This summer, you will be asked to give a pound to Kosovo at all summer festivals...

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, headliners at the past weekend’s Homelands festival, are supporting the new ‘Sound As A Pound’ campaign, which aims to raise money from this year’s festival-goers to help young Kosovan refugees.

The campaign has been launched by War Child, Mean Fiddler and the children’s charity Cradle. The charities want visitors to this year’s festivals to give #1 each – the amount it costs to provide a day’s fresh bread for ten people or enough insulin to keep a diabetic child alive for a week.

Collections will be held on sites and donators will get a chance to win prizes including a signed acetate of the Chemicals‘ new album, ‘Surrender’ – one of only five in existence.


The Chemical Brothers said: “We are pleased to support this campaign for Kosovan refugees. Please give ‘1 at the festivals and make some serious noise this summer.”

A spokeswoman for the campaign told NME: “When you think of all the people who are about to lose it in a field this summer, then you think of all the people who have literally lost everything in a field in Kosovo, well, it makes you realise.”

A premiere of new film Human Traffic – which got its first public showing at Homelands – which stars John Simm and Carl Cox and is soundtracked by Pete Tong, is also being held in aid of War Child at the London Virgin Haymarket cinema tonight, June 2.

Meanwhile, Happy Mondays are to make a special guest appearance at Comic Relief‘s new project, ‘Debt Wish’, at London Brixton Academy on Friday and Saturday June 4 & 5. They will share the stage with comedians Steve Coogan, Lenny Henry, Lee & Herring, Angus Deayton and stars of TV shows Big Train and The League Of Gentlemen. Cast are also tipped to appear.

The show is part of the worldwide campaign started by Jubilee 2000 to persuade the United Nations to drop all Third World debt.

Shaun Ryder told NME: “They should drop all Third World debt. It’s a good thing. Debts should be dropped. Drop that debt and let them have another go.”


Highlights from the event will be broadcast on BBC1 on June 12 at 10.30pm; tickets are available from all usual outlets priced at #22.50 and #25.