Bob Geldof: London riots ‘didn’t compare to those in Notting Hill’

15:34 24 May 2012

Bob Geldof is playing the Islington Assembly Hall on Friday June 1

Bob Geldof is playing the Islington Assembly Hall on Friday June 1

Archant

Outspoken activist and musician Bob Geldof has told the Gazette he does not believe last year’s riots carried the same “weight” as past riots in the UK.

Speaking ahead of a show at Islington Assembly Hall next week, the 60-year-old said he did not believe last August’s disorder, which saw pockets of looting and arson even in Islington, was “emblematic of a wider malaise”.

He explained: “I didn’t feel it was that significant to be honest with you. I say that with all respect to the people that suffered with it.

“I thought it didn’t have the weight of the Notting Hill riots or the Poll Tax riots which seemed very specific, one was about racism and lack of opportunity and the other about economic constraints.”

The singer-songwriter described the events surrounding the shooting of Mark Duggan, whose death at the hands of police marksmen sparked the riots in Tottenham, as “completely unacceptable” but insisted: “I don’t think rioting resolves things”.

Geldof, who rose to fame in the 1970s as lead singer of Irish punk rock band The Boomtown Rats, also criticised modern music for a “lack of relevance”.

He said: “In the ‘70s the music sounded like how it felt to live around then - that frustration and demand for change.

“In places like Tottenham today, it’s not great out there, it’s pretty grim. I am desperate for the new sound - it needs to be of its time and it needs to articulate the now.”

To read more from the Gazette’s interview with Bob Geldof, pick up next week’s edition for a full preview of his show at Islington Assembly Hall, in Upper Street, Islington, on June 1.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Friday, May 27, 2016
Krafty Kuts, Crazy P and Jasper James are down to play over the summer (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A huge, 20,000ft beach experience promising to be ‘like something from Miami’ opens in Brixton today.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport