ROCK AGAINST RACISM!

The band say they're "dedicated to melody and bringing people together through music"...

Libertines are to headline a LOVE MUSIC HATE RACISM gig at the LONDON ASTORIA (March 16).

The Libertines will also be joined by Buzzcocks, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Miss Black America and The Others for the event inspired by the Rock Against Racism movement of the late ‘70s – originally supported by Buzzcocks and Clash.

Guitarist and singer Pete Doherty told NME.COM: “For evil to triumph, all that is necessary is that good people do nothing. Apathy is a killer and it’s easy to be complacent. We’re dedicated to this in the same way we’re dedicated to melody and bringing people together through music.”

He added: “The BNP is on the rise like never before and it’s a threat to us all. They have more councillors across Britain than ever. In 2003 they averaged about 17% in local elections and they’re also ready to field candidates in the European parliament. It breeds on hatred, violence and racism.”

Tickets for the gig are priced at £12.50. For availability call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.