waves, Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, Monotony and The Lowest Form. Side B contains evidence of last month’s Static Shock Weekender, with input from Dawn of Humans, S.H.I.T., Rakta, No Form and much more. 100 copies.
Includes unlimited streaming of Another Subculture 2 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.”
You can buy it and stream the tracks here.
DIY Space was featured in an article in the Grauniad about DIY musical culture this week, along with our friends up at Wharf Chambers and JT Soar, and some great bands like Hookworms, That Fucking Tank and Joanna Gruesome.
You can read the article here.
Colette & Emma from the DIY Space collective will be at the Anarchist Bookfair at Queen Mary this coming Saturday the 18th, handing out flyers and talking to anyone who is interested. If you’ve got any questions, or want to get involved with the co-operative, feel free to come and have a chat.
The book fair is from 10-7 at Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Rd, E1 4NS. The building is accessible and the event is open to children, although the fair does get very popular and crowded at times. Guide dogs are allowed, but no other dogs.
Here’s the flyer with more info.
This week in the NME, our very own Bryony Beynon was interviewed by Charlotte Richardson Andrews, along with some other people involved in running DIY venues, including our favourites Power Lunches and Wharf Chambers, and new spaces JT Soar and Unity Works.
Here’s a scanned pdf of the article. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available on the NME website, so for accessibility reasons the pdf is set up so the text is text rather than an image, but some of the layout confuses screen readers a little.
PDF of the NME article
DIY Space for London has now raised £13,000 but doesn’t have a building.
For more information, and the criteria needed for the space, go here.
If you want to help out by printing some posters and putting them somewhere useful in London, then the files are below. The poster is available in red, orange, green and black, and the page size is A3 (but of course can be scaled down to A4 and is still readable and clear). Just right click and save them once you’ve opened them.
Our next meeting is happening on Sunday 20th July at 4pm. We’ll be meeting up at the Southbank Centre (the Lower Mezzanine on Level 4 Blue; map’s here, nearest tube’s Waterloo). This meeting’ll be all about discussing potential buildings, exchanging leads and scheduling viewings for those that seem most promising. We’ll also be chatting about finances, press opportunities, appointing Directors and seeing which of you lot fancies planning a bar… So if you want to help us with finding a space for DIY Space, then please come along. If you can’t make it but have some information on a sweet space that we should know about, then let us know through the Google Group or by emailing us.
Exciting news for the future of DIY Space for London! We now have £15,000.00 and rising in cleared donations, including our grant from Edge Fund, regular monthly donations from Friends of DSFL and other benefit initiatives. As such, our attention has now shifted from fundraising to space finding. We have seen some impressive properties, but none so far has been The One. So, we are continuing with our search and would like to appeal for your help. There are lots of ways to get involved with helping us to find a home for DSFL, and at the moment we’re very interested in knowing of any properties or spaces that might suit us. The brief is open in terms of location as we’re keen to know what is out there at this stage.
- Minimum approx. 90 sqm/950 sqft of internal space (ideally more)
- Level throughout / with a main space with level access
- Compliance with safety regulations with regard to fire safety or potential to bring up to regulation with minimal work
- Reasonable proximity to accessible public transport, with safe, secure and well lit routes to and from the premises
- Ability to permit change of use to a private members’ club
- A (relatively) non-residential location
- Accessible toilets or space to install them
- Rent c. £2500.00 PCM
If you happen to see or know of a property that you think might meet our specifications, please get in touch by email at email@example.com even just with a link or some info about what you’ve seen, and we will make sure to check it out! Also, if you have any expertise with regard to commercial leasing and property in general please feel free to get in touch with any information you think might be useful.
Would you like to get more involved in DSFL? We’re now officially incorporated as a IPS Society (Cooperative) and have a number of working groups that focus on different areas and report into general meetings. These email lists are open to everyone, so why not sign up?
Fundraising (for putting on gigs and helping raise cash) Join here
Space-finders (the very active intrepid property search team) Join here
Outreach & comms (for flyering, press and media!) Join here
Steering group (co-op members and general admin junkies) Join here
General volunteers (we’ll put the call out here when it’s all hands on deck!) Join here
Over the last eighteen months we’ve been supported in many different ways by a huge range of individuals, groups, and funding initiatives, from benefit gigs and festivals to flyering and awareness raising. Cardiff-based band Joanna Gruesome recently gave a generous donation to the project and had this to say about it:
“We think DIY space for London is totally worth supporting because it feels bizarre (yet logistically understandable) that London doesn’t currently have a autonomous, ethically minded, radical place to organise projects, see shows, go to events or just hang out. Places like Wharf Chambers, JT SOAR and Audacious Art Space continue to prove that these spaces are not only socially important, but are also just fun,comfortable environments with huge amounts of personality and spirit. I know a ton of people who would benefit from the existence of a similar space in London (including ourselves) and we’re humbled to be in a position to help support the project. It’ll rule!” – Joanna Gruesome on DIY Space for London
Here’s some live footage of the band..
…and here’s your next chance to catch them at another DIY Space for London fundraiser gig on February 7th at Powerlunches: