Ahead of a special London charity gig for the benefit of child refugees next month, The Dirty Pretty Things and Jackals frontman has spoken out about the situation after thousands of migrant children have been displaced due to ongoing conflict and terrorism in Syria, Afghanistan and other areas in the Middle East and beyond. Hundreds were looking for refuge in Britain and Europe after the recent closure of the Calais ‘jungle’ migrant camp.
“Being a father, that absolutely tears me up,” he told NME. “To think what those kids are going through, and their parents. It’s horrendous. It’s terrifying that we don’t really have the voice or system of democracy to stop that kind of shit from happening in the first place.
“It’s something that strikes pain into any decent human’s heart.”
Carl Barat is set to play a charity gig with Ed Harcourt, Charlotte Church, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Magic Numbers, Lock and comedian Simon Munnery perform with backing from the Dirty Pretty Strings quartet later this month.
Ed Harcourt & Friends: A Benefit for Child Refugees will be at London’s Union Chapel on Friday 2 December. For tickets and more information, visit here.
Wolf Alice, Peace, Years & Years, Swim Deep and more have also announced details of a charity gig for the benefit of child refugees, teaming up to play covers at Kamio in London on 5 December.
This comes after Lily allen made headlines for travelling to the migrant camp in Calais, where she tearfully apologised ‘on behalf of the UK’ for the way in which child refugees had been treated. Critics later attacked Allen for her comments, when she defended the move by saying “it’s not about my life, it’s about the lives of children”.
Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson recently defended Lily Allen and her comments – telling NME: “Lily is special and we should celebrate her. She’s one of the last real mavericks – not afraid to lose twitter followers over an opinion.
“She acts like she doesn’t give a fuck at the same time as caring for everybody, even the rotters. I don’t claim to know her very well, but am proud to know her and long may she reign.”