The Left Field

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The Left Field is a travelling stage and bar which forms part of several British festivals. The event is organised by Geoff Martin, organiser of the Battersea and Wandsworth TUC, and sponsored by Cooperative Insurance, the GMB union, the Amicus union, Clause IV, Ethical Threads and the Workers Beer Company. The Left Field was first designed to tackle apathy and promote left-wing politics and trade unionism in young festival goers at the Glastonbury Festival in 2000. It was a regular fixture at Guilfest and Homelands.[citation needed] It has and Glastonbury festivals, and in 2005 at the Edinburgh Fringe.[1]

The Left Field has featured left-wing musicians, such as Billy Bragg[2] and Asian Dub Foundation[citation needed], political comedians such as Mark Thomas and commentators including Tony Benn,[3] with a number of speeches and debates taking place at each festival. The Left Field also runs many films, for example exposing the violence in Colombia. The Left Field also promotes campaigns and charities, such as No Sweat and War on Want.


  1. ^ The Left Field Coop, 2005. "Left Field at the Fringe." Archived 29 October 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Harris, John (29 June 2014). "Crowdsurfing in the Left Field: politics and debate thrive at Glastonbury". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Tony Benn 'plays' Glastonbury". BBC News. 5 June 2002. Retrieved 28 January 2012.

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