Shindig Festival announces line up for 2023 on Ujima Radio

Shindig Festival has just announced its line-up for 2023, and it’s the best yet! Now in its ninth year, the festival takes place on 25 to 28 May in the stunning grounds of Dillington Estate in Somerset, a 16th century house and hotel that’s surrounded by beautiful, tree-studded parkland.

This year’s headliners include dance-pop legend, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, so expect much-loved disco classics such as We Are Family, Greatest Dancer, Lost In Music and Thinking Of You; and satirical news reporter (and comedy genius), Jonathan Pie, known for his a potty-mouthed, highly quotable parody of a journalist who can often be found outside Westminster. Other main acts include London post-punk band, Warmduscher; the original queen of reggae music who is best known for No, No No, Dawn Penn; London based artist, producer, remixer, DJ and founder of Phantasy, Erol Alkan; top dog in the bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dancehalls and BBC regular, David Rodigan; one of the most celebrated and accomplished DJs in Britain, Norman Jay MBE; and BBC 6 music’s, Huey Morgan!

Will Lardner, Festival co-founder says:

“We are so excited about 2023. Nine years in and we’re now well versed in putting together an incredible line-up that has something for everyone. Every year, I wonder how we’ll beat the last but we’ve nailed it. From Funk to Punk, Dancehall to Drum & Bass, Hip Hop & House, as well as huge headline Live Acts and a DJ roster of old and (hopefully) new favorites that span pioneers, legends and luminaries… this year has it all.”


For those in the know, Shindig has a reputation for combining old-skool royalty with festival mainstays, and rising stars. It prides itself on having no main stage, just a beautiful arrangement of stretch marquees. Festival folk roam effortlessly from stage to stage, with a drink in hand, enjoying the atmosphere in what some might describe as the perfect festival village.

Expect some awe-inspiring art installations that look like they’ve fallen from Mars, from the most visionary and trailblazing creatives of today. From giant welded artwork, interactive diversions, to fire-breathing sculptures.

For families, there’s Kids Kingdom with its own cinema and rolling programme of family-friendly movies; plus, workshops in drumming, breakdancing, graffiti, DJ’ing and MC’ing; and not forgetting inflatables sessions, a climbing wall, puppet show, giant marble run and loads more.

This year’s fancy dress theme is Mad Hatters, so expect a parade of Shindiggery Wonderland delights with Alice, the March Hare, and a Dormouse in tow.

There are lots of accommodation options on offer. If you want to stay in style, there are a selection of superior, deluxe and standard rooms in Dillington House, all with bathrooms and breakfast included. If you prefer a more authentic camping experience but with a touch of luxury then there are airstreams, bell tents and yurts for hire, plus posh toilets and showers. More seasoned festival-goers can rock up with their trusty tents and create their own little sanctuary, just a few minutes’ walk from the action.

Shindig Productions has now been granted a licence to stage the festival at Dillington Estate until 2025 which is great news for the organisers and fans alike.

Tickets are on sale now, with a pay in instalments option. Presale tickets sold out in under 24 hours and general release tickets are flying out of the door so be quick!

For the full line-up and more about the acts, head over to


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Festival season kicks off right here right now: Fatboy Slim, Years & Years, Four Tet and more announced to lead the line up at Love Saves The Day 2023

Bristol’s biggest independent festival is back with world-class headliners ready to kickstart summer

Love Saves the Day festival will return to Ashton Court on 27 and 28 May 2023. With headliners Fatboy Slim, Years & Years and Andy C, along with a whole host of live acts and DJs across all genres, it’s scheduled to welcome thousands of festival-goers across two days during the bank holiday weekend. This year’s line-up is yet another diverse offering of fresh talent and household names across ten stages – and tickets are on sale now at

An artist who needs no introduction, Fatboy Slim will be taking over the festival’s main stage, aptly called the Love Saves Stage, on Saturday. The pioneering legend of the big beat genre will be joined by an unmissable line-up of artists spanning the whole musical spectrum including the likes of Andy C, Nia Archives, Kelis and Piri.

