Paul Weller and The Farm on the bill for pro-Corbyn gigs

Written by David Singleton on 10 October 2016 in Diary

A series of 'Concerts for Corbyn’ are being organised by Momentum.

Rock legend Paul Weller and 90s Liverpudlian band The Farm are among the artists to have signed up for a series of concerts designed to celebrate Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing agenda.

Momentum said the gigs were aimed at getting people to stand up for "fairness and equality"and will begin on 16 December 2016.

Weller has assembled a bespoke band featuring Robert Wyatt, Danny Thompson, Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier to play at the first concert at Brighton Dome.

The project revives memories of Labour’s Red Wedge project in the 1980s, which featured a collective of musicians – including Weller – who sought to engage young people with politics in the hope of ousting Margaret Thatcher’s government. 

The event organisers said in a statement:  "Music can be a huge force for social change. Today, more than ever, it feels like we need to stand up for democracy, for fairness and equality, for our basic human rights. 

"We feel that Jeremy Corbyn's realigning of the Labour Party towards the principles of social justice and wealth distribution, which the party was first founded on, affords the best opportunity to improve everybody's lives.

"By inviting a broad range of acts, not all of whom are known for being overtly political, to play in support of this under the banner of 'People Powered', we are saying – Speak Out! Get Involved! Fight For What You Believe In! Make Your Voice Heard! Everyone can make a difference!"

Tickets for the first gig go on sale on Friday 14 October priced at £25. They are available from The Dome website.

Alongside Weller, the first gig will feature Temples; Kathryn Williams; Stealing Sheep; Weller with Robert Wyatt, Danny Thompson, Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier; Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind, Edgar Summertyme; and Ghetto Priest.

Also on the bill for the first concern are The Farm, best known for their 1990s anthem ‘All Together Now’.






Picture by: Joel Ryan/AP/Press Association Images

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