Loitered Lens: Billy Bragg and Sean McGowan

Activist singer-songwriters go head-to-head at Islington's Assembly Hall

One’s a blazing new hope for scathing, politically aware activist folk-rock, bringing a voice of conscious resistance to an audience numbed by the full-frontal assault of serial Tory governments, late-stage capitalism, fully-matured consumerism and economic crisis.

The other is a nasal windbag gassing out dated leftie rhetoric and free-data liberalism from the vantage point of several decades of healthy PRS statements and a fanbase gathered through countless years of label support and pre-Napster promo budget. But who, nevertheless, reckons today’s musicians whine too much about filesharing.

Your mission is to guess which one’s which.

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