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Originally conceived as a one-off gig with a message of anti-racism, Rock Against Racism became a fully-fledged political and cultural movement in the mid-70s. Reacting against racist attacks in the streets, the increasing right-wing polemic of the press and public mistrust of immigration (sound familiar?), arguably their message of music bringing people together to stand against racist behaviour has never been more relevant.

While their last official event may have been in the early 80s, live shows that embody the spirit of the movement have continued to take place, and one such show at The Georgian Theatre on Saturday 18th September comes with original RAR founder member Roger Huddle’s seal of approval.

Presented in association with the Battle of Stockton Campaign (which commemorates the locals who chased Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists out of Stockton in 1933), the gig features an eclectic roster of musicians who have a passion for the cause. Headlined by Teesside rabble-rousers Benefits, whose music is visceral in its disdain for the state of the UK today, demonstrated by their noisy protest songs; alt. country/blues artist Patrick Jordan; the ‘deeply candid’ music of Reardon Love; alt. folk artist Frazer Lambert, whose songs reflect industrial life on Teesside; eighties-inspired balladeer Lost State of Dan; grungy acoustic act Thought Trumpet and DJ Gary ‘Diz’ Walters, who was involved in the original Rock Against Racism movement.

Rock Against Racism takes place at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Saturday 18th September

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