~There’s no Movement without Rhythm/ There’s No Revolution Without Music!~

This year is SOAS Detainee Support (SDS)‘s 10th Birthday! To celebrate, we’re putting together a sick line-up of live bands and DJs and bringing a big ole’ SDS party to Brixton Jamm.

spoken word from Decolonising Our Minds Society
Mulele Matondo Afrika
Shaking Chains
Mohobelo DJs
+ more DJS until 5am!

Save the date: FRIDAY 5TH JUNE. We’ll be kicking off at 9pm, and going on till the wee hours. More info on how to get tickets will be posted in the Facebook Event Page here– sit tight for further info!

All proceeds go directly to SOAS Detainee Support, to further the fight against immigration detention and to offer support and solidarity to those inside.

Don Kipper ( playing at Release in 2014

Don Kipper ( playing at Release in 2014



Soas Detainee Support (SDS) presents


8 til 1

Thursday 16th Oct

Passing Clouds, Dalston

There’s No Movement Without Rhythm,
There’s No Revolution Without Music


FB: here. Video: here

Release is back!! After the beauty and excitement of last term’s party, we are back for more twirling swirling and dancing the night away.

We start early with a Spoken Word Session opened and hosted by Poet and Performer Sally Jenkinson

Amazing Lineup for who’s supporting us and celebrating emancipation from detention and a the idea of a world with No Borders

Hosted by: Mc FedZIlla (once more with us: bigup!)

Starting with a Spoken Word Session early in the evening, poets such as Sally Jenkinson from Bristol

Followed by:

Selecta Mad Max ready to mash it up downstairs with a selection of TropicalBass, Dubstep, Latin, ZoukBass, FutureBass, DnB –

and two amazing live acts with

The Dirty Gentlemen

and Don Kipper

While a mad collaboration between The Beat Council and Dj Zestina + MC Why will mash it up upstairs.


Free for refugees and ex detainees

5£ in the SOAS JCR and at the door untill 9.30, 7£ after

All proceeds go to SOAS Detainee Support (SDS)

Join the Love.

Release is back! May 1st @ Passing Clouds


Thursday May 1st, 10 – 3

Passing Clouds  – Richmond Rd, Dalston, E8 4AA London, United Kingdom

FB: here – Please share widely!


We Say Detention Does Not Stop Migration
and so We Celebrate, High On Liberation


For its XV edition Release returns to Passing Clouds

To raise our voices in solidarity with all detainees, we’re settin up an amazing line-up for the people, some amazing vibes from live musicians such as

Don Kipper – a whirl of high-energy Klezmer and sizzling Balkan tunes, with fresh, original arrangements and virtuosic zeal

Soas Brass Band – a Ten Strong Vagabond Brass Mania and other surprises in store for a night of love, harmony and solidarity

The Dirty Gentlemen – Swamp pop blues inspired by London’s own Urban Bayou

and the Super Best Friends Club, who often end up naked on the stage

Hosted by, ladies and gentlemen, Fedzilla

Also, for you and for the celebration to be memorable, we’ve got:

Ariel from the Broken Hearts Family – Dub, World, Latin, Cumbia, Funk and Afrobeats

The Beat Council hosts upstairs
Joining the musical dots – Soul, Hip-Hop, House, Afro, Roots, Electronica, Latin and beyond.

together with DJ Žestina + MC Why

with Face-paint, Hula-hoop performances, and more DJs, MCs and performers yet to be announced!

also, for those who want to join the madness, amazing Sambatage will lead a beautiful Exodus from Soas at 8.30!

Spread the Love and spread the word

Solidarity to all


£7 in advance/£9 on the door

Free for Refugees and ex Detainees

All proceeds go directly to SOAS Detainee Support!!!

ADVANCE TICKETS LIMITED, on sale in SOAS JCR in the first week of term – watch this space for details!

Email for more info

SDS is Recruiting!!!

SOAS (Student) Detainee Support Group recruiting for Board of Directors

Deadline: April 10th 2014

Calling dedicated individuals with a broad range of experiences and expertise to support the work of a small initiative working in solidarity with detained migrants.


SOAS Detainee Support (SDS) is an organisation founded in 2005 that aims to reduce  isolation through visits to empower detainees and to campaign for an end to the use of immigration controls especially the use of immigration detention.

SDS comprises dozens of current members presently visiting detainees in detention, over a hundred members trained over the last year and remains in contact with hundreds of previously active members, many of whom have pursued further work within the migration area. SDS has a single paid part-time coordinator and a small working executive team, although all decisions regarding SDS are made consensually between all active members.

In April 2014 SOAS Detainee Support Group (SDS) will be re-naming itself Student Detainee Support Group, and registering as  a Company Limited by Guarantee. The group is looking to recruit a minimum of three and a maximum of seven individuals to make up a Board of Directors. This Board would support, oversee and direct the work of the group, with a view to advancing the strategic functioning and development of the organisation.