Bringing the party vibes on Sunday will be none other than British electro pop band Years & Years. Fronted by Ollie Alexander, expect ultimate feel-good-tunes and dance hits on The Love Saves Stage alongside some of the biggest artists of the last few years including Folamour and SG Lewis.


The new stage for 2023, The Big Top, is being taken over on opening night by Hybrid Minds and Tempza, who will be bringing their unique mix of melody, rhythm and energy to take liquid drum & bass in a new direction. It wouldn’t be a Bristol festival without RUN on board and this year, The Big Top is hosted by them throughout Saturday. Their acclaimed approach to line-up curation will be sure to satisfy every drum & bass fan’s needs. Acts playing across the weekend include Koven, Sub Focus b2b Dimension, Four Tet, Overmono, Eliza Rose.

The Brouhaha Stage will be hosted by Bristol-based event promoters, The Blast, on Sunday. Headlining the party will be Shy FX with support from Clipz With Dread MC, and Kings of the Rollers ft Inja.

Hitting up the Paradiso stage across the weekend is the atmospheric Mall Grab and Kettama who are bringing unmatchable up-front sound, as well as Salute – giving an eclectic mix of electro, pop and gospel. Returning to Bristol, Surusinghe will bend genres with her experimental style of electro dance, bringing her own personal sound inspired by the rave scene.

Tom Paine, Love Saves the Day founder, said: “Love Saves the Day has become such a staple in the festival calendar and we can’t wait to bring it back for 2023. We’ve got one of our strongest line-ups we’ve ever had with some of the top drum & bass artists on the scene. Andy C and Hybrid Minds are some of the most iconic figures in global dance music and it’s going to be a highlight of the festival.”

Line up announced so far across the nine stages can be found here:

  • Fatboy Slim
  • Years & Years
  • Andy C – Alive
  • Nia Archives
  • Kelis
  • Four Tet
  • Sub Focus b2b Dimension
  • Shy Fx w/ Dynamite
  • LF System
  • Piri
  • Overmono
  • Eats Everything
  • Folamour
  • Mall Grab
  • Kettama
  • SG Lewis
  • Hybrid Minds + Tempza
  • Koven
  • Eliza Rose
  • Girl Don’t Sync
  • D*Minds
  • Hedex
  • Natty Lou b2b Ama & Y-Zer
  • Basslayerz
  • Dazee
  • Kendrick b2b Enta w/ Texas
  • TS2W w/ Texas
  • Knucks
  • K-Trap
  • Sainte
  • Skream
  • La La
  • Salute
  • Surusinghe
  • Clipz w/ Dread MC
  • Kings of the Rollers ft Inja
  • Bou w/ Haribo

Tickets for Love Saves the Day are available now.

Keep up to date with the latest news and updates be sure to follow Love Saves the Day across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and head to the website.

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Ujima Powerplays February 2023

Check Ujima Radio’s Powerplays for February 2023!

Are you an artist based in Bristol or the Southwest?  Would you like to have your music selected to play on Ujima Radio?

Every month Ujima Radio selects 10 of the very best tracks released in Bristol & Southwest which then get featured twice an hour across our Primetime Shows including The Rise Up Breakfast Show Mon-Friday 8-10am and The Cruising Show Mon-Friday 4-6pm and the Urban Grooves Playouts.

If you are an artist based in the Southwest you could have your track featured. All you have to do is send your track on MP3 making sure lyrics are clean and conscious, include a headshot of yourself, your social media tags and if you are successful we will let  you know.


Put in the Subject bar “Powerplays“.

Good luck and keep listening to hear if your track gets selected!






More Posts for Show: Rise Up Breakfast in collaboration w/ BCFM
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Ujima Powerplays January 2023

Check out Ujima Radio’s Powerplays for January 2023!

