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When comedy and politics fuse it can quite often result in gold, a la Alan B’Stard in the New Statesman and The Thick of It’s inimitable and sweary Malcolm Tucker. The Clash and Billy Bragg show you the fervour and passion that can happen when music and politics come together. Comedy and music can either be a witty and eloquently composed affair or it can be the biggest pile of shite this side of Percy Main. So what exactly is supposed to happen when music, politics, and comedy collide in one show? Jonny & The Baptists are about to demonstrate exactly this, when they bring their Rock the Vote tour to The Stand on Tuesday 14th April.

You might recognise this bunch from Radio 4’s The Now Show and The Infinite Monkey Page with syrup-voiced science man Brian Cox, they have also been nominated for awards at the Leicester comedy awards and the British Comedy Awards last year. They’ve also managed to piss off UKIP and get complaint letters sent to them by irate xenophobes from provincial towns in middle England.

Their back catalogue covers everything from the R&B-infused Scotland Don’t Leave Me to the music hall-esque call against cuts Do It In The Library, with a dry and on point witticism that isn’t afraid to laugh at the failings of the left-wing politics they espouse. It’s no coincidence that the Rock the Vote tour is scheduled for the run up to the May general elections, and in a time of great disenfranchisement an injection of silliness and stupidity could just be a remedy for the pathetic posturing of “those men in suits.”

Jonny and the Baptists Rock the Vote comes to The Stand, Newcastle on Tuesday 14th April.

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