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Rock Against Racism: Musical blast at the hate-mongers

By Joanne Savage

Published 21/06/2014

With a jam-packed, storming line-up of strumming guitars and anarchic lyrics, Belfast showed its cool side and musical progeny to be proud of
With a jam-packed, storming line-up of strumming guitars and anarchic lyrics, Belfast showed its cool side and musical progeny to be proud of

We've had anti-racism rallies at City Hall, an anti-racism march and the launch of a consultation on a draft racial equality strategy, and now the local rock scene has done its bit to show that racism, bigotry and hatred are the sentiments of an unfortunate minority here.

Most of us value racial and cultural diversity and a richly cosmopolitan Northern Ireland that is welcoming to all colours and creeds.

With a jam-packed, storming line-up of strumming guitars and anarchic lyrics, Belfast showed its cool side and musical progeny to be proud of with performances by frontman of indie outfit General Fiasco Owen Strathern, the pulsing Empty Lungs, Co Down rockers The Answer, Kasper Rosa, Mojo Fury and hardcore instrumental experimentalists ASIWYFA.

The nobly-aimed benefit at the Limelight was held to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) which works to provide support, education and outreach for immigrants who make this place their home.

If I had one criticism, it was that The Answer plumped for an acoustic set, having lost their bass player "somewhere between a German music festival and George Best City Airport".

Four stars

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