LMHR: Commemorating the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ 40 years on 12-13 August

Commemorating the ‘Battle of Lewisham’ 40 years on Saturday 12 August – LMHR will be putting on a gig at the New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Rd SE14 6AS as part of a range of events marking the 40th year anniversary of the “Battle of Lewisham”.  Artists performing at the gig include Logic, Lloyd Luther, One Jah, Batwings and more tbc. Event page here. The gig will follow a commemorative march in Lewisham organised by Unite Against Fascism and Lewisham TUC. Event page here Flyer here

Remembering the “Battle of Lewisham” Community Festival Sunday 13 August – LMHR is working alongside Goldsmiths, Lewisham Council and the Albany Theatre to  run a community festival commemorating the “Battle of Lewisham”. The free event will include live music, screenings, panel discussions, exhibitions, stalls, food and an evening gig (see below). The event will begin with the unveiling of a plaque 12.15pm Clifton Rise, London SE14 6JW see here for details. Followed by the community festival 1pm at The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE14 6JW. Flyer here

 

The “Battle of Lewisham” refers to 13th August 1977 when the nazi national front (NF) attempted to march from New Cross to Lewisham town centre and were stopped by the local community, socialists and others (including the late civil rights activist Darcus Howe). It was the first time a national NF march was stopped from reaching its destination. The event hastened the demise of the NF so is significant in the history of Lewisham and race relations in Britain. 

 

Sunday 27 August: LMHR float at Notting Hill Carnival 

Love Music Hate Racism in partnership with Smokey Joe Roadshow will be having a float at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival on 27th-28th August. The float is being sponsored by the Rail and Maritime Transport (RMT) and a number of local trade union branches.
 
The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest street festivals in the world and is an important celebration of diversity and anti racism. The first carnival was held in St Pancras Town Hall in 1959 in response to widespread racist attacks and the Notting Hill riots. Trinidadian Claudia Jones known by many as “the mother of the Notting Hill Carnival” organised the event to bring communities together.
 
The carnival has been taking place in Notting Hill since 1966. It remains an important display of multiculturalism and unity at a time when tackling racism and scapegoating remain a key challenge for society. The shared music, dance and celebration of carnival is a reminder that there is more that unites us than divides us.
 
The carnival is attended by over two million people over the bank holiday weekend and is a great audience for love music hate racism’s positive message of unity. Come and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere on the day and help promote LMHR by joining our float procession. This year’s carnival will pay a respectful tribute to the tragic loss of life at Grenfell tower last month.
If you are interested in joining LMHR’s t-shirt procession on Sunday 27th August or being part of SJR full costume masqueraders on Monday 28th August then message us or email [email protected]om for details on how you can register.

Love Music Hate Racism returns Sat 24 June at The Victoria Dalston

Music is living testimony to the fact that cultures can and do mix. It unites us, gives us strength and offers a vibrant celebration of our multicultural society. Racism seeks only to divide and weaken us. ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ is the continuation of the ‘Rock Against Racism’ movement of the late 1970s, which used music to unite people and promote anti-racism.

Come to the Victoria Dalston for the next instalment of our events. Featuring a fantastic array of artists across music genres.

LMHR presents…

Lloyd Luther
Zara Sykes
The Baskervilles
Ghosts of Men
DJ Dymond

8pm-late, Saturday 24th June, The Victoria Dalston, 451 Queensbridge Rd, London E8 3AS Tickets £5/£3 concessions

The LMHR campaign has a renewed importance with the increase in islamophobia, anti-migrant racism and hostility towards refugees in Britain and across Europe. We think it is time to reignite our national movement against racism through music. It is vital that everyone gets involved however they can. Email [email protected] for more information.