The bands are hoping that the event, organised in conjunction with local radio station 107 Crash FM, will also help raise awareness about the case. Satpal Ram was attacked by racists in a restaurant and stabbed one of his attackers while defending himself. His assailant later died from his wounds and Satpal Ram was convicted of murder. His last appeal against conviction was turned down on the basis that he will not admit his guilt. The earliest date for his next appeal is late 1999.
Primal Scream lead singer Bobby Gillespie (above) told NME: “We’re doing the gig for the simple reason that we want to help raise funds and awareness for his case. The guy’s been in jail for 12 years for defending himself in a racist attack and we want to help the people who are working at getting him out.”
At their recent Brixton Academy gig Primal Scream charged persons on the guest list an admission fee with proceeds going to the campaign for Ram’s release. Tickets for the Liverpool Lomax gig are 12 pounds each with all proceeds going towards the campaign.
Primal Scream have also confirmed that they will headline the Creamfields Festival on May 2 in Winchester. Finley Quaye, Money Mark, Beth Orton and Pete Tong are also confirmed for the bill. Bobby Gillespie and the band are currently busy re-mixing the upcoming Massive Attack single ‘Teardrop’, which features vocals from The Cocteau Twins’ Liz Frazer.
Asian Dub Foundation, currently in the middle of their own headlining tour, release a new single ‘Buzzin” on April 20. Their major label debut album for London Records is released on May 11.