Competition: Win 2 tickets to intimate screening of The Slits’ documentary, ‘Here To Be Heard’

On 5th January, Bassie & The Social present an intimate screening of The Slits documentary Here To Be Heard, complete with Q&A featuring The Slits’ bassist Tessa Pollitt live at The Social in London. This will be followed by a Roots Reggae Club Night feat. Pollitt & Soft Wax (Deptford Dub Club) on the decks.

The Slits’ story unfolds from chaotic beginnings to a celebratory reunion ending through candid insights from the band’s core… Rehearsal and live footage captures their magnetic quality, the performances intense, captivating, the group an explosion of colour, vibrancy and fun” – Lois Wilson, Mojo, June 2018

Also on sale on the night will be Tessa Pollitt’s fantastic new scrap book documenting life in The Slits and accompanying the film (The Slits – Here To Be Heard – News Cuttings And Scraps). This book stands as a testament to the emotional, personal and artistic journey of four young women struggling to be heard in a harsh and unwieldy environment. From the early days of punk to post-punk and beyond, the book chronicles the journeys, joys and triumphs of first wave British punks, the first all-girl punk band and the godmothers of ‘Punky Reggae’.

7pm – 9pm: £5 (including film screening/Q&A and club night after)
9pm – 1am: Free Entry

Sounds like the perfect way to see in 2019 to us! If you agree, just like and retweet this post on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning two free tickets! Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19th December.

LISTEN: Alternative ‘Best Of British’

If you’re anything like us, you’d have been pretty bewildered to wake up this morning to Radio X’s ‘Best Of British‘ chart – a list of what their listeners apparently deem to be the ‘best’ 100 British songs ever made. Not only did the list not feature one single female artist or female-led band, but it seemed to consist of pretty much the same few white male ‘rock’ bands repeated throughout…

Whoever it was who compiled the list, this seems like an embarrassing and unbelievably short-sighted representation of the British music scene. So, whilst we’re not denying the influence that the likes of Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses and – of course – The Beatles have had (we count some of their songs as our faves too!), we feel that there were too many fantastic and pivotal songs missing from the list not to make our own!

So, have a listen to a few more of the ‘best’ British songs (in our opinion), courtesy of yours truly…