Owing to the recent depressing prevalence of racist attitudes in certain quarters, and the marked increase in racist attacks across Northern Ireland, rockers are holding a concert to show their resounding opposition to those who do not support a diverse and multicultural Province.
The Rock Against Racism special fundraising gig (- a kind of musical corollary to the anti-racism rallies that have been held at Belfast City Hall recently, one in support in Alliance MLA Anna Lo, and all of which have been so well attended -) will feature a slew of local acts including: instrumentalist/experimental rockers And So I Watch You From Afar, Co Down rockers The Answer, and the uber cool Mojo Fury, General Fiasco, Kasper Rosa, Empty Lungs and others. The gig will take place at the Limelight on June 20 with all funds raised from ticket sales going to the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), which works to provide support to those who come to Northern Ireland from other countries, helping them to integrate well into the community and where necessary, providing them with the tools needed to build their lives here.
Rock Against Racism is about rocking out to show all those from other cultures how much their continued presence here matters to the majority of open-minded and right-thinking members of our society.
But apart from this, Rock Against Racism is also a great excuse to sample some of the very best rock talent Northern Ireland has to offer right now, with bands like And So I Watch You From Afar and The Answer already having been hugely lauded by music industry insiders.
It’s time to rock on out in the name of a truly worthwhile cause - namely building and protecting cultural and racial diversity here in Nothern Ireland.
Rock Against Racism, Friday June 20, The Limelight, Belfast, with doors opening at 8pm. Tickets, priced £10 + booking fee, are now on sale via Ticketmaster outlets with all proceeds being donated to the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities.