Babyshambles and The Reverend to take on the BNP in Rotherham

Musicians are in talks about a LMHR festival up north

Reverend And The Makers’ Jon McClure and BabyshamblesDrew McConnell are currently organising a Love Music Hate Racism festival for the north of England.

The show is likely to be near the city of Rotherham, where the British National Party recently won two seats in the local government elections.

McClure and McConnell are looking to follow up the bash in Victoria Park in London that they recently contributed to. The show saw the likes of The View and Hard-Fi perform, as well as the aforementioned duo.


Writing for NME.COM, McClure said: “I hope to help Love Music Hate Racism and Drew McConnell organise a Northern carnival this summer. I hope you’ll give us your support.”

Writing about the London event, he wrote: “At last month’s Love Music Hate Racism carnival I saw people of all races and denominations together in the afternoon sun listening to free music.

“My worry is that the battle for the people’s hearts and minds is being lost to a reactionary right wing press and an altered BNP, who cloth themselves in the suits of politicians.

“I care about what goes on and hope more musicians may feel the same at a time when we need Joe Strummers and Bob Dylans, Lennon‘s and Chuck Ds more than ever.

“I hope also that as young people, we will stand against their bullshit together and stick the BNP in the history books where they belong.”