9 February 2008

Love Music Hate Racism Carnival

Anti-Nazi gig 'biggest in years'

The biggest anti-racism music event in London for 30 years is to take place in April, organisers have said.

The event - which marks the 30th anniversary of the Rock Against Racism carnival - will take place in east London's Victoria Park on 27 April.

Rock act Babyshambles will headline and the event will be sponsored by the trade union Unite.

Other performers include Tom Robinson, whose band headlined Rock Against Racism in 1978.

'Message of unity'

Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of Unite said: "Events like these that bring people together are vital to helping suppress the threat we face from racist organisations.

"These organisations are attempting to gain votes by playing off people's disenchantment with politics and their insecurities."

In April 1978, a Carnival Against the Nazis was held, with 100,000 people marching from Trafalgar Square to Victoria Park through the East End, where the right-wing National Front had support.


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