Chvrches dedicate song to Harambe during Reading festival slot

Martin Doherty dedicates 'Under The Tide' to late gorilla

Chvrches dedicated a song to Harambe during their Reading festival performance, as Martin Doherty stated “RIP Harambe” before their rendition of ‘Under The Tide’.

Harambe – the gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year – has prompted a wide range of memes since his death.

According to DIY, Chvrches made the dedication during their performance on the first night of Reading Festival on Friday (August 26). Disclosure and Foals were joint headliners for the evening.


Meanwhile, Chvrches recently covered Calvin Harris’ hit single with Rihanna, ‘This Is What You Came For’, for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

The Scottish electro-pop trio appeared on Radio 1 on Tuesday (August 23), taking on Harris and Rihanna’s mega-hit, as well as performing a rendition of their latest single ‘Bury It’. Watch in the videos below. It’s not the first time the band have appeared in the Live Lounge, covering Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ last September.

They also recently unveiled an animated video for ‘Bury It’, their reworked collaboration with Paramore singer Hayley Williams.