Foals respond to Brexit win during Glastonbury Festival 2016 set

Yannis' t-shirt read "Abuse of power comes as no surprise"

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis responded to the news of the UK voting to leave the EU during his band’s set at Glastonbury today (Friday, June 24).

The British band played the Pyramid Stage when singer Philippakis told the crowd: “I know for a lot of people today was a disappointing day but whatever the politics, the sun is out, this is a big day for you, a big day for us – let’s make this special.”

Philippakis wore a politically-charged t-shirt – which read “Abuse of power comes as no surprise” – for the performance.


Foals also overcame technical issues to finish their set. They were coming to the end of their 75-minute set when the sound and visual problems struck.

Launching into set-closer ‘Two Steps Twice’, the sound from the PAs appeared to suddenly cut out, while there were also reports that the live footage of the performance that was being beamed onto the big screens in the stage’s arena suffered a similar fate.

Sections of the crowd tried to signal to the band – who didn’t seem to notice the problems – that they couldn’t hear the music. However, the problem was soon corrected, much to the jubilation of the punters in the Pyramid Stage arena.

Foals spoke to NME prior to their Pyramid Stage set and played ‘Headliner Wars’. Watch the video below.


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