FATBOY, EMERSON, OAKENFOLD FOR KEN!

Norman Cook, Underworld's Darren Emerson and superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold to raise funds for Ken's bid to be London mayor...

Fatboy Slim, Underworld‘s Darren Emerson and PAUL OAKENFOLD are to play ‘ALL BACK TO KEN’S’, an NME-backed benefit concert to raise funds for KEN LIVINGSTONE’S campaign to become London Mayor.

The event takes place at London WC2 Astoria on April 13, and all the artists will provide DJ sets on the night for free.

The idea of a benefit concert for Livingstone was hatched at February’s NME Premier Awards, when Fatboy Slim – aka Norman Cook – and Ken Livingstone were sat at the same table.

Cook dedicated his award for Best DJ to Livingstone, who has broken ranks with Labour and is standing independently. Livingstone has to raise about #500,000 to fund his campaign. Chris Evans has already donated #200,000.

Speaking to nme.com after receiving his award, Fatboy said: “I was going to talk (more) about Ken Livingstone – but when I won the award he’d gone for a piss…I’ll make up with Ken after.”

Since then Fatboy has been rallying support from other artists, with help from nme.com, to put together the bill for the ‘All Back To Ken’s’ event, which is being promoted by SJM.

NME editor Ben Knowles said: “We got involved as Ken‘s the most rock’n’roll candidate for London. The amount of support we’ve found among the bands has been huge – we’re now looking forward to sitting down for a good chat with Ken and finding out if his policies are as exciting for the youth of London as his image clearly is.”

Other artists who have supported Livingstone include Blur‘s Damon Albarn who persuaded the former GLC leader to narrate the Blur track ‘Ernold Same’ on their 1995 album ‘The Great Escape’.

More DJ’s will be confirmed in the run-up to the event.

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