Refuge Worldwide celebrates two years on the airwaves

From 27-29 January, we host radio specials, an open decks session and a dance at Arkaoda.

By Staff

Two years and going strong.

When we first started broadcasting in the cold, pandemic-hit January of 2021, we had no idea where would we would be two years later, or if we would even exist at all. Well, we are still here, thanks to the love and contributions of our crew, residents, listeners and dancers.


To celebrate the milestone, and add a bit of spice to the year's most dreary month, we are holding a three-day birthday celebration. It kicks off on Friday January 27th, starting with the first ever breakfast show hosted by both Jummy and Nikola. Following that, Refuge Worldwide's co-founder and programmer Richard Akingbehin will play two hours of music he has pinched from other people's radio shows. Over the rest of the day, there will be shows from Dangermami, Corina Benshimol, George Snow and a three-hour, anything-goes B2B session. Anyone is welcome to join the B2B (7-10PM), just come down to Oona bar with your records or a USB and form an orderly line!

On Saturday afternoon, we host radio shows from Cassette Heads, NaN, DJ Uta, Soyklo and more during the day. As usual, there will be some sweet treats and a few celebratory drinks being passed around Oona.


At 10PM on Saturday, the party rolls down the road to our favourite Neukölln basement, Arkaoda, where we take over both floors until 6AM. Upstairs, musical selections will be provided by Refuge's dub and disco maestro No Plastic, a B2B between Nordberg and BB, Corina and The Honey Tapes. Downstairs expect the freshest house, electro, breaks and garage from Christa Belle, Jank Inc., DJ Westfa, Lovefoxy and a closing B2B exclusive from Riva & Dangermami. As you would expect from a two year old's birthday party, expect plenty of balloons, party hats and a few other cheeky surprises.

Open Decks Day

On Sunday, we are excited to host our second Open Decks Day, as well as a charity live painting session from Hiba Baddou.

Email richard@refugeworldwide.com with "Open Decks Day" in the title - plus some details on yourself and the genres you play - if you wish to take part (29th January). We are giving priority to folks who have never played at Oona before. Is this you? Then give us a shout!

Oona Bar: Friday 27th, 12:00-02:00

Oona Bar: Saturday 28th, 14:00-02:00

Arkaoda: Saturday 28th, 22:00-06:00

Oona Bar: Sunday 29th, 12:00-22:00