Three people have been arrested since the protest, including 19 year old Caitlin Fay and 26 year old Gabriella Ditton. The Extinction Rebellion activists also blocked Trumpington Road in the city on Sunday in a campaign “to force local institutions to take action on the climate emergency”. The activists were digging up the lawn in protest against the college’s plans to sell off land they own in Suffolk to an individual who was intending to use it to develop a lorry park. A spokesperson for the college has said: “Trinity College regrets the criminal damage done to its property beside Great Gate. “The College respects the right to freedom of speech and nonviolent protest but draws the line at criminal damage and asked the protestors to leave. Academics at Trinity are actively engaged in research to understand and develop solutions to climate change.” In Cambridge student newspaper Varsity, Trinity College has also been accused of having: “£9.1m directly invested in companies involved in oil and gas exploration, production, and refinement, and £7.79m invested in companies that carry out fracking.” Allison Pearson, columnist for The Telegraph, tweeted: “A Cambridge councillor points out that if lads from the Arbury estate blocked roads or dug up lawn they’d be banged in the slammer. “Middle-class dons’ children arrested? Heaven forbid!” Police have been criticised for their failure to intervene in the protest. No arrests took place on the day the damage took place, though the Cambridge police have since reported that “a crime has been recorded for criminal damage”. The scheme to develop a lorry park on the college’s Suffolk land has been rejected. Extinction Rebellion members destroyed part of the Trinity College lawn in Cambridge on Monday. Cambridge XR tweeted: “Trinity College owns Innocence Farm in Suffolk and is attempting to sell the land to the Port of Felixstowe so they can develop a lorry park for 3,000 vehicles. “We must call time on those profiting from the destruction of nature.” Others, however, have expressed support for the rebels’ actions. Eco columnist for The Independent, Donnachadh McCarthy took to Twitter to say: “Hey @xr_cambridge digging up a tiny patch of ecologically dead lawn made your exposure of climate criminality by Trinity College the number TWO item on bbc website last night! Howls of outrage are of public being shaken out of lethal complacency. It is part of the process. Awesome.” Images of the destroyed lawn have been circulating across social media, sparking outrage from a number of individuals.
Brooklyn’s instrumental powerhouse The Budos Band will host their own hometown New Year’s gigs with a double date of shows at the Knitting Factory on Saturday, December 30th, and Sunday, December 31st. Musically, The Budos Band draws its unique sound from an amalgamation of influences, such as Ethiopian afrobeat, soul, funk, psychedelic rock, and even some prog-metal stylings. On stage, the band is a force to be reckoned with, bordering on the brink of mainly organized chaos, though always keeping a natural ebb and flow that keeps listeners grooving in some way, shape, or form. (More information on The Budos Band’s upcoming NYE run can be found here).Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats And The Budos Band Hit Red Rocks For First Of Two Nights [Photos]Back in 2005, The Budos Band landed a spot on funk and soul label Daptone Records—a label that has had the privilege of sharing the music of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, The Sugarman 3, Antibalas, and more—with their self-titled debut album. With the release of 2014’s Burnt Offering, “The band embraced the thick, Lo-Fi grunginess of 60’s era Blues and Rock albums, leaning heavily on fuzz boxes and echo to color the palate of the album.” The group has toured around the world, shared the stage with the unforgettable talent Charles Bradley on several occasions, and now carry the torch for Daptone Records with the untimely passings of both Bradley and Sharon Jones over the last year.The Budos Band with Charles Bradley, “Heart of Gold”[via Tim McG Photography & Video]Joining The Budos Band for their upcoming two-night Knitting Factory New Year’s Eve run will be Electric Citizen, The Nude Party, Evolfo, DJ Mikey Post, as well as a just announced special Sunflower Bean DJ Set on the 31st. Electric Citizen hails from Cincinnati, OH and is straight up, in-your-face rock and roll led by the incredible vocals of lead singer Laura Dolan.Electric Citizen, “Light Years Beyond”[via RidingEasy Records]The Nude Party is self-described “boner pop”—yes, you read that correctly—and clearly take life very seriously, as can be seen in their video (and possibly the greatest music videos of all time) for “Time To Go”.The Nude Party, “Time To Go”[via The Nude Party]Brooklyn’s own garage-soul act Evolfo will keep things local and is poised to make some serious moves of their own after releasing their latest album Last of the Acid Cowboys earlier this year.Evolfo, “Last Of The Acid Cowboys”[via Sofar Sounds]Tickets for the upcoming two-night Knitting Factory run are currently on-sale. Purchase tickets for December 30th here, and for December 31st here. A limited amount of two-night passes are available via Ticketweb. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets Below!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>