Contemporary artists and musicians will band together for a benefit concert in London tonight to protest the controversial use of fracking in the UK. The concert, held by campaign group “We Need to Talk About Fracking,” will see YBA Gavin Turk perform a DJ set, posters designed by Cornelia Parker, and the launch of the UK’s first “anti-fracking beer,” named “What the frack?” with labels designed by Bob and Roberta Smith.
The beer itself has been brewed by Hop Fuzz brewery in Hythe, Kent, where a number of the local community oppose fracking. Local campaign group EKAF (East Kent Against Fracking) successfully prevented an earlier application for fracking in the area.
“Our main concern is with the speed at which fracking has been approved by officials, leading to the potential risk of errors occurring underneath the water table in the Kent countryside,” said Daryl Stanford, Hop Fuzz managing director. “This could pose dire consequences to our water supply, which we rely on to produce our beer.”
Campaign group We Need to Talk About Fracking will use the funds raised from the concert — headlined by British electronica group Asian Dub Foundation — to conduct a series of public interventions across the UK near potential fracking sites. Full details of the project will be released in April.
American campaign group Artists Against Fracking, headed by Yoko Ono, have similarly staged a number of high-profile interventions in order to put pressure on New York state governor Andrew Cuomo to oppose fracking.
“We Need to Talk About Fracking” Benefit Concert, Rollerdisco, Miles Street, London SW8 1RZ, doors open 7pm, band on at 9.30pm
— Ashitha Nagesh (@UK_ARTINFO)
(Photo: Courtesy Bob and Roberta Smith and We Need to Talk About Fracking)