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Police U-turn on objection to 'hate racism' concert

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

POLICE and local authority public safety chiefs in East London have withdrawn objections to the 'Love Music, Hate Racism' concert in Victoria Park later this month. The Met Police and Tower Hamlets council had fears about safety and noise at the free event expected to attract 50,000 on April 27

By Ted Jeory

POLICE and local authority public safety chiefs in East London have withdrawn objections to the Love Music, Hate Racism concert in Victoria Park later this month.

The Metropolitan police and Tower Hamlets council had serious concerns about public safety and noise at the free event on April 27.

They estimate 50,000 spectators turning up to watch the line-up of 35 artists and speakers including Tony Benn for the gig marking the 30th anniversary of the iconic Rock Against Racism carnival at Vicky Park in 1978.

Both police and the Town Hall's environment protection team had objected, urging council members to reject a licence application.

The police were worried about 50,000 fans entering and leaving the park, while the local authority was concerned about noise levels.

But both objections have now been withdrawn and the licence application is being granted.

Performers confirmed so far include Jerry Dammers, the founder of The Specials, Roll Deep, Babyshambles, Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex and Radio 1 DJ Nihal.

ted.jeory@archant.co.uk

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