Forbidden Songs: a candlelit performance of censored music with Moddi

When: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 7pm
Where: Hoxton Hall
Tickets: £15 from Hoxton Hall (includes welcome drink)

Join Index on Censorship for a candlelit evening of songs censored and silenced, played live by award-winning Norwegian musician Moddi.

Set in the beautifully restored Victorian Hoxton Hall, this one-night-only celebration will feature banned songs from around the world, from artists including Pussy Riot and Kate Bush. Following a sell-out European tour, this is an exclusive opportunity to see a brilliant musician in one of London’s historic East End venues. Moddi’s remarkable collection reveals untold stories of censorship, persecution and repression. Guests will be greeted with a complimentary beer courtesy of cult craft brewery Flying Dog – and the party will continue long after the songs have ended.

We’re also raffling fantastic prizes including a luxury London hotel stay, a Whole Foods gift hamper worth £200, a month’s supply of Divine Chocolate, a case of Flying Dog beer, autographed books by legendary comedy writer John O’Farrell and much more.

If you can’t make the gig, but still want to be in with a chance of winning, donate now to Index on Censorship. Anyone who donates £10 or more between now and December 7 will be entered in to the raffle. (Entrants must be UK-based and be able to collect their prizes in person from our London office by 16 December.)

The event is in support of leading freedom of expression charity Index on Censorship, amplifying the voices of musicians, artists and others around the world who are currently facing censorship and repression.

Moddi (Photo: Jørgen Nordby)

Moddi (Photo: Jørgen Nordby)

On Moddi:

“Making banned music dangerous once again.” The Independent

“Music still has the power to confront authority” The Guardian

“Witty and spry” Financial Times

“A brave, thought-provoking, musically adventurous project” The Quietus

“An eye-opening lesson in the importance of music” Mojo

Moddi will be performing songs from his Unsongs album:


Raffle prizes include:

  • Wireless speaker worth £250 from Cambridge Audio
  • Luxury London hotel stay with Edwardian Hotels
  • Whole Foods gift hamper & £50 gift voucher (Total value £200)
  • £120 gift voucher for inamo restaurant
  • One of a kind Flying Dog beer gift basket
  • Case of biodynamic prosecco
  • Case of beer
  • Month’s supply of Divine Chocolate bars
  • Google Chromecast x 3
  • Hamilton playscript
  • Harry Potter & the Cursed Child playscript & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay
  • Signed copy of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
  • Autographed books from John O’Farrell
  • £20 Pret a Manger voucher

Winners will be notified by Monday 12 December.


With special thanks to Flying Dog Brewery and Divine Chocolate.

When: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 7pm
Where: Hoxton Hall (Map)
Tickets: £15 from Hoxton Hall (includes welcome drink)

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