Musicians call for unity following Manchester Arena bombing

Musicians from Manchester and round the world have called for unity after the horrific bombing at the Manchester Arena last night. At least 22 people have been killed and 59 injured in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena where thousands were enjoying a gig by American musician Ariana Grande moments before the blast occurred.

Ariana Grande tweeted immediately after the incident “broken from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. I don’t have words.”

In the hours following the blast, hundreds of tweets and message were posted by artists from across the world offering their support and condolences with the victims and their families. 

Artists were also very quick to call for unity following the tragic event. Manchester born grime artist Bugzy Malone tweeted “I’m devastated by what has happened, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected. Manchester today we stay strong and united”.

The united response among musicians was in stark contrast to the message carried in a few irresponsible statements and press column inches which used the horrific incident to demonise the Muslim community. 

Music has always been a powerful tool for uniting communities. It is crucial that artists continue to play a leading role in bringing people together at this difficult time and not allow those who want to promote racism and division to prosper.

Love Music Hate Racism offers our deepest condolences to all the victims and their families who were caught up in the Manchester Arena blast last night.

Artists come out in support of voter registration drive

LoveMusic HateRacism is working in partnership with youth media platform YGTV today launched an online campaign called ‘#YoungVote17’. The aim is to encourage 18 to 24 year olds to register to vote in the forthcoming general election in Britain on Thursday 8th June.

Artists including grime star Saskilla, rock band Enter Shikari and classical singer Camilla Kerslake all made video clips explaining how important it is for young people to make their voices heard.

Recent elections such as the EU referendum and US presidential election have been divisive, with negative rhetoric aimed at migrants, refugees and Muslims by some politicians and sections of the media.

LMHR and YGTV’s campaign is seeking to promote a positive message to young people during the election by working with artists who are highlighting the importance of both political engagement and antiracism through the unifying potential of music.

The deadline to register to vote is: 11.59pm on Monday 22nd
Your vote maters, make sure you are in:

Register to Vote Here

 

LMHR mark launch of Rock Against Racism exhibition

Love Music Hate Racism marked the launch of ‘This Is Hull! Rock Against Racism Posters 1979-82 exhibition’ on Wednesday 3rd May with a fantastic night of music, art and political discussion.

The night commenced with Richard Lees introducing his fantastic range of Rock Against Racism posters followed by a panel discussion with Roger Huddle co-founder of Rock Against Racism and author of Reminiscences of RAR and Dave Randall a musician and author of ‘Sound System: The Political Power of Music’.

The fantastic acts on the night included 10-piece brass band BRASSTERMIND!, world music DJ Cal Jader, latin music group Holly Holden y Su Banda and up and coming indie artist Cosmo Pyke.

Keep an eye out for future Love Music Hate Racism events coming soon.