Daytimers, No ID and Chalo are presenting a new festival programme called: Dialled In. 

The three organisations are collaborating on Dialled In to celebrate the growth of the new South Asian underground creative community.  Featuring the work of ethnically South Asian artists, Dialled In aims to  include a broad range of creatives, with the focal point of the programme being a 1000-person day and night celebration. 

The line-up for the 11 September event includes a slew of live acts – split across multiple stages – while incorporating some of the most exciting DJs playing in the United Kingdom today.  Multiple venues at Uplands Business Park in Walthamstow will play host to a variety of sounds that aim to demystify what South Asian musicians are capable of creating. 

At Dialled In, audiences can expect to hear Auntie Flo and Sarathy Korwar (as Rathisa) premiering for the first time ever their recent collaborative work in an intimate setting. 

Nabihah Iqbal’s singular version of shoegaze guitar-heavy instrumentation sits neatly alongside fellow live act Kapil Seshasayee who brings with him a full four-piece rock band.

Nadia Javed’s solo punk show is sure to raise the tempo with emerging talents Nayana IZ and Surya Sen’s quick-fire raps set to complement the energy. 

With a backing band coupled with his commanding voice, Shivum Sharma is an act not to miss while Dialled In premieres new live sets with special guests. 

The DJs throughout the event will be taking us on an exploration of genres: Ahadadream will bring forth his taste in percussive club music while NAINA is sure to raise the temperature with her signature 160 BPM sound slotting next to the hard techno R.O.S.H has become renowned for on the European club circuit. 

Acts like Manuka Honey, Almass Badat, Aisha Mirza, Anu and Arthi will showcase their broad range of tastes, showing yet again how hard it is to box in South Asian DJs. 

In its inception, the three organisations – Chalo, Daytimers and No ID – have cemented themselves as tasteful curators and purveyors of contemporary South Asian art, music and social issues related to the diaspora both abroad and here in the UK. They have helped grow the sector by unifying South Asians no matter caste, nationality or creed, fostering cross-cultural collaboration.  The aim of Dialled In is to showcase how South Asian artists have previously been underestimated by a predominantly white-focused creative industry. The work aims to inspire younger South Asian creatives by breaking down doors and paving a way forward.