Love Hate Music Festival Reviews


Comedian Eddie Izzard introduced a film of the Hope not Hate bus’s 1,000mile, 15-day nationwide tour. He said: “Just 65 years ago, our grandfathers and grandmothers fought a world war against fascism. Well, this is our generation’s fight against fascists. Tell everyone you know to vote against the racists in the European elections on June 4.” Izzard also invoked the spirit of Stoke City football legend Sir Stanley Matthews – a man renowned for his leadership and modesty. “I know Sir Stanley Matthews wouldn’t want the people of Stoke voting for the BNP,” he told the crowd to cheers of support.

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Between acts, compere Eddie Izzard took to the stage to deliver the anti-racism message of the festival. And the comedian told the sun-drenched crowd to “mobilise” themselves against the BNP at the polls on Thursday. He said: “We know there is a BNP element in this city and we have to fight it. On Thursday there is a danger the BNP is going to get seats on the European Parliament. “You have to start mobilising yourselves, your friends and anyone you have ever met to go and vote on Thursday so this doesn’t happen. “You will be sending a message out to the world that you love hope, and that they breed hate. “Sixty-five years ago our grandfathers fought against fascism in World War Two. We have another battle on our hands on Thursday to make sure there is no victory for fascists this time either. “You can do it. It’s up to you to battle fascism.”

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