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The Animal Farm's Christmas Party

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
No Pigs Allowed

If the characters from George Orwell's Animal Farm were to hold a concert, what kind of music do you think they'd play? Since the pigs would be in charge, you can rest assured a lot would be censored, and they would be the star attraction.

It would probably be more of a poetry reading than a concert, with the Seven Commandments recited again and again. There would be choirs, chanting, and mantras repeated again and again. I also expect Boxer would be allowed to spout a few words of propaganda.

As a protest novel against conformity, it therefore only seems fitting that the eponymous a record company, The Animal Farm, should be anything but traditional. The aim of this progressive music company is to help build and develop careers.

Based in an old nineteenth century biscuit factory, you can be sure that this community of artists won't crumble like the the one established by Napoleon. It features a lot of punk rock bands such as Manic Shine and Beretta Suicide. The complete opposite of what you'd expect from anything titled Animal Farm.

There was no Christmas cheer in Orwell's dystopian novel, but as we have established, The Animal Farm Record Company doesn't listen to pigs.

On the 19th December, they will be holding a Christmas party at The Miller, London, with free entry for all. The doors open at 7.30pm with access to the bar. Fourth and Folsom will open procedures at 8pm with a gentle introduction of soft and gentle voices. This won't last long, for they will be followed by Point Inaudible, specialists in psychedelic funk, grunge, and blues; Beretta Suicide, a fearsome punk rock 'n' roll trio from Leeds; and The Manic Shine, who have a signature heart-pounding groove.

These are not traditional Christmas songs, but this is not a traditional music company.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: 19th Dec, 8pm
Phone: 44 (0) 20 7237 8768
Where: The Miller
Cost: Free
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