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What does Green mean to you? Eco friendly products? Cheese? Grass? How about music and Ireland! Heineken’s Green Energy Festival takes place at Dublin Castle on the May bank holiday weekend
headlined by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds ,Soulwax, 2ManyDjs and The Kooks – as well as the Band Challenge for those of you who want to move your rock out of the bedroom and on to a real stage.

Politics and music are frequent bedfellows and there’s a couple of shows in London  marking the 30th anniversary of the Rock Against Racism concert when thousands marched from Trafalgar Square to Victoria Park to hear The Clash, Steel Pulse and Tom Robinson perform and support the cause.
With the rise in hate crimes the need to mark this anniversary is more important than ever. For 2008 The Love Music Hate Racism Carnival sees The Clash’s Paul Simonon returning with The Good The Bad and The Queen, as well as Hard Fi, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, The View and  Helsinki - an indie super- group made up of members past / present of bands such as Artic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and the Makers.

The other event in the same vein is Hope Not Hate –its held at The Brixton Academy in South London the line up includes Tom Robinson, Misty in Roots, politican Tony Benn and Alabama 3. The proceeds of this gig go towards a project to take Rock Against Racism into schools and colleges.

The Global Gig Guide is produced for KCRW.com by JC Swiatek and the theme music is composed by The Plush Interiors.




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