Love Music Hate Racism 2008

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The Love Music Hate Racism concert in Victoria Park last Sunday saw over 100,000 people attend. Organisers hope it will affect the turnout in today’s London elections, in which the BNP still have a presence. Pic: PA Photos

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London’s Victoria Park has seen its fair share of gigs over the years, from last week’s Love Music Hate Racism carnival, the Rock Against Racism gig 30 years before, Radiohead in 2000 (and indeed next month), plus the Field Day, Underage and Lovebox Weekender festivals. Pic: PA Photos

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Jimmy Pursey, singer of legendary 1970s punk band Sham 69. A band is performing under that name but without Jimmy. Pic: PA Photos

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Paul Simonon playing with The Good, The Bad And The Queen at the Love Music Hate Racism gig. He also played with The Clash at the Rock Against Racism concert at the same venue 30 years earlier. He spoke to NME.COM about the gigs: "I went to school when the first of West Indian people and their families were invited over, so I went to school with first generation you could say and you would have thought over the years there would have been some integration, and that BNP tendency would have died down. This country has always had immigrations, we’ve have Vikings here, you name it and it’s people working together that’s what our country is about."
Pic: PA photos

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The Good, The Bad And The Queen’s Paul Simonon at the festival. He recently spoken to NME.COM about how the band reformed especially for the gig. "In what it stands for it will bring back the memories," he said before the event. "It will probably be a bit strange for a moment not to have people like Tom Robinson and of course ourselves (The Clash), but time has moved on and we have to crack on. You can’t dwell in the past, you have to deal with the issues today." Pic: PA Photos

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Hard-Fi opened the day with an acoustic set. They played ‘I Shall Overcome’, ‘Hard To Beat’, ‘Tied Up Too Tight’, ‘Television’, ‘Suburban Knights’, ‘Cash Machine’, ‘We Need Love’ and ‘Living For The Weekend’. Pic: PA Photos

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Crowds gather at the Love Music Hate Racism carnival in London’s Victoria Park last Sunday (April 27).
Pic: PA Photos

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Last week’s Love Music Hate Racism carnival saw ex-Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson, Reverend And The Makers’ John McClure and Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell (above, L-R) join forces as part of a massive supergroup with members of The View, Guillemotes, The Pan I Am and Sham 69 vocalist Jimmy Pursey.
Pic: Tim Cochrane

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