Thursday 27 October 2016

Paul Weller to play Brighton Dome in first of 'concerts for Corbyn'

Published 10/10/2016 | 14:56

Paul Weller is championing Jeremy Corbyn by appearing in a concert promoting the Labour leader
Paul Weller is championing Jeremy Corbyn by appearing in a concert promoting the Labour leader
'Concerts for Corbyn' are planned nationally to promote the Labour leader

A group fronted by Paul Weller will take part in a concert in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the campaign group Momentum has announced.

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The gig in Brighton will be the first of a national series of "concerts for Corbyn", with artists on the line-up including indie veterans The Farm, psychedelic group Temples and singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams.

Other acts on the bill for the December 16 concert include Stealing Sheep, Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind, Edgar Summertyme and Ghetto Priest.

Former Jam and Style Council frontman Weller has experience of political concerts, after playing a leading role in the Red Wedge campaign which supported Neil Kinnock's Labour in the 1980s.

He will be joined by former Soft Machine star Robert Wyatt, Danny Thompson, Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier.

The £25 Brighton Dome show on December 16 is intended as the first of a series called People Powered: Concerts For Corbyn, organised by promoters Rocksalts in association with Momentum.

In a statement the organisers said: "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!"

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