The legendary Pop And Politics event- where musicians and MPs gather to discuss issues will be held in Brighton during the Labour Party conference.
This is an open event and anyone can come- it’s free to get in and will follow the Question Time format with a discussion panel of music figures and MPs chaired by LTW’s John Robb. It’s also a social and a place to talk about issues that affect music- everyone is welcome.
It will be held on Tuesday Sept 24th at 7.30.
The venue is Charles St Envy Bar on Brighton’s seafront
The address is 8 Marine Parade BN2 1TA
Pop and Politics press release below
“Mixing Pop and Politics: he asks me what the use is?”
We’ll be debating this and more at the Pop and Politics event at Labour Party Conference,
Tuesday 24th September, 7.30pm onwards, at the Charles Street Envy Bar on the Brighton seafront (8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA).
Free entry, open to all, and followed at 9pm by the Pop and Politics/ Political Scrapbook party.
Chaired by Louder than War’s John Robb, taking part will be music journalists Simon Price and Carl Loben; musicians Martin Rossiter, Grace Petrie and Chris TT; Labour MP Kerry McCarthy, and others.
We’ll be asking… Can music still change the world? Is protest music dead? Should musicians venture into the world of politics, or is it just embarrassing when they do so?
We’ll also be looking at things from an international perspective: the role played by rap music in the Arab Spring; why Pussy Riot reached the parts other critics of Putin couldn’t; and the work of Freemuse, the global campaign calling for freedom of expression for musicians who’ve been jailed for their work.
Then it’s this year’s hot topic: Blurred Lines…. does it matter if artists like Robyn Thicke and Tyler the Creator sing about sexual coercion and rape? Should sexism and homophobia in music be censored? Do they have an impact on social attitudes? Or does no-one listen to the lyrics anyway?
Lastly, we’ll get stuck into the downloading debate, and whether it’s becoming impossible for musicians to make a living these days. And taking questions from you, the audience.
At 9pm the Pop will take over from the Politics, with guest DJs from the worlds of pop and politics till midnight. Both events are open to everyone, just turn up on the night.
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