London, Sunday 27th April 2008.
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On 30th April 1978, the infamous Anti Nazi League/Rock Against Racism (RAR) march and carnival took place, with a march from Trafalgar Square to an 80,000-strong carnival in east London’s Victoria Park. The Clash, famously, performed (with Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey guesting), as did Tom Robinson Band (who actually headlined), Steel Pulse and X-Ray Spex. The event was an iconic moment, both for the anti-fascist movement of the time, and in UK music lore. It politicised many for a lifetime to come.
LMHR will be marking the 30th Anniversary of the RAR/ANL carnival and procession with a similar event in Victoria Park on 27th April 2008, featuring an exciting eclectic bill of major contemporary acts plus appearances from some of the musical heroes of the RAR era.
Just as important as commemorating such an historic event & movement, the 2008 Carnival will also aim to inspire thousands today to vote against racism in the Greater London Assembly and local council elections taking place a few days after the Carnival, and to get actively involved in opposing today’s fascist parties.
The 2008 Carnival will be FREE to get into (subject to license), but we will be asking you to make a donation towards the considerable costs of the event.
The Carnival will have three stages – two outdoor live music stages and a large DJ marquee.
The line-up will be announced very soon. Also watch out for a special Carnival 08 website which will be launched in the next few days.
There will be music from across the board on the day with top names, unique collaborations, and exciting up-and-coming acts providing something for everyone. Stars of the ’78 event and the RAR era already confirmed to appear include Tom Robinson, The Specials’ Jerry Dammers, and ace filmmaker and Clash collaborator Don Letts.
Unite the Union and the PCS have already committed as major trade union sponsors of the event, which is also supported by the TUC. We will be announcing a commercial sponsor and media partners shortly.
There will be a carnival procession/march to show united opposition to racism and fascism immediately prior to the start of the main event in the park.
Transport to LMHR Carnival 08 is being arranged from most areas of the country – contact us for details of your local coach, or if you’d like to help organise transport from your area.
To make this a free event means we urgently need your help to raise money in covering the considerable costs – to find out more click here