Joe Solo performing at the gig
Good Friday saw the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign host an evening of Live Music dedicated to raising awareness of the the campaign and of the current injustices being dished out to young people by the Government. The night featured 2 bands, 1 solo artist and a stand up comedian as well as Guest Speaker Iain Daltion – the regional Youth Fight for Jobs organiser. Held in The Parish in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire the night was well attended and enjoyed by all.
T Roberts, Halifax Youth Fight for Jobs
Joe Solo kicked the night off with a unique blend of Folk Musc and Spoken word venting fury at the current system. Stand out songs included a cover of Bankrobber by The Clash and his own song called “Better days will come”, for which the young can only hope! Iain Dalton then highlighted a series of current issues to raise awareness in the audience of why the event was being hosted. The privatisation of the NHS, record levels of youth unemployment, corporate greed, increased tuition fees and the discontinuation of EMA were some issues mentioned and were met with jeers and boos from an empathetic crowd.
Emmott & The Folkestra then took to the stage and played a Folk Rock set which featured songs about the industrial decline of the North and several other atmospheric numbers. Iain then followed following up his earlier speech by encouraging the young members of the audience to join the campaign and get involved with being a solution to the problems in todays society.
Poster publicising the event
Rob Bailey, organiser of the event and Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candiate for Brighouse then graced the stage and made an impassioned plea for people to join the workfare protest outside Primark in Huddersfield the following morning (hangovers permitting!) and also encouraged people to join the campaign against the expansion of Kingsgate shopping centre in Huddersfied. The Parish is the oldest pub in Huddersfield (trading since 1720) and is threatened with demolition if the shopping centre is expanded. The pub is close to the hearts of the youth of the town due to its reputation for supporting local bands, independent music culture, strong emphasis on freedom of expression, history and a fine selection of ales and drinks. Venues for young musicians are few and far between and youth cultural establishments are forever being closed down and abandoned by legislative and financial pressures so the proposed expansion of the shopping centre is a direct attack on the youth of Huddersfield to further line the pockets of the high street retailers. This issue will not be forgotten and expect to see the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign supporting this issue to all the way!
The Sail Pattern headlined the event with their own verisons of Folk Classics and some of their own material. Most of the band were under 21 so it was fitting to have a youngest band headlining the night. The event was a great success and raised awareness of both local and national issues in the consciousness of the audience. With young people today sometimes defining themselves based on musical and cultural associations rather than their social class or gender it is important that the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign continues to fully immerse itself in youth culture and raise awareness through the interests and enjoyment of music and cultural events like this. May this be the first of many!