Room for Rebellion: Souvenir & Leila Samir

  • Raving with a purpose in support of Alliance For Choice, a female collective campaigning for abortion rights in Northern Ireland.
  • Room for Rebellion is back once again to party with a purpose – following the recent seismic shift in abortion law reform in Northern Ireland and last year’s repealing of the 8th amendment in the Republic of Ireland, the multi-city pro-choice collective returns with a special club night fundraiser. The lineup sees RFR resident DJs joined by SOUVENIR (LYL Radio) and Leila Samir (NTS Radio) at London’s Rye Wax on November 29. Proceeds for this RFR instalment will be going to Northern Irish pro-choice organisation Alliance for Choice, supporting their current campaign #Crunchtime4Choice. The group will hold this last party for the foreseeable, with plans to evolve with activist workshops, radio work, and publishing. SOUVENIR is the handle of Elle Andrews and Claire Voyant; two dedicated London-based diggers known for their esoteric take on the sphere of electronic dance music and beyond. Claire has run the shop at Rye Wax Records Peckham for the past 4 years and co-founded The Run Out festival. Elle has been playing underground parties across the UK for over a decade, DJing with and contributing mixes for 12th Isle, Going Good, PLO MAN, Christoph De Babylon, Raime and Bushes to name a few. Saudi Arabian Leila Samir is an electronic music producer and saxophone musician with influences in Middle Eastern rhythm music. Her debut EP ‘No Music’ is named according to what was enforced to her growing up. Now based in London, she currently has a residency at NTS radio and previous residences include Worldwide FM and Balamii. Room for Rebellion is a sister group of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, and supports local activists and groups pressing for total body autonomy and the decriminalisation of abortion. Last year, at least 1,053 women and people who can get pregnant travelled from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in the rest of the UK. The collective, founded by Isis O’Regan and made up of Anna Cafolla, Hollie Boston, Jess Brien, and Cait Fahey, operates in London, Belfast and Dublin. The club night has previously welcomed Violet, Eclair Fifi, Femme Culture’s Elkka and Ludo, Solid Blake, Anu, Lora, Martyn Bootyspoon, ELLLL, and more to the multi-city parallel nights. Room for Rebellion were part of DAZED’s Dazed100 last year, and have appeared in The Guardian, Mixmag, CRACK, i-D, and various other titles. The crew also hosts a monthly talk and tunes show on Threads Radio. The group has raised over £3k for multiple pro-choice groups and will continue thier work with a diverse range of events beyond the dancefloor in 2020. The club night’s poster features an image of Queen Meadhbh, a mythological Irish warrior queen of Connacht. Logo design by Patrick Saville. We hope you can join us for a night of angry dancing with a purpose.
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