The Rock Against Racism movement is to be celebrated with a pair of punky reggae parties in Brighton and London in March and April.
Founded in 1976, RAR was formed as a reaction to the rise of the right-wing National Front in the UK and specifically to Eric Clapton’s infamous pro-Enoch Powell rant at a gig in Birmingham.
Alongside the Anti-Nazi League, RAR gathered steam throughout the late 70s, bringing together punk and reggae musicians and many others, staging how profile gigs and carnivals, including a 100, 000 strong event in East London’s Victoria Park in April ’78, featuring The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson Band, X-Ray Spex and others.
The event at The Dome in Brighton on 28 March will feature Jamaican ska legends THE SKATALITES, RUTS DC – one of the first punk bands to incorporate reggae into their sound, MISTY IN ROOTS – on whose People Unite label The Ruts released their debut single, and THE MEMBERS. Tickets for the event are available here.
Then on 3 April, The Skatalites, Ruts DC and The Members will be appearing at The Electric, Brixton, where they’ll be joined by ‘Pass The Dutchie’ hitmakers MUSICAL YOUTH. Tickets are on sale here.