Are you an artist based in Bristol or the Southwest?  Would you like to have your music selected to play on Ujima Radio?

Every month Ujima Radio selects 10 of the very best tracks released in Bristol & Southwest which then get featured twice an hour across our Primetime Shows including The Rise Up Breakfast Show Mon-Friday 8-10am and The Cruising Show Mon-Friday 4-6pm and the Urban Grooves Playouts.

If you are an artist based in the Southwest you could have your track featured. All you have to do is send your track on MP3 making sure lyrics are clean and conscious, include a headshot of yourself, your social media tags and if you are successful we will let  you know.


Put in the Subject bar “Powerplays“.

Good luck and keep listening to hear if your track gets selected!



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Banksy announces T-shirt Drop on Ujima Radio for Colston 4!

Banksy says he has made T-shirts to “mark the occasion” of the trial of four people accused of pulling down the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol.

Ujima Radio were contacted by Banksy to exclusively announce the T-shirt drop that took place in Bristol to raise funds for the Colston 4 who were the defendants charged with criminal damage after the 17th Century slave trader’s statue was torn down in June 2020.

Banksy revealed the design of the shirts in an Instagram post.

The T-shirts were  only available from a handful of small independent shops in Bristol.

We were  not prepared for the incredible response and we were so overwhelmed with listeners trying to get in touch that our website went down, as did Banksy’s.

Jake Skuse, Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford and Sage Willoughby all deny criminal damage relating to the removal of the statue.

It was pulled down during a Black Lives Matter protest and thrown into Bristol Harbour on Sunday 7th June 2020.

Banksy’s T-shirt is grey featuring the empty plinth on which a statue of Edward Colston used to stand.

Rubble is scattered around the plinth, along with what appears to be a protest placard and a rope.


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Release of the I Am Judah film

This week saw the release of the film @iamjudahfilm directed by Bashart Malik.
Millions saw Ras Judah’s brutal tasering but he is still seeking justice. This film will ensure that his story cannot be ignored or forgotten and will be one of the most important films of our generation. It premiered at the Encounters Film festival on 1st October and on 5th October it was shown at the @cubemicroplex in Bristol. After the screening there was a Q&A panel discussion with Lee Lawrence, the son of Cherry Groce, whose shooting by the police sparked the Broadwater Farm riots in Tottenham in 1985, Bristol poet and educator @lawrencehoo social entrepreneur Dean Okai Snr and former Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cleo Lake.
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Code of the Streets with DJ Style invite DJ’s to submit mixes to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth

During October, #codeofthestreets radio show is inviting DJ’s to submit mixes to be included on the show to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth.

The playlist must be inspiring, conscious, empowering & celebrate #blackexcellence.

Email your MP3 clean edit, 45 minute mix to:

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Dr Roy Hackett MBE Rest In Everlasting Peace

