Bands and MPs mix at Instigate Debate election event

Magic Numbers, Jon McClure and the main parties lock horns at London event

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The Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart teamed up with beatboxer SHLOMO for a Lee Hazelwood cover at an Instigate Debate event at London's Union Chapel tonight (April 26).

The pair rounded off the politically charged event with their own rendition of the late American singer's 'The Night Before'.

Stodart also performed new track 'The Pulse', which is set to feature on The Magic Numbers' third album 'The Runaway', due out on June 7.

Earlier, SHLOMO played his own short set while former Pipettes singer Rose Elinor Dougall played two songs - 'Come Away With Me' and 'I Know We'll Never'.

However the night was very much focused on politics and the forthcoming General Election, with a panel made up of deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman, human rights activist Peter Tatchell, Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes and Conservative MP Justine Greening debating and taking questions from the audience about the state of the economy, proportional representation, poverty, prisons, political TV debates, gay rights, education and cracking down on bankers.

Entitled Is The Party Over?, the event was introduced by founder Mark Donne and Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure, who turned up onstage wearing a sling before announcing that he recently broke his shoulder.

The debate was set to feature fashion designer and Malcolm McLaren's ex-partner Vivienne Westwood, but she pulled out to attend a planned trip in Africa which was originally cancelled after the Icelandic volcano disruption to British airspace last week.

The night was part of a series of Instigate Debate events currently taking place around the country in the build-up to the General Election on May 6.

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