“Huge” Love Music, Hate Racism gig coming to Southampton

Posted on November 17, 2010 by


Rocking against Racism

The campaign group Love Music, Hate Racism along with Ctrl.Alt.Shift. is to hold what they’re describing as a “huge” charity gig in Southampton later this month, as part of their campaign to use music to bring people together to fight racism and fascism in society.

Love Music, Hate Racism have been hosting gigs since 2002 to use “the energy of our music scene to celebrate diversity and involve people in anti-racist and anti-fascist activity as well as to urge people to vote against fascist candidates in elections” in the spirit of the Rock Against Racism campaign in the seventies.  Since then they have put on many gigs featuring many of the biggest names in music, and have also put together anti-fascist conferences, carnivals and protests.

LMHR campaign specifically against parties like the BNP, who do not have much of a presence in Southampton, but along with their sister group Unite Against Fascism (UAF) are also critical of groups like the English Defence League.  The EDL threatened to hold on of their controversial protests in Southampton earlier this year, but failed to turn up (as we reported at the time).  Despite this, they do claim to have a significant presence in Southampton, and hold occassional socials in Shirley.

LMHR tells us more:

A night of music and entertainment to celebrate diversity and street culture is all set up for Southampton on Sunday 21 November.The gig features Lowkey, described by poet Benjamin Zephaniah as “One of the best lyricists in the Western Hemisphere”, plus performances from some of the UK’s hottest up and coming independent hip hop and soul artists.

Also playing are the provocative Aruba Red, Logic MC of the People’s Army collective and Poetic Pilgrimage. There will be an acoustic performance from Southampton’s very own Aaron Soul (with guests) while the Soul Mavericks (Winners of the 2010 UK B-Boy Champs) go head to head in an explosive B-boy battle and the Secret Wars All Stars treat you to a live graffiti art showcase

The organisers also promise DJs spinning and scratching throughout so you’ll be singing and dancing all night long!

The event is supported by Ctrl.Alt.Shift and all proceeds will be donated to charity


The gig is on at POP, 3-4 Vernon Walk, Southampton. Tickets are £4.50 in advance or £6 on the door – you can get yours from We Got Tickets or from Orange Rooms and POP (phone 02380 233 323).

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