12-6pm, Sunday 27th April 2008
Victoria Park, London E3
Its only two weeks to go until the 30th anniversary commemorative Rock Against Racism gig in Victoria Park, London. Taking place on 27th April, four days before the 1st May local and GLA elections, the carnival will bring together musicians and music fans from a wide variety of genres and different generations, celebrating black, white and asian unity.
We are making an URGENT appeal for financial donations! The Carnival is a free event, but is costing over £400,000 to stage (so that’s why festival tickets are so expensive!). The trade union movement in particular has been brilliant, helping raise much of the costs. However. we still urgently need support from anyone who can afford to contribute – no matter how small the amount- we would like to raise a further £25,000 over the course of this week. Please rush a personal donation to us if you can, either via the website www.lovemusichateracism.com/donate or by cheque (make payable to LMHR-RAR Carnival 2008 and send to Love Music Hate Racism, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EH) and ask family and friends to do the same. And please take the attached collection sheet round at work or your place of study. If you belong to a trade union and haven’t already done so, please ask your union branch or region to make a donation – model resolution is at www.lmrhcarnival.com . The sort of fantastic music lineup we have would cost £50+ at a regular festival – and the Carnival will help smash racism and fascism into the bargain, so please dig deep!
Final Lineup Confirmation
The final lineup is now confirmed and its AWESOME! The Good The Bad The Queen (Damon Albarn from Blur, Paul Simonon from The Clash and afrobeat legend Tony Allen) will headline and Akala and The View have also recently been added to the bill. See below for the complete list of artists playing. This is going to be the biggest (and best!) anti-racist event in Britain for decades, possibly ever.
Read All About Us!
The media have caught on – the Observer Review section will carry a 4,500-word cover article the Sunday before and BBC One show Sunday Life want to do live interviews from the park on the morning of the event. Don Letts’ and Giorgio Testi’s documentary/live film of the Carnival will be broadcast on Channel 4 at midnight on Friday 9th May, and broadcast across the MTV network from the following day. However we need more! Why not write to your local paper about coming to the Carnival?
They Came From Far And Wide
The mobilisation from across the country is looking impressive too – we know of at least 40 coaches booked, with thousands planning to come by car and train – and would like to urge more places to book a coach. Anyone who can get down to the Carnival will be inspired to get active in the anti-fascist movement after the event, including the final run-up to May 1st.
The latest flyer is available here http://www.lovemusichateracism.com/images/lmhrC_A5w3_107_lo.pdf Please circulate this widely and let us know ASAP if you need more printed flyers and posters – firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or someone you know is willing to volunteer as a steward on the day please email olivia@lovemusichateracismcom.
FINAL CARNIVAL LINE-UP:
THE GOOD THE BAD THE QUEEN
DREW McCONNELL (BABYSHAMBLES) & FRIENDS ft VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
ROCK AGAINST RACISM ALL-STARS
JERRY DAMMERS (ex-The Specials)
GET CAPE.WEAR CAPE.FLY
DENNIS BOVELL’S LONDON LOVERS’ ROCK CREW
POLY STYRENE (X-RAY SPEX)
SKREAM & BENGA
ACE & VIS
JUGGY D + MC SPECIAL
MECCA 2 MEDINA
DJ HYPE + DADDY EARL
HYPA FEN & MARCIE PHONIX
METZ & TRIX
NATHAN ‘FLUTEBOX’ LEE