World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Freddie Mercury anyone? World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
To mark this day we shall be broadcasting a three – yes, three – hour interview with Mat Sargent. Who’s he? His band credits include punk bands Sham 69, Chelsea and Splodgenessabounds (‘2 Pints of lager and a packet of crisps please!’ – remember that?!).
Mat was diagnosed with AIDS back in 1989. At the time he was aged 18, he was given between 2 and 5 years to live. But due to medical advances, our presenter Chris Stagg was delighted to welcome him to the studio recently to record an interview, during a break in the 40th anniversary tour of Chelsea to listen to Mat’s life journey.
In 1995 he instigated what became a 20 year project, involving 200 artists (as diverse as Jimmy Pursey Sham 69, to Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet), that became a 2xCD/1xDVD album called ‘Sex, Drugs & HIV’, to raise awareness and to raise funds for four charities: Release, Rape Crisis, The Terrence Higgins Trust and Cancer Research.
It was re-released as a 2xCD version on 28th October.
Reviews of this brilliant album have included comments such as:
• A must have artefact!
• No egos, no rock stars, but all superstars!
The interview features tracks from the album, along with other songs that have inspired Mat over the years.
Broadcast date: December 1st, 9am to 12pm
A listen again link will appear here after first broadcast.