‘It’s a sad day for a world of common unity’ says Bay
Alt-J , Rudimental and James Bay are among the latest musicians to express their anger and dismay after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Following the 52%-48% decision to vote to quit the EU, musicians including Years & Years, Johnny Marr, The Chemical Brothers and Lily Allen showed their sadness at the vote. The referendum saw 75% of voters aged 18-24 in favour of remaining, compared to 39% of over-65s.
Rudimental tweeted they were heading to the studio to try to cheer themselves up following the vote. They tweeted: “Time to go make some music and try to return to a happy place.”
Alt-J keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton admitted he felt sympathy for David Cameron, who has resigned following his failure to convince the country to vote Remain. Unger-Hamilton said: “Cameron was always derided as a PM without any beliefs. Yet over the last few weeks, I really felt he did care about the EU. Finally, here was some conviction. And yet it’s this that’s done for him. Thank God there’s a new Adam Buxton podcast to listen to, that’s all I can say.”
James Bay said that quitting the EU was a vote in favour of fear. He tweeted: “It’s a sad day for a world of we, of together, of common unity with our fellow humans.” Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix tweeted: “75% of young people voted remain. So we just have to wait for the old people to die? Won’t be long. #nonurses #nodoctors.”
Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos showed his anger at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stayed largely silent during the referendum campaign apart from an awkward appearance on Channel 4’s The Last Leg. Kapranos tweeted: “Your silence until the final hour was deafening, @jeremycorbyn.”
Billy Bragg said the narrow margin of Leave’s victory was “the worst of all outcomes.” He said: “England votes out, Scotland votes in. Boris is in debt to Farage. Rancour and division ahead.”