Ujima Radio – Black History Month 2022
From birth – The Parish of St Mary in Jamaica, to death – Jamaica St, Bristol.
Both these places have defined Roy, born Lurel Roy Hackett in 1928. His Parents were Harrold and Ida but he was brought up by his Grandmother Lillian Beckford until the age of 9. He had two Brothers Headly and Whitcliffe and one sister Ruby. Roy has come from a long line of long livers. His grandmother was 104 when she passed and his own mother was 93.
Roy grew up among various nationalities of Chinese, Lebanese and European descent, all these diverse nationality neighbours, were Jamaican Citizens, so it is no surprise he had an innate sense of inclusion and cultural acceptance at an early age. When he saw injustice, it interfered with his equilibrium and he’d rebel to bring balance and put things right.
Children started school at the age of 7 in Jamaica, but on his first day his grandmother insisted that Roy should be educated with the 9 year olds. After all, at 7 he could already read and write. On that first day she would not leave his side until they agreed to advance him to the class with 9 year olds.
Her determination paid off. He proved on the spot to the teachers that he could read, write and count and went straight into the class with 9 year olds the very day he started school. His grandmother made sure of it… She insisted he wasn’t kept back. In fact SHE taught him to read and write.
As a teacher herself, this came naturally to her. Roy continued to be two years ahead throughout his educational journey and was indebted to his grandmother ever since.
At the age of 10, Roy was living back at his fathers house, going to school and helping at home like most children his age. But by the age of 15 1/2 he left home because of a disagreement with his father who wanted him to work on his tobacco farm every Friday. But Roy wanted to be at school and go to college and be educated. He felt so strongly about this, he ran away, but it came at a price. He cut ties with his father and didn’t see him again for 37 years. He missed family gatherings and the support network. This devastated Roy but life went on and he had no regrets.
At Bennett College in Kingston he studied book keeping and accountancy and after 4 years he received his Diploma. His first job in accountancy was for a pharmaceutical company followed by a role in the Coffee industry until landing a job with Tate and Lyle (the sugar people) in Clarendon.
Roy came to the UK in October 1952. Whilst his first two children were born in Jamaica, his last child was born here in the UK.
Before arriving in Bristol, he spent time and lived in various cities including Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, London and Newport.
Roy arrived in Bristol in 1957. Because of his background in Book Keeping and Accountancy, finding a job should not have been too big a deal. The biggest challenge at that time was finding somewhere to stay. No hotel or guest house, not even a space a damp paraffin smelling 1900s post war rundown house welcomed him. It was refusal after refusal and that’s when a cold, dirty and exposing shop doorway on Ashley Rd became inviting. It was his home for a night. That experience taught him something about himself – that he was tough and resilient. It also taught him that he didn’t want anyone else to go through what he did whatever their colour. That’s the backstory to Roys welcome into Bristol.
Roys first job in the UK was in Liverpool. He did wood cutting. He stayed for 3 weeks and earned £4.10 shillings a week. Next stop Wolverhapton where he worked in an ice factory. Then onto London where he worked as a tea boy on a building site. Then, the same job at Hinkley Point Power Station in 1956, followed by a stint in Newport Wales where he worked at the Robert Mcalpine factory. All this before arriving in Bristol and landing a job at St Annes Board Mill and the Gas Board.
At one interview, ironically they told him…… ‘They didn’t employ Africans’. Roy, although recognising his African heritage said ‘I’m British’. It was an ace card he just had to pull out. He told them he was born in Jamaica which is part of the Common-Wealth. That makes him British!
Suffice to say not only did Roy get the job, but he eventually ended up becoming the foreman, managing the all white team. Way to go!
From the time Roy got his first job, he was never out of work. He was employed until the day he retired as a Social Worker with Avon Social Services in 1993.
Despite being employed all his life, his voluntary and campaigning work started when he recognised the inequality that existed in this country. Incubating in his mind in the 50’s and coming to fruition by being an activist soon after.
So let’s go back to 1962 when Roy helped set up the Commonwealth Coordinated Committee or the CCC, together with Guy Bailey. The aim was to challenge the establishments to combat Racism in the city. This committee was amalgamated with the West Indian Development Council and the West Indian Dramatic Society which he was already a part of. Eventually in 1972 all three committees synergised to become the Bristol West Indian Parents and Friends Association. He was soon joined by Owen Henry, Auldley Evans and Prince Brown.
