Public debate scheduled

Controversial indie singer Jon McClure is to be part of a spectacular public debate with Bianca Jagger and politician Karen Buck.

Jon McClure is one of the most outspoken men in modern music. The shamanic Sheffield figure was a cult hero in the city, before the success of Reverend & The Makers made him a national figure.

However McClure stunned fans by shelving the group and working with Mongrel, a new multi-racial act that crossed genre boundaries. Blending grime, indie, rap and much more the group's have adopted an outspoken political stance.

One member's attempt to play a show in a Palestinian refugee camp earlier this year was met by questioning from the Israeli police, before being sent straight back home. The group themselves were furious, with Jon McClure voicing his concerns publicly.

The singer will join forces with model turned human rights activist Bianca Jagger and Karen Buck MP for a public debate. Taking place in the London pub The Boogaloo the debate is part of the Instigate Debate project.

The new project is designed to help young people to engage with political issues and is supported by the likes of Carl Barat and Babyshambles Drew McConnell. The two shared a stage recently, of course, with McConnell joining the Libertines for their re-union show in the Rhythm Factory.

The debate is set to be titled 'The Need For Greed'. With McClure always eager for a chance to air his opinions, it is expected that the Mongrel frontman will be desperate for a platform to voice his concerns.

The discussion will be followed by a gig featuring a house band made up of prominent supporters of the Instigate Debate project. Amongst those set to play are Jon McClure, Carl Barat, Drew McConnell, writer Mark Dunne and Baba Maal.

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The 'speed debate' takes place today (May 26th).
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