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Holi Rave Feast-ival of Love & Lights


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Celebrating the official festival of colour Holi, and marking the arrival of Spring, Holi
Rave Feast-IVAL presented by Shaanti, takes place on Saturday 21s t March at the
brand pop up warehouse concept Amusement 13, on 71 Kent Street, Birmingham! From
12pm to 12am.

First to headline HOLI RAVE –Feast-IVAL’s magnificent stage will be My Panda Shall
Fly, whose recent triumphant at appearances on Vice, Rinse FM and Boiler Room,
and various festivals like B BC Hackney Weekender, Outlook Croatia and G lade, My
Panda Shall Fly has released a plethora of truly eclectic material, avoiding genre
confinements along the way and proving difficult to define in every sense.

Where as Sinbad Phgura from the Twilight Players. The UK-based dancers, who have
performed all across the world and have worked with some of the biggest names in
music and film from Madonna to Wyclef Jean.

Fast forward to Bhangra pioneer Surinder Rattan who will also will take to the stage,
this performance will be a rare chance for festival goers to witness one of the most
influential producers of all time performing new-music with Birmingham based MC
Cheshire Cat who has worked with Leftfield on ‘Release the Pressure’ and
Rhythm Stealth.

Still trying to catch the floor running from an worldwide release, multi-award winning,
Chart-topping Swami, have proven themselves to be one of the UK’s most dynamic
and accomplished bands of recent times. Having grace the scene with hit after hit this
electronic Desi band will be banging out some class-cuts from their record box.

The festival will also be showcasing hot new artist S KA from Shaanti/Eastern
Electronic Festival, one of the most exciting producers to hit the scene. With her
remix Do It Again, by Swami due to out on 11t h February, followed by a Single and EP
release in summer. This fearless lady will grace the decks with an electric thrilling set,
celebrating past, present electronic dance scene as well as dropping some future
sounds, expect the unexpected from this pioneering lady.

Having recently toured the world with Asian Dub Foundation, Prithpal Rajput,
Founder of Minstry of Dhol and his collective of live drummers will demand the stage
with the sounds of the Punjabi roar! Combining cutting edge musical progression with
traditional Bhangra roots, the Ministry of Dhol are a percussive force with no equal.

Elsewhere amongst the programming will be Sitar players, Colour-Powder
Celebrations, Glitter-Bombs, free Indian Goddess and God Face-Painting, Henna
Tattoo’s, a Fancy Dress Competition together with some of the hottest D J’s from the
scene including, Boy Chana (Bhangra/ From Soho to the Punjab Book-Exhibition),
Amit Doc (R&B) and They Call Me Jack (Fidget Records/Commercial House.)

HOLI RAVE is also thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with T aste and
Liquor w ho will be launching an Indian Street Food Feast-IVAL. It is dedicated to
showcasing the very best and most creative Indian street food from the Midlands.
Here they will celebrate the amazing multiculturalism of the street food scene and will
present a tantalising selection of mouth watering treats. Visitors to Holi Rave will have
the chance to sample gourmet bites from a selection of street food vendors, while local
restaurants will be bringing the best of their menus to the venue with pop-up stalls.

Manga Singh, MD of Taste and Founder of Liquor Indian Street Food Feast-IVAL
says; “Shaanti is always exciting, because they offer a very tasteful selection of events.
For us it’s an honour to launch with their second festival Holi Rave –they’re unique
and you know they’re going to put on an incredible event. Combining their love for
music with our love for food gives the public a great way to try lots of different world
flavours and sounds without having to leave Birmingham.

Indian Street Food Feast-IVAL also provides an opportunity for start-ups and small
businesses to get out there and give it a go – without any overheads, it’s important to
support local chefs and produce – it’s an ideal setting to engage with new customers
face to face and introducing new and exciting dishes from Bombay to Calcutta, from
Lahore to Birmingham.

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