Monday, 23 March 2009

Bromley Times Article on my Cunning Stunt

A bit of press regarding my latest protest, apparently the revolution was televised too, on ITV London news.

Boris busker Olly planning new stunt

19 November 2008

A SINGING protester who was ejected from the London Mayor's People's Question Time has revealed he is planning another political stunt.

The 28-year-old singer, known as Olly the Octopus, was thrown out of the event at the Civic Centre in Bromley earlier this month for his impromptu Song For Boris, as reported in the Times.

Speaking exclusively to the Times, he said that he is in the process of planning another political stunt.

The Scottish-born singer, from East London said: "I write a lot of songs about socio-political subjects that won't get distributed by mainstream means so I plan these stunts and film them on YouTube.

"I am planning another one at the moment, all I can say is watch this space."

On his latest stunt involving the London Mayor, he added: "He seems an affable, lovely chap but I am concerned about his policies."

The musician only just got through the first verse of his song on November 6, before the crowd started booing and he was escorted out of the premises.

He said: "Of course I expected it, it is a very conservative area so I expected heckles.

"Sometimes there is no use preaching to the converted, it is better to present people with ideas that are different to mine.

"I was a little bit gutted, I would have liked to have finished the song, but I couldn't say I didn't expect to come up to some resistance."

His first stunt was at the Church of Scientology headquarters in Tottenham Court Road.

He said: "I am not a fan of the church so me and my team went in and I started singing a song extolling the virtues of Scientology and we got the cameras out. They got a bit heavy and chucked us out."

Other songs in his collection include a recently penned Farewell To George Bush and Camden's Burning after the fire in February this year.

Olly the Octopus is due to perform a collection of his songs at the Proud Galleries in Camden tonight at 8pm.

To see his performance for Boris, go to =NqJ5e8yV7Qo.

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