Love Music Hate Racism

London’s finest are joined by Buzzcocks, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Miss Black America and The Others for anti-fascist fundraiser at London Astoria on March 16th

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    16th MARCH

    plus special guest DJ and compere

    Tickets priced £12.50adv
    Doors 7pm, arrive early for this packed line-up

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Libertines, Buzzcocks, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Miss Black America and The Others have joined forces for a one off show at London’s Astoria, to help raise money and awareness for Love Music Hate Racism. Drawing on the spirit of the Rock Against Racism campaign of the late ’70s, these bands have united to make a stand against the racism and intolerance which is increasingly prevalent in Britain today.

Buzzcocks were keen supporters of the original Rock Against Racism campaign in the 1970s, where punk acts such as The Clash joined with reggae stars like Misty In Roots to give notice to the Nazis. Today, with the fascist threat as strong as ever, a new generation of musicians have been inspired to use music to further the ant-racist cause.

Pete Doherty of The Libertines, says ‘I don’t think you have to be a particularly developed human being intellectually or spiritually to despise racism. It may be easy to becomplacent, but we need to encourage people to fight racism whether with words or actions. Count me in – I’ll fight!’, while co-singer Carl Barat said, ‘People don’t necessarily realise there’s still such a problem and that there’s something rotten in the state of racism in this country. I support this cause and encourage everybody to do the same’.

Guy McKnight from The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster says ‘I’d like to think that as a band with parents of six different nationalities between us (English, Scottish, Indian, Sri Lankan, Persian and Greek) that we represent how there should be no barriers within today’s society. It’s up to us all to destroy the ignorance that fuels racist attitudes in this country by blowing the Astoria’s doors off their hinges with the Love Music Hate Racism gig.’

Dominic From The Others says ‘I’ve lived in London for eight years, in Bethnal Green, Whitechapel and Brick Lane, so obviously the people I hang round with are not exclusively white. It goes without saying that racism is ridiculous and it’s almost too obvious to state that any form of discrimination is a disgrace and a problem, but we’re proud to be doing this show to reiterate that message.’

Love Music Hate Racism is an established national campaign, which has helped organise over 60 events in the last year – from last year’s 30,000-strong Manchester LMHR carnival which featured Ms Dynamite and Doves, to a national tour of up-and-coming indie bands, to Burnley’s most multiracial music event in many years at which the likes of Basement Jaxx and Tim Westwood performed. Each event aims to promote unity, bringing together black and white, young and old, to celebrate multiculturalism and to prove that mixing cultures via music is far more fun than suspicion and violence.

In addition to the Astoria show, Love Music Hate Racism are launching a weekly Rock Against Racism night at London’s Borderline. Featuring hotly tipped bands and some surprise guests, the night will take place every Tuesday, kicking off with an aftershow party for the Astoria show on March 16th.


    16th March Launch Party / Astoria Aftershow – Art Brut Live
    23rd March Haven And Friends (Acoustic Set) (£5/£4)
    30th March tbc

    6th April The Ludes
    13th April Camp Actor + Intensive Care Dj’s + Mira (Ladytron)
    20th April The Cherubs

    27th April Gertrude
    3rd May Special Needs
    10th May Red Stripes (Punk/Reggae White Stripes Cover Band)

    Time: 11.00pm – 3.00am (bands on stage at midnight)

    Tickets: £4/£3 (NUS / UB40)

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