International Clash Day

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International Clash Day 2020

Every February 7th, music lovers worldwide come together to celebrate International Clash Day. What began as a tribute to The Clash’s music and legacy has evolved into a banner celebration of the issues and message they stood for. The Clash were unapologetically confrontational and champions of the oppressed, always striving for the possibility of a better world. That’s why in 2020 we’re using the holiday to Clash For Climate
Leading up to and during International Clash Day, we’ll be celebrating artists around the world who are confronting the climate crisis as well as highlighting activists, public servants, and organizations who are working toward solutions for our planet’s dire situation. Even as Earth feels the clampdown, the pathway to a new day isn’t out of reach. Tune in to KEXP's broadcast from 6 AM - 6 PM PT on Feb. 7 to hear songs and exclusive interviews that demonstrate the power of music and how it unites us in the common effort to write the future we want. 
As Joe Strummer once said, “The future is unwritten.” 


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Climate Resources, Solutions, and Actions

As we "Clash For Climate" this International Clash Day, we want people to know not just what the problems are but to be knowledgable about how we can do our part.

Learn about the issues and discover the organizations and activists who are fighitng for climate change solutions as well as find out what you can do to promote change.

Know your (climate) rights!

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Tres Leches // photo by Carlos Cruz


International Clash Day 2020: Clash Cover Night

To cap off our week of on-air programming for International Clash Day centered around this year’s theme: “Clash For Climate,” KEXP is hosting the annual Clash Cover Night again on Friday, February 7th at 7:00 PM in the Gathering Space!

Some of your favorite Clash covers will be performed by local favorites, Tres Leches, Duke Evers and Naked Giants! Tickets will be $12 in advance and $15 day of the show, 21+ only please! 

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The History of Clash Day

Learn more about the history of International Clash Day and its evolution since 2013, plus get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into KEXP’s broadcast in London celebrating the 7th annual International Clash Day, on February 7, 2019. 

Special thanks to Studio 9294, in Hackney Wick, London, and all the artists who performed during KEXP's broadcast.

Covers For Climate

In honor of International Clash Day 2020, and this year’s theme of #ClashForClimate, KEXP asked numerous bands who passed through our studios to perform a cover song of their choice, one either by the Clash or who’s lyrics addressed some aspect of environmentalism.

Check out covers from Great Grandpa, The Joy Formidable, Pink Lotion, and Cartalk. Plus, read quotes from the artists on why they chose songs ranging from The Clash to Tina Turner.

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The Joy Formidable // Photo by Amber Knecht

Clash Day Partners

Radio stations and record stores all over the world will be celebrating International Clash Day in 2020. From New York and Colorado to Spain and Uruguay, fans every where are prepping for their favorite holiday.

See the full list of participating stations worldwide

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Interviews and Essays From Past Clash Days

International Clash Day

Straight to Hell on a Paper Plane: How MIA’s Clash-Sampling Breakout Hit Became a Generational Anthem

As we celebrate International Clash Day, we look back at the M.I.A. hit sampling the band's Combat Rock classic "Straight To hell"

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LONDON CALLING: Do You Accept The Charges?

Writer and former KEXP DJ Larry Mizell Jr. reflects on The Clash's seminal album 40 years later for International Clash Day 2019

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International Clash Day Interviews

International Clash Day: Musicians Reflect on The Legacy of The Clash and London Calling

Strand of Oaks, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, The Coathangers, and more talk about how the legendary band impacted their lives

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