Paul Weller steps back into the political arena this winter, assembling a bespoke band featuring Robert Wyatt, Danny Thompson, Steve Pilgrim and Ben Gordelier to play the first of several UK-wide Concerts For Corbyn at Brighton Dome on December 16.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit arts-based initiatives associated with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s policy priorities, say organisers. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 14.
Other acts on the bill include Temples, Kathryn Williams, Stealing Sheep, The Farm, Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind, Edgar Summertyme and Ghetto Priest. All the artists are waiving their fees.
People Powered: Concerts For Corbyn promoters Rocksalt Events describe the event as a “unique revue in celebration and solidarity of the progressive policies laid out by Jeremy Corbyn and the growing grass roots movement around them. This will be the first in a series of nationwide concerts in this format, featuring a diverse array of high profile acts, contemporary artists and up and coming performers.”
Robert Wyatt’s involvement is another coup for the event, as the former Soft Machine drummer and left-wing pop grandee interrupts his effective retirement from live performance.
More news regarding acts for the Brighton show and future Concerts For Corbyn will be forthcoming.
Tickets for Brighton go on sale on Friday, October 14th priced at £25 (+£1.50 booking fee). Purchase from The Dome website www.brightondome.org or the box office telephone 01273 709709.
PHOTO: Paul Weller, shot for MOJO by Tom Sheehan