Babyshambles Bassist Drew McConnell and Reverend and the Makers vocalist Jon McClure spoke out against London Mayor Boris Johnson's decision to cut anti-racism from the Rise festival. Both artists were at a rally in London called to oppose the recent election of the BNP to the London Assembly this weekend.
Drew McConnell of Babyshambles said:
"Boris Johnson may try to strip the Rise festival of its anti-racism message, but its very essence always has and always will be anti-racist. That Johnson has such authority is horribly wrong and we as Londoners are taking note. He won't be Mayor for long."
Johnson's decision was also strongly criticised by Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers.