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Poster: Carnival Against the Nazis designed by Dave King, 1978.

In April 1978, the first ever Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League Carnival was staged in Victoria Park, London. The final line-up included The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson Band and X-Ray Spex. 80,000 people attended, with 2,500 travelling from Greater Manchester in 50 coaches and minibuses. Geoff Brown (ANL) co-ordinated the coaches with help from organisations such as Manchester Polytechnic Students’ Union.

This item was featured in Manchester Digital Music Archive's 'We Are Dynamite! Northern Carnival Against the Nazis 40th Anniversary' exhibition, held at Niamos (old Nia Centre) in Hulme in September 2018.

Co-organised by Geoff Brown of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL) and Bernie Wilcox of Rock Against Racism (RAR), the Carnival featured incendiary live performances by pop-punk superstars Buzzcocks and Steel Pulse, the UK's leading reggae band of the period. Support came from Moss Side reggae band Exodus (later X-O-Dus) and China Street from Lancaster, who had released a single on EMI called ‘Rock Against Racism’.

You can find out more in our online version of the exhibition here:

Special thanks to our funders Heritage Lottery Fund and Futura.

Thanks also to all our wonderful volunteers.
Artefact added : 3rd November 2018
by Abigail
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