||[Jun. 3rd, 2009|09:39 am]
For the Love of Drew
Drew and Sam Duckworth wrote a short piece on the LMHR Festival for the Mirror:|
Cast your eyes over the charts and you'd be forgiven for thinking music and politics don't mix. But you'd be wrong to conclude young people don't care about political issues.
Anyone at Love Music Hate Racism's festival in Stoke last Saturday can tell you there's a new generation proud to take a public stand against racism and the British National Party (BNP).
There's a natural fit between loving music and hating racism. What would our music be like today without the influence of blues, rock, jazz, reggae and soul? Music is a living example of how black and white are stronger and richer together. That's why we believe musicians have the right and duty to speak out against the racism the BNP is obsessed with.
The BNP hates events like the Stoke LMHR festival because they show most people's instincts are anti-racist. Who would want to go to a BNP organised gig when all the best artists are proud to stand up for black and white unity? The Stoke event was a real honour to play and we hope events like it will inspire more young people to join the anti-BNP campaign.
We'd like to thank everyone involved but especially event organisers Lee Billingham and Weyman Bennett from Love Music Hate Racism, and everyone at Stoke City FC and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Sam Duckworth and Drew McConnell are on the LMHR Artists Committee - an informal group of musicians including Reverend & The Makers, Roll Deep, Bashy, Jerry Dammers and Radio 1 DJ MistaJam.
To find out more go to www.lovemusichateracism.com or email email@example.com.