As the Vote for Change tour kicks off tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Pennsylvania, London will have its own, similarly motivated event the same night. The English capital’s newly reopened Marquee Club, now situated in Leicester Square, will stage the Time for Change concert, bringing together artists from the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere to encourage Americans living in Britain to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election.
Hosted by American singer David Poe, the concert will also feature Robyn Hitchcock, Ed Harcourt, Chris T-T, Elizabeth Harper and Imogen Heap. Proceeds will be donated to Oxfam: Make Trade Fair and Democrats Abroad, an organization that assists Americans living outside the United States with voting efforts.
The London concert aims to stress the potentially crucial importance of absentee voting, especially in the wake of the unprecedented narrow finish of the 2000 presidential election.
Poe has busied himself in the past year performing and producing concerts to help change America’s leadership, including a tour of election swing states and a major youth voter registration campaign.