Scotland’s favourite son to join Rock Against Racism tour.
The Scottish Government’s ‘One Scotland’ campaign and Bauer Radio Events today reveal details of the next date on the Rock Against Racism 2009 tour.
Hot on the heels of one of the liveliest and upbeat gigs so far - RoAR with Noisettes and Sugababes - which took place in Glasgow earlier this month, the next show will feature Paisley’s own Paolo Nutini and his über-talented band of musicians. The show will take place at St Brides Centre in Edinburgh on Monday 12th October.
RoAR is a series of live music gigs that aim to celebrate Scotland’s multi-cultural society and help tackle racist attitudes. The free shows, featuring major chart acts, take place across Scotland in both established and more unusual venues. Racist attitudes and behaviour, intentional or not, have a negative impact on Scotland, the people living here, and how we are viewed by the rest of the world. RoAR, as part of the One Scotland campaign, reminds people that racism is wrong and detracts from the kind of Scotland we all want to live in.
Minister for Housing and Communities, Alex Neil, said
"The 12th October sees Scotland's very own Paolo Nutini returning to perform at the third Rock Against Racism gig of 2009. The last 2 gigs have been a real success and it will be fantastic to have a Scottish act bringing home the anti-racism message to a young audience. RoAR is continuing to go from strength to strength and is one of the cornerstones of the Scottish Government's One Scotland campaign."
It’s hard to believe that Paolo Nutini is still only 22-years-old, for he has already achieved so much: from his hometown of Paisley (Scotland) to Carnegie Hall, from BRIT award nominations to supporting Led Zeppelin at their infamous O2 reunion show.
He returned this summer with a stand-out album ‘Sunny Side Up’, the follow-up to his 2006 debut album ‘These Streets’, which has now sold over 2.3 million worldwide including over 1.3 million in the UK. Written entirely by Paolo and produced by Paolo and Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon),
‘Sunny Side Up’ went straight in at Number 1 in the UK album charts and a host of acclaimed tour and festival dates followed. Both of the first two singles from the album – ‘Candy’ and ‘Coming Up Easy’ charted in the top twenty and forthcoming single “Pencil Full of Lead” looks set to keep the momentum going when it’s released on 26th October.
This gig marks Paolo’s second appearance at Rock Against Racism, having played a show in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, back in late 2006. Bauer Radio Events’ Siobhán Crampsey remembers:
“That first show was at the beginning of Paolo’s career....he was just 19. Although the first singles and the album had been released he was really just starting out. Yet he totally rocked the Tait Hall at the time and I’m sure a lot of young Scots are now saying “I was there” – it was an incredible show. It’s a huge pleasure to welcome him back three years on – Paolo’s had a tremendous few years and is now one of the biggest Scottish artists around – we’re thrilled that, once again, he’s supporting Rock Against Racism”
Tickets to RoAR with Paolo Nutini are FREE and available through Bauer Media competitions next week (Clyde 1, Forth One, MFR, Tay FM, Northsound 1, West FM & Radio Borders) and at www.RockAgainstRacism.info now.
RoAR also gives unsigned bands and solo artists based in Scotland the chance to shine via its renowned ‘Talent Trawl’. Anyone who has aspirations to be the Next Big Thing can win the chance to open the show at any of the two remaining gigs on this year’s RoAR tour.
For the chance to support Paolo Nutini and other major acts in 2009, log onto www.rockagainstracism.info now. The competition is open to any unsigned musicians living in Scotland over the age of 16. The closing date for the Paolo support slot is Friday 25th September at 9am. Five finalists will be shortlisted ahead of each show and the eventual winner will be determined via an online public vote and announced on 2nd October.
There is also the chance for members of the public to ‘have their say’ on the Rock Against Racism website and to take part in our national racism survey. The Scottish Government and Bauer Radio Events are calling on all Scots to log on NOW and get involved – to stand up and speak out against discrimination, celebrate our many cultures and help make our country a welcoming place that is free from prejudice.