LIVE (PHOTOS): Rock Against Violence – O2 Academy Islington, 16.11.17

Music and activism are a match made in heaven, so we were thrilled to have our photographer Jon Mo capturing the likes of Saint Agnes, Dead Coast, The Wild Things and The Sly Persuaders at the Rock Against Violence gig in aid of Solace Women’s Aid on Thursday night.

Held at the O2 Academy Islington, the event was a fundraiser for the charity, who provide vital and important services to vulnerable women and their children. Rock Against Violence is driven by Power of Solace, a volunteer organisation that raises funds to benefit Solace Women’s Aid via various events and activities throughout the year. Established in 2011, Rock Against Violence has grown into Solace’s annual flagship music event, earning a staggering £26,000 in 2016.

Check out Jon’s stunning shots below, and visit Power Of Solace’s Facebook Page to find out more about this important organisation.

Judy Kawaguchi from Power Of Solace

Saint Agnes

Dead Coasts

The Wild Things

The Sly Persuaders

Photo Credit: Jon Mo


Premiere: The Wild Things – ‘Loaded Gun’ (Behind The Scenes)

Having received acclaim from the likes of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Amazing Radio, West London band The Wild Things have also achieved success touring the US and have been featured as BBC London’s ‘featured artist of the week’. Now, having built a reputation for their energy-fuelled live shows and their very own ‘Wild Things Bawl’ live nights, they are back with a brand new video. And we get to have an exclusive peek behind the scenes of its creation…

Directed by Marcus Maschwitz, who has worked with Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon and 30 Seconds To Mars, the video for ‘Loaded Gun’ contains stylish black and white footage of Sydney, Cameron, Rob and Pete preparing to unleash another impassioned slice of infectious indie-rock to our ears and eyes.

With the exclusive behind the scenes footage containing snippets of the pulsating beats, throbbing hooks and rich, raw grit of Sydney’s vocals to be found in the powerful new single, we cannot wait to see the final cut very soon!

Of the track, Sydney explains:

“‘Loaded Gun’ started in our studio with a simple riff. Every time Cam played it, I heard the phrase Loaded Gun over and over. It felt too badass and too fun not to roll with, so we worked on bringing each section of the track back to that motif. The mental image of it is so striking that it really informed the direction of the track. It quickly became our live set highlight and hasn’t been out of the setlist since! It’s so exciting to come on and bust it out because you know immediately everyone’s gonna sit up and pay attention.

‘Loaded Gun’ is out 17th November, and you can watch the exclusive behind the scenes video here:

Catch The Wild Things live at Power Of Solace’s Rock Against Violence event on 16th November.


Mari Lane

Power Of Solace Announce Rock Against Violence 2017 Line-up

Rock Against Violence is back for its 6th year running, taking place on Thursday 16th November at the Islington O2 Academy. This year, the concert is partnering with London-based upcoming DIY label Roadkill Records and will feature some of the capital’s best new bands, all in aid of Solace Women’s Aid.

Solace is a London-based charity that supports women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence, helping more than 11,000 survivors each year. Established in 2011, Rock Against Violence has grown into Solace’s annual flagship music event, raising a staggering £26,000 in 2016. So, join them on 16th November for a night of fun, entertainment and prizes, all for a very worthy cause.

Bands playing on the night include:

– Get In Her Ears faves and past guests on our radio show, alt-rockers The Wild Things. 

– Electro-pop producer Plum (Shona Maguire).

– Raucous garage-rockers The Sly Persuaders.

– Psych-blues band Dead Coast.

– Awesome garage rock band and RAV 2017 headliners Saint Agnes.

Of the event, Mary Mason – chief executive officer at Solace Women’s Aid – has said:

“We’re really thrilled and grateful that these talented bands are all helping us campaign against domestic and sexual abuse. There is such a widespread problem across the capital with thousands of women and children needing support after experiencing horrific abuse. Gigs like these reach new audiences and help raise awareness of the issues as well as the services that can support women and girls to be safe, recover and live independently free from abuse.” 

Advanced tickets cost £15 and are on sale at Tickets on the door will be £18. If you cannot attend on 16 November, please consider making a donation to Solace Women’s Aid via Virgin Money Giving.