Bastille change ‘Pompeii’ lyrics to reference Brexit during Glastonbury set

Dan Smith sang “the pound kept tumbling down on the weekend that we love”

Bastille frontman Dan Smith delivered a unique take on the result of the EU Referendum during a special performance on BBC Radio 1 earlier today (24 June) at Glastonbury.

During their performance of ‘Pompeii’ on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Smith altered the lyric “And the walls kept tumbling down / In the city that we love” to “And the pound kept tumbling down / On the weekend that we love”. Smith and his bandmates had been vocal supporters of the ‘Remain’ campaign.

Speaking to NME earlier today, Smith called the UK’s decision to the leave the EU “the worst news you could imagine”.


“Our first day at Glasto been a bit rubbish because of waking up to the news about Brexit and stuff, which for some people is quite sad and quite shocking,” said frontman Dan Smith.

“That tends to put a downer on your day when you wake up to the worst news you could imagine,” added guitarist Will Farquarson.

Watch NME‘s full interview with Smith and Farquarson below.

The band had also played an EU Referendum gig prior to yesterday’s result.


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