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2,000 at Love Music Hate Racism fundraiser

by Lee Billingham
Issue No. 2030

Around 2,000 people packed into top London club Fabric last Thursday for a massive fundraiser for Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR).

Speakers included David Okoro – cousin of murdered black teenager Anthony Walker – who received thunderous applause, as well as Siobhan Endean, national equality officer for the Amicus union and Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism (UAF). Spontaneous chants of 'Fuck the BNP' broke out throughout the night.

Curated by Babyshambles' Drew McConnell, this was LMHR's most ambitious musical line-up yet. An exciting mix of more than 30 of Britain's most exciting young acts performed across three rooms of grime, indie, hip-hop and drum'n'bass.

This, along with the increasingly close involvement of high-profile artists in LMHR – some of whom have now been targeted by the Nazi 'Redwatch' website - led to major articles about the event and LMHR in the NME, Time Out, BBC Radio and The Independent among many others. Anti-fascist merchandise was hugely popular.

Hundreds signed up to get more involved in the anti-fascist movement, with a great response to UAF leaflets advertising this weekend's anti-BNP rally in Barking & Dagenham.

LMHR plans further high-profile gigs in BNP target areas like Barking & Dagenham, Stoke and West Yorkshire early in 2007.

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