Punk musician and activist to appear at Marine

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Tom Robinson will appear at the Marine Theatre in October

THE 1970s punk singer, BBC DJ and activist Tom Robinson will play the classic album ‘Power In The Darkness’ at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, alongside other hits.

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB), who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International.

In 1977, their top 5 debut release ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included ‘Glad To Be Gay’ and ‘Up Against The Wall’. The band’s debut album ‘Power In The Darkness’ went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist, Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with ‘War Baby’ and ‘Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio’, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman.

His 14th studio album ‘Only The Now’ was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen.

As a radio broadcaster, Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of’ 2-4-6-8 Motorway’, Tom will play his entire ‘Power In The Darkness’ album with a classic four-piece line-up. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft, guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons, plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.

The gig will be held on Friday, October 5 at the Marine Theatre, with doors opening at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets cost £20 in advance or £23 on the door, and are already selling quickly.

To book call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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