One of the most important votes of our lifetime happens tomorrow (Thursday, June 23) – the first proper day of Glastonbury, as it happens. The EU referendum is A Pretty Big Deal, and its significance has certainly not bypassed the UK’s musical contingent.
Over recent years, most musicians have played it safe and kept their political views to themselves, lest they risk alienating fans. However, it seems like the referendum is just too huge to keep schtum over.
Earlier this year, 300 key figures in the UK creative industries, including actors, musicians and artists signed an open letter arguing that leaving the EU would “damage” the creative industry. “Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away,” it stated, and was signed by the likes of Alt J, Rudimental, Franz Ferdinand and Hot Chip, plus singers Jessie Ware and Paloma Faith.
It continued: “Leaving Europe would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people across the UK who work in the creative industries, and for the millions more at home and abroad who benefit from the growth and vibrancy of Britain’s cultural sector.”
The ‘Leave’ backers have been a little less vocal, but there are still some rockers out there who’ve publically committed to voting yes to Brexit.
Check out who’s on what side below.
Faris Badwan (The Horrors, Cats Eyes)
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
Olly Alexander (Years & Years)
Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club)
Michael and Emily Eavis (Glastonbury Festival)
Joe Mount (Metronomy)
Roger Daltrey (The Who)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Right Said Fred