Republic of Loose headline Amnesty International’s ‘Small Places Tour’

To continue Amnesty International’s ‘Small Places Tour’ in Ireland, The Republic of Loose, Pugwash, Floyd Soul and the Wolf and Fighting Spiders will perform at Forum, Waterford on Friday 14 November 2008. Doors open 8 PM.

Amnesty International’s new Ambassador of Conscience honoree, Peter Gabriel and former recipient U2’s The Edge launched the organization’s Small Places Tour in London on 10 September 2008. There is now list of over 700 Small Places concerts in 47 countries; organizers expect the list to grow to 1,000 concerts.

The Small Places Tour is Amnesty International’s most ambitious global music and human rights project since the Human Rights Now! Tour in 1988. The Tour marks the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s call for ‘concerted citizen action’ in her famous “small places” speech in 1958, musicians are being asked to raise their voices in song and action in support of Amnesty’s campaigning work on human rights.

12 concerts have already been announced for the Irish leg of the tour. Among the artists who will be supporting Amnesty in Ireland are Duke Special, The Divine Comedy, Paddy Casey, Paul Brady, Cathy Davey, Pugwash, Dave Couse, The Pale, Republic of Loose, The Flaws & The Kinetics.

The Small Places Tour is human rights conscious as well as environmentally friendly. Artists worldwide can raise funds and awareness by performing benefit concerts, offering premium-seating packages, or auctioning off meet & greets and other unique fan experiences during their scheduled touring cycle. Art For Amnesty’s Bill Shipsey said, “We’ll be reaching more people than all our previous music ventures combined, without impacting the environment in a negative way or adding a single plane or tour bus to what’s already out there.”

“We are very grateful to the artists who are contributing so generously to Amnesty in Ireland. We are excited at the prospect of great music and human rights awareness happening throughout the country over the next three months. Small Places will show our own Government and Governments of the world that large numbers of people are willing to stand up for human rights,” concluded Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland.

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