The standard term for each post will be two years, though at least one post will be for an initial period of one year to allow for rotational continuity between re-elections. All Directors will be elected to open seats, with an internal allocation process for the roles of Secretary
and Treasurer after election.

Individuals with experience of leading a company at CEO/Assistant Director level, of fundraising in the charity sector, members of the SOAS Student Union, and those with hands-on experience of immigration detention and/or of visiting detention are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Board of Directors will meet on a quarterly basis, but individual members will be contacted for consultation on their area of expertise when this knowledge may be of benefit to the organisation. Board members will also be officially and publicly registered as company directors.

New directors will be voted in during the SDS AGM on 30th April 2014.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, please read the SDS mission statement as well as previous reports and other information on the SDS webpage before sending your CV and a motivational cover letter of around 500 words to by 10th April  2014.

Further details about the Board can be found here. Any queries should be sent to



IMPORTANT: We are very sorry to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control, Release! is being POSTPONED!

It will NOT take place on Thursday 20th. It WILL take place on another date soon – watch this space!!

Keep your dancing toes hot and ready to go, and watch this space for future Release! dates, and potentially some replacement fun on Thursday night!!!!

Many deep apologies for this – if we could have controlled the circumstances we would have done, with bells on.


release xv flyer front







We say Detention does not stop Migration

and so we Celebrate, high on Liberation


Thursday 20th March, 10 – 3 in Passing Clouds!!

£7 in advance/£9 on the door

Sambatage leads an Exodus from SOAS at 9 30

All proceeds go directly to SOAS Detainee Support!!!


On sale in SOAS from MONDAY!!

Email for more info

Join the facebook page!


For its XV edition Release returns to Passing Clouds, as the end of term extravaganza joins the struggle against immigration detention.

To raise our voices in solidarity with all detainees and dance to the melody of liberation, we’ve put up an amazing line-up for the people

We’ve got some Amazing vibes from live musicians such as

Don Kipper – a whirl of high-energy Klezmer and sizzling Balkan tunes, with fresh, original arrangements and virtuosic zeal

Mulele Matondo Afrika (full band) – an army of pan-africanist inspired conscious congolese guerrilla music

Ten Strong Vagabond Mania and other surprises in store for a night of love, harmony and solidarity

Hosted by, ladies and gentlemen, Fedzilla

Also, for you and for the celebration to be memorable we’ve got:

Dj Ariel from the Twistedhearts family on the decks downstairs (Afrobeats, Funk, Cumbia, World, Latin and more colours)

Old school hip-hop vibes upstairs, led by The Beat Council – BassBoomBoogie… they are the beat at the end of the tunnel + DJ Žestina, MC Why and others yet to be announced

Spread the Love and spread the word

Solidarity to all

SDS Supports Demonstration to Close Campsfield Down!

20 years too long!!
Demonstration to Close Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre!
Saturday Nov 30thImage

Reserve a space on the coach from London now for demo and workshops now!!

Coach details:
10am Malet St, WC1E 7HY £5/£10 donation for return journey dependent on financial situation

Returning 9pm to London (leaving Oxford 7pm)


20 years too long!

Close Campsfield immigration detention centre!

12 noon Saturday 30 November 2013

Demonstrate at Campsfield main gates

Langford Lane, Kidlington OX5 1RE

Bus S4 to Oxford Airport 11.15 from stop C4 Magdalen Street, Oxford

Bike ride: 11am Martyrs’ Memorial, St Giles, Oxford

London coach 10am Malet St, WC1E 7HY £5/£10

On 29 November 1993 the first minibus full of immigration detainees arrived at Campsfield from Harmondsworth. Since then over 25,000 people have been imprisoned there without charge, time limit or proper reasons given, under the 1971 Immigration Act.

Join in a weekend of events to mark 20 years of resistance to
arbitrary detention and to plan future actions!


7pm Friday 29th: Ice and Fire theatre: Asylum Monologues including words from a former Campsfield detainee, Hertford College, Catte St, OX1 3BW

Saturday 30th 12 noon demonstration Campsfield

4-7pm open space/workshops/stalls: former detainees, Europe, charter
flights, film Tasting Freedom on Campsfield detainees’ campaigning, followed by meal, social

Sunday 31st 11-3 open space/workshops/stalls continue: future actions to end immigration detention, at Turl Street Kitchen OX1 3DQ

Pre-register for theatre and discussion/book a stall, accommodation:

Stop Detentions and Deportations!
Freedom of Movement and the Right to Stay!

Campaign to Close Campsfield:  / Oxford Migrant Solidarity:

Soas Detainee Support :