By Leah Conway –
The ‘Rebel Music Tour’ is coming to Huddersfield. The show is touring the nation and celebrates music’s power to bring communities together, and its power to fight racism.
Among Huddersfield, the tour is also stopping in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and Swansea.
The performances have been organised by the Love Music Hate Racism campaign (LMHR). Organisers said the aim is “to give a platform to aspiring musicians at a time of huge difficulties for artists looking to find paid live music events.”
Their spokesperson continued, “Love Music Hate Racism has always sought to use music as a platform to bring people together against bigotry and hatred.”
The Rebel Music Tour is an outcome of a partnership with ASOS. The fashion company have created a collection of t-shirts to support the campaign. Each tee sold will donate money to Love Music Hate Racism development of local talent and support the #SpeakUpThursday radio show featured on Soho Radio, London.
Power of Music
“Love Music Hate Racism uses the energy and vibrancy of the music scene to promote unity and celebrate diversity through education and events. Our message is simple, there is more that unites us than divides us; and nothing demonstrates this more than music,” reads a statement on the LMHR website.
“Whatever the genre, music is living testimony to the fact that cultures can and do mix. Music has the power to unite, to give strength and to effect positive social change.
“Racism, on the other hand, weakens us; it creates barriers and turns friends and neighbours against one another. Sadly, racism is on the rise in the UK and internationally. We believe that if we work together, we can harness the power of music to stop this destructive force in its tracks.
Our aim is to use the power of music to bring together individuals and communities in a beautiful resistance against bigotry and hatred. Join the movement!”
Rebel Music tour comes to Huddersfield
Love Music Hate Racism’s tour will be coming to Huddersfield this month on 23 March. The upcoming event will showcase local artists and emerging talent. The event will be hosted by Bassment Studios, St Thomas’ Rd, Huddersfield, from 8pm onwards.
The night will feature a range of music from Dance genres, live blues, and jazz.
Local performers include the following:
Dirty Freud, Ruby Wood (Submotion Orchestra), Nat Pennington (Norzea Events), Ruby Tingle, Martin Chung (Jah Wobble band), Fabric8 (Formation Records), DJ Promo (Future Formation), Pat Fulgoni & Sam Bolt (Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience).
Additionally, Oliver Lancaster (Fresh Kids Club) will produce live Graffart. Musicians from London and Manchester will also make their way over the Huddersfield for the event, including Chris Inperspective and Madrush MC.
You can purchase tickets in advance or buy them at the door.
Love Music Hate Racism panel
Before the event, there will be a special panel running in collaboration with Kirklees Year of Music 2023. It will start at 6pm and is free to attend.
The panel will feature Zak Cochrane of LMHR, Rick Blackman the author of Babylon’s Burning and Chris Inperspective of Black Junglist Alliance and R&S Records.
They will discuss things such as how racism is still present in the music industry as well as the role that music plays in the stand against racism.
To book your tickets and get more information, head over and book on Eventbrite.
UN International anti-racism day
Beyond the tour, the LMHR campaign will also join a national demonstration against racism. The demonstration is taking place in London on the UN international anti-racism day, which is an annual event. This year it will take place on Saturday 19 March.