For over 50 years Roy held positions as Public Relations Officer, Treasurer, Secretary, Deputy Chair and Chair. Naturally he eventually became an honorary member. But it was the energy of this committee that changed the complexion of race relations in Bristol and beyond. This committee was formidable. They didn’t just talk in each other’s front rooms, they acted and people reacted.
They Challenged, they Championed and they Campaigned. CCC .
So to campaigning and the biggest campaign of all time the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 with Roy up front and Dr Paul Stephenson as the spokesperson, not forgetting Guy Reid Bailey, (who went for the job) Owen Henry, Delroy Douglas, Audley Evans, Cliff Drummond Bill Williams and Jim Williams.
This campaign galvanised Windrush generation men and women to make a bold statement. No way were they standing for this blatant and overt racist action. Not giving people jobs on the buses because of the colour of their skin?
No way were they going to roll over and hope in time things would change. They collaborated, in homes and in community centres. They managed to get the attention of Harold Wilson, leader of the Labour Party on board, he later became Prime Minister. Tony Benn MP for Bristol South East got involved and other high profile people including Sir Learly Constintine, and of course with the support of the whole community including Bristol University and other organisations, the Bristol Omnibus Company came to a halt and fell to its knees. People refused to travel on the buses. They walked, begged lifts and showed their rebellion. Peacefully. Some people lay on the road in protest, INCLUDING Roy. The protest gained international attention.
The boycott went on for almost 4 weeks. We all know what happened after that. Those meetings in the front room were not held in vain. This was the catalyst that triggered the first Race Relations act of 1965, making it a criminal act to discriminate on the grounds of race or ethnic origin. Roy was part of the movement that made history and we are proud and grateful to realise that Dr Paul Stephenson, Guy Ried-Bailey, and Barbara Deterring are still with us sharing that legacy today.
The 60’s revolution continued with Roy helping to bring the Racial Equality Council to Bristol in 65.
The very first St Pauls Festival in 68. A way to say thanks to the existing community and also a way to say ‘Hey, this is us and we are here to stay’.
In the 70’s, Roy worked as a social worker for young people. He had a passion for our future generations. In his letters to officials and authority, he would always write ‘for the benefit of our children and future generations. Roy believed in young people. He was part of a team that arranged exchange visits to Jamaica, France, Belgium, Germany and Austria. His vision was to widen their horizons and recognise that the world belongs to us all.
Roy received many accolades over the years but one or two of them hold extra special significance. The commendation from the Office of the Jamaican High Commission in 2013, various community awards including the Ecom Media Paul Stephenson Award for his contribution to Race Equality not to mention his MBE in 2020.
Amid the accolades, he has also received apologies. One in particular from the Transport Union UNITE, They said ‘sorry’ for excluding Black people from working on the buses. The apology came 50 years after the Bristol Bus Boycott campaign.
Over the years Roy was a board member for various organisations including St Werburghs Community Centre. That was a special place for him. His affiliation with VOSCUR and The Care Forum span 30 years.
So we come to the final chapter – In his later years, Roy developed dementia, and his rapid decline made life very difficult for his family and friends. But even up to last year, he was there at City Hall celebrating and commemorating Windrush Memorial Day.
Roy Hackett a beacon in his family’s eyes, a role model and hero to his children and step children, grandchildren and step grandchildren. A man of principle and pride; a pioneer and trailblazer; a strategist; a smart dresser with his cool hat and waistcoat. A calm and dignified presence; a peace maker, a freedom fighter, a man with a unique social and moral compass, a dignified and elegant gentleman.
He is survived by his 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Roy never stopped working for justice and equity for all. If we have learned anything from him, we will not stop either. His legacy will live on.
Dr Roy Hackett MBE Rest In Everlasting Peace
Written and Researched by Broadcaster Sherrie Eugene-Hart E-Com Media
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Watershed Celebrate Black History Month on Ujima Radio

Watershed Celebrate Black History Month on Ujima Radio!
Join Writer & Consultant on Race Equality Dr Roger Griffith and Writer & Curator Dr Edson Burton as they discuss Watershed’s Black History Month programme, Afrofuturism, Sidney Poitier, and much more.
Tune in live from 10:00 Tue 11 Oct on Ujima Radio.
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Living for the Streetz wants to hear your Coming Out stories

Ujima’s Living for the Streetz show would ❤️ LOVE you to share your Coming Out stories!
If you are interested in sharing your stories.
Please email:
You don’t have to give a name.
We really appreciate your contribution to the show!
Tune into Living on The Streetz every Monday
10am to 12pm!
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