Refugee Rock – supporting Calais migrants with a punk rock event in London
Just beyond our white cliffs, through a tunnel under the sea, is a camp. A camp filled with people forced from their families, their homes and their countries by war and violence.
They are all of different nationalities, religions and ages but they have a common goal – to build new lives and pursue new opportunities, free from corruption and oppression in their homelands.
We are disgusted by the hysterical UK media coverage about migrants in Northern France trying to enter the UK.
The migrant camps in Northern France have had minimal support from charities and governments. While policymakers and politicians debate long-term solutions for deterrence, we believe it is time to act to support our fellow human beings who are desperately trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.
Refugee Rock is a music event to raise money to provide shelter, food and aid to homeless migrants in Calais and Northern France.
Image courtesy of Jaz O’Hara. See the amazing work she is doing here >> JAZ O’HARA
What will the gig be like?
Good question! We are in talks with a number of bands but cannot confirm any names due to a lack of booking funds 🙁 We are asking all bands to take a hit on their fees to help our money go as far as possible. However if you like hard rock, punk, hardcore, post rock, emo, garage rock you are bound to have a great time. Bands like Refused, Lagwagon, Bad Religion, NOFX, Raised Fist, The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Millencolin are all bands we like and would like to perform.
Where and when will it be?
We are in talks with a several London venues all in a central location. In terms of date we are aiming for the 8th November.
Why are you raising funds?
We need a venue, bands and equipment. Whilst we will do our best to haggle and wangle as much free stuff as we can there will be things which require hard cash. Anything we don’t use will go into the pot for the Calais refugees.
How will the money get to Calais?
We will donate the money to people on the ground doing the leg work, giving out clothes, tents, food and other essential items which will be needed to survive the winter in Calais. We also hope to visit the camps ourselves and do some work on the ground too.
How can I help?
Donate! If you would like to see some great bands, have a good day out and support a very real and present issue then do what ever you can to help us reach our total and more.