I’m with the Banned

Something else for those in London, in or around Camden Town on the evening of Sunday 18 October, to look forward to.

To mark Belarus Free Theatre’s tenth anniversary, David will feature in Staging a Revolution: I’m with the Banned at KOKO, sharing the stage with artists from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, all of whom have experienced persecution and intimidation for speaking out in defence of their political and religious freedoms.

The most famous of these, of course, being Pussy Riot. Three members of the feminist punk group were put on trial in 2012 accused of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility” – to which they pleaded not guilty – after a video they made of themselves performing in balaclavas in front of the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, calling on the Virgin Mary to remove Vladimir Putin from office, proved hugely controversial (an unforgivable blasphemous act in the eyes of the Russian Orthodox Church, whose alleged corruption the band had also highlighted), and led to one of the most divisive court cases in living memory. “Offensive to believers” and “a crude violation of the social order,” the judge had argued that the band’s feminist beliefs were part of encouraging religious hatred.

They were found guilty and jailed for two years. Protests in support were held around the world.

Tickets are available here, priced £28.12 and limited to eight per person. You can also purchase tickets directly from the venue’s Box Office, which are not subject to any booking fees if you pay in cash.

Please note before you buy that you must be 14 and over, with anyone under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult. Do take along ID, as it may be checked on the door.

Please also be advised that there are no parking spaces on the roads around the venue, nor any off-street parking. A list of nearby car parks is rather helpfully provided, along with a list of hotels should you need one, here. There is plenty of space to park your bicycle in front of the venue, however.

For those using public transport, the venue is right opposite Mornington Crescent Tube station – on the Northern Line.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

32 thoughts on “I’m with the Banned”

  1. Crikey Fed,

    Never thought I would see David Gilmour and Pussy Riot on the same bill!! Sounds fascinating.

    This is part of the “I’m with the Banned – Staging a Revolution” at Koko. Tickets still available, but be quick.


    1. Any idea what David will be performing, will it be his new release of Rattle That Lock?

      Koko does say I’m With the Banned Featuring David Gilmour with Pussy Riot etc. I’m hoping and praying Gilmour’s going to be doing a lot and not just a 2-3 song set, I’m travelling from Scotland for this event and don’t want to be travelling home in disappointment.

      1. Get real. Gilmour ISN’T doing this for any self promotion. I very much doubt he’ll perform any PF/Gilmour related material in any shape or form. He is just a guest musician.

  2. This sounds very interesting, FEd! Thanks for letting us know!

    Tickets don’t seem to be available from that website anymore, showing as no matches found when you search, but I got tickets from Billetto (not sure if links are allowed).

    Should be fun!



    1. I’m not sure either, but I’m glad that you were still able to get tickets, Lewis.

  3. Oh cool!

    Maybe David is turning punk on his new album and will be wearing a ‘I Hate Pink Floyd’ T-shirt on tour like Johnny Rotten… 😉

    I don’t know much about the subtleties of the English language, but doesn’t ‘Rattle That Lock’ sound a bit like a Punk Rock angry attack on society and its rules? Angry guitar solos, please!

    Anyway, I’m with the banned too, I respect/admire all those who are able to resist/defy any form of dictatorship or censorship, fighting for Human Rights and freedom of artistic expression, at the risk of being harassed, banned, persecuted, jailed in their own country like the staff members of Belarus Free Theatre. I think they got a Status of Refugees in the UK. Good. I’m not sure, but I think they receive a French Republic Award in Defense of Human Rights a few years ago.

      1. That is a shame, although I’m surprised that David Cameron and George Osborne didn’t beat him to it (the Tory bastards).

      2. Social parasites like Pussy Riot and the whole country of Ukraine which still can not pay their debts? I see nothing wrong.

  4. Well they say you can have too much of a good thing, can you! But David has used up almost all my holidays, so I can’t have a beach holiday this year, I was hoping to get away on an island but maybe next year.

    I don’t normally get excited so far off the gigs (Albert Hall and Verona), but I am, I really am.


    1. Former manager of Pink Floyd? I thought the same, Emilio, but didn’t dare ask…

  5. Did anyone else notice The Endless River was in the top ten of the biggest selling albums and has anyone else driven home while listening to Sum? Not advisable, makes you go faster.


  6. Off topic but related to the blog’s Twitter and the picture of “animals” crossing Abbey Road, I have a joke for you.

    Two cows were standing in a field chewing the cud and talking about the world, the universe and everything. . . one cow says to the other,

    “Have you heard about that mad cow disease?”
    “What do you think about it?”
    “Doesn’t bother me.”
    “Why not? Don’t you think you should be worried about it?”
    “No, doesn’t worry me. . . I’m a chicken.”

    ash 😀

  7. I didn’t see the blog post until late on Wednesday but I had a look at the link to get tickets, they go on sale in the morning! Great, I might get some (I’ll come back to this idea below). I continued to familiarise myself with the ticket purchase procedure to make sure I could work at speed the following morning, you all know what I mean, all the time panic and excitement growing and you think about what you have to do in the morning. . gotta be anywhere at that time ?. . .no. . . get the phone number? can’t see a number.

    All in all, quite a palaver goes on in your mind, I’m right aren’t I?

    Anyway, I looked again later that evening and realised the tickets went on sale on the 11th! 🙁 They weren’t going on sale tomorrow (Thursday 18th).

    So I didn’t even bother to try to get some.

    I’ve consoled myself with the knowledge that it’s too much hassle to travel to London, book a hotel room, all the expense etc. for what might be a very small set by David. It’ll probably be quite disappointing after the experience of the RAH concert.

    I very nearly believed myself!

    ash (I love small venues, I wish I was going)

    1. I think you are right Ash. After the chatroom experience, I’m not sure I want to see David doing three rounds of cage fighting in a crop-top but, hey, it takes all sorts.

  8. On the Koko website it seems that David Gilmour isn’t just a guest artist! His name is on top of all the artists and if he is just a guest to this event, why??? We are coming all the way from Sweden to see him. Now when you say he is just featuring in this event and that he’s just a guest musician we feel very disappointed. We have been so excited to see David. We are now feeling fooled.

    1. Hey!

      I don’t think you need worry… This gig is listed on the David Gilmour site as one of his gigs on tour, so even though it won’t be a full gig, I’m sure he’ll do more than be a guest musician.

      Hey da!

      Ha det bra!

  9. I watched the broadcast on the BBC Arts channel. 😀 It was a very interesting performance.

    Brutto were so entertaining, wearing shorts and jumping about, their antics very laddish, having a good time ‘lads’. 🙂 I dare say the subject matter of their songs was perhaps more serious. They did a version of London Calling (Clash song) but substituted Moscow for London. 🙂

    There was a girl singer, Viktoria Modesta, who impressed me considerably but I’ll have to see her part again to be able to comment. 🙂

    David was wonderful of course. 😀 Jon Carin was great. I mean, I knew he was but I could take more of him in this evening. However, the Band!

    The Band called Boombox were absolutely terrific! They sounded like they’d been playing for and with David for years. David’s “backing singers”, brought on for Rattle That Lock looked like they were having a really good time. 😀 I recognised Polly, Charlie and I’m sure I saw Gabriel too based on my memory of the young man I’d seen at RAH. There could well have been more family members but I wouldn’t know what others look like. . . One of the guys was the backing singer who’s on tour with David, I didn’t recognise any others of the ten-ish singers.

    Other performance pieces were interesting but strange art for me, who’s only in it for the music. . . (I know I’m an uneducated heathen).


  10. I wonder if David was paid the 100K Euros that was being offered by PR Firm Bell Pottinger for statements supporting Pussy Riot?

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