Rock Against Racism - SOLD OUT SHOW!

| 12 March 2004

Libertines spearhead sold-out anti-Nazi show

Less than a week after the announcement of the full line-up (Libertines, Buzzcocks, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Miss Black America and The Others) the organisers have declared the show officially sold out. Great news for anti-facism, bad news if you don't have a ticket!

The show will kick start a new phase of anti-fascist campaigning amongst young people in the run-up to the London and Euro elections on the 10th June. Further gigs and carnivals up and down the country are planned as Love Music Hate Racism fires up the spirit of the Rock Against Racism campaign which helped stop the NF back in the late 70's.

The BNP only need to pick up 5% of the London vote in June to get a GLA member and between 10 and 12% in the Euro constituencies to get an MEP. Love Music Hate Racism is sending out a clear message to young people - get involved now before you make up one morning and find you've got a Nazi representing your area. Voter apathy is the friend of the fascist movement, so even if you might not agree entirely with the other candidates, remember that every vote you don't cast for someone else will bring a Nazi one vote closer to office! 

 Lee Billingham from Love Music Hate Racism said:

 "The fact that the show at the Astoria sold out in less than a week shows that not only are bands like The Libertines prepared to make a stand but that there are thousands of young people more than willing to join them in the battle ahead.

 Our key message is don't wait for someone else to stop the Nazis - take responsibility yourself. Many pundits say that young people aren't interested in politics but the growing support for Love Music Hate Racism and the UNITE Against Fascism campaign nail that lie fair and square."

The campaign is also backed by the organisers of the Glastonbury Left Field, which will be making a showing at Homelands as well this year on the 29th/30th May. To find out how you could get into the festival free of charge in return for volunteering to help out at the tent then go to the LMHR website.

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