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Pete Murray, The Herd Lead First Rock The Gate Announce

2 October 2014 | 12:02 pm | Staff Writer

The anti-fracking fundraiser kicks off its massive program with some fine local and international acts

Politically incendiary festival Rock The Gate has unveiled the first spread of names filling out its 2014 line-up, with renowned veteran troubadour Pete Murray and venerated hip-hop collective The Herd leading the charge.

The event, which is an epic fundraiser for anti-fracking alliance Lock The Gate, will hit Sydney's Enmore Theatre on Sunday, November 23, and also sport the likes of celebrated singer-songwriter Ash Grunwald, the iconic Tex Perkins And The Dark Horses, the soulful strains of the Natalie Pa'apa'a Trio, the ascendant Nahko (of Medicine For The People), US roots man Trevor Hall, and Declan Kelly's Diesel N' Dub tribute to Midnight Oil.

 
 

That's far from being all — the event will soon announce its full program of entertainment, entailing comedy, indigenous dance, slam poetry, and a broad cross-section of musical genres on offer across five venues and multiple nearby eateries and businesses. The diverse program will be interspersed with messages from citizens directly affected by the fracking industry, as well as speeches from alliance members and supporting artists to help raise awareness of, and opposition to, the practice.

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In keeping with the charitable construct of the concert, all ticket proceeds raised by Rock The Gate will go straight to the Lock The Gate movement, which has garnered the support of Paul McCartney, Wolfmother and Yoko Ono, among others.

Tickets for the 2014 Rock The Gate fundraiser, proudly presented by The Music, are available now via the event's website for a paltry $75. Check back in the near future for more announcements; they'll be sure to make an activist of you yet.