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Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie joins anti-austerity march against 'the venal swine' Get Tickets

Charlotte Church and Russell Brand were also among the crowds marching in central London yesterday (June 20)

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Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie joined over 100,000 people on the anti austerity march and demonstration in central London yesterday (June 20).

Writing about the experience on the band's official Facebook page, Gillespie said the event was "charged with righteous energy" and that he was pleased "to see such mass resistance against the venal swine who are governing / ruining our country."

READ MORE: 50 Geeky Facts About Bobby Gillespie's Primal Scream

The full post reads:

"Walking through the streets of London amongst 250,000 people on the Anti Austerity march yesterday was an amazing experience. I came up the stairs from Bank tube station straight into the heart of the march on the junction between Lombard St & Threadneedle St. outside the Bank Of England. The air was charged with righteous energy, I had goosebumps. So many people of all sorts and ages…. So many young people, it was very inspiring. After the devastating election result it was great to see such mass resistance against the venal swine who are governing / ruining our country. I hope it’s only the beginning of a mass protest / oppositional movement to change things for the better. Here’s to the future…….Bobby x"

Charlotte Church and Russell Brand were also among the protesters marching against the government's spending cuts and austerity measures. Between 70,000 and 150,000 people are reported to have attended the march, report The Guardian. With several thousand more gathering in Glasgow’s George Square plus smaller demonstrations reported in other cities, including Liverpool and Bristol.

Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys tweeted his support for Church and the rest of the crowd. Following the event, Church took to twitter to explain how proud she was to be there. Brand also tweeted photos from the day. See the tweets below.








Primal Scream have recently been working with singer Sky Ferreira on new material.

Discussing her time with the band, Ferreira said:

"The reason I like working with them is because there's absolutely no pressure."

"I set it up without anyone else involved, so we just sit and write in a room and there's no pressure. It's also just really cool talking to [Bobby Gillespie]! Jesus and Mary Chain is one of my favourite bands ever, so at first I was a little nervous. It’s really nice to meet with someone and not be disappointed by it, to have them meet every expectation."

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