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 JunReuse content