Labour music festival with Jeremy Corbyn set for June

 Labour music festival with Jeremy Corbyn set for June

‘Labour Live 2018’ will take place at on Saturday 16 June White Hart Lane recreation ground, in the Tottenham constituency of Labour colleague David Lammy MP.  The one-day event will feature Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn alongside Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell. Artists Jermain Jackman, the Magic Numbers, and Rae Morris are confirmed to play the fledgling Labour music festival.

Long rumoured Labour music festival

Murmurs of a Labour music festival have been abound since last summer. Jeremy Corbyn’s appearance at Glastonbury packed out the famous Pyramid Stage, mere weeks after a surprisingly positive general election result for the Labour party. After the appearance received national media coverage, Norfolk MP George Freeman sparked the Conservative Big Ideas festival as a response. The so-called Tory festival attracted around 200 guests, and was held in Betfair founder Mark Davies’ garden. Presumably, the muti-millionaire finds himself in good company around Conservative politicians.

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Jeremy Corbyn spoke of his love for Glastonbury during his time on the Pyramid stage:

“This place in Glastonbury is truly wonderful. I remember coming here as a child, being taken up to Glastonbury Tor by my mum and dad and I thought what a magical area this is because there’s something very special about it. It’s a place where people come together and they achieve things. We have a democracy because people lay down their lives so that we might get the right to vote.”

The World Transformed, an offshoot of Labour group Momentum, have hosted arts, music, and culture events alongside Labour’s party conference for the last two years, and it has been confirmed they will have a presence at the new Labour music festival, Labour Live 2018.

Tickets go on sale from Tuesday 20th March, with no indication yet as to the price. A page on the Labour website allows those interested to sign up for “early access” of some kind. The only other information made available as of today is that the festival will also feature Kate Osamor MP, ‘literature’ of some kind, and kids entertainment. At present, the event sounds more akin to an Americanised Presidential rally than a traditional music festival.


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