Shell Out Sounds (SOS) is a group of singers and musicians who are concerned about Shell sponsorship of the Southbank Centre, one of the UK’s major cultural institutions. Our chief concerns are runaway climate change, Canadian tar sands exploitation, fracking and Arctic drilling, (though that list could easily be five times as long). We make music in solidarity with communities impacted by Shell’s operations all over the world, who are themselves resisting this madness.
Partly inspired by Art Not Oil, Rising Tide, Liberate Tate, the Reclaim Shakespeare Company and Yoko Ono’s work in New York with Artists Against Fracking, SOS performances fuse indignation with celebration. We use melody, harmony, poetry and rhythm to move hearts and expose Shell’s greenwash, ringing out the end of the oil age and ringing in an age of justice.
Shell Out Sounds will be a respectful but nonetheless uninvited guest during the South Bank’s 2013 Shell Classic International season, as well as at Yoko Ono‘s Meltdown Festival there in the summer. We welcome friendly interaction with (and feedback from) Southbank employees (with whom we have no quarrel), and would love to hear from singers and musicians – amateur, professional or undecided – who might want to participate in future compositions and performances.
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