We are delighted to announce that LMHR's national 2009 Festival will take in Stoke-on-Trent's Britannia Stadium, on Saturday 30th May. More details and updates on the Love Music Hate Racism website and on:
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Love Music Hate Racism Festival 2009 is a massive one-day music festival with a message, coming to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday May 30th. Some of the UK's top live acts and DJs from every genre of music will come together to celebrate Britain's diverse multicultural society by rocking and raving together with the fans of the music we all love.
Stoke City Football Club, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and national campaign Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) have come together to stage the City's biggest ever day of music, a day of peace love and unity with something for everyone. The festival is also being supported by Kick It Out, football's anti-racism campaign.
On the day, the South Stand of the Britannia Stadium will host a massive outdoor stage featuring top live acts. Delilah's Bar inside the stadium hosts a large dance arena across two floors with an exciting line-up of the country's top DJs from every style of dance music.
The winners of our fantastic "Road to the Britannia" competition for music acts from across Staffs, Cheshire and Shropshire, will also be playing. There are also attractions for all the family, street entertainers, stalls and much more.
Last year's Love Music Hate Racism Festival took place in East London's Victoria Park and was the biggest ever with 110,000 people turning up to see the likes of The View, Hard-Fi, Damon Albarn & The Clash's Paul Simonon, Jay Sean, Bashy, Radio 1's Nihal and Mistajam and many more. Previous Love Music Hate Racism shows have featured headliners like Basement Jaxx, Babyshambles, Kasabian, Estelle, Doves and Ms Dynamite.
Announcing the news, Love Music Hate Racism spokesman Lee Billingham said: "Love Music Hate Racism is proud to be working in partnership with Stoke City FC and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to bring our national event this year to the Britannia Stadium on May 30th.
"Love Music Hate Racism is about celebrating what we all have in common and music has always been a powerful force for bringing people and undermining the division and misery that racism can bring to our communities.
"The Festival at the Britannia will be the most exciting music event that Stoke has ever seen! Some of country's biggest bands and DJs will join with top local performers in a fantastic day that will have something for everyone.
"The event will involve thousands of people in Stoke itself, from schools and colleges to community organisations and music venues, but will also show those from outside the city who join us on the day that the majority of people in Stoke prefer living, working and enjoying themselves together to racism and division."
Chief Executive of Stoke City Football Club Tony Scholes added: "This Saturday will see the launch of the Love music Hate Racism Festival, which will take place here at the Britannia Stadium this summer.
"We've collaborated with Stoke-On-Trent City Council and Love Music Hate Racism to stage this community event. There is a great line up currently being put together for the day and it is something we are very excited about and proud to be hosting."
Hazel Lyth, portfolio holder for Enterprise and Culture for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: "Staging a festival of this significance and importance in this city sends a message to the rest of the country that Stoke-on-Trent is serious about music and multi-culturism and that we are dedicated to providing top class entertainment for the young and not so young of the city.
"The day will be a wonderful show of unity and togetherness with a message that Stoke-on-Trent won't stand for racists and those that try and divide our communities. People from all over the UK will be coming and it is really exciting that the city will be the centre of the music world on that day."
Photo: © Simon Green eventful.org.uk / Love Music Hate Racism
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In order to ensure we reach the most people possible, the carnival is FREE to get into. However, it's not free to stage! We are asking you to urgently help support the carnival, and by doing so celebrate our multiracial and multicultural society. If you are able to help, please go to www.lovemusichateracism.com/donate to make an online payment - or make cheques payable to "LMHR-RAR Carnival 2008" and send to Love Music Hate Racism, 231 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EH. Thanks!