Artists Aid London Riot Clean Up

Kaiser Chiefs, Skepta take part

Artists such as Kaiser Chiefs and Skepta are helping the clean up operation after last night’s (August 8th) riots in London.

Beginning with an isolated incident in Tottenham, the riots in London have spread across a huge area. Last night (August 8th) brought widespread disturbance, leaving behind untold damage.

Hurting countless ordinary London citizens, the riots have damaged properties and businesses which took owners years to build up. A clean up operation is under way, and some famous names have decided to lend a hand.

Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson now stays in London, and has decided to volunteer in Camden. Writing on Twitter, the frontman urged fans to come down and lend a hand to the clean up operation.

“#riotcleanup Camden Chalk Farm. Me and @curlywand will there in a bit with our brooms. Get to one near you today if you’re about.”

Meanwhile, Emmy The Great is busy helping out in the Westbourne Park area. The singer Tweeted: “If you live on Westbourne Park Rd…Could do with two people with dustpan and brush to clean up glass outside CP Hart bathrooms. No. 223-225”.

Skepta has focussed on Tottenham – the initial flash point for the disturbances. Many families have been left homeless, with charities now moving into the Seven Sisters Road area.

“Tottenham’s homeless families – how to help. Take clothing, bedding, toys and other suitable items to Apex house, 820 Seven Sisters Road N15”.

Elsewhere, debate is raging over the causes behind the riots. Many have pointed the finger of blame towards the Conservative government and the effects public service cuts have had on deprived areas.

Yet Beardyman was loathe to defend the rioters. “Don’t defend looters. UK foreign policy IS fucked, but is not relevant in this. Economy & cuts may be to blame but is no excuse for this.”

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