The Belgrade Theatre has teamed up with performer and Events Planner, Christine ‘Sugary’ Staple to present Diversity Rocks on the Belgrade’s Main Stage on Sunday.
It will be headlined by local legend and 2 Tone icon, Neville Staple and his Band, and has been set up to celebrate the diversit.
The evening’s entertainment will be hosted by BBC radio presenter, Brody Swain, and will include acts from a wide variety of musical genres such as 2 Tone, Gospel, Polish music, Bhangra, Reggae, Rock and Spoken Word.
Leading the line-up will be The Neville Staple Band, which includes his wife and event organiser Christine Staple. Neville is most-famous for being a vocalist in Coventry band The Specials, achieving huge success with hits such as Ghost Town, A Message to You Rudy and Too Much Too Young.
The evening’s line-up continues with Asian Music collective, Offlicence and the award winning Bhangra dance group Gabhru Panjab De. Also taking to the stage is, Ruder Than U; a band spawned out of the smash-hit Belgrade Theatre musical, Three Minute Heroes. Following the huge success of the show, the band have continued to tour the UK playing a mix of ska and 2 Tone hits.
Event organiser Christine Staple said: “Having moved to Coventry from London several years ago, I have always felt a strong sense of community-spirit within the City and I am proud of the mixture of different cultures and backgrounds of its residents. I wanted to stage this concert to send a clear message that violence and hate crime will not be tolerated in the city.”
Diversity Rocks follows on from Rock Against Racism, a movement which sparked marches, festivals and concerts across the UK, aimed at fighting racism through music, from 1976 – 1981. It also marks the 35th anniversary of Coventry’s famous Festival Against Racism which was held at the Butts Stadium in Coventry in 1981.
Diversity Rocks is part of a series of talks, workshops, exhibitions and activities taking place at the Belgrade Theatre in October to mark Black History Month.
Diversity Rocks will take place on the Belgrade Theatre’s Main Stage on Sunday (16 October), 7pm. Tickets are available now priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s, by calling the Belgrade’s Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or book online at www.belgrade.co.uk.