The pivotal moment of the ‘All Back To Ken’s’ evening happened as Livingstone grabbed Fatboy Slim‘s headphones, took to the decks and played The Clash’s ‘London Calling’ and then Perry Como’s ‘Magic Moments’ to an ecstatic crowd. He then left the booth to meet and greet his supporters as images of his face were projected all over the Astoria walls. The message – ‘Ken for London – May 4’.
As well as sets from Carter and Fatboy Slim, the sold-out event also featured appearances from star DJs Paul Oakenfold, Darren Emerson, Tall Paul, Layo & Bushwacka and Gilles Peterson.
The ‘All Back To Ken’s’ evening happened at the end of a week where Ken‘s NME interview in this week’s issue caused outrage in the British press and angered politicians and anti-drugs campaigners.
He sparked controversy by calling for a softening of the Government’s approach to drugs legislation and by comparing international financial bodies to Hitler.
Latest opinion polls this morning (April 14) show Ken Livingstone is still London’s favourite choice for mayor with a massive 49% of voters saying they’re backing him. His nearest rival is Tory candidate Steve Norris, followed by official Labour candidate Frank Dobson.
See next week’s NME for a full review of the evening and even more pictures.