Billy Bragg Newcastle City Hall 28 April 1985

Billy Bragg Newcastle City Hall 28 April 1985
The Jobs For Youth Tour. Support Acts: The Three Johns, Porky The Poet (Phil Jupitas)
This was the Jobs For Youth tour, which was sponsored by the Labour party, and was a reaction to Thatcherism. The tour came at the same time as Bragg’s four-track Between the Wars EP which featured the song Between the Wars, an anthem inspired by the UK miners’ strike. The other songs on the record was also inspired by the miners’ dispute: Which Side Are You On? is an American trade union song from the 1930s, and “It Says Here” is critical of the political bias of British newspapers, most of which opposed the strike.
The proceeds from sales of the record were donated to the striking miners’ fund. Billy played all of these tracks and the great New England that night in a rousing set which made his politics very clear. This was the forerunner of the Red Wedge tour which called at the City Hall the following year with a great line up (Billy Bragg, The Smiths, Style Council, Prefab Sprout, The Communards). Setlist (from audience recording): Busy Girl Buys Beauty; Like Soldiers Do; Richard; Myth Of Trust; St. Swithin’s Day; A New England; The Marriage; It Says Here; Island Of No Return; The Saturday Boy; The Man In The Iron Mask; Milkman Of Human Kindness; Which Side Are You On?; World Turned Upside Down; Between The Wars; Days Like These; To Have and To Have Not; Jeanne; A Lover Sings; Lovers Town Revisited; A13

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