The Fall's London show hit by Israel gig protestors

Campaigners gather outside Electric Ballroom gig

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The Fall's show at the London Electric Ballroom last night (November 23) was hit by protestors objecting to them playing a gig in Israel.

Protesters with banners gathered outside the Camden venue, handing out leaflets urging Mark E Smith's band to cancel a concert scheduled in Tel Aviv on January 20 next year.

A Facebook page dedicated to the campaign has also been set up.

Klaxons, Pixies, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron and Faithless are among a host of artists that have recently cancelled gigs in the country in protest at the government's treatment of Palestinians.

Singer Smith did not comment on the protest during the gig. The band played a set which featured five tracks from the band's recent album 'Your Future Our Clutter' and their cover of George Jones' 'White Lightning', which they released as a single in 1990. Noted in the audience was comic Frank Skinner.

The Fall played:

'Change'
'Theme From Sparta FC'
'OFYC Showcase'
'Cowboy George'
'Bury'
'Chino'
'Greenway'
'Weather Report 2'
'Strychnine'
'Muzorewi's Daughter'
'White Lightning'

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