Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch risks ‘Kanye-style rant’ at Glastonbury

Band performed on The Other Stage

Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch told his audience at Glastonbury’s Other Stage that he worried he was risking a “Kanye style rant” after speaking about the Scottish independence referendum as the band played well-loved single ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’.

Murdoch was improvising lines for the song as a group of fans from the crowd danced at either side. He stopped himself, saying, “I don’t know why I said that in an American accent,” before speculating it was because they were shy after “all that election stuff.” He told the crowd “I don’t know what happened there,” before going on to say the band hoped for a country that was “super green and super cool. Super fair, but not super rich or super poor.”

He went on to say that Glastonbury was the “best little corner of England”.

Earlier in their warmly-received set, Murdoch slipped while walking along the barrier in front of the crowd, and lost his way in the song while he laughed about his fall. The show saw the band wearing Breton stripes, and they were accompanied by a professional dance troupe for some numbers.

Murdoch and the band were vocal supporters of the 2015 ‘yes’ campaign for Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom.

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