BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 18 March '17

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Coldplay among artists supporting Love Music, Hate Racism campaign

Some of Britain’s top musicians and bands are throwing their weight behind the re-launch of Love Music, Hate Racism.

Drawing inspiration from Rock Against Racism stalwarts The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson band and Misty in Roots, popular artists including Stormzy, Charli XCX, Lianne La Havas, Coldplay, Kwabs and Ed Sheeran have shown their commitment to anti-racism by posing in the iconic Love Music, Hate Racism T-shirts. They will send a clear message to their millions of fans that music has the power to bring people together.

The T-shirt is available to buy here. For every T-shirt sold, Care4Calais will receive £1 to help refugees.

Anti-Racism Day

The Love Music, Hate Racism campaign is supporting the United Nations Anti-Racism Day events, in London and around the world, on Saturday 18 March.

Still rocking against racism

Love Music, Hate Racism is the continuation of the ‘Rock Against Racism’ movement of the late 1970s, which used music to unite people and promote anti-racism.

‘There is a proud history of musicians standing up to racism, from the likes of Steel Pulse and The Clash performing at Rock Against Racism gigs in the ‘70s to bands such as The Libertines and Roll Deep playing at Love Music Hate Racism events in the early 2000s.

‘LMHR and RAR weren’t just about big bands and big concerts though. They were about musicians and fans uniting in a grass roots movement.’

ZAK COCHRANE
Campaigner at Love Music, Hate Racism

The campaign uses the energy of the music scene to celebrate diversity and involve people in anti-racist activity. Since 2002, it has produced many hundreds of events – from large outdoor festivals to local gigs and club nights – and been instrumental in discouraging support for far-right groups.

To support UN Anti-Racism Day, demonstrations will also be taking place in Glasgow, Cardiff, Amsterdam, Athens, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen and Warsaw on Saturday 18 March.

‘We are delighted that these artists are working with us to bring this campaign to life. I hope it will inspire millions of people once more to put on their own gigs and spread the message far and wide that racism only seeks to divide communities, whereas music brings us together. It is in all our interest to love music and hate racism.’

ZAK COCHRANE
Campaigner at Love Music, Hate Racism

Click here for more on the Love Music, Hate Racism march in London.