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Billy Bragg & Frank Turner Busk For Shelter

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Last Tuesday music veteran Billy Brag appeared in a lunchtime busk, near King Cross in London, to raise awareness and protest against the homeless situation over looked by our government today. The event was in aid of the charity Shelter. Bragg however was not alone! Joining him was Frank Turner, could you have pictured these artists together before? However, they gelled well together before the impromptu gig through joint humour and political views of this problem.


Both where shocked when told that 80,000 children will wake up on Christmas morning homeless or in temporary accommodation across the UK. Turner was quoted saying “It’s pretty gross that in a society as wealthy as ours there are people who don’t have a basic roof over their heads...”


The generation gap between the artists, Brag being 55 and Turner almost 24 years his junior, doesn't seem to show that there ideology of music being a tool for protest is at all different. Both artists hoped to connect and convoy with their audience the message that not thinking about this awful problem will not make it go away. Music can be and has been before a great way to push a message across and has changed issue before. Lets hope this is not that last gig of this type from high profile stars.


Chris Pavey

Last Tuesday music veteran Billy Brag appeared in a lunchtime busk, near King Cross in London, to raise awareness and protest against the homeless situation...

Chris Pavey - 19th December 2013

Article Ref: #BraggTurnerShelterBusk