Summer of Solidarity – Music without borders

“How far have you guys travelled?” The answers shouted back at the band on stage, that night at the New Cross Inn in London, came thick and fast: “Germany!” “Belgium!” “Czech Republic!”

Before the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown, going to a gig was a much-loved pastime for many of us. It was back in those somewhat rosier days that I discovered ska punk through my friend Suzi. “Meet me in New Cross,” she told me one evening. Getting the train to South East London, I didn’t know what to expect. Finding myself in the middle of a crowd, listening to a band I’d never heard of and sharing drinks with people from all over Europe, it hit me: this was something special.

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