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20,000 pack into Hull anti-racist carnival

by Lee Billingham, Love Music Hate Racism
Issue No. 2169

Thousands packed into a Love Music Hate Racism show at Hull’s Freedom Festival last weekend (Pic: Picture: Hull Daily Mail)

Thousands packed into a Love Music Hate Racism show at Hull’s Freedom Festival last weekend (Pic: Picture: Hull Daily Mail)


More than 20,000 people of all backgrounds packed into a Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) show at the second annual Freedom Festival in Hull last weekend.

The eclectic line up brought local acts together with nationally acclaimed artists.

Top Hull band The Paddingtons – veterans of more than half a dozen LMHR shows and responsible for introducing the LMHR campaign to the city – kicked off the later part of the show with a storming set.

Chart-topping grime star Chipmunk was next on, much to the delight of the thousands of young people at the front of the stage who’d chanted his name for the previous two hours.

Chipmunk split the crowd into two halves, one chanting, “Love Music”, the other calling back, “Hate Racism”.

Closing the LMHR show were brilliant political punks The King Blues, whose angry and passionate tunes went down a storm.

Lead singer Itch told the crowd how inspired he was to see thousands in a largely white and working class audience singing along to anti‑racist slogans.

He congratulated Unite Against Fascism on the fantastic counter demonstration against the Nazis in Harrow the previous day.

To loud cheers he led a mass chant of “Fuck the BNP”.


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Tue 15 Sep 2009, 19:34 BST
Issue No. 2169
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