To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rock Against Racism movement, Alistair Hulett Memorial Trust are delighted to announce a two-day festival at the historic Queens Park Arena in Glasgow’s Southside.
The festival, on the 27th and 28th of August, is the finale of four days in the park that will celebrate the unique culturally-diverse area of Govanhill, where Alistair lived when he reutrned to Glasgow. In partnership with Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Inhouse, a Unity Festival of talks, workshops and discussions runs from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th, Govanhill International Carnival will lead of parade to the park on Saturday 26th, where there will be family activities and music.
The first day of the Festival brings together three iconic British reggae bands who all played in the original RaR carnivals. Bristol’s Black Roots open the evening followed by Misty in Roots and Aswad. Day two see’s legendary Mancunian frontman Shaun Ryder’s Black Grape headline supported by Glasgow’s own Colonel Mustard & the Dijon 5 and beatboxer Bigg Taj.
Fatima Uygun, treasurer of AHMT, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to be promoting this event. To bring top quality bands to the park where Paul Robeson once sang on Mayday 1960, to mark the anniversary of RaR, and to compliment the Govanhill International Carnival is a perfect storm for us. We will be working with Govanhill Baths and Inhouse to make this a huge success.”
Weekend tickets are £50, Sunday’s gig “Roots Rock Reggae Against Racism” £25 and Monday, headlined by Black Grape, is £35, all tickets are subject to a booking fee and can be purchased at skiddle.com
All profits raised from the Festival will fund integration and anti-racism projects.