KilnAboy album launch – with Firepit!

The RBU is excited to announce that the very very KilnAboy will be launching their new album Prison Bars and Battle Scars with us – in ‘The Den’, with very special guests Firepit Collective!

Firepit, with Jay from the Terrestrials and Chezney from Tofu Love Frogs, traditional/protest acoustic punk folkers…

Also the night features the return to the RBU of …Spanner and …Taffy Twp!

Friday 9th May // 7pm doors

BYOB – Drink tolerated,  drunkenness not.

Suggested donation £5 with any money made going to the recent SWAFA demo in Swansea.

Support you local antifa & get down on the 9th to see these folks! L&r xkilnaboygig

Perkie and the Perkettes, Efa Supertramp, Olive Anne + more!

At our next event at the brolly we welcome PERKIE and the Perkettes in the middle of their tour…
Supported by local acts Twisted (ft. Olive Anne), Efa Supertramp and Emy Lou!

The night will be to raise some funds for the Red and Black Umbrella Social Centre with proceeds to be put towards fixing various holes, leaks, cracks and general DIY.

14th April (Mon)
Suggested Donation £3, Doors at 5.30

BYOB, drink tolerated, drunkenness not!

If you don’t know what Perkie sounds like with a band, but would like to find out, then you would do well to go get yer lug’oles round this: or check the bandcamp if you’ve got a longer attention span.

Perkie poster

The Rail Yard Ghosts, Peasants and Bandit the Panther + more! April 6th

rbu ryg gig posterWith great pleasure we announce the line-up of our next gig at the Umbrella, we are excited to welcome some International, Boot Stomping Bluegrass from-

RailYard Ghosts

+ Support from
(USA), Bandit the Panther (UK) and Ash Victim!

With food and a short film to open the night.

The event will raise ABC funds for our fallen friend and Comrade who passed away earlier this year. Profits will go to prisoners he was in contact with and supporting from outside the cage, who need funds as their legal aid has been dropped. For more information you can keep an eye on this site and come along to one of our next Cardiff ABC meetings.

“So, farewell for now, my friend, until the next round of magic and mayhem against civilisation.”

Suggested Donation £3

Doors at 5pm.
BYOB- drink tolerated, drunkenness not!


‘This is England’ film screening

On Thursday 20th March, the RBU is proud to present a Film screening of ‘This is England’, followed by a discussion on ‘how we can oppose the National Front’.

Vegan food and popcorn (for donation) will also be served..- Join us from 7pm.

TIE_PosterThis Is England is a 2006 British drama film written and directed by Shane Meadows. The story centres on young skinheads in England in 1983. The film illustrates how their subculture, which has its roots in 1960s West Indian culture, especially skasoul, and reggae music,[4][5] became adopted by white nationalists, which led to divisions within the skinhead scene. The film’s title is a direct reference to a scene where the character Combo explainshis nationalist views using the phrase “this is England” during his speech.

[ 'This is England' on IMDB ]

eventAnd join a few of us afterwards as we head to ‘Strictly Bounce’ – a fundraiser for Stop NATO Cymru at Undertone on Church Street.

10pm – 3am // £3 Entry.

Featuring: Greggerz, Wowza, Dash & App, D#mental, Steady Jay.

‘Stop NATO Cymru’ Benefit Gig

Hi everyone, Roo here with a heads up on an upcoming gig…


In aid of ‘Stop NATO Cymru
on 15th March we’re proud to host a live evening at the Red & Black …

Doors open @ 17:30 with a suggested donation of three pounds

 (nobody will be turned away for being skint, but this *is* for a good cause and they deserve the money)


Watch this space for news of another gig a week later on 22nd March!





For more information on Stop NATO Cymru, please see below:

Love and Peas  x

– Roo

‘Relaunch’ in motion…General Meeting tonight (and lots more!)

A building was squatted – it became a social centre and was named after an umbrella.

Now, after two years, we who live in it want to invite more people to be a part of the activities of the social centre, and call-out for help to go forward with events, gigs, info-nights, film showings and more, which will benefit people in East Cardiff and beyond, and provide a lasting injection of ideas of radical social change in an area where poverty is creating destitution and government cuts are biting further.

To further our aims we will have monthly meetings, work-days, and as much as we can possibly fit into this space.

We hope to see you at the first of these meetings, tonight, at 7pm, and please check the Calendar for more events already organised for this month as we welcome the coming of the spring!

Love, peas, rage, and don’t forget Squeebs!

Happy two and a half years (nearly!) x

Adamsdown Spring…

Hey everyone.

We've been through a lot in the last 2 years, 3 months, but Adamsdown's
Social Centre is still running, and we welcome new people getting
involved: PLEASE COME ALONG if you have any ideas for the space or would
like to use the space to run an event of your own...Revolution-ReLOVEutionThere haven’t been many people showing up to the social centre meetings,
so we’ve decided to hold more promoted ones once a month. They will be on
the first Tuesday of every month.

Therefore the next general meeting will be on Tuesday 4th March at 7pm.

And around this time we plan to hold a workshop to get another step
forward in renewable energy generation - with the making of our very own
pedal powered generator! So we can then always keep the juice in the
batteries! :-D 

We are also starting weekly cleaning and maintenance sessions, hoping to
improve the condition of the building itself and make it more suitable and
inviting as a venue. If you want to help out or get to know the crew, come
along on Saturday between 12noon and 4pm.

It is also possible to contact the crew by emailing us on the usual email
address - redandblackumbrella[at]
- or through the Cardiff Squatters Network phone on 07596 821 368 – we'll
be checking these regularly and ideas suggested can be raised
by someone on your behalf at the next meeting if you can’t make it
Meetings, as ever, at the Red and Black Umbrella, 57-58 Clifton Street,
Cardiff CF24 1LS – hope to see you there.

Love & rage

The crew - squeebo, gala, indi, lost and danu - x

More from 325

From 325 magazine– 

I will wander the world alone carrying my hatred and scorn everywhere.
Alone in struggle.
Alone in victory and in defeat.
Bruno Filippi 

Souls who are grieving for this world, this is why I call you to gather together.
The flag is already waving.
It is black; it stands for mourning. Forward then, wild Promethei. The cry of vengeance is music sweet and dear.
Today it is necessary to kill, to destroy … tomorrow we will be daisies …
Forward, Federation of Sorrow!
Bruno Filippi 

Nothing delicate can survive here.
Nothing fine.
Only the brutal.
Seagulls brash as boys.
The rest sit thin-skinned as frogs,
trying to throw themselves like the sun into the formidable sea.

“So, farewell for now, my friend, until the next round of magic and mayhem against civilisation.”



In memory of Darko Mathers…a lost comrade…

While we knew him for only a short time, we couldn’t fault the dedication and passion of a comrade uncompromised by the struggle…

“a comrade through and through….i will remember him for a long time.”

“a top bloke and a good mate. You taught me a lot and your conviction in your beliefs was something to be admired, I’m grateful for the time we had”

“Darko was in his early twenties. He died too soon, like many of the best.”


The struggle goes on, he will be in our minds and hearts as the barricades go up and the battles go on…

Workday at the Red and Black Umbrella and more…

Hope to see you down the RBU on Wednesday 8th Jan (tomorrow) as we have another workday.

A few of us are putting a vegan breakfast on at 11am for anyone that can come by, and the plan is to eat together and then to get on with a few jobs by midday.

The fortnightly “tea, cake and chat” about the social centre, which is the space to bring ideas, energy and plan for future events, is also back at 7pm tonight.

Other things are back this week as well, including meditation on Thursday at 8:30pm.

Another thing we’re back on is twitter, after a longer break there, check @RedBlackBrolly for updates, news, links and more.

Thanks and happy new year from the crew x