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How has Lost in Showbiz left it this late before focusing on Labour Live, the Labour party’s political-rally-cum-music-festival-cum-arts-event-cum-friendly-bombs? During the EU referendum, I seem to remember getting a full two columns out of Bpop Live, the concert to promote Brexit, featuring the sounds of Nigel Farage and Phats and Small – and that event never even happened. Another mixture of speakers and musical acts, some of whom had not lost court battles to trade under their own name, Bpop Live was pulled after failing to fill much past row B of the Genting Arena in Birmingham. The trouble with these political concerts is you need to make the offering really enticing, or you are left with a bit of a horror show. It’s not Bestival; it’s Worstival.

No such fate awaits Labour Live, which will be going ahead at White Hart Lane recreation ground on 16 June even if Len McCluskey has to rush in a one-member,…


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