'A Clodhopper' launch: Arts Festival and After-rave

Photography: John Fairhurst

Photography: John Fairhurst

A Clodhopper had its unofficial soft launch in a secret London location, and in reflection of the online magazine's ethos, it started with an arts festival featuring: documentaries, animations, performance art, subversive cabaret and a Gong therapist collaborating with a Grime artist. Cultured though the 'Clodhopper' is - he/she/they hunger for hedonism so it was promptly followed by an 'after-rave' playing Detroit techno, house, reggae and golden gems that reminded you of “that one time...” all culminating in 100+ revellers talking, dancing and moving as one until LATE in the morning. For a beautiful audience of early adopters, A Clodhopper turned up the heat, flashed some skin and pumped up the volume for the supporters who drank in the display, inhaled the debate and digested the love.

RAINBOW COLLECTIVE opened the arts festival with their documentary 'Tears in Fabric', a moving film featuring Bangladesh women Razia in the wake of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed over 1,000 people including her two daughters and their husbands. As producers/directors Hannan Majid and Richard York spoke in the Q&A the audience were moved to contemplate the nature of ethical clothing... Following on from the screening , and lightening the mood, the wonderfully subversive LORD HICKS took to the stage with his signature striped leggings, heels and waistcoat. His cover of Azaelia Banks' '212' was an impromptu highlight, particularly when an audience member fell on the wrong side of Lord Hicks performance etiquette, the song's aggressive chorus had never been put better use! 


What you gon do when I appear?
W-W-when I premiere?
Bitch the end of your lives are near
— Azealia Banks - 212

Performance artist REBECCA KORANG presented her work 'Waterloo' which lead to a vociferous debate in the Q&A afterwards about her use of the 'Arbeit macht frei' (work will set you free) sign at the Auschwitz concentration camp as an image. And in equal measure the idea that the modern day grind, the 9-5, within the capitalist construct is comparable to Internment.

In a short taster JARVIA FOXTER took the audience on a collective sonic journey with her group gong session, all the while her Yorki Pooh 'Leroy' took the stage along side her. She was then promptly joined on stage for what might be a first - a Gong and Grime collaboration with Grime and Hip Hop artist PEAKY. The West London MC did four songs and was joined on stage by visiting California based MC Steez76D too. Peaky closed the show with a storming rendition of 'Arigato' which caused the entire crowd to spontaneously jump to their feet for a rousing mosh pit - a perfect end to the arts event. No sooner had the stomping, flailing and hoorah finished it was upstairs for the 'After Rave' where Fizzy D started proceedings with a two-hour reggae set, bridged by Hayden Brown who played a broad church of music including A Clodhopper favourite 'Fatima Yamaha - Love Invaders'. Napalm Geoffe took over with a techno set garnering more fan attention than David Guetta, and from here the love got even deeper, messier and more intertwined as Boruch played everything from house, to techno peppered with R&B and hip hop classics. Closing the rave was a dance-floor heaving set from Filipp who played another A Clodhopper favourite 'Christian Nielsen - Treading Water' (below) finishing the event LATE in the morning. The whole night a very unofficial launch event and a very official success, tell your friends 'A Clodhopper' has arrived!