Beth Ditto attacks Confederate flag at Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

The Gossip aren't happy with crowd's choice of colours

The Gossip attacked the controversial flags being displayed by audience members at the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

today (August 25).

The band played the Main Stage on the second day of the Leeds leg.


After playing ’Jealous Girls’ singer Beth Ditto asked: “Have you guys seen the Confederate flag flying around? What the hell is that?”

Referring to the lack of universal rights and pro-slave trade politics the crest once stood for, she added: “You wish the South had not succeeded? Where I come from that’s some bullshit!”

Meawhile Ditto also said she wished that the overcast day was brighter.

She said: “Where’s the sun? What did you guys do to it? I need that sun, that sun burns!”

Commenting on her black and gold dress Ditto asked: “Do I have a camel toe? I need a bobby-pin to tie back my camel lips. I have a big vagina.”

The Gossip played:


‘Eyes Open’

‘Coal To Diamonds’

‘Listen Up’

‘Careless Whisper’

‘Jealous Girls’

‘ Are You That Somebody?’

‘Standing In The Way Of Control’

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