Thursday, 3 December 2009

stars/wisemen in ye living room

Deadline for posts is Monday 14th Dec.We have already received a couple of belters. Get a post. Get the mulled wine infused with absinthe over the hearth. We will be hosting a festive knees up in the living room of the best postee.Wicked line up. Imagine band aid without the highlights and pony tails. x

Thursday, 29 October 2009

You Said .... Our Survey said ......

Hello. Please take 3 mins to complete this non-scientific, indicative survey. Maybe copy and paste with your answers and send to as our IT dept were crewman on the Marie Celeste. Thank you.

1. Indicate gender with an M or F:

2. Indicate how nascent or ancient you might be with an A, B OR C:
A (16-25) B (25-35) C (35 or over – hey, it’s ok. It’s good.)


1. Will you vote at the next election; Y or N?

2. If you answered no, why – please try and only select the option that means most to you:

A = I do not trust politicians
B = I do not trust media coverage of events in the UK and wider world
C = I see no differences between the main parties
D = I do not feel the electoral system is representative

3. Who or what do you consider has most influence on our governments:

A = Large corporations (excluding media)
B = The electorate
C = The media
D = Foreign governments or leaders
E = The personal convictions of the political leaders themselves

4. Who or what do you consider to be the most negative effect on life in the UK:

A = Large corporations (excluding media)
B = The Media
C = Politicians
D = Immigration
E = The banking system
F = Crime

Which of the following huge generalisations best describes your view on the state of the UK cultural media agenda:

A = Diverse, vibrant and risk taking.
B = Independent, but narrow in focus
C = Short of imagination and lacking substance
D = dominated by advertising power, product placement and product promotion
E = Sexist and dull.

How active are you personally on the issues that you care about:

A = Very
B = As much as I can
C = A bit, but I want to do more
D = On reflection, I actually do nothing.

Do please send. Gracias. ID.x

Friday, 2 October 2009

Our media.

Media magnates – often foreign nationals and UK tax exiles – have huge power to hold politicians to ransom. But should they have that power? Could we be creeping towards a Fox News culture?

If you agree that any one individual or corporation should not be allowed to own more than 2 UK news outlets, please consider signing this:

If you disagree and think the media works well as it is, also drop us a line at

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

We're in fashion.

Limited edition on sale now here.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Instigate at Reading and Leeds. Come along.

Ok starts at 12, a few suprises a lot of debate on the future of the music industry. Good dirty fun, have a rant and get your opinions heard:


FRIDAY: 1200. PM in the Alternative Tent
“Dead or Alive: Can Independent music survive the 21st century?”

House band: Helsinki featuring Drew McConnell from Babyshambles

Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers)
Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs and Peter Doherty Producer)
Nadia Khomami (NME competition winner)
Paul Stokes (NME News Editor)
Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 music DJ)

SUNDAY: 1200. PM in the Alternative Tent
“Dead or Alive: Can Independent music survive the 21st century?”

House band: Kieran Leonard

Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers)
Lara Fudge (NME competition winner)
Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets)
Jamie Fullerton (NME journalist)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Do you want to be on the panel for Reading or Leeds Festival?

NME/Instigate Debate Competition

Do you want to be on the panel for the ID debate at Reading or Leeds Festival?

With mobile phone companies dominating venues, police vetting small gigs and artists, bands forced to endorse corporate products because album revenues have disappeared, festivals costing hundreds of pounds, indie music rarely played on main stream radio, and certain genres totally overlooked and unexplored, our question for Reading and Leeds Festival is:

“Dead or Alive: Can Independent Music Survive the 21st Century?”

What do you think? Are you passionate enough to voice your view at the Instigate event at Reading and Leeds Festivals? You will be on stage with well known musicians, music journalists and an audience of 3,000 music fans. If you can arrange your ideas and thoughts, we will arrange VIP passes for you and a guest.

Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers said:

"Being on the panel is a two way street because you have the opportunity to make people think, and they in turn affect your opinion. It's a laugh and you can let off some steam. This will bring together all the people that matter in music; journalists, musicians and fans to talk about the music they want to hear and the bands they want to see, and how a counterculture could be a major player in what makes it through. "

To win a place at Reading or Leeds (2 x prizes), please send your question on the above theme via:

The lay of the land:

1. One competition winner will be selected by ID and NME jointly, for Reading on Friday 28th August, and one for Leeds Festival on Sunday 30th August.

2. Passes for the competition winner and guest will be valid for the entire festival.

3. The competition winner must be prepared to participate in a 1.5 hour live debate at the relevant festival and consent to being filmed by selected media.

4. Competition winners will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the festival.

5. With a deep understanding of the geography of the UK, one winner will be selected from the “more northern half” of the Island, and one from the “more southern half.”

Thursday, 6 August 2009

And here’s what they say.......

And you get this......

So, you do this.....

Ian Wright

Greg Hands MP

Boris Johnson:

Toddla T:

Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Huey Morgan

Mark Thomas:

Ken Livingstone

Julia Goldsworthy MP

Danny Wallace

Billy Bragg

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Outlaw output.

In the interests of avoiding the complications inherent in running a .com website including Barclays bank refusing to open a bank account for Instigate because it is “inappropriate”, this will now be the mouth of ID. Welcome.

Posts should be uploaded directly to the Instigate Debate area on YouTube and you can still contact us at

Do join up (not “follow”, lead!) and let others know about this. More events coming up, after Reading/Leeds we are going all around the country. Keep posting; that is the beating heart of ID. New prizes will be announced shortly and more house gigs will be performed very soon.