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To mark the fortieth anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Tom Robinson will be hanging up his headphones and hitting the road to perform his entire Power In The Darkness album across the UK. Unafraid to ruffle a few feathers, Robinson formed The Tom Robinson Band in the seventies, who made regular headlines for their activism. The band were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International, had a vociferous aversion to Maggie Thatcher, as well as being stalwarts of LGBT rights. Perhaps now better known for his contributions to new music than politically charged performances, he is one of the founding members of BBC Radio 6 Music, where he presents three shows a week.

In addition to some of the punk throwbacks, expect smatterings from Robinson’s latest album Only the Now, released back in 2015. Politically charged as ever, the album features prominent left-wing voices, from Billy Bragg, to the region’s own Nadine Shah. The band’s lineup isn’t too shabby either, featuring Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and Jim Simmons on the keys.

The world and its politics may be going down the pan, but thankfully, there are still folks like Tom Robinson fighting the good fight. Catch him at the Riverside on Saturday 28th October.


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