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Hard-Fi: Brixton Academy, London

Sophie Heawood, The Guardian, 16 May 2006

BILLY BRAGG MIGHT SEEM an unlikely guest to support a pop-rock band like Hard-Fi, but both acts are often referred to as "of the people". In Bragg's case, this means delivering a couple of protest songs and a good rant about how to get the BNP out of Barking. In Hard-Fi's, it means selling out the Brixton Academy five nights in a row — something never done before by a band touring in support of their debut album — and getting the whole audience to sing along, whether they can decipher the words or not.

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