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And was it any good etc?
Didn't go cause of shocking weather...
....but at about 6 o clock about a million peopple were trying to get on the tube at bethnal green
but lots of people walked past my house on the way back from it so i'm sure someone went.
The good, the bad and the queen had to start again.
No idea when the bands were playing and in which order. Some of the 'bigger name' bands were quite low down the bill.
All the speakers on the main stage were white (apart from the director of Bend it like beckham).
It was, y'know, alright. There was a huge amount of very preachy anti-BNP sloganeering, loads of crap bands and nothing much to do other than watch sloganeering and crap bands. And I missed Patrick Wolf, gah.
apart from a specific problem with the good the bad and the queen's opener. they were excellent before jerry dammers joined them.
babyshambles/ larrikin/ guillimots version of dancing in the dark was great, even though i'm not a fan of the band's involved.
can't complain, it was free and pretty good. organisers claimed 100,000, but i reckon it was half that.
Dancing In The Dark was awesome - so was White Riot... But I agree, no way was that 100,000 people...
just left as the sun came out whch bummed me out a little, but it was relativly easy to get home.
It was also a really good opportunity to find out more about the GLA elections cos I didn't know how or who to vote for, but a nice guy at the green party stand explained it to me.
What a farce. They tried that at the 1,2,3,4 festival last year but then people just jumped over the (very low) fence
but all the anti-BNP messages were ruined by moronic chants of 'fuck the BNP' started by the speakers onstage. By resorting to swearing, it seemed to drag the whole message down to a hooligan level, and there were young kids around too which made it more out of order. Get Cape went for a more practical approach, encouraging everyone to vote for someone that wasn't BNP. If they'd all done that onstage, maybe the event would have done more good than just making people feel proud of themselves for going.
I was pretty underwhelmed by the music apart from the thirty seconds I caught of Patrick Wolf.
"Isn't having someone shout slogans for you to just shout back at them from a stage how pretty much everything bad in history started."
Although the message was hard to argue with, it did feel a bit like a preach-to-the-converted-a-thon x 10 to the power of 5.
And I'm not sure that man with no teeth suckling white ace at 9am and selling soggy mdma wrapped up in kitchen roll actually fought any racisms throughout the whole day.
I fought 4, but had to go and do my washing.
I was so bored... and underwhelmed by the music and crowd, to be frank, as well as the BNP rants.
Ended up spending the latter half of the day around the pubs of Victoria Park with friends which was MUCH MORE FUN.
in my sports kit a couple of snotty kids were like "Oh you're going the wrong way teeheehee" so I couldn't resist getting in a "Sadly I love racism and hate music, but you guys have fun"
That might not bode well for Field Day.
So I stayed in. Twas only up the road, so I saw all the people heading up to it. They seemed to be 75% kids there for The View, 20% larger louts 5% families and 100% white.
I watched Ghostbusters on UKTV Gold instead. WIN
with this anti-racism lark.
I want to see lots of black people stood in fields, listening to Tony Benn bollock on about 'unity' and I want to see that NOW!
'ban the BNP' - surely these people should be pro freedom of speech.
There seemed to be a lot of dumbing down.
as hosted by The Morning Star!
Not just a bunch of white kids watching The View
a load of white people, none of whom have any intention of voting BNP being urged not to vote BNP...WTF?!
by Twickenham stadium on Saturday on my way to London Irish. Good tactic lad, campaign at a load of ex pats, first gens and second gens who not too long ago you were making life hell for.
I booed him. But he was in his car with a megaphone, how crap is that? Even Respect have a bus for christ sake!