King’s Lynn to show Unity

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Key players in West Norfolk’s music scene are coming together to celebrate its diversity and lack of discrimination in the only way they know how – by rocking all night.

Twisted Melon Promotions have organised the event, ONE – Unity In Music, Unity In Attitude, to help raise awareness and funds for both the North Lynn Discovery Centre and national charity, Hope Not Hate.

Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, said: “Being heavily involved in the local music scene it has always been apparent to me there is a hugely diverse mix of people attending gigs and shows.

“There never seems to be any issues regarding race, sexual orientation or disability. In fact the local scene seems heavily against any kind of discrimination.”

He added: “With that in mind I decided to approach West Norfolk’s biggest rock acts of the last 15 years to promote and celebrate this diversity. With the help of the North Lynn Discovery Centre and the West Norfolk Youth Advisory Board, Twisted Melon Promotions has now been able to organise what looks like being West Norfolk’s biggest ever local music gig.”

Lynn’s Corn Exchange is set to host the huge event on Friday, January 10, with a massive line-up to make it the biggest collaboration of rock acts performing in one night in West Norfolk.

Massively successful ska, reggae, rocksteady and roots nine-piece band, Rebelation, will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year with plans to release their fourth album and to tour the UK. The Lynn gig will give fans the opportunity to see them play live ahead of performances at several major summer festivals, including Glastonbury.

West Norfolk’s latest major musical export, The First, have supported the likes of Deaf Havana but are now making it big in their own right.

Homegrown talent, Vanilla Pod, formed in 1995 and quickly cemented themselves as a major player in the punk scene with regular airplay on BBC Radio 1 as well as touring Australia, Hong Kong and Europe.

Lynn’s Faintest Idea mix two-tone ska with fast-paced energetic street punk. Their hard-hitting vocals and addictive bass make their live performances a must-see.

Although only formed in 2012, Menshevik have made huge strides after joining a support tour with Dog Eat Dog and recording their debut EP due for release in January.

Finally, music-lovers can look forward to folk and punk acoustic music on arrival from Ducking Punches, with Last Gang in Town DJing throughout the night.

The event is a celebration of diversity and organisers hope it will help to raise awareness and to protest against all forms of discrimination, particularly racism.

Triston said: “Whether we like it or not West Norfolk is changing and moving forward. Everyone involved in this event wants the people of West Norfolk and beyond to move forward in a positive way without some of the prejudice and ignorance that seems to be creeping into our communities.” Tickets are now available from the Corn Exchange Box Office for the ONE - Unity In Music, Unity In Attitude event, they cost £7 and proceeds will go towards the North Lynn Discovery Centre and Hope Not Hate.