3/24/2007: The Alarm MMVII, Burberry Workers Concert
Mike Peters and The Alarm MMVII commit to Burberry Workers Concert
THE ALARM MMVII, GOLDIE LOOKIN’ CHAIN, THE AUTOMATIC, GRUFF RHYS (SUPER FURRY ANIMALS) COMMIT TO BURBERRY WORKERS CONCERT MARCH 24TH at YSTRAD LEISURE CENTRE, RHONDDA CYNON TAFF
The Pop Factory in Porth plan to show their support for the Burberry workers and their families with a star-studded concert at the Ystrad Rhondda Leisure Centre on March 24th, just six days prior to the planned closure of the factory. Top Welsh rock artistes, including Welsh Legends The Alarm, chart-toppers The Automatic, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Gruff Rhys from The Super Furry Animals are amongst the first big names to commit to playing at the event.
Burberry�s decision to close the factory in Treorchy next month and transferring jobs to the Far East, with the loss of 300 jobs, has seen the Burberry workers mount a fierce worldwide campaign to save their factory, and brought massive protests across Wales and the UK. Many internationally renowned names, including singer Sir Tom Jones, actors Rhys Ifans, Ioan Gruffudd and Emma Thompson, Morrisey, Charlotte Church, Max Boyce, Bryn Terfel, Bloc Party and even Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen�s alter ego, have signed the protest petitions and pledged their support to keep the factory open.
Emyr Afan, Managing Director of The Pop Factory said: “As a factory in the Rhondda we are aware of the importance of protecting and supporting the community around us, just like the great Corona works did before us. The proposed closure of the Burberry factory at a time when their company is announcing �165m in profits is a real slap in the face to their loyal workforce in Wales. We at the Pop Factory know no better way to bring the plight of these workers to a greater awareness here and abroad than through a rock concert with some of Wales’ finest artists. All artists will appear for free and all the proceeds will be donated to a trust created to support the families of the workers at this uncertain time in their lives”
Leighton Andrews, AM for the Rhondda said; ‘The campaign by Burberry workers in Treorchy to protect their jobs and their community has stirred people’s hearts across the world. I am delighted that the Pop Factory is taking the initiative to arrange this concert.’
Chris Bryant, MP Rhondda commented: �The campaign to keep Burberry British is not just about saving jobs in the Rhondda. It’s about showing that a great British company doesn’t just make great British profits, it shares great British values of fair play, fair pay and a fair deal.�
Tickets are priced at �12.50 and go on sale this Friday March 2nd and are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk