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Oct 27 / Prinza

September 2002: Musicians support Anti-Racism rally

Doves, Ms Dynamite and Heartless Crew played at an anti-racism rally in Manchester yesterday (Sunday). Thousands of people marched from the city centre before the gig at Platt Fields park, which was organised by the Anti-Nazi League.About 5,000 people turned up to the free show, which went down really well. Miss Dynamite reckons gigs like this do make a difference:”Music definitely can help to get messages across. At the end of the day, young people look up to a lot of musicians and do listen to what they say. Whether they take it literally or not, you know, that’s a different thing. But there’s a lot of young people that are fans of particular artists and musicians, so I definitely think it can help. At the end of the day it’s better than doing nothing you know. I think it’s a step in the right direction…”Loads of people were there to see local lads Doves play an acoustic set. They were just happy to be involved and to be doing their bit for the rally:”The most hands-on thing we can do is show our support by playing I suppose, you know what I mean. Just get up there and show that we’re like-minded people, you know. In this day and age it’s just ridiculous that some people still harbour views like that.”

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