James Aspey grabbed global attention in 2015 after completing a year long vow of silence and speaking for the first time in a powerful TV interview seen by tens of millions of people. His first words were a plea stop the enslavement and slaughter of animals; the helpless and innocent victims of our choices. He has been tattooed for 25 hours to raise donations for charity and given hundreds of free, thought provoking lectures on his journey from being an apathetic meat eater to a passionate animal rights advocate. His speeches have reached tens of millions of people. He travels the world educating on the streets and in universities, uploading consistently online and has helped many people to make the connection that our world will be a better place when we align our values of non-violence, peace and respect with our actions by going vegan.
Ed Winters, Surge
Ed Winters - better known as Earthling Ed - is a highly influential animal rights activist whose YouTube channel focuses on educating viewers on the merits of veganism primarily through street interviews. He is co-founder of the grassroots animal rights organisation Surge, which launched in 2016. Surge released the documentary 'Land of Hope and Glory' in 2017, and organises the annual Official Animal Rights March which is now a global event and the largest event of its kind in the UK. In 2018, Ed and his partner Luna opened Unity Diner, a non-profit restaurant with all proceeds going back into Surge to fund wider reaching campaigns.
HEADLINING THE MUSIC STAGE ON SATURDAY
Rap Artist & Activist
Akala is an British rapper, journalist, author, poet and political activist. Originally from Kentish Town, London, he is the younger brother of rapper/vocalist Ms. Dynamite. In 2006, he was voted the Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards, and was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of Brighton in 2018. He has performed at various festivals, including V Festival, Wireless, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festival and Parklife, has given guest lectures at various universities and has spoken at the Oxford Union.
Writer, Video Producer & Musician
Erin Janus is a Canadian writer, journalist, video producer and aspiring musician. She is an animal rights activist and most famous for her video titled "DAIRY IS SCARY!", which has been viewed over 5 million times and has become the most viewed video on the dairy industry on the internet!
Matt Pritchard is a Welsh professional skateboarder, stunt performer, online Chef and one quarter of the Dirty Sanchez crew, who had their own television programme on MTV and also appeared on Balls of Steel with Michael Locke as the Pain Men. Pritchard is the founder of Dirty Sanchez along with Lee Dainton. He became vegan in 2015 and now has his own plant based cooking channel on YouTube.
Dr. Michael Klaper
Vegan health educator
Dr. Michael Klaper is an American physician, vegan health educator and conference speaker. He served on the Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Task Force of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), where he is a member of its Board of Advisors. He's an author of books such as "Vegan Nutrition: Pure and Simple" and "Pregnancy, Children, and the Vegan Diet". He has appeared in several films related to vegan diet and practice, including Eat This, Cowspiracy and What the Health.
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Zak Abel, is a Moroccan-English singer, songwriter and musician. He has also released two extended plays, entitled Joker presents Zak Abel and One Hand on the Future. In 2016, he worked with producers such as Kaytranada and Wookie on his debut album, Only When We're Naked, which was released in October 2017, and debuted at number 100 on the UK Albums Chart. He was signed by Atlantic Records. The first single was 'Unstable' which has since been streamed over 36 million times on Spotify alone to date. The track received massive support on UK Radio, being playlisted on both Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra.
Shikari Sound System DJ Set
Electronic alter-ego of Enter Shikari
Shikari Sound System is the Electronic alter-ego of English rock band Enter Shikari. Enter Shikari formed in St Albans, England in 1999 by bassist Chris Batten, lead vocalist and keyboardist Roughton "Rou" Reynolds, and drummer Rob Rolfe. Their debut studio album, Take to the Skies, was released in 2007 and reached number 4 in the Official UK Album Chart, and has since been certified gold in the UK. Their second, Common Dreads, was released in 2009 and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number 16; while their third, A Flash Flood of Colour, was released in 2012 and debuted on the chart at number 4. Both have since been certified silver in the UK. Their fifth studio album The Spark was released in 2017.
Avant-Garde Vegan (Gaz Oakley) is a chef and Instagram star who is known for his Avant-Garde vegan cooking. He is known for posting a mix of recipes, final products, and process shots of his cooking which he shares with his 260,000 Instagram followers. He worked as a professional chef for a number of years before going vegan 3 years ago. His debut cookbook "Vegan 100" came out in January 2018, and has recently collaborated with Wagamama on his own signature dish called avantgard'n.
Animal Rights Activist
& Holocaust Survivor
Alex Hershaft is an American animal rights activist and Holocaust survivor. He is the co-founder and president of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), America's oldest (1976) organization devoted exclusively to promoting the rights of animals not to be killed for food. He is the founder of World Day for Farmed Animals, Meatout, and the U.S. national animal rights conferences. He is writing a book about the history of the U.S. animal rights movement and the changing nature of vegan advocacy. Previously, Alex gained a Ph.D. in chemistry and had a 30-year career in environmental consulting and religious freedom movements.
Jon Venus is a public figure most known for his YouTube channel where he focuses his efforts to spread information regarding fitness, nutrition and lifestyle content in an uplifting and entertaining way. His main channel, which has amassed 340K subscribers, and over 28 million video views, mainly focuses on vegan meal prep/recipes, workouts and food challenges. His second channel the 'Jon Venus Podcast' is more focused on discussions about the ethics of veganism. He has been dubbed one of the 'world's hottest vegans'.
Brett Cobley (EpiVegan) first set up EpiVegan as an Instagram page in March 2016 to show that vegan food could be tasty, vibrant and desirable to vegans and non vegans alike. He has since amassed over 70,000 followers on Instagram. His YouTube channel was created in December 2016, where he interviews and cooks for vegan influencers such as Lucy Watson (Made in Chelsea), Harry Kirton (Peaky Blinders), Tim Shieff and Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari).
Viva! Founder & Director
Juliet Gellatley is the founder and director of Viva!, which launched in 1994 and is the biggest vegan charity in Europe. Juliet has created and launched numerous campaigns, investigated and exposed the devastating animal cruelty that seems to hold no bounds in agribusiness and written several reports, guides and books, including the Silent Ark. She instigated the first Vegan Festivals over a decade ago which have mushroomed into events across Britain. She has a degree in zoology, diploma in direct marketing and is a qualified nutritional therapist.
Mic the Vegan
Vegan Science YouTuber
Mic the Vegan is a vegan science YouTuber that covers a variety of topics from the health benefits of a vegan diet and the environmental impact of eating animal products to the sociological phenomenon of casual animal exploitation. Based in the U.S., he regularly tackles debunking the myths that perpetuate harmful dietary and lifestyle behaviors - all with a drop of humor that only he thinks is funny. He is currently studying a Master’s in Public Health and his YouTube Channel has over 290,000 subscribers and 25,000,000 total views.
That Vegan Couple
Natasha & Luca
Natasha and Luca 'That Vegan Couple' are social media influencers and animal rights activists. They have over 21 million views on their YouTube channel. They create educational and entertaining videos which range from traditional activism to eating shows, responses, how to live vegan, recipes, health and fitness, general lifestyle, special guest interviews and more. In 2018 they organized international activism tours across the USA, UK, and Ireland. They educate and inspire vegans to be active, and invite people to attend activist events with them in their local area.
Activist & Poet
Sonia Sae is Spanish animal rights activist and poet. She is a vegan YouTuber who speaks for animal rights and also posts various parody and pet videos on her YouTube channel. She came into the spotlight recently as she faced a controversy after she put her pet Fox on a vegan diet. Her video 'The Honey Industry Explained in 5 Minutes' has been viewed over 300,000 times online.