Angela Lewis on pop
Friday 07 June 1996
Most interestingly, Zion Train (right) are perhaps symbolic of the fracturing of the Left consensus over the last 10 years. The Labour Party acquired corporate-businessmen smiles and lurched to the Right, while the under- 30s grasped counter-culture lifestyles, became everything from rave organisers to eco-warriors to cyber-industry anarchists. When the election comes around, the Labour Party makes young people some tantalising offers: 20- year student loans, the possibility of 10pm curfews and workfare in place of benefits. Once upon a time, Left dwellers like Zion Train would have lent full support. Nowadays, they will probably be otherwise engaged. This summer, doubtless, they'll be in a festival field near you.
Zion Train, Manchester Nia Centre (0161-227 9254) tomorrow; Plymouth Cooperage (01752 229 275) 10 Jun; Exeter Cavern (01392 495 370) 11 Jun; Leicester University (0116-255 5166) 13 Jun
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