Paul Weller to play gig celebrating Jeremy Corbyn

Weller says he admires “what Corbyn says and stands for”

Paul Weller is to play a gig to celebrate Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Weller will front a one-off group also featuring Robert Wyatt, veteran folk double-bassist Danny Thompson of Pentangle and Weller’s drummers Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier.

The show, People Powered: Concert For Corbyn, is at Brighton Dome on December 16. It’s the first in a planned series of gigs celebrating Corbyn’s policies.

Weller said: “I’m doing the gig because I like what Corbyn says and stands for. I think it’s time to take the power out of the hands of the elite and hand it back to the people of this country. I want to see a government that has some integrity and compassion.”

Also playing the show are Temples, Kathryn Williams, Stealing Sheep, The Farm, Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind, Edgar Summertyme and Ghetto Priest. Tickets are £25, on sale on Friday (October 14).

The show is the first time that former Soft Machine singer Wyatt has played live since he curated Meltdown Festival in 2001. The singer, known for political anthem ‘Shipbuilding’, said in 2014 he had retired from making music.

Weller was last publicly active in politics when he founded the Labour-supporting Red Wedge movement in 1985, which he formed with Billy Bragg and Communards singer Jimmy Somerville.

Boy George announced last week that he had been in the studio with Weller on an as-yet-undisclosed project. Weller’s new album, his first since 2015’s ‘Saturns Pattern’, is due next year.