You can read The 405's view on why you should vote by heading here. More importantly, if you haven't registered to vote, please head here.

Sam Duckworth

There are two reasons to vote. The first is that people died so you could have the opportunity. They understood the basic need for society to have a say in how the country is run, mostly because they were denied that opportunity. When someone makes a personal sacrifice to allow generations to have an opportunity, it is essential to honour that legacy. The second is to let people know of your existence. For years young voters have been absent from the ballot box, be it apathy or being ignored its consequences are things like removing housing benefit for young people.

Policy is often swayed towards turn out, by proving that your generation exists at the Ballot box, you secure being factored into policy decision. Millions of people are being counted for the first time and demanding to be listened to. The simple act of voting allows, not just the opportunity to elect an MP and ruling party, but the acknowledgement of who votes and why. It makes you harder to ignore and easier to cater to.

Mt. Wolf

When you think of the struggles in history that many people have had to endure in the fight for the vote, for the freedom of expression and for political enfranchisement you'll realise just how privileged we are that we can vote, and that privilege must not be wasted. Having the right to vote essentially means that we the people have the right to determine our own affairs, and to use our voice. Parts of the media would have you believe that this up and coming election is a foregone conclusion but if every young person in this country voted things could be very different. We'd most likely still be in the EU for a start.

Politics can affect your everyday life; the cost of travel, how long you have to wait to see a doctor, whether you or your children can afford further education, more affordable housing and most importantly the welfare of this planet and the environment around you. Even within music and the arts the outcome of this election could change everything. 50% of nightclubs have been closed down in the last five years in London alone, and 43% of music venues between 2007-2015, and this won't stop unless the government and the local councils protect these establishments.

There really is so much at stake in this election, it's really important that you register to vote, put your prior thoughts aside of what you think of the leaders as people, read each of the parties manifestos and decide which party you most agree with, and then cast your vote. That's exactly what we'll be doing on the 8th June, followed by our album launch at Hoxton Hall - it's a momentous day!

Kate Nash

Registering to vote is vital because although the system is archaic and seems so out of touch, it is currently the way to take part in reshaping things. The only way to create a future that you want to see for yourself and for the most vulnerable in the country is to vote for the person you think you have the best chance at holding accountable. I can't imagine not using the opportunity to try and protect the things I care about the most and to use my voice. Change what you can, use your head and use your vote.

Katie Harkin

It's easy, at a time like this, to feel helpless, like the things that matter to us are treated as fringe issues, but the truth is that our voices matter. There's strength in numbers, and it takes a crowd to affect change. The unregistered voters in the country could determine the way it is run. Use your voice; you deserve to be heard.

All We Are

In the last election around 34% of people eligible to vote chose not to or didn't register. Nothing strengthens authority more than silence. Your voice CAN and DOES make a difference. Have a say in the future of your country, and if you're from Liverpool, you get a free pint while doing it.

- (There are a number of pubs around the country offering you free beer for registering to vote)

Simon Raymonde - Bella Union

Without intending to sound like a miserable old git (which is essentially what I am), we simply cannot leave voting to the middle class, the comfortably off, the daily mail readers, the "older generation" anymore. We've messed this up too many times and in the same way that punk rock did have a great social aspect to it in my day, maybe if our youth can be motivated to get out and vote and have a voice in this election, for the first time since the ousting of Thatcher, some serious change can be affected.

Apathy is the curse of many of my friends and I despise it. Get off the fuckin sofa and suspend your obsession with social media for five minutes and enforce a change. Nothing good is ever going to happen with a Tory govt at the helm and that awful woman in charge. Our country is already down the pan, let's not just be effluence washed up on the beach. I don't need our bands to get up off their arses cos I know without even asking that Bella's Uk contingent of Pins, Money, Lanterns on the Lake, and Bernard & Edith will all be down the voting booth making a difference. The government are expecting the apathy to help them win again. Let's give them something to think about eh?

The Travelling Band

Voting is not a right, it's a privilege that was fought for over centuries. Registering and voting is a duty to yourself, your community and to future generations. Oh, and if you want to create a future that works for the many and not the few, then I'd vote Labour or Green. Anything but Tory.


Life, it has been said, is much like a trip to the toilet: a graceless fall from bladder to bowl, urethra to U-bend. All relationships are transitory at best, most feelings are messy expressions of our innate selfishness, and even our most beautiful achievements will, in time, be washed away like a crude drawing of a penis in the sand. When you look back up from the muddied water, before descending for the final flush, if nothing else I hope you can say to yourself "Well, at least I tried my best to clean that shitty skidmark on the way.

Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari)

It's important to make sure you're registered to vote because now there is real choice. The old apathetic argument of "they're all the same, what's the point?" is no longer applicable.

With Jeremy Corbyn we have someone who is not only willing to engage with young people but to have their back. This is the most important election in my lifetime, don't sit this one out or you'll be kicking yourself for years to come when the choice is back to being between a couple of careerist, status quo loving humanoids.

