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Love Music Hate Racism Carnival
A host of artists fight the bigots in classic style. Victoria Park, London (April 27)
The View’s Kyle Falconer and Kieren Webster then bound on for a headlong rush through ‘Same Jeans’, which amounts to an encore for them. Earlier in the day, The View had played a well-received set of bouncy indie scuzz, debuting five new songs. We couldn’t quite pick out the next ‘Superstar Tradesman’, but the best of the bunch has Kieren jumping unexpectedly to the front to yelp a vocal over Kyle’s melody-pinning backing gurgle, indicating the band have found another layer.
Hard-Fi are up soon after. OK, their indie-pop hits aren’t exactly going to fry any brains but today is a day for singalongs, and it’s hard not to respond to ‘Cash Machine’ and ‘Living For The Weekend’ when everyone is in such lofty spirits. Then, before the 6pm curfew, there’s time for The Good, The Bad & The Queen, who have reformed (anyone know they’d split?!) especially for the carnival. It’s ex-Clash man Paul Simonon’s moment really, and he plucks and rubs his bass with suitable vigour. While on any other day we’d be heading for the pear cider pumps during an overcooked 10-minute rendition of The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ guest-starring Jerry Dammers, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the goodwill. Both as a show of unity and as a show in itself, the day has been a huge success. Oh, and in the words of Drew McConnell, fuck the BNP.
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