“We Need To Talk About Fracking” – Anti Fracking Benefit Gig Announced

“We Need To Talk About Fracking” – Anti Fracking Benefit Gig Announced

On March 12th the first major anti fracking benefit gig is to take place in London. With live performances from Asian Dub Foundation, DJ sets from Gavin Turk, Mark Stewart and DJ John Pandit. Along with Vivienne Westwood amongst the guest speakers and more acts to be added. This gig marks the beginning of a series of high profile events rallying behind the campaign / under the banner ‘We Need To Talk About Fracking’

The ‘We Need To Talk About Fracking’ campaign is demanding a stop to fracking, while an independent enquiry is held into the long-term effects of this new and emerging technology.

“No Toxic for profit legacy for our children” Asian Dub Foundation

Asian Dub Foundation will be premiering songs from their forthcoming album “The Signal And The Noise”.

“It is clear that we are not being told the whole truth about fracking in the UK when we are told that it is safe. In fact, there are several potential threats to our countryside, our water and our health.” Vivienne Westwood.

Along with the stellar list of entertainers and speakers, the night will see the launch of the UK’s first anti-fracking beers. The Hop Fuzz Brewery will launch beers ‘What The Frack?’ and ‘Fracking Hell’ with labels designed by the Head Of The Tate Bob and Roberta Smith.

“Our main concern is with the speed at which fracking has been approved by officials, leading to the potential risk of errors occurring underneath the water table in the Kent countryside. This in turn could pose dire consequences to our water supply, which we rely on to produce our beer” Daryl Stanford, managing director, Hop Fuzz brewery.

‘We Need To Talk About Fracking’ is a growing coalition of popular culture figures, scientists and respected organizations that are coming together to challenge the claim that fracking is as “safe” as we are being told and calling for a more independent enquiry into the technology.

‘We Need To Talk About Fracking’ have several events that they will be rolling out over the next few months and into the summer.

Event details:

  • Date – March 12th
  • Venue – Rollerdisco, Miles St, London SW8 1RZ (020 7720 9140)
  • Time – Doors open 7.00pm

Tickets are £12 in advance or £12 on the night, subject to availability.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Hi Phil, Hopefully I’m writing to the right person and we met last night in brighton How did that gig above go?
    It looks like fun was everyone on rollers?
    Anyway just to keep in touch and it was great to met up if it was you!
    Best Regards Miranda


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