Following its successful inception at Glastonbury 2002, the Left Field returns in 2003, bigger, better and angrier than ever- and with what promises to be a dazzling array of speakers and performers. We know where we will be spending most of the festival!
THURSDAY 26th June
The Left Field bar will be open from lunchtime…
You can also log on at the Left Field cyberstation supplied by our partners, the Co-Op banking and insurance and. Send a message to fair trade campaigns around the world and you can even send an email postcard home from the Left Field.
7pm til late – Love Music Hate Racism, the campaign using music as a weapon against the nazis, host the opening night in the Left Field with DJ sets from Nicky Blackmarket, Heartless Crew, Panjabi MC, Skitz & Rodney, Emma Feline and Montello on theWar on Want sound system.
FRIDAY 27TH JUNE
11.00am – The Left Field bar opens for Fair Trade coffee, juices and pastries from the Glastonbury bakery. Catch up on some video loops from the Left Field campaigns – War on Want, the International Solidarity Movement, Justice for Columbia, No Sweat and Stop the War and the FBU. And log in at the Co-op cyberstation.
12 noon – “Jeremy Hardy vs The Israeli Army” – top stand up Jeremy Hardy introduces excerpts from his film from Palestine.
1.00pm – Misnoma – Barcelona’s finest combining latino sounds, beats and vocals into a blend that fits a Glasto lunchtime like a glove.
2.30pm – The Left Field debate – ‘Getting Organised – Unions, Solidarity and Collective Strength’, with Billy Bragg, a Columbian trade unionist who recently survived an assassination attempt, John McGhee, the National Officer of the Fire Brigades Union and Fiona Monkman from UNISON.
4.00pm – Organising the Music Business – Billy Bragg and the GMB London Region launch the New Roadies Collective, to fight for decent conditions for the people who make the music industry tick.
5.30pm – Solar Flare – winners of the Left Field Battle of the Bands contest.
6.00pm – It’s Happy Hour at the Left Field bar. Knock down prices on the finest fair trade cocktails this side of Havana. Join us for a Left Hook or a Che Guevara or just an old style Cuba Libre. Where else can you mix Fair Trade and cut price rum?
7.00pm – Andy and the Believers – top reggae geezer and his combo skank it up.
8.00pm – Left Field hosts a tribute to Joe Strummer kicking off with Don Lett‘s Director’s cut of the definitive Clash biography Westway to the World.
9.30pm – The Left Field proudly presents the world premier of ‘The Last Night London Burned‘ – a film capturing Joe Strummer‘s last London gig, the firefighters benefit at Acton Town Hall.
10.00pm – Don Letts (Clash filmmaker) and Dan Donovan from the Dub Cartel play us through as the tribute to Joe heads into the small hours. Watch out for guest appearances and unseen Clash footage on the big screen.
SATURDAY 28TH JUNE
11am – Bar opens for fair trade coffee and cakes. Come down and have a blast on the Co-op cyberstation and a chat with campaigners from Stop the War, International Solidarity Movement, Justice for Columbia, No Sweat, War on Want and the FBU.
12 noon – ‘Driving the Sweatshops out of the Music Business‘
The launch of Musicians Against Sweatshops – special guests to be announced. Hosted by Ethical Threads and No Sweat.
1.00pm – The Left Field Debate – ‘Blood for Oil – in the aftermath of Iraq‘ with Tony Benn, Bianca Jagger, Stop the War and special guests.
3.00pm – Carol Laula – Scottish singer/songwriter and political activist blazes the trail for Tony Benn.
3.45pm – Tony Benn and Roy Bailey perform ‘The Writing on the Wall’, an anthology of dissent in words and music.
5.30pm – It’s Happy Hour again in the Left Field bar. Load up on the Fair Trade cocktails and get yourself ready for the sharpest in comedy and satire.
6.00pm – Left Field comedy with Mark Thomas, Rob Newman, Mark Steel, Vladimir MacTavish and Miles Jupp.
10.00pm – Stylus Automatic – Scottish politico indy rockers straight outta Left Field.
11.00pm – Germander Speedwell (Zion Train) – Colin on Keyboards and Molara on Vox. The finest roots Reggae from the UK Sound System.
SUNDAY 29TH JUNE
11.30 am – The Left Field bar opens for the last time this year with Fair Trade coffees, juices and cakes to make Starbucks weep.
11.00am – The Left Field debate – ‘Stopping the Nazis’ hosted by Love Music Hate Racism – guest speakers to be announced.
2.00pm – Seize the Day – banned from the BBC 3 Awards for their anti-war stance – welcome in the Left Field any day!
3.30pm – The Left Field debate – ‘Fair Trade and Consumer Pressure’ with speakers from the Co-op, Oxfam, War on Want and international guests.
5.30pm – Asian Dub Foundation take over the War on Want sound system.
6.00pm – It’s happy hour again and again and again…in the Left Field bar – Fair Trade cocktails, you know the story.
7.00pm –Billy Bragg – Mr Sexuality himself. Our mate, your mate and back at the Left Field after 2002’s ripper.
9.00pm – Slovo – Dave Randall brings voices from around the world to shape a narrative that will, in the West African tradition of ‘nommo’, name problems and raise questions about the way we are living.
10.00pm – Love Music Hate Racism will then bring this year’s events at the Left Field to a close.
Line-up subject to confirmation.
See www.leftfield.coop for updates