On Saturday May 1st 2022, bands, solo artists and political speakers will come together in a great line up assembled in Liverpool, in a stand against fascism and racism…. writes Richard Chorley (from Clash Fans Against the Right)

The event will take place at ‘BRICK STREET’ in the Baltic Triangle, the cultural heart of the city.  ‘BRICK STREET’ is at 44 Brick Street, L1 OBN With doors opening at 2 pm, ‘RESISTANCE STREET – LIVERPOOL 2022 will run through to midnight.

Chair of ‘Resistance Street’ Clash Confidante and Iraq ‘Human Shield’ activist Robin Banks said:

” Liverpool has a mighty tradition of solid resistance to fascism, racism and Right Wing energies. We are proud to be staging our first regional event with people from this brave, defiant city. This event is very much in the traditions of the original ‘Rock Against Racism’ movement and will combine music and politics with a focus keenly refined within the current volatile political climate. As the spectre of war once again looms over Europe and the whole world, events like this are unifying vehicles for all those whose priority lies within the spirit of peace and humanity.”

A superb line up of Liverpool musical talent is guaranteed with bands and artists performing including NIGEL CLARKE of DODGY, JOHN McGLONE and THE SOULS OF EMOTION, PETE HOOTON and KEITH MULLEN (THE FARM DJ experience), CANDY OPERA, LUCIGENIC, MODERN MARRIAGE, MC NELSON, IAN O’BRIEN, AMINA ATIQ, THE LIVERPOOL SOCIALIST SINGERS and others…

A truly impressive line of of Guest Speakers will include former Shadow Chancellor JOHN McDONNELL MP, HOWARD BECKETT, MATT WRACK, leader of the Fire Brigades Union, ANNA ROTHERY first black Lord Mayor of Liverpool, JO BIRD, CHANTELLE LUNT Chair of BLM Merseyside Alliance, Historian and Author DR LOUISE RAW, RICK BLACKMAN Author of ‘Babylon’s Burning’, ANDY WALSH of the Football Supporters Association and GERRY POTTER, Liverpool Punk Poet.

The entire event will be filmed for inclusion in the feature length documentary ”ON RESISTANCE STREET” currently under production in mainland Britain, Belfast and New York.

The film which contains historical reference and assessments framed in the contemporary social media and political climate, is an in-depth examination of the crucial role that radical music and culture plays in the battle against fascism and racism. Many renowned musicians, artists, writers, academics and activists have already contributed with others lined up in the film’s final three months of production.

Contributors to the film include Chris Salewicz (Joe Strummer’s biographer), Ray Gange (Star of Rude Boy), Paul Simmonds of The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Dr Louise Raw Anti-Fascist historian, Weyman Bennett of Stand Up To Racism, Glen Matlock, Naomi Bedford folk singer, Matt Wrack FBU Leader, Terry Hooley Good Vibrations, Jim Reilly of Stiff Little Fingers, Buck Murdoch of The Defects, Greg Cowan of The Outcasts, Henry McDonald NI Music writer and author, Alex Baker historian, Professor Kim-Marie Spence, Sharon Duggal author of ‘Handsworth Times’, Colin Davidson ‘Silent Testimony’ artist, Stephen Scott Artist, Attila The Stockbroker, Dr Don John Black History, Roddy Byers and Jerry Dammers originally of The Specials, Mykaell Riley originally of Steel Pulse and Professor of Black History at Westminster University, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Omar, Mark Chadwick of The Levellers, Rick Blackman author of ‘Babylon’s Burning’ and many others.

ORS will premiere in London later in 2022 followed by a series of national and international screenings. Key participants in the Liverpool event will be interviewed on the day. The film’s trailer is above.

The ‘Soul Against Fascism’ team and a crew of Liverpool’s finest DJ’s will play music between sets throughout the day and during a closing eclectic dance session from 10.30 till 12. A vegan Caribbean food vendor will provide tasty nutrition to keep people going on what promises to be a very memorable day, in the great city of resistance.

With a big crowd expected on the day, people are advised to snap up tickets in advance. Tickets cost £10 and can be obtained via this Facebook page. All general inquiries concerning the event can also be made to the ticket hotline 07751 837704. Updates on the event will appear on the Facebook page and in the national and regional media over the coming weeks.

Resistance Street Liverpool Facebook Group – Tickets

All words  Richard Chorley

Previous articleSeptember Song: Two Miles Out – album review
Next articleHungry Beat, an oral history of Scottish punk – out in September 2022


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here