"We didn’t expect to be singing this 20 years later as a requiem"
On Friday (July 1), Massive Attack headlined the first night of this year’s British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park. As well as the Bristol-bred duo, the line-up consisted of TV on the Radio, Patti Smith, Warpaint, Ghostpoet and Young Fathers.
During the set, Massive Attack performed their 1994 song ‘Eurochild’ for the first time in 18 years. It was seemingly a response to the EU referendum results, with the 3D stating: “We didn’t expect to be singing this 20 years later as a requiem.”
He continued, “As sons of immigrants, we are both very disappointed with the situation. We can’t allow ourselves to fall victim to the populist bullshit going on at the moment. We can’t let the bigots and racists back into this situation. It’s bullshit.”
The band also welcomed Tricky onto the stage for a performance of ‘Take It There’. The trip-hop musician, who has collaborated with the Bristol band throughout their career appears on several tracks on their seminal 1991 debut album ‘Blue Lines’.
Despite Tricky’s longtime association with Massive Attack, he has only appeared with the band on stage very rarely in the past. In May, Massive Attack announced their biggest hometown concert yet, set to take place later this year.
The group will perform in front of an audience of tens of thousands of fans at Bristol Downs on September 3rd. The outdoor gig is their first major show in the city since 2004 and also the first time in 15 years that the Downs have played host to a large-scale music event. Primal Scream and Skepta have been confirmed as support acts for the day-long event.
You can watch videos of both ‘Eurochild’ and ‘Take It There’ below.