Jamie Cameron – The Last Dinosaur

I can completely relate to a feeling of powerlessness that makes your vote seem worthless. The system is clearly broken and, depending on your area, a vote for particular parties can feel like throwing a ballot paper into the void. However, no matter how shit everything becomes (relatively speaking), I exist in a cross-section of society who won't feel the first-hand effects of another Tory government to a crushing degree. However, there are plenty of people in my life who it will affect; people who don't deserve to be forgotten or ignored (or worse). Therefore my philosophy is: if you're apathetic about voting then give yourself something to be passionate about. Vote on behalf of someone you know who will be affected by the result of the election more than you.

Jim Beck – Cassels

What's been one of the most galling things for me about this general election is how cynical, calculated and opportunistic the decision to call it was. The announcement was made before the real impact of Brexit has been felt (or indeed before any kind negotiation has begun), when the opposition's approval ratings are at an all-time low, and, crucially, in a period where young people are more disillusioned, disengaged and disinterested in politics than ever before.

And who can blame them/us? After years of broken promises, spin, blatant lies, and policy making which has wilfully and purposefully made the lives of the weakest in society worse in favour of making the wealth of the ruling elite increase, why should we make the effort to go out and vote when nothing ever changes? When faced with the same usual parade of identikit old, rich, privately educated, polished, well-spoken politicians decked out in their Saville Row garb smiling dead-eyed at press while holding bemused babies or shaking hands with salt of the earth types in high vis and hard hats, who can blame us for turning off the TV or scrolling down our newsfeeds in disgust?

But, while all of the above is true, I also believe that this is possibly the most important election that many of us will ever vote in. For the first time in my living memory, we actually have some choice. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, at least there's a bit of a fence this time - not just rehashed ambiguous policies designed to offend the least amount of people. At least in these polarised times, there's the prospect of some change... if you vote for it.

The system isn't perfect, but at the end of the day, it's the only way you can have some input on the way this country is run. If you don't vote then don't complain when you're still living at home at 30, working a zero hour contract for minimum wage. If you don't vote then shut the fuck up and accept your lot. If you DO vote, then know that your ballot is worth exactly the same amount as every city-boy banker earning more in a year than you'll earn in 10. Know that you've at least had a say. And then, sure, feel free to kick off when we end up with the same old shit.

Esper Scout

It might feel to some like politics doesn't include them. Politics is everything. Digging deeper than the mainstream media and better knowing party policies brings you closer to the world that directly impacts you. It's about more than leaders, colours and slogans. Everyone has a right to have a say in their future; complaining with inactive disillusionment is an empty gesture. The more passive a population seems, the less a voice and influence we have. To whatever degree we are accountable for ourselves and each other and a single vote is a way of gesturing towards the world you'd most feel at home.

We all remember growing up during a turbulent change in the country's politics throughout the nineties and people moaning about the dissatisfaction in the state of the country. It was a defining point of our collective youths. Still now, nearly twenty years on, many people are frustrated with what's happening in their communities. Change happens in numbers and there's no importance of being idle in this climate - as with any. We encourage registering to vote as individuals (the easiest part!) as well as engaging in debate, organising as groups and doing in the end do what you think is right to aid to help your issues closest-at-heart.

Kathryn Williams

It's so important to register to vote.If you register to vote you are standing up to be counted. Government make changes and cuts that will affect us all in years and years to come. Voters that haven't done so before could be the biggest and most important section of society in this election. I'm voting against this government because I want to stand up for and with all the people who have been demoralized and broken by the conservatives. I'm voting to stand up to the bullies who are wronging against the elderly, the socially vulnerable, the disabled and their carers.

Sebastian Arnström – Simian Ghost

Don’t take voting for granted. For years now we’ve been drifting towards an increasingly nihilistic cultural climate. Please understand that we no longer have the luxury not to care. Our planet is dying. Right-wing totalitarian ideology keeps spreading. Make a stand. Vote Labour for fuck’s sake.


Many of us are convinced that our system is an oligarchy but the only way to turn that around is to take action and cast our vote, which is hopefully an informed one. Here in the US, we elected a dangerous minority president because of the Electoral College system which was originally created to weigh in southern states in favour of slavery. Lobbying is constitutionally protected as free speech, and tilts the vote towards the interest of a few and of the corporations.

These are all facts. But in my view, voting is a duty towards the country we are citizens of. One voter will not decide an election, but a group of voters will. To vote even as a way of expressing solidarity with citizens who favour our candidates and to support the democratic process in general is important for the sanity of a nation. Sovereign power is in the citizens as a whole, not as individuals. By rebelling against the system and not voting, we're only cheating ourselves, essentially against our interest.

Hey Collossus

This is the most significant general election of modern times. Voting matters and it is the young people (18-25 year olds) who will be mostly affected by the policies of this general election. If you agree with the policies of a certain party then vote for that party. Don't be fooled into thinking that this doesn't affect you or that no one is speaking relevant things to you, that's what the government want you to think. Take 10mins to look at the manifestos and vote for what you believe in.

Tall Ships

Brexit (means brexit means brexit means brexit...) Britain is already (inevitably) shaping up to be a scary, nasty and inwards looking place. We'll be voting for a fairer society. We'll be voting for an open and inclusive society. We'll be voting for a PM that won't be held to ransom by the right wing press and financial interests of the stupendously wealthy. We're voting in the hope that our future, unlike the referendum, will NOT be decided by the older generations that won't have to live with the consequences.

You can read The 405's view on why you should vote by heading here. More importantly, if you haven't registered to vote, please head here.