The Swarm

May 10, 2010

Update: Roots Manuva, Gogol Bordello To Join Rage For Free London Victory Celebration...

TDS Editors

Update: the event issued the following press release:

With the free show fully subscribed, the excitement builds as Rage Against the Machine prepare to play their promised free concert at Finsbury Park in London on Sunday the 6th June 2010.

The Rage Factor guests have now been confirmed, providing a varied and exciting line up for the day’s celebration.

Opening acts are the brilliant punk band Gallows, followed by London rap artist Roots Manuva and radical rebel rockers Gogol Bordello

DOORS OPEN – 2.00pm

GALLOWS – 5.20pm
CURFEW – 10.30pm

Remember that free Rage Against the Machine concert coming up in London on June 6? Well, for those lucky 40,000 lottery winners who managed to score a squeeze, the day’s about to get a whole lot Perryer: Daily Swarm sources have confirmed that joining The Rage Factor at Finsbury Park for the historic “victory party to end all victory parties” will be Jane’s Addiction and Gogol Bordello, as well as previously announced Gallows.

When Essex couple Jon and Tracy Morter began their campaign against Britain’s X Factor (specifically reigning contestant Joe McElderberry) in practice and pop fulcrum Simon Cowell in substance, it most likely didn’t occur to them that the following summer a 40,000-person capacity park would be maxed out, hosting a free Rage Against the Machine show thanks wholly to their grassroots maneuvering. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINECHRISTMAS NO.1 2009’s Facebook page still sits at 532,969 fans, a 28,000 surplus over the number of singles sold by the end of the Morters’ effort to end X Factor’s four-year dominance of Britain’s Christmas charts (Rage sold 504,000 to McElderberry’s 450,000). Following the win Tom Morello said:

“A historic grassroots rebellion made our song ‘Killing in the Name’ the number one Christmas single of 2009. The people of the UK toppled the X-Factor giant, raised a great deal of money for homeless charities, and shocked the world.”

Joe McElderberry responded thusly:

“Well done to ratm for a interesting chart battle xx”

And Simon Cowell congratulated the Morter’s (after saying it didn’t really affect him either way):

I am gutted for Joe because a number one single meant a lot to him but I have to congratulate Jon and Tracy, who started the Facebook campaign.

The concert was announced in February, and tickets were distributed via an open lottery system (long closed), with a photo required—and attached to the physical ticket, in order to prevent the guaranteed insanely inflated scalping prices.

No word yet on whether Cowell will be present to emcee the event, if McElderberry will perform, or if SuBo will show to duet on “Killing In the Name.”

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