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The Magic Numbers and Rae Morris to perform at Labour Party's Labour Live 2018

The Magic Numbers

Story by Jack Foley

THE Magic Numbers and Rae Morris have been confirmed to appear at The Labour Party’s first music festival this summer.

Labour Live 2018 will take place at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane recreation ground in London on June 16.

It will include appearances by the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, and the shadow secretary of state for international development, Kate Osamor.

Jermain Jackman will also appear at the one-day event, with more acts to be announced in due course.

The festival will also feature political and literary speakers and campaign training.

The World Transformed, a group which organises political events and which is an off-shoot of Momentum, will also have a presence. The group previously organised #TWT2016, a four-day politics, art, music and culture festival that ran parallel to the 2016 Labour party conference in Liverpool, attended by more than 5,000 people.

Corbyn is no stranger to music festival appearances, having been a surprise guest at the 2017 Glastonbury festival, in which he gave a speech on the importance of unity and creativity from The Pyramid Stage.

Tickets are on sale now.

As yet, The Conservative Party has yet to successfully launch an alternative music festival. One previous attempt, by Norfolk MP George Freeman, was The Big Ideas Festival, which was held on the Berkshire estate of Betfair founder Mark Davies. But despite costing £25,000 and being described as comparable to something like Latitude, it only attracted an estimated 200 people.

It remains to be seen what the ticket uptake for Labour’s one-day event will be like – but Corbyn’s appearance at Glastonbury was generally hailed as a success and one of the turning points in the last General Election campaign.