Huddersfield LMHR braves freezing temperatures to hold a successful event at The Parish

Huddersfield Love Music Hate Racism braved freezing temperatures to hold a successful event at The Parish venue on 24 January. The night was aimed at celebrating the town’s rich cultural diversity.

It was much needed against a backdrop of recent events such as the shocking phone footage that came to light of a young Syrian refugee being bullied by a group of students from his school.

Huddersfield used to a boast thriving annual Mela, Carnival festivals and the three-stage community event Timeless Festival. There is now a real lack of multicultural events in the town.

Organiser Pat Fulgoni said “it was a great night. Looks like we all raised a few hundred quid so there should be a short run of LMHR tees to sell at the next one. It is true that this beautiful town and surrounding area has a history of tensions, but these gigs are a much welcome development and long may they continue.”

Artists on the night included veteran trad ska act Natural Rhythm, Mr Chicken and Chips Audley Buckle, Indus Traps, Doghouse Derelicts (ft Dub Pistols members), punk rockers Kelter, Roots Tradition Roundbeat Soundstystem, DJs Ras Tenda, and Little Warrior, Fresh Kids graffart, event organisers the electronic act Cabinet Of Millionaires featuring Hospital Records singer Pat Fulgoni.

Speakers included Hugh Goulbourne, discussing Windrush Advocacy on behalf of the Jamaican National Congress, Roger Keely from Stand Up The Racism and Mac Andrassy from Love Music Hate Racism and Hands Off HRI / NHS campaigns.

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