Music and popular protest have a rich history together. Think Vietnam. Think Band Aid. Think Sainsbury’s in Crosby.
Because that’s just what The Last Stand Festival, taking place this weekend, is all about. Local businesses and people up in the North End are coming together for a celebration of local music, art, fashion and food to emphasise the fact that community starts at home.
The group behind the festival are protesting against Sainsburys’ plans to build a massive new supermarket on Moor Lane, with a decision due from the Planning Committee by mid-August.
The festival stems from the ABetterCrosby group, which wants Sainsbury’s to develop the Village more sympathetically, pointing to two Art Deco buildings it says will be demolished to make way for the new store.
Local independent traders have their own view on what a massive Sainsbury’s store would do for the area – it’s called the Last Stand Festival after all – but there are plenty of events designed to show off local talent too.
So, apparently, there is such a thing as society. Head down on 31 July for a day of events, and make your presence felt.
Last Stand Festival
31 July 2010