Postponed: Love Music Hate Racism Ashburton

Postponed: Love Music Hate Racism Ashburton

Saturday 3 July 2021
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


This event has been postponed until it can happen without restrictions which prevent people dancing. Existing ticket holders have been emailed and offered a refund, or to keep their tickets for the new date.

Any queries about ticket refunds, please contact

Love Music Hate Racism – Bringing communities together through music

There is more that unites us than divides us; and nothing demonstrates this more than music. The Ashburton grassroots community comes together to celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) was set up in 2002 in response to rising levels of racism and electoral successes for the British National Party (BNP). LMHR celebrates the energy and vibrancy of the music scene to promote unity and celebrate diversity through education and events. Its message is simple, there is more that unites us than divides us; and nothing demonstrates this more than music. In the tradition of the Rock Against Racism (RAR) movement of the late 1970s, there have been now been many hundreds of LMHR events, from large outdoor festivals to local gigs and club nights.

LMHR is a nationwide grassroots campaign that relies on individuals and groups raising awareness and spreading positive messages in their local communities. The LMHR campaign has a renewed importance with the increase in islamophobia, anti-migrant racism and hostility towards refugees in Britain and across Europe. We think it is time to reignite our national movement against racism through music.

On 3 July 2021 the Ashburton grassroots community is coming together to celebrate diversity and inclusion. We are excited to have the following artists confirmed for Love Music Hate Racism Ashburton:

Mama Tokus • Arash Torabi • Jelly Jazz • Weird Dog – PLUS Fringe Bar line-up to be announced soon…



Jelly Jazz (DJ): the grand-daddy of the funk and jazz scene in the South West of England. Running continuously for 26 years at various venues across the region and beyond. Specialising in dancefloor-rockin’ funk, soul and jazz, spiced up with the best of nu-funk, breaks, beats, latin, drum & bass and whatever fits the Jelly Jazz vibe. It’s genre un-specific, but totally funky.

Mama Tokus: Edifying, entertaining, funky & funny
Mama Tokus is a soulful blues, R&B and gospel-inspired performer from the Deep South West of the United Kingdom. She writes and sings her own compositions – bringing women’s blues bang up to date for the 21st century. And she injects cheeky humour into her music, making her show memorable and funny for the audience, whilst harking back to sassy female performers like Dinah Washington and Josephine Baker. She is also a comic poet & MC, performing funny spoken word pieces covering womanhood, technology, language and, of course, music. She comes from the Thames Delta, and now lives close to the Tamar River Delta, but she’s inspired by the Mississippi Delta. Expect a lesson in gospel, soul and blues delivered in Estuary English!

Arash Torabi (DJ): mod/punk/rock & roll/souldancehall/reggae/hip-hop/strictly vinyl. Former music journalist for Louder Than War and South West magazine 247, Arash has also played on records by cult British bands The June Brides, The Distractions and former Creation Records artiste Jim Shepherd (The Jasmine Minks). Arash also DJs for local community radio Phonic FM.

WeirdDog (DJ): bringing you the latest in deep, progressive house and techno.

Presented by the Ashburton grassroots community with Ashburton Arts Centre

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Update: April 2022

  • Face masks: In the Main Hall, on the ground floor, these are recommended at all times, but are optional. Anyone who sits upstairs in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with NO exceptions (not even those who are exempt). This is to allow people who are clinically vulnerable to have a place to sit where seats are naturally separated, so: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask; (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. Although we have heating, this might mean that the ambient temperature is a little cooler than some might like, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • Please, if you can, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and if this is positive, don’t come. These tests aim to pick up anyone who is infectious at the moment of testing, so please take the test as late as possible on the same day before coming to the Arts Centre. If you test positive, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the start of the event, by emailing