THE CLASH LEGEND MICK JONES TO PERFORM AT STRUMMER OF LOVE 2012
Former lead guitarist and vocalist of The Clash, Mick Jones, has been announced as the final act at this year’s Strummer of Love festival – which is named after his late, great former bandmate Joe Strummer.
The punk rock icon’s Justice Tonight band will feature musical provocateur Pete Wylie, as well as members of The Farm, and will be closing proceedings on the Clash City Rockers stage on Sunday 19 August.
Fresh off the back of a successful tour and support slots at the recent Stone Roses reunion concerts, the Justice Tonight band will bring their critically-acclaimed show to Somerset in what will be a momentous and poignant occasion.
Speaking recently of his relationship with his much-missed friend and Clash cohort, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones said: “Joe is with me all the time. I can feel him in so many ways. It’s something that’s with me a lot of the time.”
Taking place on the weekend of 17-19 August, Strummer of Love will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of iconic Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The Justice Tonight set will see fans given the rare opportunity to experience some of the Clash’s most legendary songs in a live setting.
Festival Director, Trish Whelan, said: “Mick has relentlessly been a huge supporter of the Strummerville mission, and we couldn’t be more honoured to have him close Strummer of Love. We think it will mean a lot to all of Joe’s fans and will obviously be an incredibly fitting tribute.”
Strummer of Love will also be displaying a selection of items from Mick Jones’ outstanding personal collection. A presentation from the Mick Jones Rock & Roll Public Library will sit inside “Strummer School”, the museum housing some amazing and unique articles from the Joe Strummer archive.
Brothers, the infamous cider people from Somerset and long time Strummerville supporters will also be bringing their original and legendary 1995 Glastonbury bar to Strummer of Love.
In honour of Strummer’s worldviews, proceeds from the festival will benefit the work of the charity Strummerville: The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation, which was set up in the singer’s memory by his friends and family following his untimely death.
Since its 2003 inception, Strummerville has stayed true to Joe’s reputation as a rallying point and motivational icon by driving a host of projects that provide invaluable opportunities for musical creativity to thrive.
Strummerville’s work comes in many forms, from helping bands to record and release music to providing rehearsal spaces for aspiring artists. Strummerville studios can be found at the roundhouse and under the Westway in London, in Belfast and in Bogotá. The main aim of the charity is to give opportunities to people through music who wouldn’t usually have access to such opportunities.
Faithful to the spirit of Strummer’s diverse life and career – as hippy era festivalgoer, folk troubadour, family man, globally feted punk icon and world music explorer – it will be an occasion to savour, leaving behind a plan of action after the partying is over.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.strummeroflove.com
by 247 Magazine