Organising the first Bhangra music Flashmob (to save Asian Network)


by Sunny
17th April, 2010 at 11:46 am    

Ok, you know all those petitions I was talking about? This is what I need you people to bring them to.

On 22nd May I’m organising the first ever Bhangra Flashmob in the UK! In central London! All of you are welcome – there will be live music (being planned) and lots of DJs and artists singing/dancing!

Here is the Facebook events page

We want you to come and enjoy the music. We want to send a message to BBC bosses that they won’t be able to shut down Asian Network without a fight on their hands!

Are you going to stand up, do some Bhangra and be counted? Or are you going to let them assume that we have no voice and can be ignored?

The exact location of the Flashmob will be announced on the day itself. Sign up to the Facebook event or the Twitter account


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  1. Lightan — on 17th April, 2010 at 12:29 pm  

    Look, they are not ‘shutting down’ the Asian Network.

    They are simply limiting it to the 5 biggest Asain areas in England, instead of keeping it a national network that costs around 10m per year and which nobody listens to.

    Flashmobbing is fine, but unless they come up with better content for the Asian Network people will continue to switch off. How does a flashmob change that?

  2. Mofo — on 17th April, 2010 at 2:04 pm  

    Who cares about the Asian Network. In my opinion it has only serves the over-paid DJ’s into giving them celebrity status. It has somehow become the platform for so-called voices of British Asians – Rubbish!
    A Sri Lankan who plays Punjabi Bhangra? Yea, right on.

    No one listens to it. None of my friends do. Get rid of it.

  3. Jeet J — on 17th April, 2010 at 7:21 pm  

    From the FB page it looks like more people are staying away than turning up. Is this going to be embarrasing?

    Why just bhangra anyway… surely Bollywood is more universal??

  4. Dissenter — on 17th April, 2010 at 9:35 pm  

    Whilst I agree that the BBC should cater to ethnic minorities and do not want to see talented young ethnic producers and presenters out of a job – but the fact of the matter is, the Asian Network should not be saved – they spent £25 million of our money in 2 years and haemhorraged listeners

  5. Sunny — on 18th April, 2010 at 5:02 pm  

    haters!

    The flashmob is going to be the biggest thing for a long time.

  6. Jeet J — on 18th April, 2010 at 5:16 pm  

    How many people are you expecting, and how will we know if it’s a success?

    Isn’t it going to clash with the 6 Music event on the same day?

  7. Dalbir — on 18th April, 2010 at 6:00 pm  

    “Build it…..and they will come…”

    If you get a half decent line up, you should get the people turning up Sunny.

    It shouldn’t be too difficult to get those D.Js to pull their ‘celebrity’ strings. Their roti/paani is at stake…..

  8. Lightan — on 18th April, 2010 at 11:52 pm  

    Jeet J,

    How many people are you expecting, and how will we know if it’s a success?

    This event will ONLY be a success if it keeps the Asian Network national. Any other outcome will render it a big waste of time for all concerned.

    I’m not sure BBC bosses would agree with the analysis that they are trying to ‘shut down’ Asian Network. I’d call that a mis-representation, but we’ll have to wait and see this week…

  9. Sunny — on 19th April, 2010 at 5:51 am  

    I’d say about a 1000 people coming would make it a success.

  10. salim — on 19th April, 2010 at 10:19 am  

    EPIC FAIL!

  11. Lightan — on 19th April, 2010 at 10:46 am  

    Whether 1,000 or 10,000 people turn up doesn’t matter.

    Your stated objective is to ‘keep the Asian Network national’, so the success of this flashmob can only be measured against that target.

    It looks as though you are trying to suggest the Asian Network is threatened with complete closure. That is not the case as you well know. Are you going to include a link to Andy Parfitt’s recent BizAsia statement on your Facebook page so your audience have accurate information on what they are actually doing this for?

    http://media247.co.uk/bizasia/newsarchive/2010/03/exclusive_andy.php

  12. Mangles — on 20th April, 2010 at 5:29 pm  

    Now thats really gonna save the Asian Network innit!

    Rab rakha!

  13. Lightan — on 20th April, 2010 at 11:12 pm  

    Liverpool Street station?

    What a rip off of T-Mobile!

    Couldn’t you come up with something original?

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