Following on the success of May’s Rock the Gate concert in Lismore, which drew over 7,000 people from around the region, Lock the Gate Tweed have announced a gig in Murwillumbah for Saturday October 13.
Rock the Gate Northern Rivers will draw people from as far south as Grafton and west from the ranges.
Performers appearing include Kerrianne Cox, cast members of the highly successful Songs of Haight Ashbury show including James T from Canned Heat, Natalie Pa’apa’a from Blue King Brown, the Round Mountain Girls and a host of others.
Speakers will include Drew Hutton, president of Lock the Gate Alliance, Annie Kia, co-ordinator of the Gasfield-Free Communities initiative, and national broadcaster Alan Jones.
The event kicks off a national week of action called by Lock the Gate Alliance to give local communities a chance to stand up against the rapid expansion of coal and coal-seam gas activities.
‘Recent announcements by the NSW state government do not give communities any confidence that they are actually listening to the people they supposedly represent,’ said Michael McNamara from Lock the Gate Tweed.
‘Rock the Gate Northern Rivers gives local residents a chance to make their voices heard and to have a bit of fun at the same time.’
A march through the Murwillumbah CBD is scheduled for noon.
The Rock the Gate Northern Rivers concert will start at 1pm to the rousing sounds of drums from the well-known Samba Blisstas.
Video messages of support from celebrities such as Xavier Rudd, Leo Sayer and John Butler, who are unable to attend because of performance commitments, will be beamed onto a large screen next to the stage.
Recently retired Greens senator Bob Brown will also send a video message of support.
People attending will be able to record their own video message of support at an interactive booth in the showground arena and these will be beamed to the large screen during the day.