Carl Barat, Drew McConnell, Ricky Wilson team up to ‘Instigate Debate’

Win an exclusive living room gig from rock's most outspoken stars

A new website aiming to reignite political and social debate and tone down the tabloidisation of British culture has won the support of a host of musicians.

Dirty Pretty ThingsCarl Barat, BabyshamblesDrew McConnell, Kaiser ChiefsRicky Wilson and John McClure from Reverend And The Makers have all given their support to Instigate Debate, which launches at V Festival this weekend (August 16/17).

The concept of Instigate Debate revolves around a competition – with a particularly unique prize on offer that will see some of Britain’s best musicians, including Barat and McClure, performing a unique, one-off gig in the winner’s living room.

To be in with a chance of winning, organisers are asking people to submit a self-filmed video themselves with a public figure talking about something other than tabloid gossip or self-promotion.

“We are asking people not to ask public figures for autographs or film them surreptitiously with their mobile phones,” Instigate Debate said in a statement to NME.COM.

“But to ask them if they can film, then ask socio/political questions, rather than next album/merchandise/love life stuff.”

Several bands at this weekend’s V Festival are set to publicly announce their support for the project. is set to go live on August 16, and will feature the likes of Barat, McClure, McConnell, Wilson, Alan McGee, Suggs, Jon Snow and George Galloway waxing lyrical about everything from foreign policy to whether money has changed them as people.