English Disco Lovers (EDL), Cambridge Graffiti, 2013

“The English Disco Lovers' deployment of wit and fun as weapons against belligerent xenophobia is a fine tribute to disco's subversive utopian vision.” Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, Feb 2013.

In 2012, I founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), a multifaceted protest movement, which aimed to reclaim the EDL acronym of the English Defence League. Drawing upon the history and etymology of disco, as a site of musical resistance, I redeployed the genre in opposition to a contemporary iteration of fascism. English Disco Lovers (EDL) found form in online occupations (e.g. Googlebombing the ‘EDL’ acronym), street-level protests, club nights, talks and exhibitions.

Disco isn't dead..., Max de Haldevang, Quartz, 23/08/2017
Meeting the Founder of the EDL, Régine Debatty, We Make Money Not Art, 24/12/2014
We support the EDL..., Oli Keens, Time Out London, 02/07/2013
International Disco Latin, Hito Steyerl, e-flux, 05/2013
How to disco dance the EDL off Google and Facebook, Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian, 01/02/2013

TEDxBrighton: Losing Control, Brighton Dome, Brighton, October 2015
A New Meaning for Disco Beats, TEDxYouth@Hackney: Fountain of YOUth, November 2013

English Disco Lovers (EDL), Birmingham Protest, 2013
English Disco Lovers (EDL), Tower Hamlets Protest, 2013
English Disco Lovers (EDL), Tower Hamlets Protest, 2013

English Disco Lovers (EDL), Brighton Protest, 2013

English Disco Lovers (EDL), installed at the Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, DE, Sept - Oct 2015 (photos by Marcel Schwierin)

With thanks to:
Gerrard Fife
Sam Moffett
Elaine Ortiz
Muzz Khan
& many others