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Wild Beasts team up with Sasha Rainbow for skate-inspired new single ‘Alpha Female’

Wild Beasts have shared a new clip for Boy King single, ‘Alpha Female’ directed by Sasha Rainbow.

The film, shot in Bangalore, India, is immersed in the magical world of Atita Verghese and Girl Skate India with the song acting as the soundtrack to their journey.

“When I first heard the Wild Beasts song ‘Alpha Female’, I had the epiphany to film the growing female skateboard scene outside the Western world,” Rainbow said.

“In places like Afghanistan, Cambodia and India, skating has not been solidified as a male sport and therefore has had a massive cultural impact, teaching values about self empowerment through skateboarding. I thought India, with its colours and cinematic landscapes, was the place to do it.”

“Because of the current political climate in the West and attitudes of intolerance, and sexism across the world, I wanted to create a video that celebrates everyone who takes the risk to be themselves. The Holystoked Skate Crew and the girls that I worked with are an inspiration that cuts through age, gender and class barriers. I wanted to commemorate this incredible moment in India and show how massive cultural change can start with just one person,” Rainbow added.

“Meeting this remarkable community inspired me to dig deeper into their personal stories and the environment in which they developed themselves. I am now planning to return to India to film a documentary on the themes and figures involved in ‘Alpha Female’.”

The band have announced a number of new live dates for 2017, including spots at the forthcoming Live at Leeds and Primavera Sound festivals, as well as closing War Child UK’s series of Brits Week concerts with a special London headline date at Omeara on Friday February 24th.

Friday 24th February | Omeara, London, UK (War Child UK Brits Week show)
Saturday 29th April | Live At Leeds, Leeds, UK
Sunday 30th April | FestEVOL, Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, UK
Monday 1st May | Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK
Saturday 3rd June | Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Friday 7th July | NOS Alive, Algés, Portugal
Saturday 12th August | Boardmasters Festival, Cornwall, UK