Pete Doherty, The Kooks, Enter Shikari, UNKLE, Orbital, Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap, Dan Le Sac, Reverend Jon McClure, Crystal Fighters, Mr Hudson, Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots), The Big Pink, Coldcut, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Penguin Prison, Aeroplane, John Foxx, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Kilford The Music Painter
Producers: Paul Epworth (Friendly Fires/Florence & The Machine and producer of CATM on the day)/Clive Langer (Madness's producer)/Charlie Rapino (Take That, Kylie Minogue)
The event is being filmed for a promo release by Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Oasis).
On Monday 6th December a band made up of influential artists and musicians of the alternative scene from Pete Doherty to Penguin Prison, Kooks to Coldcut and Crystal Fighters to Dan Le Sac, will be gathered at the legendary Dean Street Studios in Soho to make history by re-recording John Cages’s celebrated piece, 4'33", which comprises of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence. The single (and subsequent ‘pocket call’ remixes by Alex Metric, Herve, Adam F, Mr Scruff and Hot Chip) will be released on Wall of Sound Records on December 13th.
At the time of going to press the odds at Ladbrokes for Cage Against The Machine going to No1 was 8-1.
Cage Against The Machine was started by London-based artist Dave Hilliard in summer 2010 as a grassroots Facebook campaign to get John Cage's famous "silent" composition 4'33" to number one this Christmas. The idea soon reached tens of thousands of people and attracted media attention from all the national daily newspapers and radio stations around the world including The Sun, Mail, Guardian, MSN, Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff to name a few. The campaign stepped up a gear in October 2010 with the help of Eddy Temple Morris (XFM broadcaster and ambassador for BTA), Joe Hutchinson (Ou Est Le Swimming Pool) and Mark Jones (Wall Of Sound) who joined forces to rally some of the most influential artists, producers and directors around today to make Hilliard’s vision a reality.
Just about this time last year what started off as two ‘likes’ on a Facebook page, and which quickly turned into a million, made Rage Against The Machine’s anthem ‘Killing In The Name’ Christmas number one, in now legendary fashion. Jon Morter, one of the chief architects of the RATM campaign last year, recently came out in support of Cage Against The Machine, saying: "If ANY Xmas No.1 campaign is going to work... it'll be the John Cage 4'33" one." Now the Facebook community at www.facebook.com/cageagainstthemachine
has reached over fifty thousand people committed to buying this single and, with a nation of indie/rock/punk communities ready once again to make a stand against bland, vacuous pop music; the clarion call is ‘Cage Against The Machine’ for Christmas Number One!
All the proceeds from sales will go to five charities.