Past Event

Rock Against Racism with Misty in Roots, Brindsley Forde's Aswad, The Members & Neville Staples

Fri 20 Mar 2020

This event has been rescheduled from Fri 1 Oct 2021 (previously Sat 10 Apr 2021, 19 Sep and 28 Mar 2020) and will now take place at CHALK, Brighton on Sat 8 Oct 2022. The line up for the new date is Misty in Roots, Brindsley Forde's Aswad and The Members.

All tickets for Fri 1 Oct 2021 will be automatically refunded, ticket buyers will be contacted directly with further details. Tickets for the rescheduled date can be purchased from CHALK Brighton directly.

With politics in Europe leaning to the far right and with Racism ever more prevalent on the streets of Britain we at Global Beats want to celebrate the times when Rock Against Racism (RAR) stood up and helped bring together black and white fans in their common love of music.

Rock Against Racism was a political and cultural movement that emerged in 1976 as reaction to a rise in racist attacks on the streets of the UK and increasing support for the neo-Nazi National Front at the ballot box. Between 1976 and 1982 RAR activists organised national Carnivals and tours, as well as local gigs and clubs throughout the country. The musicians came from all pop music genres, something reflected in one of RAR's slogans: 'Reggae, Soul, Ska, Rock'N'Roll, Jazz, Funk, and Punk'.

We have brought together some iconic acts to celebrate what RAR achieved.

Misty in Roots

Misty in Roots formed in Southall, London in the mid-1970s. Their first album was 1979's Live at the Counter Eurovision, a record that was championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, helping to bring roots reggae to a white audience. Along with Steel Pulse, Aswad, Matumbi, and Black Slate, Misty in Roots were one of the most popular British reggae bands of the late 1970s.

Following their debut, Misty In Roots released four studio albums through the 1980s. The band had two BBC Radio 1 In Concert appearances in 1983 and 1985. They were invited to play in Zimbabwe in 1982 in recognition of their support for the independence movement and were the first reggae band to tour South Africa, Poland, and Russia. After a break from recording in the next decade, the band returned with a new mini-album Roots Controller in 2002 and continue to play concerts across the world.

Ruts DC

The Ruts were a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, formed in 1977 at the height of the Punk revolution. They finally released their first single In A Rut in early 1979 on the People Unite label. This 7” vinyl was much played and highly regarded by the UK BBC Radio 1 D.J, John Peel. From then on and over the years, the record rightly became what can be considered to be a Punk anthem.

The Members

The Members are an essential band that emerged from the musical revolution of the late-1970s, but while they are rightly regarded as punk they have always been beyond labels, their lyrics merging stories of everyday life with a dynamic, maverick style. 

Neville Staples

Neville Staples, legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, celebrates 40 years of his top music career, while celebrating 40 years since the beginning of the 2-Tone movement. He is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His UK and International career in the music industry, is well documented and started out from the early days with Ray King, Pete Waterman, The Coventry Automatics and his Jah Baddis Sound System, before taking to the stage with The Specials on tour with ‘The Clash’. He has scores of musical awards including from MOJO, NME, Gold & Silver discs and a lifetime achievement award from his home city of Coventry (where the 2-Tone Movement was born), and where he is celebrated as their living legend.