Noisettes & Sugababes join forces against racism

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Noisettes & Sugababes join forces against racism

Double-headlining show comes to Scotland

The Scottish Government’s ‘One Scotland’ campaign and Bauer Radio Events have unveiled details of the next artists to take to the RoAR (Rock Against Racism) stage on the 2009 tour.

Following Franz Ferdinand's opener in early summer, recent chart successes, The Noisettes, and, old pop-hands, The Sugababes will appear in a double headlining set at the 02 Academy, Glasgow on Wednesday 9th September.

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 reminding people of the negative impact racism has on society.

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, said:

“Scotland has a reputation for being a rich and vibrant place to live, work and visit, with a diverse range of communities and cultures. But racism can sometimes let us down which is why we are doing everything we can to raise awareness of the damaging effects of racism on individuals and communities. These events are great opportunities for young people from different backgrounds to come together to show their support for a multicultural Scotland, free of prejudice and racism, in any form.”

London based three-piece, Noisettes, are currently enjoying recent radio and chart success with 'Wild Young Hearts' and 'Never Forget You', whilst The Sugababes are just back from a hectic trip the US which involved working with Lady GaGa's producer on new material. That includes upcoming 'Get Sexy', taken from their as yet untitled seventh studio album, and released on August 31st.

With a hectic schedule of live dates and promo appearances lined up throughout August and September, Bauer Radio Events’ Siobhán Crampsey was pleased to have both bands on board for RoAR:

“We’ve worked with Sugababes several times since 2001 and every show is better than the last. The girls’ incredible vocals always stun people in the audience who haven’t seen them live before and reaffirm why they’re the most successful female group in the UK today. We’re also extremely excited to have Noisettes on board - they’re well known as one of the best live bands around so it’ll be a real must-see performance.”

Tickets to RoAR with Noisettes and Sugababes 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 three remaining gigs on this year’s RoAR tour.

For the chance to support Noisettes and Sugababes 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 Noisettes / Sugababes support slot is Friday 28th August 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 4th September.

The Noisettes and Sugababes play, 02 Academy, Glasgow, Wed 9 Sep, www.rockagainstracism.info

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