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Haven to Rock Against Racism


Story: Jack Foley

HAVEN have announced details of a one-off, acoustic show, on March 23, 2004, at London's Borderline, where they will be joined by some very special surprise guests.

The show is part of a soon to be launched weekly, Rock Against Racism night, at the London venue, which will feature hotly-tipped bands along with a number of established artists.

Tickets for the event will be priced at £4 and the band will be on stage at midnight.

The event follows Rock Against Racism's Love Music Hate Racism event at London's Astoria on March 16, which features the likes of the Libertines, Buzzcocks and 80's Matchbox B-Line Disaster.

Love Music Hate Racism is an established national campaign, which has helped organise over 60 events in the last year - from last year's 30,000-strong Manchester LMHR carnival, which featured Ms Dynamite and Doves, to a national tour of up-and-coming indie bands, to Burnley's most multi-racial music event in many years, at which the likes of Basement Jaxx and Tim Westwood performed.

Each event aims to promote unity, bringing together black and white, young and old, to celebrate multiculturalism and to prove that mixing cultures via music is far more fun than suspicion and violence.

In what is proving to be a busy period for the band, Haven have also announced details of a number of exclusive free acoustic launches, to coincide with the release of their second album, All For A Reason, on March 29, 2004.

Invites will be extremely limited and available via local record stores on a strictly first-come, first-serve basis.

The band will also be performing live in store at Virgin Megastore, Manchester, on the day of the album's release.

Full details are as follows:

March
Mon, 29
- Manchester - Virgin Megastore, 52 - 56 Market Street. In-store Acoustic Performance @ 7.30pm. See in-store for details

Tues, 30 - Brighton - Sussex Arts Club, 7 Ship Street, Brighton @ 9pm
Invites Available at Brighton Records Stores @: Essential, HMV & Rounder

Wed, 31 - Porthtowan (Cornwall) - Blue Bar, Beach Road, Porthtowan @ 9pm. Invites available at Cornish Record Stores: HMV Truro, Rhythmn & Rhyme Launceston, Solo Music Truro, Upbeat Padstow & Bude

April
Fri, 2
- Newcastle - Arts Centre, 67 Westgate Road, Newcastle @ 7.30pm. Invites available at Newcastle Records Stores: Concepts Durham, HMV, Reflex, RPM, Spin & Windows

Sat, 3 - Preston - The Mill, Aqueduct Street, Preston @ 9pm. Invites available at Record Stores: Action Preston, Cobweb Poulton, HMV Preston, Quirks All Stores, Reidys Blackburn & Townsend All Stores.

In addition to these launch events, All For A Reason album playbacks are being held around the UK the same week, where you can not only hear the new album, but receive free goodies, posters and T-shirts. Details are as follows:

March
Monday, 29
- Sheffield - Corporation, Unit 1-3 Trafalgar Court, Milton Street, Sheffield;

Wednesday, 31 - Oxford - Zodiac, 190 Cowley Road, Oxford;
Southampton - Rhino Club, 5-6 Waterloo Terrace, Southampton

April
Thursday, 1
- Nottingham - Rock City, 8 Talbot Street, Nottingham;
Norwich - The Waterfront, 139 - 141 King Street, Norwich;
Essex - Pink Toothbrush, 19 High Street, Rayleigh, Essex;
Colchester - Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester, Essex

Friday, 2 - Liverpool - Barfly, 90 Steel Street, Liverpool;
London - Carling Islington Academy, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, London, N1;
Birmingham - Carling Academy, 52 - 54 Dale End, Birmingham;
Glasgow - Barfly, 260 Clyde Street, Glasgow;
Bristol - Carling Academy, Frogmore Street, Bristol;
Leeds - Cockpit, Swinegate, Leeds

Saturday, 3 - Wolverhampton - Little Civic, North Street, Wolverhampton;
Hastings - Crypt, 53 Robertson Street, Hastings

Friday, 9 - Cardiff - Barfly, Kingsway, Cardiff.

For further information on any of these dates, contact local venues or visit www.haveninfo.com

Haven release new single, Wouldn't Change A Thing, on March 15, and new album All For A Reason on March 29.

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