18th January 2018
Can you tell us a bit about The Joe Strummer Foundation?
TJSF is a charity that aims to provide opportunities to musicians and help to projects around the world that create empowerment through music
What projects have you been working on over the past year?
TJSF donated funds to the In Place Of War charity that will enable them to ship musical equipment to Palestine and Uganda which will enable over 1000 young people the access to state of the art equipment in five cities
The Foundation, through our generous supporters were able to support the fabulous Three Minute Heroes campaign run by the fine people of the Warren Youth Project in Hull. #Hearmeout encourages young people to use creative writing and music to talk openly, confidently and safely about what's on their mind. Young people's lyrics were turned into songs which were performed and recorded for a special album.
We have been working on a multitude of projects and campaigns which include the sponsorship of the Camden Roundhouse' On Track project which is a free 6 week music course giving vulnerable and disadvantaged 16-25yr olds the chance to create and perform original music and get the technical skills required to put on a live music event.
A JSF team which included Frank Turner went out to visit a music studio we set up in Freetown, Sierra Leone back in 2012. The music room is at WAYout Arts, a charity that works with street youth, ex child combatants and vulnerable young people. The visit was part of a JSF led campaign to raise £2500 for new studio equipment
There has been much more that I won't go into but you can visit our website for more details on things we've been up to - www.joestrummerfoundation.org
The Joe Strummer Foundation is partnering with Hastings Fat Tuesday for 2018. How have you been working with the Fat Tuesday team?
We've been chatting to the Fat Tuesday team since summer regarding how the JSF could be involved this year and we were delighted to have been given a venue to curate on Sunday 11th and also have placed three of our championed artists on the Fat Tuesday Tour itself.
Can you tell us about the artists you are bringing to the festival?
We are bringing down a real mixed bag this year, grime from Hull, female rappers from SE London, punk-folk singer songwriter from Southampton, some artists that we work with in London all interspersed with some mighty fine local talent.
Have you attended Hastings Fat Tuesday before, and if so what has been your highlight?
I went for the first time last year. Across the five days there were many highlights which is testament to the hard work and scheduling of all involved, performers and organisers a like. Special shout out to the Fat Tuesday Tour itself which is wild :)
What are you most looking forward to about the 2018 festival?
Obviously looking forward to the JSF artists but equally hoping to find some hidden gems that are as yet unknown to me.
What do you think of the current music scene in Hastings, particularly in terms of young musicians coming through?
Its a very vibrant and loaded local scene, I hope some of the bands break through. For somewhere so small there is a hell of a lot going on. It would be great to get more young touring bands coming to town too.