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Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) is a music-oriented antiracism campaign based in Britain. The campaign aims to bring people together and promote unity through the power of music. LMHR was born in the tradition of the Rock Against Racism (RAR) movement of the late 1970s.[1][2][3][4] The campaign held many successful festivals in the early 2000s such as a Victoria Park carnival and at Stoke Britannia Stadium, at which tens of thousands of people attended and international artists performed.[citation needed]

Love Music Hate Racism
Love Music Hate Racism Gig.jpg
Love Music Hate Racism concert in northwest England in 2004
TypeAnti-racism music campaign
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom

It is closely associated with Unite Against Fascism (UAF)/Stand Up To Racism (SUTR), the successors of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL); ANL co-founder Paul Holborow described LMHR, UAF and SUTR as "stand[ing] in [the ANL's] tradition."[5]



LMHR is a broad based campaign made up of antiracism campaigners, musicians, music industry professionals and educators. It has local groups in towns and cities around Britain.[citation needed] Its current spokespeople include Atlantic Records VP Paul Samuels,[6] and Zak Cochrane.[1]


LMHR was set up in 2002 in response to the perceived increase in support for the far right British National Party.[7][non-primary source needed] The first big LMHR concert was a festival in Manchester’s Platt Fields Park, headlined by Doves and Ms. Dynamite.[citation needed]

Over the years it has gained the support of several acts in the UK of varying genres, including rock acts such as Ed Sheeran,[1] Pete Doherty[8] and Blood Red Shoes,[9][non-primary source needed] grime acts like Roll Deep[10][non-primary source needed] and Lowkey,[11][non-primary source needed] punk rock acts like the King Blues, and jazz musicians like Courtney Pine.[12] Due to this breadth and due to the organisation's belief that society's diversity is reflected in music, most LMHR concerts include several music genres.[12]

In October 2007 LMHR ran a campaign in the music magazine, NME.[13][non-primary source needed] In December 2007 the campaign announced that it would mark the 30th anniversary of the RAR/ANL carnival and procession with a similar event in Victoria Park on 27 April 2008.[14]{[3][15]

The singer Morrissey donated money to the organisation in 2007 after making some racist remarks, and again in 2008 to enable its Victoria Park event to go ahead,[15][16] although in 2010 LMHR spokesperson Martin Smith said it would no longer accept his donations after he made an allegedly racist comment about Chinese people.[17][18]

In 2018, John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, Kate Osamor and other prominent figures signed a statement calling for support for the organisation, alongside its sibling organisations Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up To Racism.[19]

Love Music Hate Racism is launching a campaign called '#BeautifulResistance]' to run for a fortnight between 8-22 March 2019 involving co-ordinated activities across the music industry including music labels, promoters, venues, music press, festivals, footballers, artists, managers and more.[20]


  1. ^ a b c Levine, Nick (15 March 2017). "Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and more back the 'Love Music Hate Racism' campaign". NME. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ Fox, Killian (6 September 2015). "Rock Against Racism: the Syd Shelton images that define an era". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "New bands team up to fight racism". BBC. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Did music fight racism?". BBC NEWS. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  5. ^ "How the Anti Nazi League beat back the fascists". Socialist Worker (Britain). 10 August 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  6. ^ Gayle, Damien (15 March 2019). "British record labels join campaign against far-right movement". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ "About Us". 26 January 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  8. ^ Gregory, Jason. "Pete Doherty to Headline Love Music Hate Racism Festival". Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Stars Come Out In Support of Brighton and Sussex Anti-Racism Campaign". Love Music Hate Racism. Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  10. ^ Roll Deep. "Racist People (video)". External link in |publisher= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  11. ^ "RAPPER LOWKEY SAYS "WE DONT WANT THEM" – BRAND NEW TRACK ON ITUNES NOW IN AID OF LMHR". Love Music Hate Racism. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  12. ^ a b Billet, Alexander. "A clarion call for the movement". Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  13. ^ Levine, Nick (15 March 2017). "Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and more back the 'Love Music Hate Racism' campaign". NME. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Love Music Hate Racism » Blog Archive » MAJOR LMHR CARNIVAL IN LONDON'S VICTORIA PARK TO MARK ROCK AGAINST RACISM 30th ANNIVERSARY". Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  15. ^ a b Michaels, Sean (28 April 2008). "Morrissey donates £28,000 to show he really hates racism". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2019. Morrissey donated a reported £28,000 and persuaded his management, booking agency and promoters to chip in another £45,000 after one of the festival's major sponsors pulled out. Event organisers Martin Smith and Lee Billingham said they were "extremely grateful" for Morrissey's "generous financial contribution".
  16. ^ "Morrissey's "big mouth" silent on apartheid". The Electronic Intifada. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Singer Morrissey branded racist after calling Chinese 'subhuman'". Digital Journal. 4 September 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  18. ^ Topping, Alexandra (3 September 2010). "Morrissey reignites racism row by calling Chinese a 'subspecies'". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  19. ^ Tengely-Evans, Tomáš; Worker, Socialist (11 September 2018). "Updated- unity statement backs mobilisations against racism and the far right". Socialist Worker (Britain). Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Love Music Hate Racism announces Beautiful Resistance campaign". Retrieved 27 February 2019.

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