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Sounds from the People’s Vote march, London

On Saturday 23 March, more than a million people – including Cities and Memory – marched through the streets of London to protest against the government’s handling of Britain’s exit from the European Union, and to demand a fresh vote be put to the people, called the People’s Vote march.

As well as being there to take part in the protest, we took the time to record a few of its sounds – reimagined versions will follow, but for now here’s what the sound of a million people marching sounds like.

In the first clip, a bagpipe player launches into the EU anthem “Ode to Joy”, being joined by his fellow protesters, who encourage him along and begin a “people’s vote” chant:


The second clip features a troupe of drummers amongst the many thousands of protesters, keeping everyone moving with some relentless, hypnotic drum grooves, interspersed with whistling and chanting.