Today we celebrate the Clash, a band whose music and human rights message has endured over the years. Started by John Richards at KEXP in Seattle in 2013, International Clash Day is now renowned worldwide with countries from all seven continents participating. The day kicks off with Ice Radio at McMurdo Station in Antarctica playing Clash special programing with 97 other radio stations in tow.
“We couldn't be more inspired and blown away by the response of other stations around the world,” Richards said. “KEXP is always trying to bring music lovers together around the world and to see the global message of The Clash providing that connection is exactly the reason why we HAVE an International Clash Day.”
KEXP is celebrating for 12 straight hours, starting at 6 a.m. Programing includes Clash originals, covers and side projects, with music that inspired and was inspired by the Clash. Pulling out all the stops, KEXP will also feature exclusive interviews with big names like Moby and and Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. In the spirit of The Clash, a huge focus of the day will be to spotlight local organizations that focus on human rights.
“People are looking to rally around something meaningful, something that allows us to be excited about the international movement for justice, equity, inclusion and freedom of expression,” Richards said.
The day will end with KEXP hosting a Clash Cover Night at 7 p.m. in the Gathering Space at KEXP. Local bands such as Ayron Jones, Spirit Award, and Black Night Crash will be singing covers of Clash songs all night long (well, until the event ends at 11:30 p.m.).
This year's International Clash Day also has Casbah-rocking celebrations in 38 record stores and events in 11 cities, including in Mexicali, Mexico, and Istanbul, Turkey.
There are also posters created by Clash fans and artists all over the world available here.
And this year's event not-so-subtly taking a stand, with the message "This is anti-racist, anti-fear. This is pro-solidarity, pro-unity, pro-inclusion. This is a public service announcement with GUITARS" splashed across the front page of its website.
In the leadup to International Clash Day, KEXP "followed the example of The Clash," it said, "by using the airwaves and music as a vehicle to spotlight local organizations that focus on human rights."
Tune into KEXP and be part of the celebration.
"This is Radio Clash from pirate satellite..." -- @TheClash, 1981 | Tune in tomorrow Wed 2/7 as KEXP will be orbiting your living room, celebrating #InternationalClashDay 6AM-6PM PT! Info at https://t.co/b8rfNg96Je [ Artwork by: Alejandro Rodríguez Fornés | Havana, Cuba ] pic.twitter.com/Dd3O1wK6E7
— KEXP (@kexp) February 6, 2018